Aug 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau before the game against the New York Giantsr at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers Morning Huddle 7/15/2014

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Steelers season goes all year long so whether we’re previewing training camp, predicting roster moves, or looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold we’ve got you covered. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.

LeBeau likey

Steelers Defensive Coordinator got some new faces this year when the Steelers went defense-heavy in the draft as well as free agency. The Steelers grabbed five defensive players with their nine draft picks and signed three defensive players as unrestricted free agents this offseason. LeBeau spoke with the Steelers website about liking what he sees so far out of the new guys. He also commented as to whether or not he thinks that having a stout run defense is important in today’s pass-heavy NFL.

“I think that’s valid. They don’t run as much, they throw it all the time. They don’t huddle half the time and they have three or four wide receivers. Well that’s not exactly a running formation. You do have to be able to defense the run or you’ll never be in the game. I would say the game is I don’t know this is nothing new; it’s been trending towards a passing game since 1965 really. This is just the new addition.” – Dick LeBeau

Don’t forget to tackle

Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception” won in an overwhelming landslide in ESPN’s poll on the most memorable Steelers play in history, which was not even a little bit of a surprise. ESPN’s Scott Brown says that the single most mentioned play other than the three that were up for voting was Ben Roethlisberger’s tackle of Colts CB Nick Harper after a Jerome Bettis fumble in the 2005 AFC Divisional game. The fumble by Bettis sent most of Steeler Nation into cardiac arrest while Ben’s touchdown-saving shoestring tackle saved us all from what could have been the most devastating loss in Steelers history. Can you even imagine how hated Jerome could have been had Ben not made that tackle? I don’t want to know a world where anyone hates The Bus.

The Browns have Swagger

In non-Steelers news it’s noteworthy that the loveable losers in Cleveland are continuing to shtick it up this season with their newly invigorated fan-base. They’ve added a live dog mascot to their pre-game celebrations. His name….Swagger. Seriously.

 


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