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Steelers lead 21-0 after 1st quarter

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 15, 2013 – 9:14 pm

The Steelers won the toss and came out strong on the opening drive. Le’Veon Bell caught a short pass for five yards and a facemask penalty tacked on another 15 yards. Bell added a four-yard run and then working out of the no huddle Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for 12 yards. Bell added a four and one yard run, but on third down was stopped short after just a two-yard gain, forcing a punt.

The Bengals started at their own seven-yard line, and a strong stand by the defense quickly shut them down. Andy Dalton completed a nine-yard pass to A.J. Green, but Troy Polamalu broke up Dalton’s pass and Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis was held for no gain.

Bengals’ punter Kevin Huber mishandled the snap, and was tackled by Will Allen for a 15-yard loss at the one-yard line. The Steelers took advantage with a one-yard touchdown run by Bell for a 7-0 lead.

The defense, fueled by an eight-yard sack by Ziggy Hood, held the Bengals again, giving the offense another shot. Bell bulled his way for a nine-yard reception, and added one for the first down. Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for a four-yard gain, but Bell was stopped for no gain on the next play. On third down James Harrison stopped Jerricho Cotchery for only a two-yard gain. The Steelers went for it on fourth down, and it paid off with a 16-yard completion to Bell. Bell added a two-yard run and on the next play Roethlisberger had all day and found Brown in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown and 14-0 lead.

After another stop by the defense, the Steelers came up big again with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown by Antonio Brown for a 21-0 lead. On the play Huber was hit, was down on the field for several minutes, but walked off the field.

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Steelers 28, Dolphins 34

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 8, 2013 – 4:20 pm

The fourth quarter opened with the action continuing. Ben Roethlisberger hit Jerricho Cotchery for a 16-yard touchdown to put the Steelers back on top, 28-24. The drive was 11 plays, 78 yards, and took 4:56 off the clock.

The Steelers defense came up with a big stop on the Dolphins next possession, with Jason Worilds ending it with a sack.

The offense wasn’t able to capitalize, but the defense again came on strong. LaMarr Woodley brought pressure on Ryan Tannehill forcing him to throw the ball away. Daniel Thomas was held to a three-yard loss, tackled by Lawrence Timmons and Woodley. On third down Will Gay stopped Brian Hartline short of the first down, forcing the Dolphins to punt.

Roethlisberger came out firing, hitting Cotchery for 19 yards to the Dolphins 44-yard line. Two penalties backed the Steelers up to the Steelers 47-yard line, before Antonio Brown got five yards back on a screen pass. The Steelers had to punt, though, after Roethlisberger’s third down pass was broken up.

It would be another big play that would have an impact, but this time it was Daniel Thomas who had a 55 yard run before being tracked down by Will Gay. Charles Clay broke free from tacklers for a 12-yard touchdown reception to put the Dolphins up 31-28.

The Steelers got the ball back at their own 10-yard line, but after three incomplete passes and just 2:33 to play, went for it on fourth down. Roethlisberger scrambled, but came up short with just an eight yard gain.

The Dolphins took over on the Steelers nine-yard line following a personal foul penalty. Caleb Sturgis added a field goal, to put the Dolphins up 34-28.

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Steelers trail 7-0 after 1st Quarter

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 28, 2013 – 9:00 pm

The Ravens would strike on their first possession when Joe Flacco went to the air, hitting Torrey Smith for 54 yards to the one-yard line. On first down Ray Rice was stopped for no gain, and then Flacco was sacked by Jason Worilds for a six-yard loss. On third-and-seven Flacco hit Smith in the end zone, giving the Ravens a 7-0 lead with 9:18 to play in the first quarter.

Ben Roethlisberger got the offense rolling, hitting Antonio Brown for eight yards and a first down. Roethlisberger added completions to Emmanuel Sanders for three yards, Jerricho Cotchery for five yards and Heath Miller for 12 yards. Le’Veon Bell added a four-yard gain to the Ravens 37-yard line, but the Steelers weren’t able to convert on third down and were forced to punt.

End of First Quarter, Steelers 0, Ravens 7

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Steelers defeat Lions, 37-27

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 17, 2013 – 4:24 pm

The Lions drove down to the 10-yard line early in the fourth quarter and on fourth down faked a field goal with holder Sam Martin taking the snap, taking it three yards before he was hit by Steve McLendon, who forced a fumble. Ryan Clark recovered and the Steelers took over at the three-yard line.

Working from deep in their own territory, Ben Roethlisberger got them some breathing room when he hit Antonio Brown for a 16-yard reception. Heath Miller pulled in a nine-yard reception to 29-yard line and Le’Veon Bell got the first down on a six-yard carry. Roethlisberger went back to Miller over the middle for a 21-yard gain. Bell was stopped for a two-yard loss, and on second down Rashean Mathis broke-up Roethlisberger’s pass. Roethlisberger scrambled down the right sideline on third down for 10 yards, coming up two yards short of the first down at the Lions 36-yard line. Roethlisberger hit Bell for a three-yard gain and the first down, keeping the drive alive. Roethlisberger hit Jonathan Dwyer for a 13-yard gain and then went to Jerricho Cotchery for a 19-yard gain to the one-yard line. A pass interference call gave the Steelers a new set of downs. Dwyer was stopped for no gain. On second down Roethlisberger hit Will Johnson for the one-yard touchdown and 30-27 lead.

The defense came up huge, with Will Allen intercepting Matt Stafford’s pass and returning it 27-yards to the Lions 34-yard line.

The Steelers offense took advantage with Roethlisberger hitting Cotchery for a 20-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 37-27.

The defense was able to hold off the Lions late to secure the win.

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Steelers lead Bills 10-3 at halftime

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 10, 2013 – 2:20 pm

The Steelers opened the second quarter with Jonathan Dwyer going off right guard for a six-yard gain and first down. Felix Jones went off left guard for nine yards, and then Dwyer took it up the middle for two yards. Emmanuel Sanders got the handoff from Le’Veon Bell and tiptoed along the sideline for a 25-yard gain to the Bills 25-yard line. Bell added gains of nine, six and three yards to the seven-yard line. On third down Ben Roethlisberger was sacked for an 11-yard loss, brining on Shaun Suisham for a 36-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3.

After the defense stopped the Bills, Roethlisberger and company went to work. Roethlisberger got away from pressure to complete a shovel pass to Bell for 34 yards to midfield. Roethlisberger completed a four-yard pass to Sanders and Dwyer added carries of eight and six yards. Roethlisberger hit a wide open Antonio Brown for 24 yards to the five-yard line.  Roethlisberger then hit Jerricho Cotchery in the corner of the end zone for a five-yard touchdown to give the Steelers a 10-3 lead, completing an 86-yard drive.

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Steelers support Northside Catholic School

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 8, 2013 – 10:45 am

Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and former Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy co-chaired the 16th Annual “Gala Pittsburgh Sports Night” at Heinz Field on Thursday night in conjunction with the North Side Friends and Neighbors and Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik.

The annual event benefits Northside Catholic School, providing assistance to help those unable to meet the financial requirements for a Catholic education and to aid the school’s operation.

Pennsylvania Congressman Michael Doyle and Dr. Robert Paserba, Secretary for Catholic Education for the Diocese of Pittsburgh were honored as the 2013 North Side Hall of Fame Awardees.

Steelers’ players, including Jerricho Cotchery, Jonathan Dwyer, Bruce Gradkowski and Derek Moye, along with Steelers and Pirates alumni and local college athletes, were on hand signing autographs and meet guests. A silent and live auction also took place, highlighted a trip to see the Steelers play at Baltimore and a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Pirates game.

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Steelers playing for pride

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 27, 2012 – 7:00 pm


Linebacker LaMarr Woodley is accustomed to football season extending beyond the 16-game regular season schedule. Only once during his six-year career had the Steelers missed the playoffs, that being in 2009, and if you asked him a few months ago he would never have thought this year would be the second time it happened.

“We are not used to it, but we put ourselves in the situation so we have to deal with it,” said Woodley. “It’s frustrating knowing you had every opportunity to put yourself in a good position to be in the playoffs and you weren’t able to.”

Woodley said he can look back at different games, different plays, throughout the season and see what happened, see why the team is where they are today, particularly some of the games early in the season.

“We were giving up too many big plays early in the year, plays that went 30 or 40 yards for a touchdown,” said Woodley. “Those plays hurt us. We gave up too many of those and were counting on the offense too much to bail us out when usually we take care of business.”

The Steelers have one last chance to take care of business on Sunday when they host the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. It will be an opportunity for them to show that no matter the scenario, they aren’t about to give up.

“We know what we are capable of. We know the talent we have here,” said running back Jonathan Dwyer. “To be where we are is upsetting. Letting games slip away from us on stupid mistakes makes you want to do better.

“It’s motivation for this week. You want to prove yourself each and every day you step on the field. This week we want to prove ourselves and finish on a good note.”

All week players have been hearing the talk that the game doesn’t mean much because there are no playoff implications. But for men who know what it means to wear the black and gold, there is plenty on the line. Most notably pride.

“I think it’s definitely pride and wanting to end the season on a positive note,” said Dwyer. “The season didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but I think the best thing is to end in a good way to give us momentum heading in to the next year. You want to take it personal, make sure you do what you have to do and get the win for our team and our fans.

“You don’t want to go out on a down note. The fans here deserve a win. Winning is a good way to go out. You want to end the season on a good note.”

The Steelers will face a long offseason, one that will bring changes to the makeup of the team like every offseason does. And this week could be one final time to play together, and you can bet they are going to put it all on the line.

“The guys you have been lining up with, worked all year with, you get to go out there with them again,” said receiver Jerricho Cotchery. “The reality is you might not line up to that guy again. You appreciate those moments and go out there and give it your all for them, the fans and this organization.”

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CBs present a challenge for Steelers receivers

Posted by Teresa Varley on October 3, 2012 – 4:30 pm

While much of the talk about the Philadelphia Eagles centers on quarterback Michael Vick, the Steelers receivers know it’s their defense, in particular their cornerback tandem, they have to worry about this Sunday at Heinz Field.

Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are two of the best in the game, and having to deal with both of them is going to be no easy task.

“They present very good challenges, very tough,” said Jerricho Cotchery. “Both guys are going to be in your face the whole time. Nnamdi is pretty aggressive at the line. He is a guy that has been making plays in the league for a long time now. He is a good corner. Rodgers-Cromartie is an athletic guy, great ball skills. When the ball is in the air you have to attack it because he is going to attack it. They are very good on the outside. They have a very good secondary in general.”

The Eagles secondary is aided by their big guys up front who can put pressure on the quarterback, not allowing much time for the receivers to get open.

“They are good at playing man coverage and you have guys who can rush the passer up front,” said Cotchery. “You have to do what you know how to do as an offense, everyone doing their job and taking care of their responsibility. There isn’t much time to get done what you want to get done. They have benefitted from that the first few games.”

That pass rush is led by defensive end Jason Babin, who leads the Eagles with two and a half sacks, and fellow end Trent Cole who has added one and a half sacks. 

“That is the big part of this week’s game plan, us versus those cornerbacks because of their front,” said Mike Wallace. “They get off so fast we don’t have much time to run our routes. We have to be precise and get open and be right on our screws. You have to get moving and get open.”

Wallace said he likes the challenge of going against the top corners in the game, something that brings out the best on both sides.

“Any time you go against a group like that you want to get the best of them,” said Wallace. “We definitely are going in with a pride factor.”

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KidZone Show taping – Sept. 4

Posted by Teresa Varley on September 3, 2012 – 6:11 am

Show taping takes place at Heinz Field in the Great HallDoors Open at 5:30 p.m., show taping begins at 6:30 p.m. Kids under age 12 are free, all others $5.00.

Two shows are taped per night. Parking available in lot Gold 1A.

The McDonald Steelers KidZONE Show airs Sunday mornings 
at 10:30 A.M. on The Pittsburgh CW.

Show begins airing on Sunday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 30

Once guests are known for each show we will publish them on this page. 

 Taping Dates

Tuesday, September 4 – Jerricho Cotchery and Ryan Mundy  
Tuesday, September 11 –  
Tuesday, September 18 –
Tuesday, September 25 –  
Tuesday, October 2 –  
Tuesday, October 16 – 
Tuesday, October 23 – 

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Cotchery a leader at WR

Posted by Teresa Varley on August 5, 2012 – 12:00 pm

When the Steelers reported to training camp a week ago one of the big questions was who is going to replace Hines Ward as the leader among the wide receivers.

The answer is simple – Jerricho Cotchery. Cotchery began to step up as a leader last year, but after Ward retired this offseason that role elevated. One thing Cotchery knows though is the best way for him to be looked upon as a leader, is to produce on the field.

“I think the leadership is not taken seriously unless you’re making plays,” said Cotchery. “I’m going to go out and I’m going to work and I’m going to show up every day. Hopefully the guys will see that.

“It’s all about winning a championship and what are you doing to help this team get there. I just want to hold up my end of the bargain showing up to work every day and making plays.  If the guys see that maybe they’ll want to hold up their end of the bargain as well and that’s how we’re going to accomplish our ultimate goal.”

Cotchery signed a one-year deal with the Steelers after training camp started in 2011, but re-signed this year before the offseason programs began, giving him time to work with his teammates throughout and it’s helped tremendously.

“Last year I was just trying to figure everything out,” said Cotchery. “I was trying to meet people within the organization. Last year things were just moving so fast. We had an offseason this year to get familiar with the guys. They get familiar with me. That happened throughout the season, but that offseason work, you can’t replace it.”

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Steelers Playoff Diary – 1/5

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 5, 2012 – 9:15 pm

Thursday, January 5

The news of the day came from the injury report following practice, with CB Cortez Allen (shoulder), LB James Harrison (toe), DE Brett Keisel (groin), RB Mewelde Moore (knee), S Troy Polamalu (calf), and C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) not practicing.

Pouncey said his ankle started bothering him again after practicing this week.

“I practiced the other day and toward the end I got sore,” said Pouncey. “Today, I came in and my ankle was real sore, so I don’t know what the turnout is going to be. Right now, I’m not practicing.

“I’m aggravated with it. I’m kind of stressed about it. I mean an injury prolonged this long is aggravating. Hopefully, I can push through it and see how this week goes.”

There was some good news, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) was a full participant in practice along with G Doug Legursky (shoulder) and LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring), both practicing for the second straight day.

On the fun side, another college bowl game, another day of bragging rights for a Steelers linebacker. This time it was Mortty Ivy who was sporting a West Virginia sweatshirt and boasting about his Mountaineers victory over the Clemson Tigers at breakfast on Thursday morning.

But there was one player who wasn’t so happy with the Mountaineers 70-33 Orange Bowl win – receiver Tyler Grisham. Grisham went to Clemson and wasn’t too happy he had to wear a West Virginia t-shirt courtesy of Ivy.

“It’s pretty painful, mainly because I have to wear it for three days,” said Grisham. “It’s an hour spurt here and there. Actually the West Virginia emblem is a little small so I can hide it with my backpack or jacket or something. It’s not too bad. But I would have liked to have given him the Clemson shirt to wear.

“I would have given him an extra small to wear, which would have been worse. I am wearing a 3XL and I look like a little child.”

Jerricho Cotchery is a newcomer to the Steelers, but not to the post-season. As a matter of fact when he was with the New York Jets he lost to the Steelers twice in the post-season, including the AFC Championship game last year at Heinz Field.

During his Steelers Speak interview, where he opens up about a lot of topics and can be seen by clicking on Steelers Speak, I asked Cotchery if coming to Pittsburgh is a “if you can’t beat them, join them,” scenario.

“It may be a little of that,” laughed Cotchery. “I just know that these guys know what it takes to get to the Super Bowl and to win. There are a lot of veteran guys, veteran leadership. There are a lot of guys that got a lot of experience last year, even the young guys. There are guys that know what it takes to get there and win it. My rookie year was a bad experience coming here and the kicker missing two field goals. Last year was even tougher losing the AFC Championship game. I am happy to be here, I am happy to be with this team.”

Cotchery also talked about what makes the Steelers a special organization.

“It’s just a true family atmosphere. That is the thing I see,” said Cotchery. “Everyone looks after one another. There is no one that is bigger than the family. Every guy is approachable, you can speak to everyone. There are no egos. It’s just a true family atmosphere. It’s unique.”

To watch the complete interview and learn a lot more about Cotchery, click on Steelers Speak.

Injured running back Jonathan Dwyer was at the practice facility on Thursday and instead of wondering “what if” in regards to him getting more playing time if he were healthy, he instead was feeling bad for Rashard Mendenhall.

“I am sad about what happened to Rashard,” said Dwyer. “He was doing well. He has been healthy the majority of his career. I hope he heals as fast as he can so he can be the player he is. Hopefully the guys who are out there now take advantage of the opportunity.”

Former NFL safety John Lynch, who played for the Denver Broncos and also the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Mike Tomlin was the secondary coach there, was at the Steelers facility today interviewing Tomlin and linebackers James Farrior and James Harrison.

Lynch chatted with me for a bit about Tomlin (you can read what he said about Tomlin by clicking here), but he also talked about the atmosphere in Denver, where he still lives.

“There hasn’t been the excitement about being in the playoffs because more people are talking about them backing in,” said Lynch. “I was a part of a Denver Broncos team that watched a sixth seed Steelers team come in and beat us in our place. I think you get in that tournament and special things can happen. I wouldn’t count them out and being around these Steelers, I know they aren’t.”

Jerricho Cotchery getting ready for Steelers Speak interview.

Antonio Brown is surrounded by the media.

And then turns the tables as he does a weekly feature for Steelers Live @ 4. Brown interviews Ramon Foster, who holds a fake dog, as Brown has a fear of dogs.

Brown interviews Emmanuel Sanders….

…and then Sanders takes the mic.
The Steelers secondary was presented a cake for being the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL.

 Safety Ryan Clark took control of a camera before practice, taking pictures of Mike Wallace.

The finished product – Clark’s photo of Wallace

LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons before practice

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Post-Game Comments: Cotchery

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 9, 2011 – 1:17 am

WR Jerricho Cotchery

Re: Ben Roethlisberger’s return from injury in the second half
“I told him I’m happy to be his teammate. He’s a warrior in every sense. He’s going to go out there and lay in on the line for his teammates and he came back in and did a great job for us.”

What happened on your touchdown?
“They played a lot of zone tonight. On that play, I was just trying to find a hole. Ben [Roethlisberger] came up in the pocket and drew the guys to him a little bit. He found me in the open and I was just trying to protect the ball and get into the endzone.”

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Steelers injury update

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 10, 2011 – 3:51 pm

Only four players did not practice on Thursday, including WR Arnaz Battle (hamstring), S Troy Polamalu (rib), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee), and LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring).

Linebacker James Harrison was limited with what was listed as a toe injury. Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester returned for a full practice.

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Steelers injury update

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 8, 2011 – 12:11 pm

Emmanuel Sanders had his knee scoped on Monday and Coach Mike Tomlin said it was deemed a success, but could miss a couple of weeks. Daniel Sepulveda also underwent surgery on Monday.

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery has swelling on his knee and might be limited in practice early in the week.

Hines Ward appears to be doing well with concussion-like symptoms. He will be assessed again on Wednesday, but should be okay to go this week.

James Harrison had no issues coming off of his injury and LaMarr Woodley and James Farrior will be evaluated this week.

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