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Steelers Players are “Rummaging Through” Le’Veon Bell’s Stuff

Kevin Kinkead - November 14, 2018

Le’Veon Bell didn’t report to the Steelers today, which means he can’t play for the rest of the season and gives up $14 million dollars.

Some of his teammates decided that Bell wouldn’t have any use for his football gear, so they removed the nameplate from his locker and began rummaging through his stuff:

“More playful than malicious”

Well that’s good. And if Bell can afford to walk away from $14 million, then I guess he can buy himself some new Jordans.

 

Deflategate, Part 2: Marshmallows

Kevin Kinkead - August 10, 2018

Chris mentioned this in the morning roundup but I’m just getting around to it now.

Apparently Eagles sideline reporter and WIP weekend morning host Howard Eskin discovered a DEFLATED FOOTBALL during last night’s preseason game.

Howard explained what he saw on Twitter:

Hmm… interesting. Surely the dirty Steelers were not trying to cheat in a preseason game, yeah?

He added more details in response to a story written by SteelersDepot.com:

This was enough to get the NFL involved, and Howard circled back around for a third time to explain that he did not think this was intentional:

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The Goedert, the Bad, and the Ugly: Observations from Steelers 31, Eagles 14

Kevin Kinkead - August 10, 2018

Good to watch football again. Good to watch the Eagles play against somebody other than themselves and throw touchdowns, grab interceptions, and hit 81-yard punts.

We saw a nice sample size of snaps for guys who are competing for roster spots, plus a standout performance from an Eagles rookie.

To start, however, these were the inactive players last night:

Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Graham, Zach Ertz, Donnel Pumphrey, Markus Wheaton, Matt Jones, Ian Park, Tim Jernigan, Chris Maragos, Asantay Brown

Pumphrey was a guy with something to prove, but missed out with a lower body injury, according to Doug Pederson. Matt Jones also did not dress, so maybe we see more of those guys next week as the battle for the 4th running back spot pans out.

Same with the receiving corps, with the entire starting group sitting this one out. That allowed Shelton Gibson and Bryce Treggs and other peripheral guys to get a good chunk of snaps and targets. With Wentz and Foles unavailable, Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan split the reps at quarterback.

Some short notes I wrote down while watching the game:

  • Destiny Vaeao was in the 1st team defense
  • Nate Gerry started at the WILL linebacker spot
  • Corey Nelson played mostly in the second half
  • Sure enough, on the first 3rd and long, the Eagles stacked Michael Bennett at defensive tackle inside of Chris Long. They’re gonna be a nightmare in those situations this season.
  • Corey Clement got in on the punt return game with Rashard Davis
  • The Birds started their 1st team offensive line minus Jason Peters, who gave way to Big V instead
  • I’m a big fan of that heavy formation with Isaac Seumalo brought in as an extra blocker
  • some of the defensive starters were still in at the start of the second quarter
  • I thought Gibson looked halfway decent as a kick returner (and finally got loose for a receiving TD)
  • Wendell Smallwood got a lot of touches but fumbled coming through the hole. Josh Adams probably had a slightly better day running the ball.
  • Seumalo with another bad snap while playing center, which has been an issue at training camp
  • Steven Means deserves snaps on another team; he’s a good player just buried behind a stacked group of ends here
  • Jordan Mailata is going to be a work in progress
  • I started to fade in the second half and allowed my wife to turn on E News with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter

And some more thought-out stuff here:

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Eagles vs. Steelers – What to Watch For

Kevin Kinkead - August 9, 2018

Ah, finally, football.

Give me pads and helmets and game film and players with something to prove. I don’t care what it is; it can be preseason, or Tuesday night Sunbelt action, or Garnet Valley vs. Interboro. I just need to see real football again.

It’s Eagles/Steelers tonight at Lincoln Financial Field, and there’s obviously less to learn about this Super Bowl-winning squad compared to a typical August. Carson Wentz won’t play. Nick Foles probably will not play, and if he does, don’t expect many snaps. But beyond that, there aren’t a ton of question marks or holes to fill and the roster projections are pretty straightforward.

That said, this is what I’d keep an eye on tonight:

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Brandon Boykin Writes about Being Traded by the Eagles in the Players Tribune

Jim Adair - September 10, 2015

It’s not the first we’ve heard from Brandon Boykin post-Eagles, but he sat down with his thoughts and put them into more measured responses in writing over at the Player’s Tribune. There’s more to this than “[he] doesn’t understand grown men of our culture.”

Boykin starts by talking about how found out he was traded:

I was playing well year after year and not getting rewarded with more playing time, which was frustrating, but at the end of the day, Chip Kelly likes long-bodied corners, and I’m 5-foot-10. I can do everything I can on the field and my impact and my numbers could be great, but I can’t change my height. That’s what was holding me back in that system. So in the back of my mind, I kind of saw it coming.

I went upstairs and saw Chip. We went into his office and he closed the door.

“What did you trade me for?” I said. It was less of a “why” question and more about what they got in return, but I guess I wanted to know both.

He said the Steelers had been trying to get me for a while, but he kept turning down their trade offers. That day, as I was taking the field for conditioning tests, the Steelers called again, this time, offering a conditional fifth-round pick for me, and he couldn’t pass it up. He told me he thought it was a great opportunity for me. I wanted a bigger role, and I’d have that chance in Pittsburgh.

There was a lot I wanted to say, but I didn’t say it. It’s nothing personal against Chip, it’s just that it hurts when anybody tells you they don’t want you.

“Alright,” I said before a long pause. “… Cool.”

He spends a majority of the second half of the piece talking about his new team, the “Steeler way,” and his future. But he does stop to clarify, again, those things he said about Chip:

“You may have heard about the comments I made on my way out of Philly — comments that got taken a bit out of context. I have no ill will towards Chip, and definitely none towards the Eagles. Chip’s job is to build the best football team he can build — a team with players that fit his system and his vision to be competitive on the field — and I wasn’t a part of that vision. There’s not much more to it than that. That’s the NFL.”

Again, super sorry about what he said, he didn’t really mean it that way, and everything is cool. Cool?

The now black-and-yellow clad backup can’t say enough good things about Eagles fans:

“The thing I’ll miss most about Philly is the fans. We were 4-12 my rookie year, and they still packed The Linc for every single game and made it one of the loudest, craziest stadiums in the NFL … add in the fact that Philly was a great place to live and the whole city embraced me from the moment I got there, and I couldn’t have picked a better place to start my career. I loved every minute I spent there.”

We really dug you here too, and if you blow up and start doing really well across the state – even with limited play – you’ll remain a popular topic on sports talk radio. Really, isn’t that all you could ask for?

Steelers Lineman Willie Colon Calls Eagles “Cheap Shot Artists”

Kyle Scott - October 9, 2012

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Kurt Coleman's arm blurred as he hurls Antonio Brown's shoe

Two days later, the Steelers are still talking. Sort of.

Remember that play from Sunday when Ben Roethlisberger got in the face of Brandon Graham and then ripped his clothes off and had forced illicit sex with him? Well, it turns out that was just one of many instances in which the Steelers took exception to the Eagles’ “cheap shots.”

Here’s what offensive lineman Willie Colon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that bastion of Yinzer journalistic excellence that has always so dutifully chronicled its peoples and their steel-making efforts:

It's hard to say what was more encouraging — the line's ability to open holes for Mendenhall or its ability to keep Roethlisberger clean. Mendenhall, playing for the first time this season, ran for 81 of the Steelers' 136 rushing yards and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Roethlisberger wasn't sacked and was hurried just three times by a defense that's known for its ferocious pursuit of quarterbacks. Star defensive ends Trent Cole and Jason Babin were shut out. Defensive end Brandon Graham was credited with one of the hurries and ended up with an angry Roethlisberger in his face.

"Yeah, Ben was mad. He thought they were going after his head," Colon said. "They were cheap-shot artists all day. They were hitting us in the back. I know I lost my cool once or twice. It is what it is. You have to play through it."

 

Well then.

As Bleeding Green Nation’s Eliott Shorr-Parks points out, Graham boasted about said play on his Instagram* yesterday:

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#ToughGuyTweets.

Shorr-Parks also noted that perhaps the Eagles' aggressiveness – real or perceived – is a good thing: [Bleeding Green Nation]

Last year the Eagles defense was considered soft by most fans. Games like the one against the Seattle Seahawks showed that at times they looked to avoid contact instead of initiate it. This year that certainly has been different- they are doing a better job tackling and seem to be more aggressive towards the ball carrier.

Many consider the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers two of the toughest teams in the league- so to have them call you dirty might just be a feather on the cap for an Eagles team that could be trying to change the perception from last year.

 

Maybe Nnamdi can start changing that perception, too, by, you know, not allowing six catches when he's targeted only seven times.

*I’m a tech nerd, but I still don’t totally get the success of Instagram. Yeah, it makes pictures look cool. But why has it turned into its own mini social network, even though its website is impossible to figure out? Like, can I look at others' pictures, link to my own set, or do I simply get a unique URL for a lightly-hazed image of my friends barbecuing on a warm summer’s day? Why would I need followers on Instagram if I already have 15k on Twitter? All of the images are linked from there anyway. Open to explanations here.

UniDiction 2012 – Week 5 – Eagles vs. Steelers

Dan Fuller - October 7, 2012

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follow me on twitter (@dancfuller) for various uniform-related updates during Sunday's games

With October comes a month-long explosion of pink on NFL fields. If you weren't "aware" of breast cancer before Sunday, you're in for a treat. Not to worry, neon pink goes with every other color used in the NFL. Oh, wait.

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Through week 4, it's still been relatively slow in terms of uniform news, though the Falcons did break-out their 60s throwbacks, which are a marked improvement upon their normal set. Also, the Jaguars wore their teal jerseys for the last time this season as black has become their primary "color" jersey for 2012 and, presumably, on-going.

 

 

This week, we see the Eagles play the Steelers, a team who's more-or-less worn one of the all-time classic NFL uniforms since 1963 (though with a few Batman-esque hiccups along the way). Some trivia shows up in their uniform history, specifically the white pants with the current uniform in 1970 and '71. Eagles Gameday is showing the Eagles in white, so expect to see the green pants. This makes for the Eagles worst combo, with dark green pants which look nothing other than just "dark" in all but the brightest sunlight. Dislike of Pittsburgh the city aside, the Steelers have a really nice uniform: good colors, understandable use of black, stripes in just the right proportions, and even some unique details. Sorry Eagles fans, but this is a pretty clear Steelers win.

Also, let me provide a shameless plug for my review of the AWFUL throwbacks the Steelers will be wearing in Weeks 8 and 11. Warning: Week 11 nationally televised  Sunday night game. Don't be shy about contacting the FCC about the vulgarity displayed on you television.

Lots more after the jump.

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This Week in Yinzer Fashion: 2012 Steelers Throwbacks

Dan Fuller - April 18, 2012

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from the Steelers.com Gallery of the Press Conference

Adding one last dig to our neighbors to the west before tonight's (hopefully) decisive hockey game, the Steelers did us a favor showcased their new-for-2012 throwbacks yesterday. Yikes.

Gone is the 60s-inspired alternate with its trademark yellow helmet. I never loved the previous throwback, but they were perfectly harmless, and a nice rearrangement of the design of the Steelers classic (hate to admit that one, but it's true) uniforms.

This new one? Well, the good news is that it's tied into an 80th anniversary celebration, so it's a safe bet it won't be seen after this year. The bad news is that it introduces a new type of "ugly" NFL uniform. Let's look at the types of ugly uniforms that are currently out there:

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