• Analyzing the Steelers offensive depth without their free agents

    Analyzing the Steelers offensive depth without their free agents
    Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images The Pittsburgh Steelers have several free agents on the offensive side of the ball. What would the offense look like if they lost them all? The Pittsburgh Steelers are not in a good place heading into the 2021 offseason. They are bellied up to the salary cap, and their list of free agents is long. When it comes to best, and worst, case scenarios, you have to wonder what the team would look like if they happen to lose more free agents than they keep.In fact, I w
  • Ranking every Steelers matchup for the 2021 regular season

    Ranking every Steelers matchup for the 2021 regular season
    Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images Ranking all 17 of the Steelers 2021 matchups. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the hardest schedule in football in 2021. They’ve won the Super Bowl while facing these circumstances before, so I know Mike Tomlin and company ‘do not care’. But as we sit here today we can put those opponents in order of difficulty. Sure, injuries and regression will change these standings, but for the sake of argument here are the Steelers’ opponents ranked base
  • Can Ben Roethlisberger truly grasp Matt Canada’s system?

    Can Ben Roethlisberger truly grasp Matt Canada’s system?
    Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers are gearing up for mandatory minicamp, and a big question mark for the week will be Ben Roethlisberger’s progression through Matt Canada’s system. The Pittsburgh Steelers are gearing up for mandatory minicamp Tuesday, and there are a lot of storylines to follow throughout the three day process. One of the biggest storylines will be Ben Roethlisberger.
    Trust me, there are many facets of Ben Roethlisberger’s game which can be so
  • 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook: Ben Roethlisberger placed in fifth tier of QBs

    2021 Fantasy Football Outlook: Ben Roethlisberger placed in fifth tier of QBs
    Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images Despite 33 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions in 2020, Roethlisberger isn’t expected to even be a fantasy reserve option for 2021 according to Pro Football Focus. While fantasy football is not everybody’s cup of tea, those who do dabble in it generally understand the difference between winning on the field and winning with fantasy points. In looking at the fantasy rankings going into the 2021 NFL season, it does give an indication of what players ar
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  • Podcast: What does it mean to bleed black and gold?

    Podcast: What does it mean to bleed black and gold?
    With the Steelers now in their off-season, it’s time to bring back an old favorite as we look back at Steeler tales from yesterday and today surrounding the black-and-gold. Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers are proud of being long-time or true fans. Being “dyed in the wool” or bleeding black and gold” Is how they describe themselves. How do fans get that way? Some players become like that as well. Who from yesterday and today bleed black and gold the most? Join BTSC podcas
  • Training Camp Battles: Which QB will round out the depth chart?

    Training Camp Battles: Which QB will round out the depth chart?
    Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports With the 2021 NFL Draft a thing of the past, we look ahead to some training camp battles facing the Steelers this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers are still in the early stages of the 2021 offseason, but with the 2021 NFL Draft over the attention now turns to the regular season. There are steps along the way, mandatory minicamp, Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and training camp, but the position battles which will take shape throughout the offseason are worth disc
  • T.J. Watt sack party, Part 1: What makes T.J. Watt great

    T.J. Watt sack party, Part 1: What makes T.J. Watt great
    Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images Looking at every sack from T.J. Watt during the 2020 Steelers regular season. T.J. Watt led the Steelers, and the NFL with 15 sacks in 2020. To honor his accomplishment, and to look at how the Steelers generate sacks as a team, I wanted to look at every sack Watt recorded this past season.
    I’m going to cover 2 sacks in each of these articles (8 in total) and break down what the Steelers were doing on defense, and how T.J. Watt ended up getting sacks.
    T.J.
  • Panthers bring back Steve Smith, as an analyst

    Panthers bring back Steve Smith, as an analyst
    “89 is back in the building.” Eight years after Steve Smith last played for the Panthers, Smith will rejoin the team. The Panthers have announced that he’ll serve as the analyst for the TV broadcasts of the team’s preseason games. And Smith utters the line quoted above in the video announcing the move. The Panthers, [more]
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  • Joe Haden ranked top 10 in coverage for 2020 according to NFL Next Gen Stats

    Joe Haden ranked top 10 in coverage for 2020 according to NFL Next Gen Stats
    Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images Haden was the oldest player on the list and one of two players over the age of 30. In a time where many places are projecting their thoughts about players for the 2021 season, there are still some metrics coming in using strictly data from this past year. One such ranking is nfl.com releasing their top 10 coverage players in 2020 using Next Gen Stats.
    The top 10 coverage players of 2020. (via @NextGenStats)— NFL (@NFL) June 13, 2021So what exactly goes in
  • Steelers All-Time, All-Rookie Team: Part 2, Running Backs

    Steelers All-Time, All-Rookie Team: Part 2, Running Backs
    Freight train, coming your way... Time to take a look at the Steelers all-time best rookie Running Backs. This is part 2 of a series on the Steelers All Time All Rookie team, to get us through the dead zone between the draft and the preseason.Here’s how it will work:I’ll include an introduction to account for some players you may expect to see, but who didn’t make the cut.Then I’ll list starters, backups, and others worth consideration — followed with a poll for Ste
  • Podcast: Why a Ben Roethlisberger renaissance could happen in 2021

    Podcast: Why a Ben Roethlisberger renaissance could happen in 2021
    C0-editorJeff Hartman presents his AM studio show to the BTSC family of podcasts with the Monday episode of “Let’s Ride“.There is a contingent of fans that feel that the window has closed for Ben Roethlisberger, But a number of factors could make 2021 a career renaissance for the legendary Steelers QB. This is the main topic that will be discussed on the latest episode of the flagship morning show in the BTSC family of podcasts. Join BTSC co-editor Jeff Hartman for this and mo
  • Recapping the Steelers 2021 offseason

    Recapping the Steelers 2021 offseason
    Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports From cuts to signings here’s a complete list of Steelers offseason moves The meat of the 2021 NFL offseason is well over, sure some roster tweaking can be expected however the majority of training camp rosters are already locked in. The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a number of moves since the end of the 2020 season. In what was supposed to be a massacre of the Steelers’ roster due to a lowered salary cap, the team managed to get through the offseaso
  • Podcast: What does 2021 have in store for the 2018 draft class?

    Podcast: What does 2021 have in store for the 2018 draft class?
    Check out our latest weekly venture with an international flavor. Put another shrimp on the barbie and check out Steelers Touchdown Under with two blokes from Australia, Matty Peverell and Mark Davison. The 2018 Draft is not considered one of the most successful collegiate grabs in the Kevin Colbert era, but a lot of those players still remain. 2021 could be a pivotal season for most of those guys. What can this season have in store for them?
    Here we go Steelers! Join the Matty Peverell and Mar
  • Steelers Fact or Fiction: Closing time in the QB room?

    Steelers Fact or Fiction: Closing time in the QB room?
    Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports BTSC takes five burning questions regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers and labels them as fact or fiction.There’s always so much to talk about when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the inquiries surrounding the black-and-gold are definitely ever-evolving, especially this week with David Carr blasting Steelers again and the future of the quarterback position being discussed yet again. It seems like the musical selection that best fits this week’s
  • Why hasn’t Kendrick Green signed his contract with the Steelers?

    Why hasn’t Kendrick Green signed his contract with the Steelers?
    Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports The Steelers 2021 third-round pick is the only player not currently under contract this offseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to begin mandatory mini camp this week. Once complete, the Steelers players will have a little more than a month until they are scheduled to report for training camp in preparation for the 2021 season. Although the Steelers have 90 players currently on the roster, only 89 of those players are under contract.
    The lone hold out at this ti
  • Malik Hooker hoping to visit more teams

    Malik Hooker hoping to visit more teams
    Safety Malik Hooker has visited with the Cowboys, Dolphins and Steelers since becoming a free agent, but has not signed with a team for the 2021 season. During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio earlier this week, Hooker said that he knows he’s likely to sign a one-year deal coming off of an Achilles tear [more]
  • Hot, cold, rain or snow, how do you like to watch your Steelers?

    Hot, cold, rain or snow, how do you like to watch your Steelers?
    Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images I don’t like watching the Steelers in the elements. Do you?I’m totally fascinated by the Ice Bowl, the unofficial name given to the 1967 NFL Championship Game played at legendary Lambeau Field which pitted the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers against the upstart Dallas Cowboys.It was a rematch of the same contest played a year earlier at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
    But it wasn’t a rematch of temperatures.If you watch replays
  • Join the BTSC Fantasy Football League!!!

    Join the BTSC Fantasy Football League!!!
    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Be a part of the BTSC Fantasy Football league in 2021! If you are an active member of BTSC and love fantasy football, this may be perfect for you. The battle for fantasy bragging rights in the BTSC community is on the line. Welcome to the 2021 BTSC fantasy football league!
    It is an NFL.com fantasy football league, but the draft is going to take place right here on the BTSC site. On both Monday, July 19th, and Tuesday, July 20th, the draft will take place at 8 p.m. in t
  • Podcast: Steelers Central supremacy relies on shuffling past Buffalo

    Podcast: Steelers Central supremacy relies on shuffling past Buffalo
    Bryan Anthony Davis and Tony Defeo take a look back into Steelers lore in the BTSC family of podcasts. Check out the newest offering of the “Steelers Retro Show“. Our journey in the BTSC Delorean to Steeler yesteryear begins in a time when Star Trek: The Motion Picture was tops with moviegoers and “Babe” by Styx was the hottest song on the radio. Meanwhile, the defending champion Steelers were needing a win over Buffalo to win the AFC Central in a fifth tie-breaker over
  • Saturday Night Open Thread: Redman award frontrunners and vacations

    Saturday Night Open Thread: Redman award frontrunners and vacations
    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Time for another round of questions on a Saturday night for the Steelers faithful! Canuck is apparently heading out on vacation right about now and so in the spirit of brotherly Canuckleness I, TSF, agreed to pinch hit for him tonight. Here we go….
    1. Speaking of vacations, where and when is your next vacation? Do you plan on traveling out of the country any time soon?
    2. If you are Matt Canada and you had to keep one and only one of Jaylen Samuels or Benn
  • Will dropped passes continue to be a theme for the Steelers in 2021?

    Will dropped passes continue to be a theme for the Steelers in 2021?
    Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images Dropped passes cost the Steelers games last year, but will it continue? The 2020 Pittsburgh Steelers were plagued by dropped passes. This problem seemed to get worse as the season went on and attributed to a number of their losses down the stretch. None of the Steelers receivers were hit harder by this problem than Diontae Johnson, and Eric Ebron. The former found himself benched on a number of occasions because of this problem. But will this trend continue in 2
  • Is depth at offensive guard a concern for the Steelers?

    Is depth at offensive guard a concern for the Steelers?
    Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images There has been a lot of talk about the Steelers options at tackle and center, but what about the guard position? It seems that all eyes of Steelers Nation are on the offensive line for the 2021 NFL season. There are a lot of question marks with new starters, changes in position, and uncertainty as to who will be the center come Week 1.With all the talk about if the Steelers tackles can get the job done, or who will replace Maurkice Pouncey at center, often
  • Off-Season Argument: Kickers in the Hall of Fame

    Off-Season Argument: Kickers in the Hall of Fame
    Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images What makes one career worthy and another not? This week, a fan named “Ed” wrote in to Peter King’s Football Morning in America column, suggesting that former Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson had as legit a case for the Hall of Fame as newly retired Adam Vinatieri. Dawson recorded a comparable FG and higher PAT percentage, “Ed” argued, and played into his 40s as well. He just played on a terrible team, whereas Vinatieri played for a winne
  • Podcast: Steelers 2020 rushing performance means nothing in 2021

    Podcast: Steelers 2020 rushing performance means nothing in 2021
    There is plenty to discuss on the latest episode of the popular podcast Steelers Six Pack w/ Tony. The Steelers started 2020 with a rushing game on fire. It didn’t stay that way, as blocking schemes and the rushers were not up to par and seemingly burned to the ground. For all intents and purposes, it seems like the Steelers have remedied that situation. Therefore, the 2020 run game doesn’t matter anymore. This and your questions and comments on this episode of Steelers Friday Night
  • T.J. Watt chosen by Pro Football Focus as the best draft pick at number 30 since 2006

    T.J. Watt chosen by Pro Football Focus as the best draft pick at number 30 since 2006
    Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images In looking at the best players over the last 15 seasons who were drafted in each slot of the first round, PFF says Watt was the best 30th overall pick. It’s an interesting question which has been answered here at Behind The Steel Curtain when looking solely at the Steelers. The question is this: Who was the best player drafted in each overall slot?
    While it’s interesting to think about who was the Steelers best 18th overall pick in franchise history,
  • Training Camp Battles: The battle between Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland

    Training Camp Battles: The battle between Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland
    Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports With the 2021 NFL Draft a thing of the past, we look ahead to some training camp battles facing the Steelers this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers are still in the early stages of the 2021 offseason, but with the 2021 NFL Draft over the attention now turns to the regular season. There are steps along the way, mandatory minicamp, Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and training camp, but the position battles which will take shape throughout the offseason are worth disc
  • Steelers Do Good: Rookies putting their stamp on the Pittsburgh community

    Steelers Do Good: Rookies putting their stamp on the Pittsburgh community
    Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie class has started to make an impact in the community. The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with all other NFL franchises, do more than just perform on the weekends in the fall and winter. No, they also go into their respective communities and do their best to make an impact.
    A series I used to do regularly, and plan on doing more this season, is the “Steelers Do Good” series which highlights when any Steelers player(s) go
  • Get the latest BTSC gear for the Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

    Get the latest BTSC gear for the Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
    The Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger go together hand in hand, and you can get the latest BTSC shirt commemorating Big Ben. The 2021 NFL Draft is over, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the 2021 regular season, and despite all the talk about players like Najee Harris and other rookies, no player is more important to the team’s success than Ben Roethlisberger.
    It has often been said Roethlisberger is the “straw which stirs the Steelers’ drink” and th
  • Friday Night Steelers Six Pack of questions and open thread: Offseason Vol. 21

    Friday Night Steelers Six Pack of questions and open thread: Offseason Vol. 21
    Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images There is always something to talk about when it comes to the black-and-gold! It’s Friday again, so it’s time for the six pack of questions. It seems as if Jeff and Dave come to a consensus in cutting to the chase...
    This week, I, Dave, will be tasked with the questions up for discussion.
    The rules are still the same...
    Quick rundown of the ground rules.I’ll ask at least four questions strictly related to the Steelers.
    The rest of the questions c
  • Bucs public relations staff wins PFWA’s Rozelle Award

    Bucs public relations staff wins PFWA’s Rozelle Award
    The Pro Football Writers of America has selected the Buccaneers public relations staff as the 2021 winner of the Pete Rozelle Award. The Bucs were lauded for dealings with the media during a Super Bowl season that included the addition of high-profile free agent Tom Brady. The Buccaneers PR staff, the 32nd Rozelle Award winner, [more]

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