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Steelers pressing to create opportunities to get to quarterback

By Ralph N. Paulk
The Steelers figured the addition of defensive end Brett Keisel and linebacker James Harrison would energize a relatively benign pass rush. However, with the defense sputtering against Tampa Bay in the fourth quarter Sunday, Keisel and Harrison couldn’t lay a …

Jaguars’ Bortles much like Roethlisberger, except for lack of wins

By Alan Robinson
Ben Roethlisberger and Blake Bortles share the same physical makeup, throwing motion and competitiveness, even the same agent. They also share occasional texts since meeting …

Steelers notebook: Mitchell aware of need to reduce penalties

By Alan Robinson
Steelers safety Mike Mitchell’s rule for arguing is simple: if a flag is thrown against his team, it’s an incorrect call. “I pretty much complain …

Former Steelers doctor loses bid for Miranda protection

By Brian Bowling
The government didn’t need to give a former Steelers team doctor a Miranda warning during a three-hour interview while agents searched his office because he …

Steelers’ Tomlin does not like his coaching style to be characterized

By Alan Robinson
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin dislikes being categorized — whether it’s as a players’ coach, as a disciplinarian, as a tough guy, or one who tolerates …

Steelers notebook: Tomlin bringing officials to practice

By Alan Robinson
In what might be an in-season first, officials will work practices this week in an attempt to cut down on the Steelers’ frequent penalties. They …

Steelers are vowing to fix the costly penalties, lack of self-discipline

By Alan Robinson
The Steelers understand the penalty for playing without self-discipline. “It’s a shame when you beat yourself — we lost to one of the worst NFL …

Steelers film session: Harrison on the field often

By Mark Kaboly
Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said last week that Mike Tomlin didn’t sign James Harrison not to dress him. Tomlin also didn’t sign the former …

Jaguars’ Bortles is mirror image of Steelers’ Roethlisberger

By Alan Robinson
BLAKE BORTLES Let the comparisons begin. Blake Bortles, 6-foot-5, 232. No. 3 overall pick in 2014 draft. First NFL appearance (in relief): 14 of 24, …

Infractions, lack of discipline cost Steelers in loss to Buccaneers

By Alan Robinson
Highly penalized. Highly unpredictable. Highly undisciplined. Highly susceptible to losing a game just like this. And maybe a new low for the Mike Tomlin era. …

Starkey: Slapstick Steelers deserved to lose

By Joe Starkey
If you looked hard enough Sunday evening, you could practically see Heinz Field blushing in shame. Has there been a more embarrassing football weekend in …

Steelers secondary aims to improve execution in order to prevent future mistakes

By Mark Kaboly
When and where were the only questions because it eventually was going to happen. Unfortunately for the Steelers, it happened at the worst time: in …

NFL record little solace for Steelers WR Brown

By Ralph N. Paulk
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown rewrote the NFL record books Sunday at Heinz Field with his 20th consecutive game with at least five receptions and 50-plus …

Bucs’ Murphy turns back the clock to burn Steelers again

By Chris Harlan
Louis Murphy holds a fondness for fourth quarters at Heinz Field and the Styx classic Renegade. “Something about this place, it’s electric,” said the Tampa …

Steelers notebook: Harrison feeling down after loss in return

By Alan Robinson
So much for crowd effect. The Steelers introduced their starting defense for the second home game in a row, and newly returned linebacker James Harrison …

Buccaneers notebook: Glennon shows promise in comeback

By Chris Harlan
Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith has a simple way to evaluate quarterbacks. “You judge quarterbacks based on how they finish the game,” Smith said after Sunday afternoon’s 27-24 victory over the Steelers at Heinz Field. In that case, his quarterback passed. …

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NFL notebook: Ravens receiver Smith Sr. says he was ‘stabbed in back’ by Panthers

By Wire Reports
Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr. ripped into Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman three days after leading his new team to a 38-10 win over his former employer. In an interview with a Charlotte radio station, Smith refuted an NFL Network …