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

By Alan Robinson 7:16 p.m.
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 repeated transgressions. “I consider myself to be a coach. I refuse to be put in …

Steelers notebook: Mitchell aware of need to reduce penalties

By Alan Robinson 8:06 p.m.
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 all the time when they throw flags,” Mitchell said. But Mitchell said it’s up to …

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 7:44 p.m.
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 7:44 p.m.
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 7:44 p.m.
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. …

Steelers game changers: Early sack, strip of Roethlisberger set tone

By Alan Robinson
The Steelers talked and talked all week about the dangers of playing a motivated team. They bounced back themselves from a 20-point Thursday night loss …

Steelers’ LeBeau faces another challenge

By Mark Kaboly
It happens about once a year — like clockwork. The Steelers defense has a bad game and the narrative quickly emerges that football has passed …

Steelers notebook: Win would bode well for playoff chances

By Alan Robinson
History says beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday could make the Steelers’ season. If they win, they’ll be at least 3-1 after four games for the 15th time since divisional play began in 1970. They made the playoffs 13 …

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

By Wire Reports 7:47 p.m.
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 …