Steelers Digest

Steelers Digest

February 2020

Steelers Digest is the official fan publication of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each issue provides game previews, inside information, award-winning columns and features, and complete statistics. Steelers Digest is published 12 times a year, twice per month throughout the NFL regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.

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Curtis Publishing
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12 Issues

in this issue

6 min.
some background on backups

Ready or not, here it comes: • The salary cap era in the NFL was supposed to guard against the league being divided up into the haves and the have-nots, but when it comes to backup quarterbacks, it has had the opposite effect. • “Why didn’t the Steelers have a better plan in place in the event of a season-ending injury to Ben Roethlisberger than to be forced to turn to a couple of unproven, inexperienced quarterbacks?” • That question and variations of it have been common complaints from Steelers fans who grew more and more frustrated with the 2019 team as it navigated a regular season that had it finish in the top 10 in the NFL in nine different defensive categories and finish 27th or worse in the NFL in 10…

5 min.
art rooney ii

Q. How do you evaluate the job Mike Tomlin did this season? There is no question Mike did a great job. As I have said, one of the head coach’s biggest jobs is to keep the team focused, keep the team fighting through adversity and we certainly had more than our share of it to fight through this year. I think being able to do that starts with your head coach and obviously some of the leadership we have on this team I think that paid dividends this year and happy with the way Mike handled everything and the way the coaching staff handled everything. Q. Where do you stand with General Manager Kevin Colbert’s contract? I am optimistic about Kevin being back next year and obviously we have to get something done…

18 min.
class of 2020

Assistant Editor One found out from a knock at the door. One got the surprise of a lifetime on live television. Another got a phone call. The way they learned the news might have been different, but there is one thing they all have in common. Troy Polamalu, Bill Cowher and Donnie Shell are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Over the past month, the Pro Football Hall of Fame unveiled the Centennial Slate of the Class of 2020, and it includes Cowher and Shell. And during Super Bowl LIV weekend, Polamalu joined them as one of five Modern-Era members of the Class of 2020. It put the bow on what is going to be an epic time in Canton, Ohio, with three members of the Steelers organization being immortalized forever in…

4 min.
making a difference

Assistant Editor The Steelers have a strong bond with the Pittsburgh community, and that bond continued to grow over the past year through the Steelers’ Social Justice Grant program. The program, which is led by the players with support from the team, is an effort to engage with various factions, including law enforcement, charitable organizations, military and more to strengthen the community at large. Steelers players and the organization as a whole did their part to make a difference, aiding organizations financially and by giving their time to local organizations. “For the second consecutive year, we are pleased to join our players on the Social Justice Initiative to support significant programs in the community,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “Our players and the organization have a longstanding relationship helping out in our communities,…

9 min.
defense could be just getting started

Associate Editor The last time an 8-8 team went into the offseason with legitimate reason for excitement? Might have to check the last time a team returned its quarterback from a season-long injury. That’s why the .500 Steelers opened as the No. 9 favorite in Las Vegas recently, because Ben Roethlisberger is coming back from an injury. Of course, Roethlisberger will be 38 and no one knows whether his rebuilt right elbow will return to its former glory. The Steelers have little available cap room as they head into free agency, and as for the draft there’s no first- or third-rounder in the till. But the excitement over next year’s Steelers lies on the other side of the ball. The Steelers have a legitimate defense, a defense that gives them the very real possibility of playing…

6 min.
rudolph gets strong backing

Editor There are two topics that never fail to energize Steelers fans: running the football, and their favorite team’s quarterback situation. In his annual end-of-season media tour, Team President Art Rooney II addressed both of those topics, and the only certainty is that his answers didn’t please everyone. “In terms of this past season, just to give a little bit of6 a recap, I have to say it was probably one of the craziest seasons I’ve been around in over 50 years of being around football,” said Rooney. “When you wind up having three different starting quarterbacks over the course of the year, and particularly one who earned his way on the roster after starting out as a tryout in rookie minicamp, it’s an unusual season. We had some other key injuries…