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Steelers Digest April - May 2016

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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12 Issues


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breaking down a busy month

The signing of up-and-coming tight end Ladarius Green filled a clear need for the Steelers. (AP Photo/KEVIN TERRELL)Ready or not, here it comes:• So far, this has been a predictable free agency period for the Steelers. As usual, most of their signings were their own players — Ramon Foster, Will Gay, Robert Golden, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Greg Warren — and their two signings of other teams’ unrestricted free agents fit the pattern of the kind of players they look for in each of the categories they chose to fill.• The Ladarius Green signing was typical in that it filled a need — created by Heath Miller’s retirement — and the player they chose was young, at the end of his first NFL contract, and judged to be someone on the rise.…

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coach’s corner

Mike Munchak’s experience as an NFL player is one of the qualities that serve him well as an offensive line coach. (AP Photo/PAUL SPINELLI)Q. When you have a game like the postseason game in Cincinnati, where it really got chippy at times, what do you do as a coach, if anything, to try to settle things down?It goes beyond reactionary things that occur in the stadium. Obviously, we knew that there was a potential climate for that. I think that was maybe the third time we played those guys in six weeks, and you are talking about two teams with a lot on the line, obviously. So, just preparing mentally for the climate, the hostility, the atmosphere, not just from the opposing team, but we were in an opposing stadium.…

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job well done

Heath Miller made the Steelers look brilliant for selecting him late in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. (Digest Photo/MIKE FABUS)There is very little of Steelers history that can be framed in absolutes. Because the franchise has accomplished so much and done it through the efforts of so many people, so many of the meaningful things require at least some discussion, and then most of those discussions can end up having more than one clear-cut answer.The best team in franchise history. The biggest win. The most heartbreaking loss. The most hated rival. You get the idea. But over time, some absolutes have emerged, and in those few instances there is agreement — or at the very least, acceptance — that there is but one answer.The greatest coach in…

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what they said...

“Heath Miller informed us of his decision to retire after an exceptional 11-year career in Pittsburgh. Since he was drafted in the first round in 2005, Heath has been an amazing player on the field and an outstanding contributor in our community. On behalf of the entire Steelers organization and Steelers Nation around the world, I would like to congratulate and thank Heath for his many contributions to the Steelers. The chants of “HEEATH” will be missed at Heinz Field and around the entire NFL. Heath is the most accomplished tight end in team history and his efforts will not soon be forgotten. We wish his entire family the best in his retirement, and we thank them for being part of the Steelers for 11 great years.” — President Art…

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2016 draft preview

FACTS & FOGURESWHAT: 81st Annual NFL Selection MeetingWHEN: April 28-30, 2016TELEVISION: ESPN, NFL NetworkSCHEDULE: Round 1 on April 28; Rounds 2-3 on April 29; Rounds 4-7 on April 30FORMAT: Each team has 10 minutes to make its selection in Round 1; seven minutes in Round 2; and five minutes in each round thereafter.THE STEELERS’ 2016 PICKSRound 1, 25th overall — Steelers’ own selectionRound 2, 27th pick, 58th overall — Steelers’ own selectionRound 3, 26th pick, 89th overall — Steelers’ own selectionRound 4, 25th pick, 123rd overall — Steelers’ own selectionRound 5 — No selectionRound 6, 45th pick, 220th overall — Compensatory pickRound 7, 8th pick, 229th overall — Pick obtained from N.Y. GiantsRound 7, 25th pick, 246th overall — Steelers’ own selection ■…

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the top defensive prospects

Associate EditorBefore the NFL combine, and before the Steelers prioritized the signings of a tight end and an offensive tackle in free agency, General Manager Kevin Colbert seemed to have the draft all sized up.“It looks like it’s more of a defensive draft,” he said.And he added one set of specifics.“The secondary looks to be a deep position, both at safety and corner at this point,” Colbert said.That’s where the Steelers need the help. The Steelers ranked 30th in the NFL in 2015 in pass defense by allowing 272 yards passing per game. The 4,350 total passing yards allowed smashed the franchise record of 4,049 yards set the previous season.On top of that, the Steelers lost their starting left cornerback (Antwon Blake) and their slot corner at the end of…