Steelers Digest

Steelers Digest August 2019

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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In this issue

5 min.
will replay always get it right?

LATROBE, Pa. — By mid-afternoon July 25, the 2019 wannabe Pittsburgh Steelers had assembled on campus here, and the clock began ticking toward the start of the NFL regular season. For the next three weeks, the Steelers will use the grass at Saint Vincent College to attempt to solve, or at least get a better handle on, a wide range of issues attached to the apparent strengths and weaknesses of their roster. A couple of weeks later they will cut to 53 and possibly utilize the waiver wire to tie up some loose ends. But what will they find awaiting them at the start of this regular season, besides Tom Brady and the defending champion New England Patriots? That’s a big unknown, even to Al Riveron. You see, 2019 is being billed…

5 min.
coach’s corner

Q. Any thoughts on your contract extension? I don’t dwell a lot on that, but that’s not to say that it is not really appreciated. I am blessed to have the opportunity to lead this group and I’m continually thankful for that. Q. Are there any changes to the way you attack the season, or the task at hand? Not in response to anything that transpired specifically last year. But I think we are products of our experiences. If we are smart, we are looking to work and grow and get better. There will be some evolution here as we prepare and work. That should always be the case. Q. Were there any areas of focus that you wanted to work on personally heading into this camp? I worry less about me individually and more…

2 min.
‘appreciative’ of extension

LATROBE, Pa. — Stability. In sports it’s something that doesn’t come easily. For the Steelers, it’s a staple. That became evident again when Coach Mike Tomlin was signed to a one-year extension, keeping him through at least the 2021 season. “I am pleased to announce we have extended Mike Tomlin’s contract through the 2021 season,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “Mike is one of the most successful head coaches in the National Football League, and we are confident in his leadership to continue to lead our team as we pursue our goal of winning another championship.” Tomlin, who was hired Jan. 22, 2007, will be entering his 13th season as the Steelers head coach. He is only the third coach the team has had since 1969, joining Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher on that…

24 min.
the storylines of camp 2019

TRAINING CAMP REPORT James Washington quietly watched the Steelers’ 2018 season spiral out of control and wondered. “As a rookie, you’re coming in and you’re like, ‘OK, is every team like this?’ ” Washington isn’t so quiet anymore. Nor so innocent. He’s on the cusp of his second season and sees that things have changed. “Now that I see it’s like this, this is what it should have been,” he said. “It’s the chemistry of my teammates. I feel like we’re all on a better page. I’m really looking forward to this year.” Washington is not the only one. “Everyone is locked in,” said Maurkice Pouncey. “It actually has a good feeling to it. Things have been fun at practice because it’s all about football.” That kind of talk from Pouncey — the man Mike Tomlin calls…

5 min.
the 2019 hall of honor class

LATROBE, Pa. — When you think about the history of Steelers football, there are names that undoubtedly come to mind. And for good reason. They are the names of the legends. The ones who made the organization and the team what it is today. And that is why four more individuals, four legends in Steelers history, will make up the third class of the team’s Hall of Honor, which recently was revealed at a press conference at Saint Vincent College. The Steelers legends who will be inducted into the Hall of Honor for 2019 are Larry Brown, Bill Cowher, Elbie Nickel and Hines Ward. The team introduced the Hall of Honor in 2017, and it was an idea that came from Steelers President Art Rooney II, along with late Chairman Dan Rooney. The Hall of…

9 min.
hall of honor insight

LATROBE, Pa. — It’s still very much a process dominated by “when” rather than “if.” The Steelers announced their Hall of Honor Class of 2019 on July 27 at the Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College, and there should be little argument that Larry Brown, Bill Cowher, Elbie Nickel and Hines Ward all are deserving of inclusion. That meant the primary work of the committee came down to deciding whether this was their time. One of the NFL’s storied franchises, the Steelers will be entering their 87th season, and as evidence of their status only the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers have had more members inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame than the Steelers’ 23. The addition of these four worthy candidates raises the number…