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From the Locker Room: Rudolph Critical of his Play, Hilton Compliments Burns

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PITTSBURGH – It wasn’t pretty, and that even includes the weather, but the Steelers continued their winning ways in the preseason with a 17-7 win over Kansas City.

As is accustomed in the preseason, the postgame attention often turns more to how certain individuals play more so than the outcome. And that was the case for Mason Rudolph after his first start of 2019 on Saturday night. Rudolph, who entered the team’s first preseason game late in the first half and managed to throw two touchdown passes, got the start against the Chiefs. The 24-year-old Oklahoma State product finished 10 of 15 for 77 yards.

Even though his stat line shows another solid performance, Rudolph was critical of his own play. “Early on I maybe wasn’t aggressive enough, as I should have been,” Rudolph said, while holding himself to a higher standard.

The backup quarterback situation wasn’t the only focus following a sloppy night at Heinz Field. With both offenses struggling to maintain possession throughout the game, there was an opportunity for a defender to step up. In what might’ve been a surprise to some, Artie Burns was among those with a big night on defense. Burns, who’s been fighting for his football life in Pittsburgh, forced a big fumble that killed a potential scoring drive for the Chiefs.

Burns’ teammate in the secondary Mike Hilton spoke about how hard Burns has worked to be better in the offseason.

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Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.

A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).

Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.

Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.

Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.

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Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice

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The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.

While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.

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Steelers Promote QB Coach Matt Canada to Offensive Coordinator

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially promoted quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, the organization announced Monday.

After the Steelers chose not to renew the contract of previous offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, multiple outlets reported on Jan. 16 that the team was planning to hire from within and promote Canada.

The club reportedly also interviewed former Cleveland Browns head coach Hugh Jackson and Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton, which proved to be mere formalities.

Canada, 48, was also reportedly a candidate for the offensive coordinator opening with the Miami Dolphins, which was filled last week.

Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh ahead of last season, Canada was most recently the offensive coordinator and interim head coach at Maryland in 2018.

He has also made stops as an offensive coordinator at LSU, Pitt, NC State, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Butler.

Canada is most known for his success at Pitt in 2016, where he orchestrated the nation’s tenth-ranked scoring offense averaging 42 points per game. He was recognized as a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant, that season.

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