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Local & National Media Record Predictions for the 2020 Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers quest to break their two year drought of not qualifying for the playoffs begins tonight as they open their 2020 season against the NY Giants on Monday Night Football.

Mike Tomlin’s team have finished the last two seasons with records of 8-8 and 9-6-1. The Steelers last playoff appearance was in 2017 after winning the AFC North with a record of 13-3.

With the return of a healthy Ben Roethlisberger and one of the top defenses in the NFL, optimism is very high that Mike Tomlin’s team can challenge the Baltimore Ravens for the top spot in the AFC North.

Everyone loves predictions, so we surveyed a number of local and national media members to find out how they believe the 2020 Steelers will finish.

Chris Mack / 93.7 “The Fan”: 11-5

Paul Zeise / Pittsbugh Post-Gazette / 93.7 “The Fan”: 8-8

Brian Batko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  9-7

Mark Kaboly / “The Athletic”: 11-5

Jeff Hathhorn / 93.7 “The Fan”: 11-5

Tim Benz / Tribune Review: 10-6

Jerry DiPaola / Tribune Review: 11-5

Chris Trapasso / CBSSports.com: 10-6

Pete Prisco / CBSSports.com: 11-5
“Steelers will win the division with an 11-5 record. They will do so behind a dominant defense and the return of Ben Roethlisberger. They almost made the playoffs with Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges a year ago. This time, they will make it back and possibly push for a lot more.”

Bob Pompeani / KDKA-TV: 12-4

Rich Walsh / KDKA-TV: 10-6

Josh Taylor / KDKA-TV: 11-5

Andrew Stockey / WTAE-TV: 10-6

Joe Marino / The NFL Draft Network: 11-5

Brian Baldinger / NFL Network: 10-6

Guy Junker / WTAE-TV: 10-6

Ryan Recker / WTAE-TV: 10-6

Will Graves / Associated Press: 9-7

Mike DeCourcy / The Sporting News: 11-5

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No Guaranteed Money in Dwayne Haskins’ Low-Risk Steelers Contract

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Further details of quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged, demonstrating just how low-risk the acquisition is for the club.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Haskins’ Reserve/Future contract with the Steelers is a one-year, $850,000 deal with no guaranteed money.

Simply put, the Steelers will not be on the hook for any money if they decide to part ways further down the line. If Haskins turns out to be a diamond in the rough for Pittsburgh, they will have acquired him on a tremendous bargain.

Haskins is not getting a raw deal financially either, as he is still being paid on his four-year, $14,416,611 rookie deal with Washington. Signing with the Steelers gives him an opportunity to prove himself with a steady organization without worrying about the financial implications.

A first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Haskins was waived by Washington in late December after the young quarterback was photographed maskless at a strip club, in clear violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols and mid-pandemic common sense.

Haskins was shaky over two seasons in Washington, passing for 12 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, while completing just over 60% of his passes.

The Steelers are hoping Haskins can flash the talent he showed in his final season at Ohio State, where he completed 70% of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2018.

By signing Haskins to such a low-risk, team-friendly contract, Pittsburgh will have an excellent opportunity to determine if some of that talent is still there.

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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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