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Steelers Daily News & Links: Deep OL Draft, Ben Honors Ron Cook



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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at practice on Dec. 3, 2021. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah is impressed by the talent and depth at offensive line in this year’s draft, which is good news for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they need a center and another tackle.

“If you need to remake your offensive line, this draft is going to provide that opportunity. Talent and depth is there to make a major impact next year,” Jeremiah wrote on X.

🏈 Former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called into Monday’s Cook & Joe Show on 93.7 The Fan to congratulate longtime columnist and radio host Ron Cook on his retirement. Cook started covering the Steelers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1990 and has been with The Fan since its inception in 2010. Roethlisberger had an in-season show with Cook on The Fan for seven years.

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🏈 At Super Bowl media day, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle said the Chicago Bears should keep quarterback Justin Fields and trade the first overall pick. “Trade back and get as many picks as they can and give QB1 some actual options.”

Given the Pittsburgh’s murky quarterback situation, several analysts have mentioned that the Steelers would be wise to trade for Fields.

🏈 NFL writer Scott Kacsmar thinks former Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy would have been a better fit for Kenny Pickett than Arthur Smith.

“Bieniemy would at least help Pickett get in a rhythm. Smith is going to help Najee lead the league in runs up the middle for a max gain of 2 yards, and Pickett is going to take more sacks and isn’t that comfortable with play-action,” Kacsmar wrote on X.

Bringing in Bieniemy as a passing game coordinator is a still an option for Pittsburgh.

🏈 Former Tennessee Titans offensive tackle and current co-host of Bussin’ With The Boys Taylor Lewan gave high praise to Arthur Smith when appearing on the Rich Eisen Show. Lewan played in Tennessee when Smith served as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator from 2019-2020.

“Arthur Smith is the reason why we made it to the 2019 AFC Championship,” Lewan told Eisen. “He’s gonna walk in there and take pressure off whoever the quarterback is going to be. Najee Harris is the guy who will smile the most when the season ends about how he’s utilized throughout that offense.”

🏈 On his Not Just Football podcast, Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward picked the 49ers to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

🏈 Pittsburgh History Pie on X posted a throwback photo of Three Rivers Stadium and the surrounding area of nothing but concrete and a Kaufmann’s department store warehouse. The North Shore is a lot more developed today.

🎥 The Winning Difference account on X posted a video of Tony Dungy quoting one of Chuck Noll’s most famous quotes. “Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do the ordinary things better than everyone else.” 

Dungy played for Noll in Pittsburgh, and was on his coaching staff for eight seasons. Dungy would later on serve as a mentor for Mike Tomlin, giving him his first NFL job in Tampa Bay as a defensive backs coach in 2001. Dungy was also a defensive backs coach in Kansas City when Bill Cowher was the defensive coordinator from 1989-1991, so he has connections to all three Steelers head coaches since 1969.




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Pittsburgh Sports Now: RMU Hall of Famer Earl “The Twirl” Cureton died suddenly over the weekend at the age of 66.

West Virginia Sports Now: Former WVU QB Geno Smith gave thanks for his second Pro Bowl experience.

Nittany Sports Now: Penn State cornerback Kalen King is looking forward to the draft after a week of Senior Bowl prep.

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