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Steelers Daily News & Links: Harris Wins Angry Runs, Tomlin Aggressive



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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris at practice on Dec. 1, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 Mike Tomlin kept his foot on the gas in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Instead of being conservative, Tomlin wanted to be aggressive and ice the game. On first-and-10 from the Seahawks 44-yard line with the Steelers holding onto a 30-23 lead late in the game, Mason Rudolph completed a slant to George Pickens for 24 yards to seal the win.

NFL Films mics caught Tomlin ordering offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan to stay aggressive and play to win.

🏈 Kyle Brandt of Good Morning Football awarded Najee Harris another Angry Runs Scepter for his nasty stiff arm on Seahawks cornerback Riq Woolen. It’s the fifth time that Harris has won the award, which is the second-most in its history. Jaylen Warren was also in the running for the Angry Runs Scepter in Week 17.

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🏈 T.J. Watt is currently tied for the NFL lead with 17 sacks, leading the league twice before in 2020 and 2021. If he continues on his pace he will become the first player to lead the NFL in sacks three times. Watt became the seventh player since 1982 with at least 17 sacks in two of his first seven seasons.

Watt has recorded a sack in 12 of 16 games in 2023. He has averaged 0.93 sacks per game since he was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, which is the best in NFL history (minimum 100 games started).

🏈 Pete Prisco of CBS Sports thinks the Baltimore Ravens will beat the Steelers and spoil their playoff chances in the regular-season finale. The Ravens are likely to rest several key starters with having the No. 1 seed in the AFC already clinched, but Prisco doesn’t think it will matter.

“Who plays for the Ravens since they clinched the top seed? They might play some key starters for a bit. The Steelers need it to have this game to have any chance to make the playoffs. But you know these two don’t like each other. Even if guys like Lamar Jackson sit, I think the Ravens will win it,” Prisco wrote.

🏈 Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky broke down how Mason Rudolph’s play has kept the Steelers’ season alive. On Saturday, Orlovsky will call the Steelers-Ravens game with Chris Fowler, Louis Riddick, and Laura Rutledge for ESPN.

🏈 Rookie right tackle Broderick Jones said on his Instagram Story that the Steelers are kicking the door down if they get into the playoffs.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon, born on January 3, 1986 in Ozark, Alabama. McLendon signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2009 and remained with the team until 2015. McLendon replaced Casey Hampton as the starting nose tackle in 2013 and started 31 games over the next three years. On March 16, 2016, the New York Jets signed McLendon to a three-year, $12 million contract with $4 million guaranteed. McLendon was with the Jets until he was traded in October of 2020 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he ended up winning a Super Bowl. McLendon’s last season in the NFL was with the Bucs in 2021.

🎥 Peter Schrager of Good Morning Football named Steelers outside linebacker Nick Herbig in his best rookie performances of Week 17. Herbig had a crucial strip sack and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter on Geno Smith.



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