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Steelers Still Hopeful to Have Fans at Playoff Games

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are still hopeful that fans could return to Heinz Field this season if the team hosts playoff games this postseason, the team said in an e-mail to season ticket holders on Tuesday.

The team is beginning the seat selection and distribution process for season ticket holders that are interested in attending playoff games. 

“We are preparing for the possibility of hosting fans at Heinz Field for postseason games after the current state orders expire on January 4, 2021,” the letter said.

The team said there is an extremely limited number of tickets that will be made available.

The team started the season with no attendance whatsoever at its first two games, but then was able open up with crowds of 4,708 fans against Philadelphia on Oct. 11, 5,260 against Cleveland on Oct. 18 and 5,909 against Cincinnati on Nov. 15.

When Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf enacted more stringent gathering rules in late December that reduced the total maximum capacity of Heinz Field to 2,500 individuals, the team decided to host only 500 friends and family of players for games on Dec. 2 against Baltimore and Dec. 7 against Washington.

The Steelers are scheduled to host the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 27. That game will be played without any fans due to Wolf’s latest order which has shut down all youth and high school athletics, and permitted collegiate and professional teams to play only without fans.

That order is currently slated to expire on Jan. 4. With the first round of the NFL playoffs scheduled to take place Jan. 9 and 10, it’s possible that the Steelers could be able to get back to at least the 2,500-person limit that had been in effect before the most recent restrictions.

Season ticket holders that choose to purchase seats must do so for all three potential home playoff games.

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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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