Ivan Cole (RickVa)

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Ten reasons for Steeler Nation to hope

Minicamp has come to an end and in terms of real information things go dark for the next six weeks. What will be the things that can give us a sense of optimism over the summer vacation?

End of OTAs and reshuffled O line on Checkdown


The OTA phase of the 2013 season comes to a conclusion and once again the offensive line is forced to reshuffle due to an injury.

Mike Adams and the psychology of a mugging


As I wonder whether I probably jinxed Mike Adams I contemplated my encounter with a gun.

Second week of OTAs, another passing in Checkdown

The black and gold suffer another death in the family as week two of OTAs goes into the books.

The Steelers championship edge


It would seem to be a commonsense assessment that the team with the most talent wins. While talent is obviously very important to success, there is another ingredient that is essential, and Pittsburgh is one of the few organizations that has it.

First week of Steeler OTAs in the Checkdown

The long march began this week with the first OTAs. Its football in shorts but that beats no football at all.

Steelers players to watch in OTAs

A bold, completely unscientific assertion of what may we may see transpire this season made before OTAs.

A Steelers legend leaves, a new one signs a on

This week was full of news covering the entire spectrum from the passing of a legend to the signing of the next generation.

Steelers rookies struggle to extend the dream

As we enter the season of rookie minicamps and OTAs another class of players begin to face their football mortality

A Steeler icon rides into the sunset on Checkdown

A Steeler icon rides off into the sunset and has a few things to say before disappearing over the horizon.

Joe Greene is why the Steelers are who they are

If you are looking for a lot of new information here you will likely be disappointed. But few great stories are novel in content. A great story cannot be repeated enough, and it never really diminishes from the telling.

Steelers put first new piece in place with Jones


Steelers take Jarvis Jones in the first round as we make the transition from speculation to reality

Steelers sign their RFAs, draft prep on Checkdown

Going over the news from the past week.

Steelers did the right thing in retaining Sanders

Maybe getting that 91st pick and the extra cap space would have been the best thing to do. But here is one person's biased opinion as to why the Steelers probably did the right thing.

Is Sanders going? Is Bradshaw coming? on Checkdown


Is Emmanuel Sanders going? Is Ahmad Bradshaw coming? We should know the answer to both sooner rather than later.

Dan Rooney speaks, Ta'amu meets judge on Checkdown

Dan Rooney speaks up, Ta'amu has his day in court, Sylvester returns and Burress' personal concerns continue.

Is the franchise quarterback a dinosaur?

Is the game evolving to the point where the franchise quarterback will be obsolete? And could such a development actually help the Steelers in the long term?

Steelers in the market for safeties in Checkdown

You have to give the NFL credit for managing to stay consistently relevant throughout the year, but the equivalent of the Dog Days have arrived.

Steelers leadership on the state of the team


The pace of free agency settled some this week as attention shifted to the league meetings and rule changes. Steelers leadership weighs in on the state of the team and that of the game.

Is there a method to the Steelers madness?

A meditation on how the Steeler Way may be playing out in this year's free agency.

Big week of Steelers free agency in the checkdown

The Steelers were neck deep in a furious week of free agent activity and Roberto Clemente too.

How Steelers fans cope with change and loss

The departure of James Harrison opened a painful wound for some, not so much for others. How do we explain the difference in reactions?

Gay coming, Harrison going? Checkdown discusses

The return William Gay is the first of what promises to be a roller coaster ride of twists and turns as free agency unfolds.

A possible Steelers 2013 Champion roster

Projecting a Steelers roster for a championship run in 2013

Are the Steelers fractured, and does it matter?

There are plenty of examples of both harmonious and dysfunctional locker rooms inside championship teams. But which, if either, fits this current Steelers roster?

Steelers are cap compliant on the Checkdown

A run-down of Steelers and NFL news from around the league has tidbits on the Steelers salary cap situation, a potential free agent wide receiver and T-Sizzle.

Checkdown covers a Steeler locker room snitch

It's Combine time. And is there trouble in the South Side Paradise?

Is the Steelers predicament as bad as some say?

It's been debated back and forth recently, let's whip open those textbooks and peek back at history for some perspective on where the team is heading.

Weekend Checkdown asks a big question this week

Who will the Steelers release? With a slew of big-name cuts coming (and have already happened), fans can expect a few roster moves in the near future.

Fixing a broken path to the NFL

You'll notice that I don't do much on the mock drafts and speculation about college prospects at this time of the year. There is a good practical reason for that.

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