Neal Coolong

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Neal Coolong is the managing editor of Behind The Steel Curtain on SB Nation. He began writing for the site in 2008, taking over the reins of BTSC in 2012 from site founder Michael Bean.

A former resident of Pittsburgh, Coolong ended up in the Minneapolis area, attending high school there before attending college at North Dakota State University. While there, he served as the sports editor and eventually the editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper. He also interned and worked at The Forum in Fargo, N.D.

After college, he worked for two years at different daily papers in Iowa before leaving the grind of the industry. Along with daily newspaper credits, he has published work for AOL, Steel City Insider, Pittsburgh Magazine and Sports Illustrated's FanNation.

Coolong appears on ESPN Radio FM 92.3 in Selinsgrove, Pa., each Monday during the regular season. He also makes frequent appearances on Trib Live Radio with Dan Dudley.

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Fire from SPARQ: Steelers score high in analytics

The Steelers are tight-lipped when it comes to methods of scouting. Based on the results of the players the team selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, it appears advanced analytics may have played a part...

Letter from the Editor of the 2014 Renegade

As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says, "life is about rebounding." The soul of the 2014 Renegade is powered by the strength of one individual who taught me what that really means.

Click Here for Inside Features of The Renegade

A wide variety of topics are explored in the deepest and most researched portion of the Renegade. It includes contributions from Homer J., Tony Defeo and PaVaSteeler.

Click here for The Renegade Position Breakdowns

Digging into the details on 14 different position groups, including the coaches, BTSC's Dale Grdnic has his finger on the pulse of the team.

Welcome to the 2014 Renegade

It's time to break out the flags of Steeler Nation from hibernation.

2014 Jersey Rules selections

A battle between a few young bucks on the Steelers in 2014 leads to one of the most labored Jersey Rules Committee decisions ever. This decision comes in wake of a change to a long-standing rule,...

The greatest day that wasn't meant to be

The Steelers needed several things to happen in order to qualify for the postseason entering Week 17 in 2013. Nearly every tumbler fell into place. Seemingly by cruel punishment, it wasn't to be,...

New t-shirt design unveiled for The Renegade

'Tone's toes were down, the official even said so. Take a look at how Ben Roethlisberger's six-yard touchdown pass came to be with a diagram of who was on the field and how The Touchdown came to be.

Velasco signs with Panthers

He started 12 games for the Steelers in 2014, replacing injured Maurkice Pouncey, before tearing an Achilles in Week 14.

Killer bees of the 'Burgh are back

Steelers will don throwback jerseys for Week 8 clash against Indianapolis.

Pat Bowlen to step down due to illness

Stricken with Alzheimer's disease, Bowlen, at the head of the Broncos for the last 30 years, relinquishes control to team president Joe Ellis.

32 scenarios in 32 days: Spence plays 500 snaps

Caught in the celebration of seeing the new No. 51 on the field is the reason the Steelers drafted Sean Spence in the third round of the 2012 draft. If he's healthy, he may be a main contributor to...

Not much time left for Shazier, fair or unfair

Highly drafted rookies have the widest gap between realistic expectations and viable preparation to succeed. Steelers rookie LB Ryan Shazier will likely end up winning the starting position but he...

Ben lands on No. 6 on Jaworski's list

Ben Roethlisberger helped guide the Steelers from a brutal start to a strong finish, looking to go even further in 2014.

NFL to boost illegal contact, holding calls

It seemed like enough of those calls existed before the officials conducted their yearly clinic. It appears 48 points a game isn't high enough for the league to cease pushing an offensive agenda.

Polamalu's impressions saved for padded practices

Steelers' veteran strong safety Troy Polamalu is one of the few in the NFL with the experience as well as the high-level athletic ability to dominate the opponent. He sent a message, while speed is...

BTSC On Demand: 93.7 The Fan at 9:40 p.m. ET


93.7 The Fan radio host John Phillips cleared some time on his show this evening to dial me up and talk some Steelers. Less than a week to go to training camp, and plenty to discuss, so listen in.

Turnover and turnovers keys to Steelers in 2014

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Run game rhetoric showing up again

Run the ball to keep defenses from taking away the Steelers' best weapon, Ben Roethlisberger. That philosophy is a bit more current and effective than the notion of just rushing 35 times a game.

Tomlin doesn't assume job security

In an extended feature interview published Sunday in the Tribune Review, different sides of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin are on display with training camp bearing down quickly.

32 scenarios in 32 days: Taylor no longer starts

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Browns starting quarterbacks since 1999

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer is running a clever series on all the Browns starting quarterbacks since 1999. We've broken them out by ones who have started against the Steelers during that time.

Friday night 5 questions and open thread

It's Friday it's not quite 10:30 but it's time to party...can anyone name that paraphrased movie line?

LeBeau praises Manziel

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Training Camp and The Renegade a week away

The Renegade is coming...right along with Traning Camp. Here's a light appetizer from the menu of our season preview issue.

Finley indicates his hope still rests with Packers

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Pouncey's lawyer accuses victims of opportunism

Jeff Ostrow says accusations against his clients are baseless and threatens to pursue his own action on behalf of his clients.

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