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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Fantasy Football: Interview with Razzball

Fantasy Football is coming up, and Razzball wanted the inside scoop on how the Steelers will perform this season.

Plan for Archer is to introduce chaos

If that plan means he carries the ball, then he will. If it means he catches it in the slot, he'll do that. His position is up to Todd Haley and Mike Tomlin, his success will be up to him.

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith arrested Saturday

The arrest marks the fifth run-in with the law a Ravens player has had this offseason. Smith was arrested while refusing to step aside when police were trying to provide assistance to an...

Pouncey accused of hitting a female as well

Pouncey is being accused via social media, and allegedly in a police report a female victim claims to have filed, that the Steelers center punched her, along with he and his twin brother punching a...

Maurkice Pouncey, brother, accused of assault

The Pouncey twins are the subject of an assault allegation stemming from their birthday party Friday in Miami Beach.

32 scenarios in 32 days: Law Dog in on 1,000 snaps

Steelers' LB Lawrence Timmons takes two consecutive seasons with 1,000 or more snaps into 2014. Will he make it three in a row?

Friday night 5 questions and open thread

Another set of random questions, another request to know your beverage and another demand for payment. It's Friday night, it's an open thread, let's go.

Brown goes LeBron on Roc Nation Sports

The Steelers' All Pro receiver changes his representation for the second time in three months, dumping Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports to return to Rosenhaus Sports.

Ike: 'I love Dick Lebeau'

Said in a way only Taylor can say it, NFL Network ran a brief feature on LeBeau during the unveiling of the top 10 players in their yearly "Top 100" list.

32 scenarios in 32 days: Return of Brett Keisel

There are several factors involved in a return to Pittsburgh for Keisel. It will depend on the development of rookie DE Stephon Tuitt, as well as Keisel's role on the team.

BTSC On Demand: Podcast from Trib Live Radio

Summarizing the Steelers' chances within the AFC North, and convincing a radio personality to participate in the Steelers' conditioning test on the first day of training camp.

Steelers 7th in ESPN Future Power Rankings

Steelers top the AFC North, stand third in the AFC in collaborative ESPN poll.

2014 Supplemental Draft at 1 p.m. ET

The Supplemental Draft means next-to-nothing for the Steelers, but in case it's relevant today, here's a list of the prospects eligible.

BTSC On Demand: 11:30 a.m. ET with Trib Live Radio


Tune into Trib Live Radio at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday, we're gonna dig down into the recesses of the NFL's Dead Period and so some speculating on the Steelers' chances this year.

Steelers Film Room: Versatility of sub packages

Using an example of a successful play in 2013, the Steelers have built a strong pool of personnel from which to draw outstanding sub packages to counter today's no-huddle offenses.

September 7 is now Chuck Noll Day

The season opener likely would have been dedicated to Noll and his legacy, but now it's official.

Steelers Film Room: Add new players to old play

We dip back to 2012 and dissect a blitz the Steelers ran on a third-and-long situation against Denver in Week 1. Imagine if you will, the replacement and addition of a few players, and the...

John Mitchell Boot Camp: Tuitt's technique

Our final installment of John Mitchell Boot Camp breaks down Stephon Tuitt, a player with excellent technique for his level of experience, and a player who could compete for a starting position by...

Ben a 50-to-1 shot to win NFL MVP

Roethlisberger's value on the Steelers can't - or just simply isn't - measured accurately through league MVP voting, but the fact other players have more opportunity to put up prolific stats limits...

Two ex-Steelers among group of proposal rejectors

Two former Steelers and five other former NFL players rejecting what they call a "lousy deal" for ex-players.

Re-living Steelers win over Titans in 2010

It was one of the best defensive performances in team history, along with it being one of the worst offensive performances it's ever had. The Week 2 win over the Titans is a memorable game,...

32 scenarios in 32 days: Miller most TD catches

Miller is healthy heading into the season, which he wasn't last year. But Miller's secret is out; teams know Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger like getting him the ball in the red zone.

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


The Fan radio host John Phillips has been kind enough to invite me onto his show this evening to discuss stuff likely related to the Steelers. We're also discussing a bit of site-related stuff, so why don't you tune in? There's only so much All-Star Game discussion we can all have, right?

32 scenarios in 32 days: Top 10 rush defense

The Steelers improved in terms of personnel, but in a division looking to run the ball frequently, they may need to get even better than where they stand heading into training camp to avoid an...

Gordon's DWI arrest latest problem for star WR

Cleveland's talented but troubled receiver has shown the NFL both the upside and downside of his Supplemental selection in 2012. He stood to miss the 2014 season for a failed drug test but a DWI...

Foote 'fired up' 'that Buckeye' wearing No. 50

The ex-Steelers linebacker and University of Michigan product Larry Foote has never been shy about expressing his contempt for The Ohio State University.

NFL Network airing America's Game

The Steelers' most recent Super Bowl wins are highlighted on NFL Network this Fourth of July.

Larry Foote says Porter has what 'it' takes

Steelers defensive assistant coach Joey Porter is just starting his coaching career, but a former teammate thinks he has what it takes to someday run the whole team.

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