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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Antonio Brown over/under 95 catches

Antonio Brown is coming off a monster season, and in many regards, his stats have nowhere to go but down. That's not a knock on him as a player, it speaks more to a more versatile Steelers offense...

Meet Stephen Houston, the newest Steelers player

Houston, a p-SPARQ hero, was released by New England but his physical make-up is an excellent fit for the Steelers.

Greg Warren may have 'significant' knee injury

There's only one other long snapper on the roster. It may be time to buy stock in Bryce Davis, a rookie back-up tight end who was brought in as a lead horse to help pace the veteran Warren.

The Standard is The Standard: Episode 4

Jeff Hartman and Lance Williams go over the Steelers' first practice with the Bills, the loss to the Giants and the final week of training camp.

Steelers and Bills give homes to linebackers

Stevenson Sylvester and Arthur Moats essentially flipped spots. It's not a coincidence the Bills have so many ex-Steelers players on their roster. The Steelers have added a few of their own over...

Position battles: Adams vs. Whimper

The Steelers are deeper than they have been in years past, making it tough for the team to keep nine offensive linemen. That could mean either the position-flexible Whimper or the former starter...

BTSC On Demand: Yahoo! Sports radio at 12 midnight ET


Welcome to the first-ever BTSC After Hours...I'll join Ken Thomson on Sports X Radio on Yahoo! Sports Radio at 12 midnight ET Wednesday. They provided this...TEXT NUMBER 505-652-2851 AND SXRTEXT@GMAIL.COM - Send your questions, comments!

Any deal for Gilbert would be based on his future

Gilbert has come a long way since he was benched before a late season game his rookie year. If the Steelers are legitimately interested in giving him a long-term deal, they have more faith in where...

Timmons will handle buck duties in 2014

It's a long-time coming for Timmons, who's assumed most of everything else previously vacated by James Farrior and Larry Foote.

Heath makes a guarantee

Miller isn't one to speak in definitive tones, which is why fans should pay attention when he speaks about Steelers rookie Dri Archer.

Adams played more than anyone else vs. Giants

He played more snaps than anyone else in the game, but significantly more than the other back-up offensive linemen. Still, a quality performance may have moved him out of Trade Bail range.

Steelers Two Minute Drill at 8:55 a.m. Monday


Our first Steelers Two Minute Drill will air at 8:55 a.m. on 92.3 ESPN Radio, and you can listen live here. It's exactly what it sounds like, a two-minute long run-down of the latest Steelers news along with some commentary. So tune in at 8:55 a.m. and listen to the Valley's Sports Leader, 92.3 ESPN Radio WVSL for Steelers' coverage all season.

PFF praises defense, rips offense

Generally high praise was given to the Steelers' younger defenders while the offense, in giving lots of players few snaps and a few players lots of action, generally didn't grade out well.

Thomas more than Tuitt shows Keisel isn't needed

Stephon Tuitt, the rookie, was believed to be under watchful eyes in order to determine the viability of taking the team's starting left defensive end position. After Saturday, Cam Thomas may have...

Steelers 53-man roster projection - Week 1

There are some tough cuts coming at the bottom of the Steelers' roster, particularly on defense.

Josh Mauro proving he belongs at this level

The Stanford defensive end wasn't drafted, but he is rising above the other young up-and-coming defensive ends battling for a spot on the Steelers roster.

Sean Spence is for real

This wasn't just a comeback, this was a coming out party for the third-year Steelers linebacker who provided ample evidence the team's first round pick is not the only inside linebacker to watch...

Winners and Losers from Steelers loss to Giants

Some fairly obvious choices of the best and worst of the Steelers' preseason-opening loss to the New York Giants.


Rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant's shaky performance can't outshine the comeback of Steelers linebacker Sean Spence.

Steelers vs. Giants first half open thread

The preseason is here. Stick around here for conversation during the game.

Shazier will miss Steelers game vs. Giants

The Steelers first round pick won't play, but that means Sean Spence will get the starting nod.

BTSC On Demand: 6:20 p.m. ET with Trib Live Radio


I'll join the pregame crew on Trib Live Radio before tonight's game, so listen in for all the latest heading into kickoff.

Sean Spence should get starting nod vs. Giants

Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier will have plenty of moments. Sean Spence should run with the 1s tonight vs. the Giants.

The ins and outs of Behind the Steel Curtain

An overview of all the features on the biggest Steelers fan site on the Internet, including a few things you may have been missing.

Steelers vs. Giants: Depth chart with numbers

A reference guide to identify players during the Steelers' first preseason game vs. the Giants.

5 things to watch in Steelers vs. Giants game

It's only the preseason but there are still compelling aspects to the Steelers' preseason opener tonight vs. the Giants.

Steelers vs. Giants: How to watch tonight's game

The visiting Giants defeated Pittsburgh last season 18-13 in the preseason opener.

Friday night 5 questions and open thread

It's an open thread, so of course, that means you must state your beverage, no discussion involving members of the Jamaican bobsled team and as always, if you have not yet donated, you must donate.

Pouncey won't face felony charges

Police met but did not formally charge the Steelers center with anything, despite previous reports suggesting it would happen.

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