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Steelers interested in hosting 2023 Super Bowl at Heinz Field 

The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to get into the Super Bowl hosting business.

The team submitted an application at the owner’s meetings in May for the right to bid on the 2023 Super Bowl. It’s the first time the franchise and city have sent in an application to host the title game. The NFL will not open up the actual bidding for the game until 2018. The vote on who will host the 2023 Super Bowl won’t come until 2019.

Team president Art Rooney II met with Pittsburgh leaders on Wednesday and stressed the process remains in the early stages.

“We met this morning with local community leaders to provide an update on formally submitting our application to the NFL to bid for Super Bowl LVII in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania,” Rooney said in a released statement. “The application is an early step in the bidding process, and we will continue to meet with representatives of the Mayor’s Office, County Executive’s Office, VisitPittsburgh, Allegheny Conference as well as other community leaders to review the requirements with the hopes of submitting our bid to host Super Bowl LVII in 2023.”

City and team officials will visit previous Super Bowl host cities as part of their due diligence.

Heinz Field is nearing the end of an offseason expansion that will bring capacity over 67,000. It opened in 2001.

The NFL is open to cold-weather Super Bowls, with the Meadowlands hosting in 2014 and the Minnesota Vikings’ new U.S. Bank Stadium hosting in 2018, less than two years after its scheduled opening.

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Sheldon Richardson faces 4 game suspension
The New York Jets defensive lineman has been suspended for the first 4 games of the NFL season without pay. The former first-round pick out of Missouri violated the league’s substance abuse policy and will be forced to miss games against the Browns, Colts, Eagles and Dolphins. Richardson’s suspension will be up in time for him to make his return week 6 (Jets have a bye week 5) against the Redskins on October 18th.
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5 Players Who Might Find Themselves on Pittsburgh Steelers' Practice Squad

We’re two months away from the Pittsburgh Steelers making final decisions about their 53-man roster for 2015, as well as determining the players who will make up their practice squad this year. And the intervening two months will be major ones when it comes to making these assessments.

Padded practices and five preseason games will help sort the roster out from top to bottom. But even this far out from the Steelers’ decision day, it’s not too early to make a few educated guesses about players who could be best suited to join the practice squad.

Here are five Steelers who could land on the practice squad later this summer.

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Steelers LB Howard Jones Remembers Preseason TD Against Giants

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Steelers LB Howard Jones Remembers Preseason TD Against Giants

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Howard Jones will certainly need a solid training camp and preseason if he’s going to make the team’s 53-man roster this year. Included in that, the undrafted free agent out of Shepherd…

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Mike Tomlin or Bill Cowher: Who Retires as Greater Pittsburgh Steelers Coach?

The Pittsburgh Steelers have an outstanding coaching history featuring Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and now Mike Tomlin.

Where do they rank? Could Tomlin’s legacy surpass Cowher’s with Pittsburgh?

Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms discuss the Steelers’ coaches in the video above.

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Blast From the Past: Fred Gibson

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Blast From the Past: Fred Gibson

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); New series to fill out the rest of the offseason. Which is mercifully close to being over. Inspired by a Jerame Tuman name-drop on the last edition of The Terrible Podcast, and a “Forgottable Pirates” twitter account …

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Why Jarvis Jones Is Pittsburgh Steelers' Most Important New Starter

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take a fresh approach on defense. Not only is Keith Butler taking over as defensive coordinator, but several young players also will play a prominent role in the starting lineup.

Unlike previous years when the coaching staff relied on veterans to execute Dick LeBeau’s complex defense, the Steelers are expected to go with a youth movement. That means players such as Stephon Tuitt, Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones and Shamarko Thomas will be full-time starters.

Although this group is full of potential, they still have plenty to prove—particularly Jones. The former first-round draft pick has battled injuries over his first two seasons and started only three games last season.

As Jones enters his third season, it will be a critical one not only for his development, but also for the overall performance of the defense. The defense has struggled getting to the quarterback, and it is time for Jones to be a part of the solution.

Yet, even the Steelers do not seem to have the confidence that Jones is ready to seize a full-time role. If so, why did they re-sign James Harrison?

Colin Dunlap of CBS Pittsburgh expressed his concern with this situation: “When is Jarvis Jones going to realize he shouldn’t have his job put in question by a guy who is going to be 37 in May? But, unfortunately for Jones, that’s precisely what’s happening.”

There is a reason the Steelers do not want to play Harrison more than 25 snaps per game this season. They are ready to see what Jones can do as their starting right outside linebacker.

Despite finishing with just one sack during his rookie season, there were high hopes for Jones in his second season. Over the first three games of the 2014 season, he finally began to show why the Steelers selected him in the first round as he accumulated 14 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.

Unfortunately, Jones suffered a wrist injury that would keep him out of the starting lineup for the remainder of the season. Even though he played well before the injury, general manager Kevin Colbert wants to push Jones as he enters his third season, according to Scott Brown of ESPN.com:

“Jarvis has to come in and he has to pick up where he left off before he injured his wrist because I really think he was playing very well at that point,” Colbert said. “But to have James there to spell him, push him and compete, we can’t help but benefit from having the two of them.”

Rather than get discouraged, Jones has taken full advantage of Harrison’s presence on the roster and spent time working out with him in Arizona. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has noticed a difference and commented “he looks bigger” this year.

Jones doesn’t need to just be bigger, but also play stronger. He has had trouble winning the physical battles against offensive tackles in his young career, and added functional strength will only help him in this area. Outside linebackers coach Joey Porter is pleased with the young linebacker’s progress so far, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“I’ve been encouraged with Jarvis,” Porter said. “I think Jarvis has had a good offseason. He’s getting stronger. He’s doing some things that he knows he needs to do to get better for this year. He’s not naive to know what he’s done so far. It doesn’t meet his standards and he knows there’s a lot more in there.”

High standards are important for Jones and the Steelers defense in general. Last season, they only had 33 sacks—their fewest in a quarter-century—and that is unacceptable for this season.

It would be one thing if the Steelers had a strong secondary to make up for a lack of pass rush, but they don’t. The secondary is arguably one of the worst in the NFL. That places a lot of pressure on the pass rush—specifically the outside linebackers—to get to the quarterback.

Jones had 28 sacks during his college career, but he could do much more. In three years—two at Georgia—he had 45.5 tackles for a loss, nine forced fumbles and one interception. With 24.5 tackles for a loss and 14.5 sacks during his junior season, Jones was named the 2012 SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

In essence, Jones was the type of playmaker in college that they need him to be in the NFL. He was a Joey Porter or a James Harrison. He was a defender that opposing offenses would fear and have to plan around. Now he is just another guy, but is putting forth the effort necessary to take the next step.

“I’m working hard,” Jones told Josh Yohe of DKonPittsburghSports.com. “I think I’m getting better every day. I think I had a great week here [at OTAs]. It’s going well. Everything in the past is already gone. I’m solely focused on this year.”

Jones must show improvement in all areas of his game. Whether it is defending the run or dropping into coverage, there is room for growth. However, nothing is as important as developing into an effective pass-rusher.

More than anything, the Steelers need players to rush the quarterback for their defense to be effective, and it will be up to Jones to be that type of player this season. If he struggles, the coaches will instead turn to Harrison and it will be the beginning of the end for Jones’ time in Pittsburgh.

By no means is he a bust, and for all we know, he will explode onto the scene this year. Even if he doesn’t, the Steelers at least need him to develop into another Jason Worilds, and soon.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of ESPN.com and roster information is courtesy of Steelers.com.  

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Bruce Arians: Ben Roethlisberger Is Like A Son To Me

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Bruce Arians: Ben Roethlisberger Is Like A Son To Me

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); It’s been several years since Bruce Arians “retired” from the Pittsburgh Steelers but the former offensive coordinator, now Arizona Cardinals head coach, still thinks quite a bit of quarterback Ben…

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Setting Realistic Expectations for Each Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted eight rookies this year and picked up a number of others as free agents. Expectations for some of these first-year players are high. But the question remains: Are these expectations realistic?

Let’s take a look at the players the Steelers drafted this year, along with some of the most promising undrafted rookies, and try to figure out what their ceilings and floors are in order to predict what we could reasonably expect to see from them in the 2015 season.

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Heading Into Training Camp: Ryan Shazier - Pittsburgh Sports Castle
It’s July 3, 2015 and in 23 more days the Pittsburgh Steelers will be conducting the first day of training camp. Before training camp, the players have some time to relax with their families and even get private practice with their other teammates in. In this week’s feature of Heading Into Training Camp, we take …

New Article up on www.pittsburghsportscastle.com. This week’s Heading Into Training Camp Preview is about linebacker Ryan Shazier.