John Mehno

Simplifying defense might help Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Football coaches spend hours studying video, looking for any edge they can get. Sometimes they outsmart themselves. There’s reason to believe that could be a factor in the Steelers’ 0-1-1 start, with a tough game in Tampa Bay looming Monday night. As the Kansas City ...

Watching ‘As The Steelers Turn’

PITTSBURGH — This should be an interesting morning at Steelers headquarters. The players are due in this morning to start preparations for Monday night’s game at Tampa Bay. Presumably Antonio Brown will be there, and maybe he can take a detour to Mike Tomlin’s office before he suits up ...

Tomlin’s assessment: ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do’

PITTSBURGH — Is this the way it’s going to be? Are we in a Steelers world where 37 points aren’t enough to win a home game? First-year starter Patrick Mahomes sliced and diced a confused Steelers defense and led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 42-37 victory at Heinz Field Sunday ...

Steelers more than just football

PITTSBURGH — The great thing about following the Steelers is you don’t just get a football team. You get a soap opera, too. Where’s Le’Veon Bell? Has anyone checked his social media feeds in the last hour? When will he get here? It’s a cliffhanger. Speaking of social media, ...

Guess that 10-6 record won’t do

PITTSBURGH — No sooner than I predicted a 10-6 season for the Steelers, that prognostication was rendered obsolete with a tie in Cleveland. It took just four hours to make a season prediction totally incorrect. Is it going to be that kind of season? Picking apart the season opener: n ...

Steelers fans should aim for 10-6

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers begin their 2018 adventure today in Cleveland, playing the Browns at 1 o’clock. The regular season will wind up in 17 weeks with a home game against the Bengals and probably a 10-6 record. There’s a lot of travel, and too many playoff-caliber opponents. The ...

All Steelers can do is just wait

PITTSBURGH — Today is the day! Well, maybe it is. This is the day the Steelers will cast their eyes toward the door of the locker room and full expect to see Le’Veon Bell there, ready to join the team at practice. Just about everyone expected Bell to report on Monday to sign his ...

QB choice raises a few questions

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers had four quarterbacks for three spots, so one of them had to go. Conventional wisdom held that Josh Dobbs would be headed out, probably traded for a draft pick. Ben Roethlisberger was untouchable, of course. Landry Jones was thought to be in solid because he was ...

Thankfully, real games about to start

PITTSBURGH — There should be a celebration this Thursday night. The Steelers will end the preseason with their fourth not-quite-a-game. No more pretend NFL football. From that point forward, every game counts. Every one will be taken seriously with preparation and strategy and urgency. ...

Meyer issue the bad side of college sports

PITTSBURGH — College football game day is coming. That means cheerleaders, bands, the stadium packed with fans wearing school colors and, ideally, a competitive game. That’s what people love about college football. It’s everything else about it that should make them sick. The ...

Marte deserving of benching

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle did what he had to do, and that was the right thing. He benched Starling Marte for Monday’s game against the Atlanta Braves one day after Marte embarrassed the team — and by extension, the manager — with apathetic play against the Chicago Cubs. Marte failed ...

Mehno: Pirates’ next TV deal needs to be fruitful

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates’ TV deal is up for renewal after next season, and what happens with that could have an impact on franchise finances for at least a decade. The Pirates are currently in a contract with AT&T Sports Net. It’s been reported — but never confirmed — that it ...

Injuries can happen at nearly any time

PITTSBURGH — It was just a routine practice on the last day of Steelers training camp in Latrobe. Business as usual, a sleepy day in the monotonous drudgery of training camp. Next thing anybody knew, Ben Roethlisberger was being checked for a concussion and everything changed. A big ...

Don’t expect Pirates to honor Bonds

PITTSBURGH — The San Francisco Giants retired Barry Bonds’ number 25 Saturday night. Should the Pirates do the same with the No. 24 Bonds wore during his seven seasons in Pittsburgh? Oh, if only all the questions were this easy. The answer is an emphatic no. Bonds was excellent in ...

Owens not worth making special rule

PITTSBURGH — Terrell Owens skipped the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony over the weekend. But here’s an upset: They went ahead with the event anyway. Owens was pouting because he wasn’t voted in until his third try. A lot of people thinking being selected is an honor, ...

Kela, Archer need to back up enthusiasm

PITTSBURGH — MLB players have 72 hours to report to their new team after being traded. It’s right there in the labor agreement. Reliever Keone Kela almost stretched that clock to the max when he reported to PNC Park on Friday afternoon. The deal to acquire him from the Texas Rangers was ...

Mehno: Huntington makes bold moves this time

PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington did more than just acquire two pitchers on Tuesday. He jolted the team’s fan base, and he destroyed the myth that he is unwilling to trade prospects to get help for the major league club. The Pirates added starter Chris Archer and reliever Keone Kela at the ...

Bucs won’t be making any big deals

PITTSBURGH — Buyers or sellers? That’s the most overused and useless phrase since “Face of the Franchise.” The MLB non-waiver trade deadline arrives Tuesday at 4 p.m., not a moment too soon. But let’s not forget — there’s a whole other month to make trades, even though ...

You shouldn’t be missing McCutchen

PITTSBURGH — Oh, the anguish and hand wringing that were going on in January, and not just because the Steelers were knocked out of the playoffs. The Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. “He was the Face of the Franchise. He was their best player. He was their only ...

Mehno: Harrison merely stated the obvious

PITTSBURGH — Wait a minute ... James Harrison said Bill Belichick is a better coach than Mike Tomlin? That’s not exactly breaking news, not even by the TV standards, which apply that tag to a flat tire at rush hour. Belichick’s teams have won five Super Bowls. Tomlin’s Steelers have ...