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John Mehno

Cincy LB very far from Burfict

PTTSBURGH — Vontaze Burfict was sneaky dirty this time. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker dropped an elbow on Antonio Brown’s head that TV cameras saw but game officials didn’t. After that, players reported that Burfict yelled across the line of scrimmage, “You’re next” at ...

AFC North feud starts back today

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers and Bengals will start mixing it up just past 1 o’clock this afternoon. The relevant question is whether football will be the No. 1 topic of conversation when this one wraps up somewhere around 4 o’clock. The teams have a heated rivalry, and one of the key ...

Oh look … more drama from Brown

PITTSBURGH — Asking the day’s relevant question: Who among us hasn’t tossed an ottoman off a 14th floor balcony in a fit of rage? That bizarre story broke on Tuesday as a man in Florida sued Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, alleging that Brown put his safety in peril by pitching ...

Pittsburgh plays its way in victory

PITTSBURGH — If someone hadn’t seen the Steelers play before Sunday, they may have wondered what all the stress was about. The Steelers rolled to a 41-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on a summer-like Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. They ran the ball well. They got after the ...

Experts not talking about the Pens

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins opened the season last week, and there was no need to stage a banner-raising ceremony. The Stanley Cup currently belongs to the Washington Capitals, and it doesn’t seem like many people outside of Pittsburgh expect the Penguins to repossess it this spring. The ...

What’s wrong with Pittsburgh?

PITTSBURGH — If this is Wednesday, it’s time to sort through some of the things that happened in the Steelers’ Sunday night game against the Baltimore Ravens. n Ben Roethlisberger called it a bad day at the office, and it certainly was. His passer rating was a mediocre 72.5, but you ...

Steelers have major problems

PITTSBURGH — We’re one quarter into the 2018 NFL season, and this is abundantly clear: The Steelers have problems. Do they ever. After Sunday night’s 26-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field, the Steelers are 1-2-1, sharing last place with the Cleveland Browns and looking up ...

Harrison not good with giving advice

PITTSBURGH — So now Steelers Nation has caught up to the rest of the world in viewing James Harrison as Public Enemy No. 1. Harrison turned up on TV last week to advise Le’Veon Bell to report to the Steelers, then claim an injury that would make him unable to play. That would mean Bell ...

Penalties bad part of MNF victory

PITTSBURGH —Here’s the thing about the Steelers’ win.... (TWEET). False start. Replay the lede. Sorry, that’s just a way of acknowledging the start-and-stop nature of the Steelers’ first victory of the season, Monday night in Tampa. At his noon news conference on Tuesday, a ...

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 ...