Steelers Ben Takes Hits, False Story, Deebo Mows


The Pittsburgh Steelers are officially on summer vacation. They’ve wrapped up their minicamp and will head out to parts unknown for the next three weeks until reporting to the dorms of Saint Vincent for the Steelers’ 50th season of training camp in Latrobe. While the Steelers are enjoying their summer break we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Tuesday, July 7th.

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Roethlisberger takes the hits

Last season all four of the AFC North teams ranked mid-range or worse in total defense. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN suggests with Bengals defensive coordinator, Paul Guenther’s insight, is that the reason behind the decline in defense is that the offense has gotten better. All except the Browns, naturally.

Guenther took the time to praise Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for being able to adjust his game to lower the amount of hits he has to take by getting the ball out faster.

"“I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He’s taken a lot of shots and keeps getting up … He was getting hit a lot in the past while trying to throw some stuff downfield. The ball’s coming out a little faster, particularly on third downs. That’s probably part of it. He’s not running as much and he has enough pocket presence where he keeps a play alive.” – Paul Guenther"

The Steelers’ offensive attack of last season which included a breakthrough year by Le’Veon Bell and a record-setting year by Antonio Brown surely will be tested by the AFC North defenses this season to see if they’ve been figured out yet.

Shockingly, Mendenhall doesn’t get it quite right

Remember last week when Mendenhall’s big story about Ben Roethlisberger sticking a rookie with a $25,000 bar tab had everyone dusting off their old “Big Ben being a jerk in a club” stories? Well, shockingly, Mendy wasn’t being completely accurate when retelling that particular story. Guess he’s getting really good at TV writing already.

PFT’s Mike Florio explains that a source with direct knowledge of the night in question said that it was an offensive linemen dinner at a steakhouse, not a night out at a bar. Also the linemen had predetermined that Tony Hills, a rookie at the time, would pick up the tab.

The quarterbacks showed up for the dinner and naturally the bill was a lot higher than what Hills was prepared to pay and it was Roethlisberger who actually paid about half of the tab. The whole routine of veterans sticking rookies with huge restaurant/bar tabs is an antiquated custom. Mendenhall might know that if he was actually directly still involved in NFL teams.

Since he liked doing it so much, he cut that grass for free

Looks like James Harrison has to find something to do in between lifting thousands of pounds in the weight room. This is him on a break.

Next: Steelers Bell: Ranked Too Low?

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