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Yesterday, at his final news conference of the season, Mike Tomlin failed to give Todd Haley an endorsement, and what he didn’t say told us everything we needed to know. After 6 seasons as Steelers offensive coordinator, Haley is out. That, despite overseeing a high-powered offense that finished in the top 10 in the NFL in each of the last 4 seasons. More important to Haley’s fate was the disconnect with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Ben produced huge numbers with Haley, but the strained relationship was well known, and in the end, that appears to have cost Haley his job. Mike Tomlin said this in a statement on the team’s website, “I have made the decision to not renew the contract for offensive coordinator Todd Haley. I would like to thank Todd for his contributions to our offense the past six years, and we wish him the best in his coaching future.”

 

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Mike Tomlin says his team didn’t play winning football on Sunday, and there are consequences for that. Tomlin didn’t announce any coaching changes, but he says “conversations need to be had.” He says, “some of us are going to be on this journey and some of us are not.” One of the questions is the relationship between offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger. Haley’s contract is up. Tomlin: “I’m gathering information on all relationships and things of that nature…that’s what this assessment is all about, so I’m not ready to state opinions on the nature of any of our relationships whether I assessing it in terms of what transpired or what’s gonna transpire moving forward.”

Antonio Brown appears to be ready to go, and so are two Steelers who are excited to be getting their first taste of playoff football, Rookie linebacker TJ Watt and veteran cornerback Joe Haden…

Haden: “A thousand per cent, you know especially after last week having the bye. Being in the playoffs but still not being able to play….when I came in here today everybody was just hyped, excited, energy, and we was ready for this Monday practice.”

Watt: “I’m just more excited than anything to get out there at Heinz Field in front of Steeler nation, and it’s gonna be a fun time, I think we’re excited. Obviously the game didn’t go the way we wanted it to, we know the reasons why and we couldn’t stop the run early on and it just kinda bled throughout the whole game.”

Antonio Brown is BACK.  Today he practiced for the first time in more than three weeks. The Steelers earned a bye week, so Brown benefited from having some extra time to rest after partially tearing his calf muscle in the loss to the Patriots on December 17th. After practice, I asked Brown if he was 100%: “See how it goes, how the week progress..feel like I was able to go through practice. Feels good to be out there. I was able to move around a little bit, in the flow of things, but i still have plenty of room to grow.”

Tennessee at Kansas City  CHIEFS
Atlanta at LA Rams  FALCONS
Buffalo at Jacksonville  JAGUARS
Carolina at New Orleans  SAINTS

 

Chicago at Minnesota  VIKINGS
Cleveland at Pittsburgh  STEELERS
Dallas at Philadelphia  COWBOYS
Green Bay at Detroit  LIONS
Houston at Indianapolis  COLTS
NY Jets at New England  PATRIOTS
Washington at NY Giants  GIANTS
Arizona at Seattle  SEAHAWKS
Buffalo at Miami  BILLS
Carolina at Atlanta  FALCONS
Cincinnati at Baltimore  RAVENS
Jacksonville at Tennessee  JAGUARS
Kansas City at Denver  CHIEFS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay  SAINTS
Oakland at LA Chargers  CHARGERS
San Francisco at LA Rams  RAMS

Indianapolis at Baltimore  RAVENS
Minnesota at Green Bay  VIKINGS
Atlanta at New Orleans  FALCONS
Buffalo at New England  BILLS
Cleveland at Chicago  BROWNS
Denver at Washington  REDSKINS
Detroit at Cincinnati  BENGALS
LA Chargers at NY Jets  CHARGERS
LA Rams at Tennessee  RAMS
Miami at Kansas City  CHIEFS
Tampa Bay at Carolina  PANTHERS
Jacksonville at San Francisco  JAGUARS
NY Giants at Arizona  CARDINALS
Seattle at Dallas  SEAHAWKS
Pittsburgh at Houston  STEELERS
Oakland at Philadelphia  RAIDERS

The Steelers should have been the winners yesterday.  They had the game taken away from them on
1) a bad rule
2) a bad call
3) a bad review
The pass to Jesse James was complete. James had a knee down, two feet down, and an elbow down before and during the time the ball crossed the plane. The fact that the ball moved slightly on the ground in the end zone is moot. So is the notion that it “didn’t survive the ground.” In my opinion, the “process of the completion” had been concluded before he ever reached the goal line, and his “lunge” towards the end zone was after the catch had been made.  Oh well. Get ready for the rematch.

Chicago at Detroit  LIONS
LA Chargers at Kansas City  CHIEFS
Arizona at Washington  REDSKINS
Baltimore at Cleveland  RAVENS
Cincinnati at Minnesota  VIKINGS
Green Bay at Carolina  PACKERS
Houston at Jacksonville  JAGUARS
Miami at Buffalo  DOLPHINS
NY Jets at New Orleans  SAINTS
Philadelphia at NY Giants  EAGLES
LA Rams at Seattle  SEAHAWKS
New England at Pittsburgh  STEELERS
Tennessee at San Francisco  TITANS
Dallas at Oakland  RAIDERS
Atlanta at Tampa Bay  FALCONS

Chicago at Cincinnati  BENGALS
Dallas at NY Giants  GIANTS
Detroit at Tampa Bay  BUCS
Green Bay at Cleveland  BROWNS
Indianapolis at Buffalo  BILLS
Minnesota at Carolina  VIKINGS
Oakland at Kansas City  CHIEFS
San Francisco at Houston  TEXANS
NY Jets at Denver  JETS
Tennessee at Arizona  TITANS
Washington at LA Chargers  CHARGERS
Philadelphia at LA Rams  EAGLES
Seattle at Jacksonville  SEAHAWKS
Baltimore at Pittsburgh  STEELERS
New England at Miami  DOLPHINS