December 2013 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap

Chargers Advance To Playoffs Over Steelers On Mistake By Refs

Dec 30, 2013 11:42 AM

The NFL has acknowledged that referees made a mistake in not penalizing the San Diego Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed field goal attempt by Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Succop missed a 41-yard field goal, but the Chargers were in an illegal formation that should have resulted in a five-yard penalty and another field goal attempt.

"On the play, San Diego lined up with seven men on one side of the snapper," the league said in a statement released Monday morning. "This should have been penalized as an illegal formation by the defense."

The Chargers eventually won the game to secure the final AFC playoff bid, but the Pittsburgh Steelers would have advanced had the penalty been called and Succop made the second attempt.

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2014 NFL Pro-Bowl Complete Rosters

Dec 28, 2013 12:45 PM

The NFL announced the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which is "Unconferenced" for the the first time.

Offense

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas, Broncos.

Tackle: Branden Albert, Chiefs; Jason Peters, Eagles; Tyron Smith, Cowboys; Joe Staley, 49ers; Joe Thomas, Browns; Trent Williams, Redskins.

Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.

Defense

Defensive end: Greg Hardy, Panthers; Cameron Jordan, Saints; Robert Quinn, Rams; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Texans; Mario Williams, Bills.

Interior lineman: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers; Haloti Ngata, Ravens; Dontari Poe, Chiefs; Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Kyle Williams, Bills.

Outside linebacker: John Abraham, Cardinals; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Tamba Hali, Chiefs; Justin Houston, Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Colts; Terrell Suggs, Ravens.

Inside/middle linebacker: NaVorro Bowman, 49ers; Vontaze Burfict, Bengals; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Patrick Willis, 49ers.

Cornerback: Brandon Flowers, Chiefs; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Aqib Talib, Patriots; Alterraun Verner, Titans.

Free safety: Jairus Byrd, Bills; Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Eric Weddle, Chargers.

Strong safety: Eric Berry, Chiefs; Kam Chancellor, Seahawks; Troy Polamalu, Steelers.

Special Teams

Punter: Brandon Fields, Dolphins; Johnny Hekker, Rams.

Placekicker: Matt Prater, Broncos; Justin Tucker, Ravens.

Punt returner: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dexter McCluster, Chiefs.

Special teamer: Justin Bethel, Cardinals; Matthew Slater, Patriots.

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McCoy, Megatron, Sherman Headline PFF's Pro Bowl Team

Dec 26, 2013 12:27 PM

The official Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Friday, but Pro Football Focus offered their picks on Thursday.

Offense

Quarterback: Peyton Manning (DEN) and Philip Rivers (SD)

Backups: Russell Wilson (SEA), Drew Brees (NO), Matthew Stafford (DET) and Tom Brady (NE)

Running Back: LeSean McCoy (PHI) and Jamaal Charles (KC)

Backups: Eddie Lacy (GB), DeMarco Murray (DAL), Adrian Peterson (MIN) and Marshawn Lynch (SEA)

Full Back: Anthony Sherman (KC) and Mike Tolbert (CAR)

Wide Receiver: Antonio Brown (PIT), Calvin Johnson (DET), Brandon Marshall (CHI) and Andre Johnson (HOU)

Backups: DeSean Jackson (PHI), Alshon Jeffrey (CHI), Jordy Nelson (GB) and Josh Gordon (CLE)

Tight End: Jimmy Graham (NO) and Vernon Davis (SF)

Backups: Jason Witten (DAL) and Tony Gonzalez (ATL)

Tackle: Joe Thomas (CLE), Andrew Whitworth (CIN), Demar Dotson (TB) and Phil Loadholt (MIN)

Backups: Jordan Gross (CAR) and Joe Staley (SF)

Guard: Evan Mathis (PHI), Josh Sitton (GB), Louis Vasquez (DEN) and Larry Warford (Det)

Backups: Brandon Fusco (MIN) and Travelle Wharton (CAR)

Center: Alex Mack (CLE) and Chris Myers (HOU)

Backups: John Sullivan (MIN) and Jason Kelce (PHI)

Defense

Defensive End: Robert Quinn (SL), J.J. Watt (HOU), Calais Campbell (ARZ) and Cameron Jordan (NO)

Backups: Greg Hardy (CAR) and Cameron Wake (MIA)

Defensive Tackle: Gerald McCoy (TB), Ndamukong Suh (DET), Jurrell Casey (TEN) and Kyle Williams (BUF)

Backups: Dontari Poe (KC) and Marcell Dareus (BUF)

Inside Linebacker: NaVorro Bowman (SF) and Patrick Willis (SF)

Backups: Derrick Johnson (KC) and Karlos Dansby (ARZ)

Outside Linebacker: Lavonte David (TB), Justin Houston (KC), Robert Mathis (IND) and Vontaze Burfict (CIN)

Backups: Brian Orakpo (WAS) and Thomas Davis (CAR)

Cornerback: Darrelle Revis (TB), Brent Grimes (MIA), Richard Sherman (SEA) and Patrick Peterson (ARZ)

Backups: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DEN), Keenan Lewis (NO), Vontae Davis (IND) and Joe Haden (CLE)

Strong Safety: Eric Berry (KC) and T.J. Ward (CLE)

Free Safety: Devin McCourty (NE) and Earl Thomas (SEA)

Special Teams

Kicker: Nick Folk (NYJ) and Justin Tucker (BAL)

Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN) and Golden Tate (SEA)

Punter: Shane Lechler (HOU) and Johnny Hekker (SL)

Special Teamer: Justin Bethel (ARZ) and Jeremy Lane (SEA)

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Tomlin Calls Decision To Pick Bell Over Lacy 'An Easy One'

Dec 17, 2013 1:54 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Le'Veon Bell with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft ahead of Eddie Lacy.

Lacy has established himself as one of the NFL's best backs with 1,028 yards and a 4.1 yards per carry average.

Bell is averaging 3.3 yards per carry for the Steelers.

"An easy one," said Tomlin on choosing Bell over Lacy. The Steelers love offensive versatility.

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Mike Tomlin Fined $100,000 By NFL

Dec 4, 2013 1:09 PM

Mike Tomlin has received a $100,000 fine from the NFL for interfering with a kickoff return last Thursday.

The NFL said it will also consider a forfeiture of draft picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"As I stated yesterday, I take full responsibility for my actions, and I apologize for causing negative attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization," Tomlin said in a statement. "I accept the penalty that I received. I will no longer address this issue as I am preparing for an important game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins."

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Tomlin's Accounts Of Interference Supported By Coaches Film

Dec 3, 2013 2:46 PM

Footage from the NFL Game Rewind Coaches Film supports Mike Tomlin's account that his interference with Jacoby Jones was accidental.

Tomlin has said that he always watches kick returns on the video board and was lost in his placement. Tomlin also said that he had become complacent since the Pittsburgh Steelers hadn't allowed a return past the 50 this season.

The NFL is expected to heavily fine Tomlin.

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NFL Considering Six-Figure Fine To Tomlin, Loss Of Pick For Steelers

Dec 1, 2013 2:30 PM

Mike Tomlin is unlikely to be suspended for interfering with Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return, but he could face a six-figure fine.

The Pittsburgh Steelers could have a draft pick taken away from them as an additional penalty.

Tomlin was not penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play. Tomlin said he didn't think he interfered with Jones.

Joe Flacco suggested to teammates that they should run out on the field to tackle Ted Ginn Jr. on the final play of the Super Bowl.

"That's exactly what [Tomlin] just did," Flacco said. "He was looking at the big screen the whole entire time, he knew where he was, he knew where Jacoby was. He pulled my move."

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