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Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond


It may be the slow time in the NFL, but nothing can slow down my Thoughts! Be sure to chime in on mine, and add a few of your own...


Tribute to Chuck Noll

The Steelers in the 1970s were one of the toughest teams to beat in all of sports. Chuck Noll was a big reason why that was the case.

Watch 1975 AFC Championship Steelers vs. Raiders Game


For those of you who many have missed it on Dan Gigler's Blog 'N Gold, a fairly complete, commercial free, video of the 1975 AFC Championship Game between the Steelers and the Raiders is available. This game was a classic that in many ways defined the Steelers-Raiders rivalry of the 70's. The hour long video is well worth the investment of your time. Watch it now (before it gets taken down....)

Joe Pa the Steeler?


This probably does not come as a surprise to our older bloggers, our resident historians or anyone who's read Maryrose's excellent book, but Peter King plays a bit of the "what if" game by recalling that Joe Paterno could have coached the Steelers, instead of Chuck Noll. What if, indeed?

The Steelers History vs. the 49ers


The Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers are two of the NFL's most storied franchises. Click here for a look at some of their marquee match ups from the Noll, Cowher, and Tomlin eras.

How to Really Pick a Fight


Mike Tomlin might not like it, and I get where he's coming from. But for good or for ill, the Harbaugh-Schwartz standoff was NFL's big news of the week. It was good TV no doubt, but back in 1987 Chuck Noll showed how you really call out a head coach with his sideline confrontation with Jerry Glanville. Click above for some vintage footage of The Emperor.

Colt's long time offensive coordinator? Gone.


Looks like another member of the Colt's organization has decided to move on to greener pastures. Some think he's retired, some believe he's going to be on another team's coaching staff. Either way, I'm not gonna cry about it. He was a pretty damn good offensive mind. He was also with the Steeler's in the 70's and won two Super Bowls with them while being their WR coach. An interesting article about him can be read HERE.

The Rise of the Dick LeBeau Coaching Tree


The story behind Carnell Lake’s return as Pittsburgh’s secondary coach did not just mark the return of another Steelers defender from the ‘90’s to the Steelers coaching staff. Lake’s latest career move also confirms a quiet transformation of the NFL’s defensive coaching landscape -- the Rise of the Dick LeBeau Coaching Tree. Click the link above to read more about the rise of the Dick LeBeau Coaching Tree.

Bears should extend Lovie Smith: Who'd you rather have?


Bears should extend Lovie Smith: Who'd you rather have? Come check out part 2 in our 3 part Lovie series.

Steelers History Reveals Why "Playing for Draft Position" is Folly


Fortunately, it is an argument that rarely rears its ugly head in Steelers Nation. Yet other NFL teams are not so lucky. The Drill is rote by this time of year. A team has not playoff prospects, and the argument, implicit or explicitly arises, "Should we just mail it in a play for draft position?" That can be very tempting. But the Steelers experience reveals why such thinking is folly. Click above to read why.

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