The Steelers have promoted QB coach Matt Canada to OC. The 48-year-old had been in that previous role for just 1 season, spending the rest of his coaching career in the college ranks. Canada had 9 different OC stints, most recently with LSU in 2017 and Maryland in 2018. Those teams ranked 76th and 69th, respectively, in points per game.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo hears that there's "optimism" within the Steelers organization that QB Ben Roethlisberger will be back for the 2021 season. "Optimism" is an interesting word choice. Roethlisberger had a solid start to 2020 but averaged just 6.0 yards per attempt with 15 TDs and 10 INTs over the final 7 games, including the playoff loss to Cleveland. He turns 39 in March.
The Steelers are parting ways with OC Randy Fichtner, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Fichtner has been with the team since 2007, taking over as OC in 2018. The Steelers offense struggled mightily down the stretch this season, averaging just 22.1 points and 347 yards over the final 7 games. There were also whispers of a bit of a power struggle between Fichtner and QB Ben Roethlisberger. We'll see who the Steelers tab as their next OC -- and if Roethlisberger returns for 2021.
Steelers HC Mike Tomlin hinted Tuesday that he's considering mixing in QB Josh Dobbs during the playoffs. Dobbs played 9 snaps in the regular-season finale, completing 4 of 5 passes and running twice for 20 yards. Perhaps the Steelers use him in short-yardage and goal-line situations like the Colts have used QB Jacoby Brissett. It's a slight concern for QB Ben Roethlisberger's fantasy outlook.
Steelers HC Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday that QB Mason Rudolph will start this weekend's finale vs. the Browns. Pittsburgh can't fall past the #3 seed and can only climb to #2 if the Bills lose at home to the Dolphins. So QB Ben Roethlisberger, whose arm has looked tired lately, will get the week off. Tomlin said "the vast majority of guys will be playing" vs. Cleveland, but we wouldn't be surprised if guys like James Conner, Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster at least had their snaps limited.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is active for today's game vs. Washington. He didn't practice all week and was listed as questionable -- but we never heard any concern about his status. Big Ben is safe to get into fantasy lineups.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's not "much concern" about Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's status for Monday night's game vs. Washington. Big Ben is expected to start that one and can remain in fantasy lineups.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game vs. Washington. It's unclear if this is related to the knee injuries he suffered back in Week 9 in Dallas. We haven't heard anything to suggest that Roethlisberger is in danger of missing this game, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to roster someone like Alex Smith, Nick Mullens or Andy Dalton as late-game insurance.
The Ravens had no new positive COVID tests on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and their game vs. the Steelers is still on for Tuesday night. QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram -- along with a host of others -- will miss the game on the Baltimore side. Pittsburgh will be without RB James Conner.
This week's Ravens-Steelers game is "tentatively" being moved to Tuesday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's presumably if Baltimore doesn't have any more COVID positives. There still seems to be a decent chance that this game isn't played in Week 12. Even if they play on Tuesday, QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram will remain out. Stay tuned.
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