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O-R Sports reporter Dale Lolley gets you the insider scoop on the NFL.

After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop. Dale can also be heard on the Steelers radio network pre-game show prior to every game. Follow him on Twitter at dlolleyor.

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Oct 2017

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A look inside the Bryant rumor

Last week, news broke that San Francisco linebacker Navarro Bowman had asked the 49ers for a trade.

A day later, he had been released after San Francisco couldn’t find a suitable offer and decided to cut bait with a player that didn’t want to be part of yet another rebuilding process.

Don’t think for a second that didn’t precipitate the news that broke Sunday night that receiver Martavis Bryant’s agent didn’t have that in mind when he leaked out to some choice national media sites that his client had asked the Steelers for a trade.

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Oct 2017

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Post Steelers vs. Chiefs thoughts

The Steelers went into the game against Kansas City looking to get the Chiefs in their nickel package and run the ball.

It worked like a charm.

Quite frankly, it’s something opposing teams have done to the Steelers, in an opposite way.

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Oct 2017

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Who I like: Steelers at Chiefs


In case you hadn’t heard, Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions on 55 pass attempts last week.

That’s a lot. In fact, it’s the most of his career.

By comparison, Kansas City’s Alex Smith has yet to throw an interception on 155 pass attempts this season for the Chiefs, who have had just one turnover.

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Oct 2017

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Tuesday with Tomlin

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin defending his team’s game plan on Tuesday after the Steelers had a 55-20 run-to-pass ratio in Sunday’s 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As Tomlin correctly pointed out, game situations dictated that the Steelers throw the ball exclusively in the fourth quarter, skewing the numbers greatly. But it doesn’t explain why that ratio was 21-11 in the first half.

“Game plans and things of that nature are often revealed over the second half of football games, the last quarter and a half of football games. So, the bomb went off there on us in the third quarter,” Tomlin said. “We threw a couple pick-6’s so the stats aren’t going to reflect our plan or our intentions. It’s just not. Like I outlined, we threw two pick-6’s in the third quarter. They got the ball the start of the fourth quarter and chewed up five minutes of clock. You’re going to lose any balance over the last quarter, quarter and a half, when those things occur. You’re going to seem one dimensional because you are. Time becomes a factor.”

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