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February 08, 2023 Steelers coaching news: Will Brian Flores’ departure hurt the defense?

On the Wednesday edition of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko discuss the news that Brian Flores is leaving the Steelers to become defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. They also tackle colleague Gerry Dulac's report that the team would like to hold onto backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky. And later, Chris analyzes the Penguins' big win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

February 06, 2023 NFL draft news: Steelers showing interest in physicality at defensive back spots

On the Monday edition of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the Steelers' weekend at the Senior Bowl and what types of corners they may covet in the NFL draft. Chris also welcomes Noah Hiles to break down Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim's comments about Pitt "buying" a team. And he chats with Penguins beat reporter Andrew Destin about general manager Ron Hextall's All-Star weekend comments.

February 03, 2023 NFL draft news: Steelers’ Mike Tomlin showing interest in these prospects at Senior Bowl

On the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, host Christopher Carter interviews Steelers beat writer Ray Fittipaldo, who's in Mobile, Ala., for the 2023 Senior Bowl. Ray has the scoop on the prospects coach Mike Tomlin spent time scouting and speaking with with the NFL draft looming in a couple of months.

February 01, 2023 Are the Steelers about to give Mike Tomlin a contract extension?

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko discuss a report by colleague Gerry Dulac that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's job is safe and that a contract extension could be coming soon. They also analyze some of the decisions Tomlin has made with his coaching staff recently.

January 30, 2023 NFL draft news: Which prospects will Steelers covet at 2023 Senior Bowl?

On the Monday edition of the North Shore Drive, Post-Gazette sports writers Ray Fittipaldo and Christopher Carter discuss the coming week's Senior Bowl and which NFL draft prospects the Steelers may have their eyes on before the game in Mobile, Ala. Christopher also welcomes Penguins beat reporter Andrew Destin to discuss the team's frustrating loss to San Jose, their last game before the All-Star break.

January 27, 2023 Was Art Rooney II’s state of the Steelers address a good sign for the team’s direction? Christopher Carter and Brian Batko give their takes from Art Rooney II's meeting where he called the Steelers' second-half push a good sign for the direction of the team and gave offensive coordinator Matt Canada a vote of confidence. But is that the right decision?   Plus, they give conference championship weekend picks for Bengals vs. Chiefs and Eagles vs. 49ers.   Finally, Matt Vensel pops in from Washington D.C. to give his analysis on the Penguins' loss to the Capitals amid concerns for the Penguins' playoff hopes. January 25, 2023 Are Steelers right to develop Kenny Pickett with Matt Canada? Are the Steelers being cheap in not firing Matt Canada when it comes to the development of Kenny Pickett? Or is this part of a long-term plan that just needs to play out? Christopher Carter and Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette discuss.   Also, Andrew Destin joins the show after the Penguins' 7-6 overtime win over the Florida Panthers to talk about Kris Letang's amazing comeback night. January 23, 2023 Is OL or CB more important for Steelers to address?

The Pittsburgh Steelers' offseason needs involve several positions for Omar Khan and the front office to address. Ray Fittipaldo and Christopher Carter rank which positions are the top concerns, and highlight offensive line and cornerback prospects in the NFL draft and free agency. Also, the two go over the NFL divisional round of the playoffs with the Cincinnati Bengals looking strong. Finally, Chris discusses the Pittsburgh Penguins' overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils and whether Ron Hextall can or can't make any moves to boost the team for a second half push.  

January 20, 2023 Can the Steelers get the most out of Kenny Pickett with Matt Canada?

On the Friday edition of the North Shore Drive podcast, host Christopher Carter welcomes a trio of guests to talk about all three of Pittsburgh's major sports teams. Brian Batko what the Steelers' decision to keep offensive coordinator Matt Canada means for quarterback Kenny Pickett. Jason Mackey talks Andrew McCutchen's return. And Matt Vensel stops by to analyze the Penguins' recent struggles.

January 18, 2023 The Steelers are bringing back Matt Canada. What now?

On the Wednesday edition of the North Shore Drive podcast, 93.7 The Fan's Josh Rowntree joins Post-Gazette sports writer Christopher Carter to discuss the report by the Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac that offensive coordinator Matt Canada will be returning to the Steelers in 2023. Later, they also discuss an important week for the Pitt basketball team.

January 16, 2023 Should improving Steelers’ offensive line still be a point of emphasis in NFL draft, free agency?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the Steelers' offensive line. How much did it improve during the season? And what changes -- if any -- should be made to make it better in 2023? Our duo tackles those questions and also looks back at the NFL's wild-card weekend playoff games.

January 13, 2023 NFL wild-card weekend: Will the Steelers, Mike Tomlin shake up coaching staff or not?

On the Friday edition of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko discuss the Steelers coaching staff. Will offensive coordinator Matt Canada be retained or let go? Will there be changes with any other assistants? Our duo tackles those topics and looks ahead to the NFL's wild-card playoff weekend.

January 09, 2023 Steelers vs. Browns aftermath: Is winning record a success? Or bittersweet with no playoffs?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo break down the Steelers' win over the Cleveland Browns and what it means in the context of their season. Is their final record a success, given the team's slow start? Or should the season be viewed as a disappointment given missed opportunities to reach the playoffs? Plus, will Matt Canada be back as offensive coordinator in 2023? Our duo tackles those questions and more.

January 06, 2023 NFL Week 18: Which segment of Steelers’ playoff path is toughest?

On the Friday edition of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko discuss the changes to the AFC's playoff seeding procedures, their potential impact on the Steelers and the chances the home team will actually be able to make the playoffs with a Week 18 victory against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium.

January 04, 2023 Do the Steelers have their QB of the future in Kenny Pickett?

Description: On the Wednesday edition of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Noah Hiles and Christopher Carter analyze Kenny Pickett's rookie season and whether it's been enough for him to earn franchise quarterback status with the Steelers. They also discuss the latest on the Damar Hamlin situation and Pitt basketball's chance of making the NCAA tournament. 

January 02, 2023 Steelers vs. Ravens aftermath: Can Kenny Pickett’s clutch play get Steelers to the NFL playoffs?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo break down the Steelers' 16-13 victory against the Ravens on Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Can Kenny Pickett keep his late-game heroics going? Or does this offense need to be more consistent to have a chance to make the playoffs and make some noise if it gets there? Our duo answers those questions and more.

December 30, 2022 Are Steelers ready to push Matt Canada out?

The Steelers have kept offensive coordinator Matt Canada in the fold all season. But insights from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporters Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko indicate it wouldn't be a surprise if Canada was gone after the season. Will the Steelers find a new offensive coordinator to help Kenny Pickett? Also, Cam Heyward is still the leader of the team. But has he been the MVP this season? Or has that been Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alex Highsmith, or someone else?

Finally, Steelers vs Ravens preview and breakdown with predictions on that game, and the other games relevant to the Steelers' playoff hopes.

December 28, 2022 Has Kenny Pickett lived up to pre-draft hype?

The Pittsburgh Steelers saw Kenny Pickett lead his third game-winning drive of the season Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens. But has Pickett lived up to the hype as the "most pro-ready" quarterback from the 2022 NFL draft? Also, should the Steelers dip back into Pitt football prospects with both Calijah Kancey and SirVocea Dennis declaring for the draft? Their draft stock could put them in prime position for Omar Khan and Mike Tomlin to add them in the right rounds. Finally, should the NFL move their holiday games to let college football have their big days around bowl season?  

December 26, 2022 Steelers-Raiders aftermath: Was Kenny Pickett’s clutch final drive a sign of legit growth or not?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Ray Fittipaldo and Christopher Carter break down the Steelers' Week 16 victory against the Las Vegas Raiders. Specifically, they analyze the performance of quarterback Kenny Pickett, who led the Steelers down the field for the game-winning touchdown pass to fellow rookie George Pickens in the final moments. Ray also gives his weekly grades for other position groups.

December 23, 2022 Steelers-Raiders: How will Pittsburgh handle emotions of Franco Harris, Immaculate Reception 50th?

On the Friday edition of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Brian Batko and Christopher Carter preview an emotional Week 16 matchup for the Steelers against the Las Vegas Raiders. How will players and coaches juggle their duties with the celebration of the late Franco Harris and the 50th anniversary of his Immaculate Reception? And what factor will bitter cold play in the outcome? Our duo tackles those topics and more.

December 21, 2022 Remembering Steelers Hall of Famer Franco Harris with Ed Bouchette

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, long-time Post-Gazette Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchett joins digital sports producer Adam Bittner to discuss the legacy of the late Franco Harris, the Steelers' Hall of Fame running back and four-time Super Bowl champion who died Tuesday at the age of 72.

December 19, 2022 NFL Week 15 aftermath: Is Steelers’ winning formula against Panthers sustainable?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo break down the Steelers' Week 15 triumph against the Panthers in Carolina with a special focus on the offense's long drives. Can the Steelers afford to make a habit of long, time consuming touchdown drives? Or do they need to find more explosiveness to have more consistent scoring success. Our duo tackles those questions and more.

December 16, 2022 NFL Week 15: How will Steelers handle Kenny Pickett injury against Panthers?

On the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Brian Batko and Christopher Carter have the latest on the Steelers' quarterback situation as they prepare to face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Will Kenny Pickett be healthy enough to play? And if not, will Mitch Trubisky or Mason Rudolph get the start? Our duo tackles those questions and more.

December 14, 2022 NFL draft: Should Steelers consider Pitt’s Calijah Kancey? Plus, Mitch Trubisky vs. Mason Rudolph

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Adam Bittner discuss the Steelers quarterback and whether Mason Rudolph should start over Mitch Trubisky on Sunday against Carolina. They also weigh the merits of the drafting Pitt star Calijah Kancey in this spring's NFL draft.

December 12, 2022 NFL Week 14 recap: Why these Steelers units deserved ’F’ grades for performance vs. Ravens

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo sort through the Steelers' 16-14 loss the Ravens to close NFL Week 14 at Acrisure Stadium. Ray explains why he gave several of the team's position groupings failing grades, and the two look ahead to development opportunities in the remaining month of the season.

December 09, 2022 NFL Week 14: Was Steelers’ Kenny Pickett right to praise Matt Canada?

On the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko break down the Steelers' Week 14 matchup with the Ravens at Acrisure Stadium. They also analyze Kenny Pickett's recent comments praising offensive coordinator Matt Canada, a popular target of fan ire during the team's early losing skid.

December 07, 2022 Why the Steelers need George Pickens to be better in this KEY area

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Adam Bittner and Christipher Carter discuss George Pickens' calls for more targets. Why they're warranted, but why Pickens can also improve in some areas. They also highlight the performance of Damonte Kazee and ponder why's wrong with linebacker Myles Jack.

December 05, 2022 Steelers receivers struggling: Why Diontae Johnson, George Pickens aren’t matching Pat Freiermuth

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo break down the Steelers' win over the Falcons on Sunday and seek to answer an important question. Why aren't receivers Diontae Johnson and George Pickens matching the production of tight ends including Pat Freiermuth?

November 30, 2022 Is Steelers’ Kenny Pickett finally breaking through? Plus, Pirates make a BIG signing

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Adam Bittner, Jason Mackey and Christopher Carter break down Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett's recent run of solid starts and what it could mean moving forward. They also tackle the Pirates' signing of established veteran Carlos Santana to a lucrative one-year contract and whether it signals a shift in the front office's willingness to compete financially.

November 28, 2022 Monday Night Football preview: Can the Steelers get back on track vs. Colts?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko look ahead to the Steelers' Monday Night Football matchup with the Colts in Indianapolis, with a special focus on the most important matchups that will decide which team gets a crucial victory to close out the month of November in the NFL.

November 24, 2022 What’s wrong with the connection between the Steelers’ Kenny Pickett and Diontae Johnson?

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Adam Bittner and Christopher Carter analyze the relationship between the Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett and receiver Diontae Johnson and why it isn't productive right now. They also tackle the defense's issues and ponder how the team could be positioned for the NFL draft.

November 21, 2022 NFL Week 11: Why did the Steelers’ defense collapse late against the Bengals?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo sort through the Steelers' loss to the Bengals on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium. Why did the defense wilt in the final moments? Did the offense produce some positives on which it can build? The duo answers those questions and more.

November 18, 2022 Here’s how Steelers can get the sweep of their rival Bengals

On the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko preview the Steelers' Week 11 rematch against the Cincinnati Bengals at Acrisure Stadium and ponder the team's improvement in run defense in recent weeks.

November 16, 2022 Can a healthy Steelers defense dominate the Bengals again?

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Adam Bittner discuss the importance of a healthy Minkah Fitzpatrick for the Steelers defense and what difference he can make against Cincinnati if he's healthy. They also highlight growth along the offensive line and from much maligned linebacker Devin Bush.

November 14, 2022 Grading the Steelers in their big Week 10 win over the Saints

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo break down the Steelers' big win over the New Orleans Saints and give an early peek ahead to Week 11, when the Steelers will welcome the Cincinnati Bengals to Acrisure Stadium.

November 11, 2022 NFL Week 10: Steelers vs. Saints preview, key matchups, predictions and more

On the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko look ahead to the Steelers' Week 10 meeting with the New Orleans Saints and ponder the difference linebacker T.J. Watt can make in his return from injury after his team's Week 9 bye.

November 09, 2022 DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK: Ryan Shazier and Dave Dameshek’s new podcast

There are few moments in sports more thrilling, compelling, or inspiring than a comeback story. From the resurgence of a sports figure to a team that defies the odds for an unexpected win, to someone who never quite made it, finally getting their shot, these stories are the lifeblood of sports.

Nobody knows this more than former NFL star linebacker, Ryan Shazier who scratched and clawed his way back from paralysis after a devastating on-field hit, to walk back on a football field just a few years later under his own power. It’s the stuff movies are made of… and now it’s the stuff Don’t Call it a Comeback will bring you each week.

Don’t Call it a Comeback will spotlight the biggest sports comeback story of the week and dive deep into every aspect of what makes each tale more incredible than the last. Hosted by Ryan Shazier and his pal, TV writer, radio personality, and sports superfan, Dave Dameshek, they’ll shout out the underdogs, Cinderellas, unlikely heroes, and surprising achievements all across the sports landscape and explore the highs, lows and hurdles each subject faced on their triumphant comeback journey. 

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November 09, 2022 MLB free agency preview: What pieces will the Pirates add?

Post-Gazette sports writers Jason Mackey and Adam Bittner preview MLB free agency and moves the Pirates can and should make as baseball's hot stove season gets underway, with an emphasis on first base, catcher and the starting rotation.

November 07, 2022 NFL Draft 2023: What are Steelers’ options with pick acquired in Chase Claypool trade?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo discuss which players the Steelers may want to target with the second-round draft pick acquired in the Chase Claypool trade last week. They also analyze ways William Jackson III can help the defense.

November 02, 2022 NFL trade deadline recap: Breaking down Steelers’ Chase Claypool deal

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko break down every angle of the Steelers' two trade deadline moves -- one that sent WR Chase Claypool to Chicago and the other that brought William Jackson III from the Washington Commanders.

October 31, 2022 Steelers vs. Eagles aftermath: What changes can Pittsburgh make?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Adam Bittner and Ray Fittipaldo break down the Steelers' loss Sunday at Philadelphia and look ahead to the bye week. Is it time for a change in the playcalling? And are there other personnel decisions that could make a difference alongside linebacker T.J. Watt's return from injury?

October 28, 2022 Steelers-Eagles preview and picks: Can Matt Canada open up offense?

On the Friday episode of The North Shore Drive podcast, Steelers insider Brian Batko discusses whether the offense is as close to breaking through as Matt Canada insists and if Pittsburgh can end the Eagles' undefeated season. 

October 26, 2022 Steelers struggles: Is Matt Canada hurting Kenny Pickett’s development?

On the Wednesay episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Jason Mackey discuss Matt Canada's future as Steelers offensive coordinator and whether he's helped or hurt the development of rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett so far.

October 24, 2022 Steelers vs. Dolphins aftermath: Is it too late for a turnaround?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Adam Bittner and Christopher Carter break down the Steelers' Sunday Night Football loss to the Dolphins in Miami. They also take stock of where the team stands through seven weeks of the NFL season and whether coach Mike Tomlin and Co. still have time to turn their dismal start into a meaningful finish.

October 21, 2022 NFL Week 7: Steelers vs. Dolphins preview, key matchups, predictions and more

On the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko break down the Steelers' injury situation as they look to extend their winning streak to two games Sunday night at Miami. They also have insight on all the key matchups and offer their predictions for what will happen at Hard Rock Stadium.

October 19, 2022 Mitch Trubisky vs. Diontae Johnson: Inside Steelers teammates’ reported rift

On the Wednesday edition of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Jason Mackey discuss colleague Gerry Dulac's report that quarterback Mitch Trubisky and receiver Diontae Johnson clashed during halftime of their team's loss to the New York Jets at Acrisure Stadium. The pair also discusses the Penguins' hot start that took a detour Monday night in Montreal.

October 17, 2022 Steelers’ shocker: How Pittsburgh took down Tom Brady, Buccaneers

Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo joins the show to break down the team's big-time upset over Tampa Bay. Is this a new and improved Mitch Trubisky? How did the defense perform so well with so many injuries? And have their playoff hopes been given a significant boost?

October 14, 2022 NFL Week 6: Steelers vs. Buccaneers preview, key matchups, predictions and more

On the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo breaks down what the team must do to break its four-game losing streak Sunday against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium. He also makes his pick for the game, which will mark Kenny Pickett's second as the starting quarterback.

October 12, 2022 Varsity Xtra: Will lack of TV broadcasts for WPIAL championships help attendance?

Our high school football crew discusses the ramifications of KDKA's decision not to televise this year's WPIAL football championships and whether it will help raise attendance for the championship games. Plus, we discuss the potential changes that could be coming to the PIAA's competitive balance rule and we predict all of this week's biggest matchups.

 
October 12, 2022 NFL Week 6: Why Steelers must be patient with Kenny Pickett, Matt Canada’s offense

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive, Jason Mackey discusses the need for patience with Kenny Pickett as he learns to execute coordinator Matt Canada's offense. Plus, with the Penguins' season opener looming, Jason reflects on the longevity of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.

October 10, 2022 Steelers vs. Bills aftermath: Has blowout loss sown locker room turmoil in Pittsburgh?

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Steelers insider Brian Batko takes viewers inside the discord that became evident in the team's locker room after a blowout loss to the Bills on Sunday in Buffalo. He also breaks down every angle of the blowout defeat, the Steelers' worst since 1989.

October 07, 2022 Can Kenny Pickett lead Steelers to major upset against Bills?

On the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, we break down the Steelers' chances as two-touchdown underdogs against the Bills in Buffalo. Will the Kenny Pickett "spark" be enough to lift Pittsburgh? Is the Steelers defense healthy enough to keep the game close? And finally, will anyone pick the upset?

October 05, 2022 Varsity Xtra: Why are the perennial powers in the WPIAL struggling?

High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein break down their power rankings for the top five teams in the area, regardless of class. Plus, we discuss what is going on with perennial powers Central Catholic, Thomas Jefferson and Clairton and whether they have what it takes to turn their seasons around.

October 05, 2022 What does Kenny Pickett move mean for Matt Canada’s Steelers future?

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Jason Mackey discuss expectations for Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada now that Kenny Pickett has replaced Mitch Trubisky as the starting quarterback. Jason also gives his take on the Pirates, as they've officially reached 100 losses for 2022.

October 03, 2022 Has Kenny Pickett officially taken over as Steelers QB?

On Monday's edition of The North Shore Drive podcast, Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo joins Christopher Carter to discuss the debut of Kenny Pickett and the loss to the Jets. Is this officially the rookie's team to lead? Can the Pittsburgh defense find some answers to help whoever is quarterback going forward? And is the AFC North still winnable? 

September 30, 2022 NFL Week 4: Steelers vs. Jets preview, key matchups, predictions and more

On the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko get you ready for the Steelers' Sunday afternoon matchup with the New York Jets. The two review all of the key matchups and make their picks for a must-win game for Pittsburgh.

September 28, 2022 Varsity Xtra: Handing out midseason hardware

High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein discuss their picks for the midseason WPIAL/City League player of the year and coach of the year. Plus, we give our own personal rankings for Class 6A and reflect on some of the most memorable plays we've witnessed in person.

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September 28, 2022 NFL Week 4: Steelers in must win situation vs. Jets?

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Jason Mackey discuss whether the Steelers are in a must-win situation ahead of their Week 4 matchup with the New York Jets.

Jason also has all of the latest from Penguins training camp and gives his thoughts on the Pirates as they near another 100-loss season.

September 27, 2022 Hines Ward interview: Ex-Steelers WR weighs in on Mitch Trubisky, Matt Canada’s offense and more

Former Steelers Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward joins Post-Gazette sports writer Adam Bittner for a special episode of the North Shore Drive podcast. The two discuss the team's quarterbacks, Matt Canada's offense and key drops by the receivers.

Hines also tells fans how they can find resources to fight obesity through the NFL Alumni Association’s Huddle Up: Let’s Talk Obesity campaign.

September 26, 2022 The Steelers think they can address these issues

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Christopher Carter gets the scoop from Post-Gazette Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo on which issues the Steelers are focused on fixing ahead of their Week 4 matchup with the New York Jets on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium.

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September 23, 2022 Steelers vs. Browns breakdown: Can Pittsburgh fix its issues?

On the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko analyze the Steelers' loss to the Browns on Thursday Night Football. What issues can be fixed? Which can't? And how will the Steelers fare beyond Week 3 with a tough schedule looming?

September 21, 2022 Varsity Xtra: Who is the best team in Class 5A?

High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein discuss the top teams in Class 5A and whether Hempfield has a legitimate chance to contend for a WPIAL title. Plus, we reflect on Anthony Chiccitt's incredible journey from Bethel Park quarterback to cancer survivor to walk-on at Robert Morris, where he is now the starting QB.

September 21, 2022 NFL Week 3: Steelers vs. Browns preview, key matchups, predictions and more

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Jason Mackey look ahead to the Steelers' matchup with the Browns on Thursday Night Football. They also share thoughts on Penguins training camp, which begins later this week, and the Pirates' dramatic loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

September 19, 2022 Grading the Steelers in their loss to the Patriots

On the Monday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Christopher Carter and Ray Fittipaldo break down every angle of the Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots in their home opener Sunday at Acrisure Stadium. 

The two talk through Ray’s report card on the team’s performance and analyze the things that need to change ahead of the team’s Week 3 matchup against the Browns in Cleveland. 

Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko break down every angle of the Steelers' Week 2 matchup with the Patriots at Acrisure Stadium. Get their predictions for the game, insight on the most important matchups and injury updates, plus how the Steelers can make up for T.J. Watt's lost production.

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September 16, 2022 NFL Week 2: Steelers vs. Patriots preview, key matchups, predictions and more

Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko break down every angle of the Steelers' Week 2 matchup with the Patriots at Acrisure Stadium. Get their predictions for the game, insight on the most important matchups and injury updates, plus how the Steelers can make up for T.J. Watt's lost production.

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September 14, 2022 Varsity Xtra: Separating the contenders from the pretenders in Class 6A

High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein break down the top teams in Class 6A and try to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Plus, we're joined by McKeesport star running back Bobbie Boyd to discuss his torrid start to the season and where he might end up playing in college.

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September 14, 2022 Why the Steelers can win without T.J. Watt

Christopher Carter is joined by Post-Gazette senior writer Jason Mackey to discuss the Steelers' future with T.J. Watt dealing with a pec injury. Can the defense keep up its super-human effort to produce wins while they wait for their best player to come back? 

And speaking of injuries, how can the banged-up Pitt Panthers rebound from their tough loss to Tennessee? 

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September 12, 2022 Steelers-Bengals recap: What in the world did we just watch?

Christopher Carter is joined by Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo to break down the craziness that was Week 1 of the Steelers' season. Is Minkah Fitzpatrick now the team's most important player with T.J. Watt injured? Is this team good enough to compete without Watt? And how long of a leash does Mitch Trubisky have? 

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September 09, 2022 NFL Week 1: Steelers vs. Bengals preview, key matchups, predictions and more

Post-Gazette sports writers Christopher Carter and Brian Batko break down every angle of the Steelers' Week 1 matchup with the Bengals in Cincinnati. Get their predictions for the game and insight on the most important matchups that could determine the outcome.

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September 07, 2022 Varsity Xtra: Should Rodney Gallagher be Laurel Highlands’ quarterback?

High school insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein discuss whether Rodney Gallagher should remain at wide receiver or move back to quarterback. Plus, we forecast how far Westinghouse can go in the state playoffs, and how long will Central Valley's winning streak last?

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September 07, 2022 Did the Steelers get their QB depth chart right?

On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, Post-Gazette sports writers Jason Mackey and Chris Carter discuss whether the Steelers got it right in naming Mitch Trubisky their starting quarterback and choosing Kenny Pickett as his No. 2. Plus, Jason gets a scoop on kicker Chris Boswell.

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September 05, 2022 Steelers season preview: Will offensive line derail 2022 season?

Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo joins Christopher Carter to look ahead to the regular season as we sit less than a week away. How long until Kenny Pickett takes over at QB? Can the offensive line keep any quarterback upright? And are there hidden signs of optimism? 

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September 01, 2022 Pitt-West Virginia: Who will win the Backyard Brawl?

The new North Shore Drive sports podcast with host Christopher Carter kicks off ... where else? The Backyard Brawl is going down Thursday, with Pitt and West Virginia fighting for more than just a 1-0 record. Carter talks with fellow Pitt insider Noah Hiles about the game and the Panthers’ prospects for 2022. 

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August 31, 2022 Varsity Xtra: Recapping Week Zero and looking ahead

High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein recap the biggest games and offer their top takeaways from Week Zero action. Plus, we're joined by Mars assistant coach and former Pitt and Penn Hills star linebacker Tom Tumulty to discuss his playing career, his transition into coaching, the Backyard Brawl and more.

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August 30, 2022 Introducing an exciting new North Shore Drive podcast format

New North Shore Drive podcast host Christopher Carter welcomes you to a new era at the Post-Gazette. Subscribe now to get unparalleled coverage all year long from the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Pitt beats - plus a whole lot more - delivered three times a week. 

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August 26, 2022 Pod of Steel: Can Kenny Pickett steal QB job in Steelers’ preseason finale?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down the roster battles they’re watching in the preseason finale against the Lions. Is the door open for Kenny Pickett to start at quarterback over Mitch Trubisky? Is there a savior on the offensive line? And could Mason Rudolph be auditioning in front of his future team?

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August 24, 2022 Varsity Xtra: Previewing Week 0’s biggest games and top storylines

High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein discuss the top storylines heading into the 2022 season, break down the biggest games from Week 0 and give their predictions for each WPIAL and City League champion.

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August 19, 2022 Our top takeaways from Steelers training camp

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo recap their top takeaways from training camp, going position-by-position to evaluate where the team stands as it enters the second preseason game. Is the offensive line going to jell in time for whoever is playing quarterback? Will Robert Spillane supplant Devin Bush as starting inside linebacker? 

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August 12, 2022 What we’re watching in Steelers’ preseason opener

Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo is joined by Adam Bittner to preview the Steelers’ first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. How many snaps will Kenny Pickett see behind Mitch Trubisky? Can George Pickens live up to the hype? And who can take over as the second running back?

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August 06, 2022 Pod of Steel: Breaking down Diontae Johnson’s contract extension

Host Adam Bittner and Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo check in after Week 2 of training camp. Did Diontae Johnson get a fair deal? Is taking the lead in the battles at left guard, inside linebacker or cornerback?

Plus, they discuss the quarterback situation and when we might see Kenny Pickett.

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July 30, 2022 Is Mason Rudolph closing the gap in Steelers’ QB competition?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo report from training camp and analyze the quarterback competition and more. Is Mason Rudolph making a case to stick around? And can WR George Pickens live up to the hype? 

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July 22, 2022 Answering burning Steelers questions before training camp

Ahead of Steelers training camp returning to Latrobe, insider Brian Batko answers readers’ burning questions. Who will win the much-anticipated quarterback battle? Which former Steelers would you bring back for this season? And is the Steelers’ pass-rushing depth too thin?

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July 14, 2022 From the Point: The band is back; what’s next for the Penguins? Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo are back to discuss free agency and trades. How did the Penguins get Evgeni Malkin under contract to keep the core together? And was it the right move to run it back with the same team? Plus, we consider which defenseman is on the trading block. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) June 17, 2022 Pod of Steel: The implications of Minkah Fitzpatrick’s new deal

Steelers insider Brian Batko is joined by Penguins writer Mike DeFabo to discuss Minkah Fitzpatrick's new deal. What expectations are there for him now? Plus, we discuss the overall trajectory of how the Steelers are building their roster.

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June 10, 2022 Pod of Steel: Final takeaways from Steelers minicamp

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo take one last look at minicamp. How much production can we expect from the rookie receivers? How secure should Devin Bush and Terrell Edmunds feel in their current roles? Plus, an update on the QB competition.

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June 03, 2022 Pod of Steel: What Stephon Tuitt’s retirement means for the Steelers

Steelers insider Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the bombshell news of Stephon Tuitt’s retirement. Should this have been more expected? Where does this leave the team? Plus, we take a closer look at OTAs.

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May 27, 2022 Pod of Steel: First impressions of new Steelers GM Omar Khan

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo share their takeaways from Omar Khan’s first press conference as the Steelers general manager. What changes could be coming? Plus, we discuss what stood out from OTAs.

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May 25, 2022 From the Point: What Bryan Rust’s deal says about the Penguins’ direction

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo evaluate Bryan Rust’s extension and consider what it says about the Penguins’ direction. How do we rate the deal? Plus, we discuss how likely it is that both Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang will retire in Pittsburgh, forecast other changes that could happen and more.

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May 20, 2022 Pod of Steel: Steelers GM search update

Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko discuss the latest developments in the organization’s search for general manager Kevin Colbert’s replacement. Plus, we break down rookie minicamp and look ahead to OTAs.

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May 17, 2022 From the Point: What went wrong for the Penguins this postseason?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the team’s first-round exit. What went wrong for the Penguins? Could they have won the series if they were completely healthy? Plus, we consider the offseason changes that could be coming, if the core will remain intact and more.

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May 13, 2022 Pod of Steel: What will the Steelers’ record be?

Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko break down the local team’s 2022 NFL schedule and share their initial thoughts on the matchups. Which games do we think they’ll win? And which do we predict will be losses? Plus, we discuss rookie minicamp and consider when Kenny Pickett will make his debut.

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May 10, 2022 From the Point: How the Penguins have pushed the Rangers to the brink of elimination

Insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the Penguins’ 3-1 series lead heading into Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. How have the Penguins shaken the unbreakable Igor Shesterkin to push the Rangers to the brink of elimination? Plus, we discuss the Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel show, the emergence of secondary scoring and more.

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May 10, 2022 Off Script: What it means for Kenny Pickett to be a Pittsburgh Steeler

Pitt insiders Craig Meyer and Johnny McGonigal are joined by PG Steelers beat writer Brian Batko to break down Kenny Pickett becoming a Pittsburgh Steeler. How will this part of his journey go? Plus, we evaluate Pitt's future prospects.

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May 06, 2022 From the Point: Penguins-Rangers breakdown with Rick Tocchet

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo are joined by former player and coach Rick Tocchet to break down Games 1 and 2. Plus, we set the stage for the rest of the series. Where do the Penguins go from here in goal? And what lineup tweaks could be made to provide a spark?

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May 05, 2022 Pod of Steel: Taking stock of the 2022 Steelers roster

Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko take an early look at which guys are locks to make the roster and which are on the outside looking in. Plus, which players have something to prove before they’ll get serious consideration?

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May 04, 2022 Off Script: What the Jordan Addison situation means for Pitt, college football

Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer discuss the news that has consumed college football conversations this week: Jordan Addison entering the transfer portal. What does this mean for the Panthers? Will it have an impact on college football moving forward? Plus, we discuss reactions to the news, possible moves and more.

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May 02, 2022 From the Point: Penguins postseason preview

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the Penguins-Rangers series from all angles. What are the reasons for optimism or pessimism heading into the first round? Plus, USA Today’s Vince Mercogliano joins the show to provide an in-depth scouting report on the Rangers.

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April 30, 2022 Steelers draft grades and takeaways

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss each Steelers draft pick and give their grades and analysis, from Kenny Pickett to  Chris Oladokun. 

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April 28, 2022 From the Point: What’s wrong with the Penguins?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the biggest issues plaguing Pittsburgh’s team. How do the Penguins fix them before the postseason? Plus, we consider the team’s best playoff matchups.

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April 26, 2022 Off Script: Which team will draft Kenny Pickett?

Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer preview the upcoming NFL draft and consider where Kenny Pickett could land. Which teams make the most sense? Will he end up in Pittsburgh? Plus, we discuss the other former Panthers who could hear their names called in the draft.

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