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Top of the Morning News for Oct. 14


"He's in the perfect defense for him," Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. "He's a run-chase linebacker. They're spilling a lot of things to him. He's getting his hands on a lot of balls in the passing game, too. He's just a quality player who's making plays."  Beaver County Times

"For the third week in a row, rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert will face a veteran defensive coordinator noted for having an extensive blitz package." The Times-Union

"Mel Tucker doesn't believe now is the time for a change in philosophy."

"This weekend Mathis, the Jaguars' all-time interception leader, returns to Pittsburgh to face a team against which he's had his best games. In his NFL career, Mathis has returned three interceptions for touchdowns — all against the Steelers. Overall this season, his performance, with some exceptions, has mimicked that of the Jaguars much-improved defense."  The Times-Union

"If you look throughout the NFL, the National Fireable League, you might notice that many teams generally turn over about one-third of their rosters to start every season. In all of sports, nobody is more replaceable than a professional football player. They're as disposable as diapers." The Times-Union

John Oehser of gives his 'Magnificent Seven XI.'

"We know Session played an entire half of a game last season with a broken forearm and dislocated elbow. That alone is impressive. But why? And just how bad was it?"  The Times-Union

Scouting the opponent

"The Steelers have faced their share of top running backs this season and it doesn't get any easier on Sunday when they host Jacksonville at Heinz Field."

"Rashard Mendenhall, who missed the game Sunday with a hamstring injury after a slow first four games, will return to start at halfback against Jacksonville. Rookie Marcus Gilbert, who left the Tennessee game in the second quarter after his left shoulder was re-injured, will not start." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the NFL requires each team outfit its center or both guards with a microphone under the shoulder pads during games for an enhanced television broadcast. It has led to Pouncey's voice being heard a lot more during telecasts, something he doesn't particularly enjoy." Pittsburgh Tribune Review

"The Steelers have scoffed at the notion that they're old, as if it's some distorted narrative." Pittsburgh Tribune Review

"Effort hasn't been an issue through the first five games this season, but the special teams have produced mixed results. It's "feast or famine," as coach Mike Tomlin said this week." Pittsburgh Tribune Review

"Despite Isaac Redman's solid play in his first career start last week against Tennessee, he is heading back to the bench for Sunday's game against Jacksonville." Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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Around the NFL

Pete Prisco of gives his take on Tim Tebow.

So does Don Banks of

Hue Jackson has given new life to the Raiders.

"Through five weeks of the season, there have been heart-stopping comebacks in record numbers."

"The stakes are still high for the Indianapolis Colts. Even if they're languishing at 0-5 -- playoffs?! PLAYOFFS??!! -- there are a lot of men with a whole lot on the line these final few months." Indianapolis Star

Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney is approaching 100 career sacks.  Indianapolis Star

Is the running game disappearing from the NFL?

Tweet, Tweet

Myself and @ZMiller86 have a debate going! In-N-Out Burger vs 5 Guys Burgers....Please help us settle this. I got a vote for #inNout

@ZachPotter88 (tight end Zach Potter)

Posluszny grew up near Pitt but he doesn't get many tickets when he plays there. Most of his people already have Steelers tickets #Jaguars

@taniaganguli (Tania Ganguli – Florida Times-Union Jaguars beat writer)

With the acquisition of Aaron Curry, the Raiders now have 12 former No. 1s on their 53-man roster, seven from other teams.

@ClaytonESPN (John  Clayton – senior writer)

Stat of the day

The average age of the Jaguars roster is 26.45 while the average years experience stands at 4.28. 

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The last word

"He's smart, he's vocal, he understands the defense, the defensive calls. He can get us lined up quickly. He can make the adjustments that we need to make.  He's got leadership abilities. He's active, he can make plays, he's physical, he runs well. He's a guy that want you want at that position and so he's a good fit for us and I'm glad he's here and again, he's another guy he's never satisfied. He's always looking to get better and I would say that's a characteristic of the guys that we have in that room."

*Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker on linebacker Paul Posluszny*

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