Ron Cook

 Steelers coach Mike Tomlin may face even more criticism if his team loses at home tonight against Houston.

Ron Cook: Winning is best way for Steelers to win over critics

Ron Cook says a Steelers win tonight against the Houston Texans should silence the “always right” critics.

about 23 hours ago

 Mike Tomlin: Has he gone through a worse stretch?

Ron Cook: Mike Tomlin, Steelers have no choice but to accept pressure

As far as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is concerned, he and his team must embrace pressure, expectations and the scrutiny that comes with it.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Ray Vinopal breaks up a pass against Virginia Tech's Cam Philips on the Hokies' last play of Thursday's game at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Pitt's win was ugly, but needed

Pitt’s win wasn’t pretty, but the defense stepped up to keep alive the Panthers’ domination against Virginia Tech.

3 days ago

 Brett Keisel cheers on fans as he makes his way to the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Brett Keisel has no regrets

Defensive end who played on some outstanding defenses not second-guessing decision to rejoin one of the worst defenses in Steelers history.

6 days ago

 A Browns fan celebrates at the two-minute warning of Cleveland's win over the Steelers on Sunday.

Ron Cook: Real surprise is Steelers are 3-3 after further humiliation

That the Steelers — the same ones the Browns embarrassed to the tune of 31-10 Sunday — are actually a .500 team is something of an anomaly.

1 week ago

 There's not much Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley can do once his play is in the hands of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Ron Cook: Don't be too quick to judge play calls for Steelers

It's easy to judge Todd Haley for his calls, but let's not forget that the effectiveness of a play is ultimately determined on the field.

1 week ago

 Penguins' Pascal Dupuis is introduced Thursday, playing his first game since an ACL tear in December.

Ron Cook: Rousing return for Penguins' Pascal Dupuis

He scored a goal on his first shot and added three assists to complete an amazing comeback for the Penguins in Thursday’s opener.

1 week ago

 Antonio Brown makes catch in front of the Jaguars' Will Blackmon Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla.

Ron Cook: Steelers play call for Antonio Brown was right move

Designed play late in Sunday's victory to keep reception streak alive a tribute to Antonio Brown's contributions and work ethic.

1 week ago

 Steelers cornerback Brice McCain (right) celebrates his interception return for a touchdown Sunday at Jacksonville.

Ron Cook: Steelers defense can accept credit for needed win

Just when the offense needed it most, the Steelers defense showed big signs of life in the victory Sunday at Jacksonville.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hangs his head after the Tampa Bay Bucs score in the final seconds at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: It was a dark weekend in Pittsburgh sports

But look for the Pirates to win the wild-card game and the Steelers to bounce back from a tough loss. As for Pitt … it might get darker.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by Tampa Bay's Mason Foster Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers lost in the game's final seconds, 27-24.

Ron Cook: There is no defense for embarrassing play, loss

After a game rife with foolish penalties, missed assignments and lackluster performance, only one thing can be said: Shame on the Steelers.

3 weeks ago

 Pirates general manager Neal Huntington makes a call from PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Neal Huntington's plan for Pirates never stops

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington tends to dwell on his mistakes, but it's clear he has made more shrewd moves than blunders.

3 weeks ago

 Clint Hurdle celebrates clinching a National League playoff spot after the Pirates' 3-2 win Tuesday against the Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Ron Cook: Despite painful hip, Hurdle still steady as a rock

Limping through brutal pain, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has stayed strong, the one players have leaned on in another playoff season.

3 weeks ago

 From left, Francisco Liriano, John Axford and Stolmy Pimentel  celebrate clinching a playoff spot Tuesday after the Pirates' 3-2 win against the Braves in Atlanta.

Ron Cook: A toast to the Pirates' improbable 2014 postseason push

Josh Harrison and the rest of the Pirates deserve a toast in their honor for making the playoffs a second consecutive season.

3 weeks ago

 Andrew McCutchen follows through on his sixth-inning home run Monday night in the Pirates' 1-0 win against the Braves in Atlanta.

Ron Cook: Andrew McCutchen still your Pirates, NL MVP

Russell Martin and Josh Harrison have been remarkable, but Andrew McCutchen showed once again Monday night why he’s still this team’s best.

3 weeks ago

 The Steelers' Cameron Heyward pressures Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson late in Sunday's game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Ron Cook: Steelers defense gets banged up, but shines anyway

All of a sudden, the immediate future looks bright for the Steelers, who showed up on offense and defense for a full game Sunday night.

4 weeks ago


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