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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | December 9, 1999
They've seen a parade of free agents -- Chad Brown, Neil O'Donnell, Yancey Thigpen, for starters -- leave town, like no other team in the league.The one player the Pittsburgh Steelers will not have to worry about bolting when he enters free agency at the end of this season is quarterback Mike Tomczak, who will make his second start of the season Sunday against the Ravens at Three Rivers Stadium.Tomczak calls Pittsburgh home, which is not a surprise, considering he has played seven of his 15 NFL years with the Steelers.
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By Source: Baltimore Sun archives | September 26, 2008
The last time a Ravens rookie head coach took his team to Pittsburgh, it worked out very well for Brian Billick. It was Dec. 12, 1999, and the 31-24 victory over the Steelers had Billick talking playoffs, even though it raised his team's record to only 6-7. It was the first time since the Ravens moved to Baltimore in 1996 that the team was positioned to reach .500 in December: "We have progressed from training camp from talking about being a .500 team...
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By Chuck Finder and Chuck Finder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 3, 1996
PITTSBURGH -- Moments after a bleak and bruising opener, Kordell Stewart spoke about how there was no reason to panic, how Jim Miller was still the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback.Shows you how much Bill Cowher listens to him.Yesterday the Steelers coach quietly named Mike Tomczak his starting quarterback for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh against the Ravens. But it was Miller who let the news slip."He wants to go with the guy who's been through the battles," Miller told a few reporters around noon.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | December 9, 1999
They've seen a parade of free agents -- Chad Brown, Neil O'Donnell, Yancey Thigpen, for starters -- leave town, like no other team in the league.The one player the Pittsburgh Steelers will not have to worry about bolting when he enters free agency at the end of this season is quarterback Mike Tomczak, who will make his second start of the season Sunday against the Ravens at Three Rivers Stadium.Tomczak calls Pittsburgh home, which is not a surprise, considering he has played seven of his 15 NFL years with the Steelers.
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By Mike Preston | December 1, 1996
BreakdownThe formation: The formation is pro right, with tight end Jonathan Hayes (85) lined up on the right side. It's also an offset formation because the fullback, Tim Lester (34), lines up to the right split between the tackle and tight end. Wide receiver Andre Hastings is split left and Charles Johnson (81) is the wide receiver on the other side.The action: Once the ball is snapped, Hastings and Johnson cut and seal off the cornerbacks. Left tackle John Jackson blocks the end and left guard Will Wolford and center Dermontti Dawson double-team the tackle, then Dawson scrapes off to block the back-side linebacker.
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By Chuck Finder and Chuck Finder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 9, 1996
PITTSBURGH -- Mike Tomczak completed 14 passes in a row yesterday.You read that right: Mike Tomczak. Pittsburgh's journeyman backup who played for four NFL teams the past seven seasons, who started only 53 of 122 previous pro games, and who finished the game by throwing his 79th career interception -- against 60 TD passes.So, when was the last time he completed so many in a row?"Maybe in junior high," Tomczak, 33, said after setting a career high for completion percentage (72 percent) with an 18-for-25 afternoon with 198 yards and two touchdown passes in a 31-17 Steelers triumph.
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By MIKE PRESTON and MIKE PRESTON,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1997
Mike Tomczak's job as the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback is safe for at least two more days.When the Steelers (11-6) travel to Foxboro, Mass., on Sunday to play the New England Patriots (11-5) in an AFC semifinal playoff game, the much-maligned Tomczak will jog out as the team's starter.After that, Tomczak's role might diminish, because in the No. 2 slot is the quarterback of the future, second-year pro Kordell Stewart, who played almost 1 1/2 quarters in the AFC wild-card game last weekend against the Indianapolis Colts.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | September 8, 1996
PITTSBURGH -- One team's ZIP code has changed, but the basic feelings remain the same between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, formerly the Cleveland Browns."
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By Source: Baltimore Sun archives | September 26, 2008
The last time a Ravens rookie head coach took his team to Pittsburgh, it worked out very well for Brian Billick. It was Dec. 12, 1999, and the 31-24 victory over the Steelers had Billick talking playoffs, even though it raised his team's record to only 6-7. It was the first time since the Ravens moved to Baltimore in 1996 that the team was positioned to reach .500 in December: "We have progressed from training camp from talking about being a .500 team...
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By Michael Reeb | November 11, 1991
Records, streaks and milestones* Cleveland's Bernie Kosar broke Bart Starr's NFL record for error-free passing, throwing his 295th consecutive pass without an interception during the Browns' game against Philadelphia. Kosar extended the streak to 308 before it ended in the second quarter. Under heavy pressure, he threw a weak pass over the middle that was intercepted by Ben Smith at midfield.* Los Angeles Raiders coach Art Shell remains perfect (5-0) against Denver. The victory gave the Raiders a sweep of the 2-game series for the second straight year.
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By Vito Stellino | December 5, 1999
EastMiami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino will be trying to show he has something left on his fastball today when he duels a young gunslinger, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts. There was speculation that his poor performance on Thanksgiving -- five interceptions in a 20-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys -- was an indication that his neck injury has sapped the strength of his arm. Marino's explanation was he was just rusty. "The thing is, I have a hard head. I think I can just walk out there and play.
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By MIKE PRESTON and MIKE PRESTON,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1997
Mike Tomczak's job as the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback is safe for at least two more days.When the Steelers (11-6) travel to Foxboro, Mass., on Sunday to play the New England Patriots (11-5) in an AFC semifinal playoff game, the much-maligned Tomczak will jog out as the team's starter.After that, Tomczak's role might diminish, because in the No. 2 slot is the quarterback of the future, second-year pro Kordell Stewart, who played almost 1 1/2 quarters in the AFC wild-card game last weekend against the Indianapolis Colts.
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By Mike Preston | December 1, 1996
BreakdownThe formation: The formation is pro right, with tight end Jonathan Hayes (85) lined up on the right side. It's also an offset formation because the fullback, Tim Lester (34), lines up to the right split between the tackle and tight end. Wide receiver Andre Hastings is split left and Charles Johnson (81) is the wide receiver on the other side.The action: Once the ball is snapped, Hastings and Johnson cut and seal off the cornerbacks. Left tackle John Jackson blocks the end and left guard Will Wolford and center Dermontti Dawson double-team the tackle, then Dawson scrapes off to block the back-side linebacker.
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By Chuck Finder and Chuck Finder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 9, 1996
PITTSBURGH -- Mike Tomczak completed 14 passes in a row yesterday.You read that right: Mike Tomczak. Pittsburgh's journeyman backup who played for four NFL teams the past seven seasons, who started only 53 of 122 previous pro games, and who finished the game by throwing his 79th career interception -- against 60 TD passes.So, when was the last time he completed so many in a row?"Maybe in junior high," Tomczak, 33, said after setting a career high for completion percentage (72 percent) with an 18-for-25 afternoon with 198 yards and two touchdown passes in a 31-17 Steelers triumph.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | September 8, 1996
PITTSBURGH -- One team's ZIP code has changed, but the basic feelings remain the same between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, formerly the Cleveland Browns."
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By Chuck Finder and Chuck Finder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 3, 1996
PITTSBURGH -- Moments after a bleak and bruising opener, Kordell Stewart spoke about how there was no reason to panic, how Jim Miller was still the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback.Shows you how much Bill Cowher listens to him.Yesterday the Steelers coach quietly named Mike Tomczak his starting quarterback for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh against the Ravens. But it was Miller who let the news slip."He wants to go with the guy who's been through the battles," Miller told a few reporters around noon.
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By Vito Stellino | December 5, 1999
EastMiami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino will be trying to show he has something left on his fastball today when he duels a young gunslinger, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts. There was speculation that his poor performance on Thanksgiving -- five interceptions in a 20-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys -- was an indication that his neck injury has sapped the strength of his arm. Marino's explanation was he was just rusty. "The thing is, I have a hard head. I think I can just walk out there and play.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Evening Sun Staff | January 11, 1991
Tomorrow's gamesMiami Dolphins (13-4) at Buffalo Bills (13-3)* TV: Channel 2, 12:30 p.m.* LINE: Bills by 6 1/2 .* WHY THE BILLS CAN WIN: For several reasons. First, because the heart of the Dolphins' defense, All-Pro linebacker John Offerdahl, hasn't practiced all week. He's got a badly sprained left arch. His replacement would be Mike Reichenbach, who's made three tackles all season. And the Bills' Thurman Thomas usually runs roughshod over the Dolphins anyway. In the last two games against Miami at Rich Stadium, Thomas ran for 154 yards (in a 24-14 Buffalo win last month)
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By Michael Reeb | November 11, 1991
Records, streaks and milestones* Cleveland's Bernie Kosar broke Bart Starr's NFL record for error-free passing, throwing his 295th consecutive pass without an interception during the Browns' game against Philadelphia. Kosar extended the streak to 308 before it ended in the second quarter. Under heavy pressure, he threw a weak pass over the middle that was intercepted by Ben Smith at midfield.* Los Angeles Raiders coach Art Shell remains perfect (5-0) against Denver. The victory gave the Raiders a sweep of the 2-game series for the second straight year.
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February 3, 1991
The 518 players declared unconditional free agents by the 2 National Football League clubs as of Friday. The 518 players are free to negotiate with any NFL club, except their old club, through April 1, 1991:AtlantaStacey Bailey, wr; Eric Bergeson, db; Scott Campbell, qb; Greg Davis, k; Charles Dimry db; Bobby Houston, lb; Robert Lyles, lb; Hugh Millen, qb; James Milling, wr; Roland Mitchell, db; Mike Pringle, rb; John Rade, lb; Mike Ruether, ol; Troy Sadowski,...
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