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Former Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor spent 12 seasons in Pittsburgh while winning two Super Bowls with the franchise. Taylor was the epitome of consistency with the Steelers, playing in all 16 games for six of his seasons. Now Taylor is a highly reputable media analyst, joined by reporter Mark Bergin. Tune in as Bergin and Taylor highlight everything you need to know about Kenny Pickett, Najee Harris, T.J. Watt, and the whole Steelers squad.

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Former Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor spent 12 seasons in Pittsburgh while winning two Super Bowls with the franchise. Taylor was the epitome of consistency with the Steelers, playing in all 16 games for six of his seasons. Now Taylor is a highly reputable media analyst, joined by reporter Mark Bergin. Tune in as Bergin and Taylor highlight everything you need to know about Kenny Pickett, Najee Harris, T.J. Watt, and the whole Steelers squad.

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Training camp starts this week, RIP Jacoby Jones & Mark visits Pro Football HOF

7/22/2024
The Pittsburgh Steelers begin training camp this week with on-field practices starting Thursday. "Bleav in Steelers" hosts Ike Taylor and Mark Bergin discussed whether the NFL should implement two bye weeks in the future. They also discussed the training camp battle between quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Justin Fields. Taylor, who is attending training camp, explained his roles and responsibilities as a scout for the Steelers. Taylor also paid homage to Jacoby Jones, who died at the age of 40. Taylor and Jones attended Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans. The two also competed against each other in the NFL. Taylor also shared what it was like to be part of the filming of "Dark Knight Rises," which came out in July 2012. However, he was not in the movie. Last, Bergin shares what it was like visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:46:44

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Top Steelers 2024 storylines with Joey Christopoulos

7/17/2024
Joey Christopoulos of Sports Talk Chicago joins the show to discuss the top storylines for the Pittsburgh Steelers going into the 2024 season. It includes improving their red-zone efficiency, the quarterback battle between Russell Wilson and Justin Fields and which player will be the team's second-best receiver behind George Pickens. The guys also talk about how the Steelers will try to win their first playoff game since January 2017. It includes a discussion about Mike Tomlin's role in getting the team back into playoff contention. Several Steelers players are also entering contract seasons, including Freiermuth, Cameron Heyward and Najee Harris. Other topics include which defensive players will emerge as playmakers other than T.J. Watt, Alex Highsmith, Heyward and Minkah Fitzpatrick? Will we see the return of "Minkah ball" considering Fitzpatrick didn't have a takeaway in the 2023 season? Also, the Steelers will be among the AFC North teams featured on the in-season version of "Hard Knocks." Follow Joey Christopoulos on social media: Twitter, Instagram Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here Taylor Talkin' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:01:01:56

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CB Cameron Sutton suspended 8 games

7/9/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin shares his thoughts about the NFL suspending Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton for eight games. Bergin explains what he thinks the Steelers could do to fill the void until Sutton is allowed to return on Oct. 29. Also, Bergin shares his thoughts on Joe Burrow's proposal to create two bye weeks if or when the NFL moves to an 18-game regular season schedule. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:14:21

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Brandon Aiyuk trade? What would the Steelers need to give up?

7/1/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin discusses the possibility of the Pittsburgh Steelers trading for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. Aiyuk is entering the final year of his contract with the 49ers. He also said on "The Pivot Podcast" he could see himself in a Steelers or Washington Commanders uniform. The most likely scenario is Aiyuk returns to the 49ers. Bergin explains why he wouldn't trade higher than a third-round pick for Aiyuk. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:09:07

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Dick LeBeau talks Steelers 2008 defense, new book 'Legendary'

6/19/2024
Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau joins the "Bleav in Steelers" show to discuss his new book "Legendary." The book is due out on July 9. LeBeau's book focuses on what made the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2008 defense legendary. "Bleav in Steelers" co-host Ike Taylor played 11 of his 12 NFL seasons with LeBeau, who was the Steelers' defensive coordinator from 2004-2014. LeBeau discussed his career, 14 years as a Hall of Fame cornerback and 45 years as a legendary coach. He discussed how he used his knowledge as a player to coach. Taylor and LeBeau shared their Steelers memories. It includes winning Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII. He also shared what it was like coaching Taylor. LeBeau also shared what made the fire-zone blitz defensive scheme so effective. Taylor explains why the Steelers players had so much respect for LeBeau. "Bleav in Steelers" co-host Mark Bergin asks LeBeau whether he tried to get Taylor or Troy Polamalu to play for him at the end of their careers. LeBeau finished his coaching career as a defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:48:41

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Deion Sanders shares how Shedeur Sanders scheduled a workout with Tom Brady

6/13/2024
On June 22, 2020, Deion Sanders appeared as a guest on the "Bleav in Steelers" show with Ike Taylor and Mark Bergin. Sanders discussed living "in the country" in Texas, and what he did for Father's Day. The guys also ask "Prime Time" how he was able to play in the NFL and MLB at the same time. They ask why there aren't more two-sport athletes. The interview took place before Sanders accepted the Jackson State or Colorado head coaching positions. Sanders discussed what it was like coaching his son, Shedeur Sanders, at the high school level. He also shared how Shedeur Sanders scheduled a morning workout with Tom Brady. Sanders also shared how his son drained his family lake, his memories from the 1989 NFL Combine and what it was like playing against Jerry Rice. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:29:40

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What Mike Tomlin's contract extension means for the Steelers

6/11/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin discusses the Pittsburgh Steelers giving head coach Mike Tomlin a contract extension. Tomlin, 52, is now under contract through the 2027 season. He is entering his 18th season with the Steelers and has yet to have a losing season. Bergin explains how Tomlin has been among the NFL's best head coaches despite the Steelers' last playoff win in January 2017. Bergin compares Tomlin to Steelers legend Chuck Noll and to former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Bergin also wonders whether the Steelers will end their five-game playoff losing streak and whether this is the last contract extension Tomlin signs with the Steelers. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:16:44

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CB Cam Sutton returns to Steelers, training camp dates set

6/10/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin shares his thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers signing cornerback Cam Sutton. The Detroit Lions released Sutton, 29, after authorities in Florida issued an arrest warrant for Sutton, who faced a domestic violence charge. Sutton entered a pretrial diversion program. Sutton is only due to make $1.2 million from the Steelers, the team he played for, for the first six seasons of his career. Bergin also discusses the Steelers setting their dates for training camp in Latrobe at Saint Vincent College. It comes as the Steelers start minicamp on Tuesday. Last, Bergin shares his thoughts on cornerback Steven Nelson announcing his retirement after nine seasons in the NFL. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:12:26

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Steelers QB battle looms over start of minicamp

6/3/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" hosts Ike Taylor and Mark Bergin discuss the Pittsburgh Steelers holding minicamp from June 11-13. Taylor will be there as new quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Justin Fields compete to become the team's starter. Ultimately, Bergin believes Wilson will be the Steelers' Week 1 starter. The guys discuss how they think second-year players Keeanu Benton, Joey Porter Jr. and Nick Herbig will make a big jump in 2024. Taylor shares his thoughts about Pittsburgh hosting the 2026 NFL Draft. The guys also talk about Russell Wilson joining Zac Brown Band on stage at Acrisure Stadium. It was part of the Kenny Chesney concert in Pittsburgh. Taylor also shared what it was like playing in the Resilience Bowl alongside former teammates Steelers legends Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison. The proceeds from the event went to the Neighborhood Resilience Project. Other topics include Justin Jefferson's massive contract extension, the new "EA Sports College Football 25" due out on July 19, "Hard Knocks" featuring the Chicago Bears and the start of the 2024 NBA Finals. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:49:02

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NFL VP shares how Pittsburgh landed the 2026 NFL Draft

5/31/2024
NFL Vice President of Event Strategy and Integration Matthew Shapiro discusses how Pittsburgh landed the opportunity to host the 2026 NFL Draft. Shapiro shares how the NFL has traveled throughout the country to other cities for the draft, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville and others. Shapiro also talked about how the NFL works with host cities. He also discussed how the league will consider hosting the NFL Combine in other cities, and possibilities for which city will host the 2027 NFL Draft. melin hats: Website Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:19:42

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LIVE REACTION: Pittsburgh to host 2026 NFL Draft

5/22/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin shares his thoughts on Pittsburgh hosting the 2026 NFL Draft. It will mark the first time Pittsburgh hosts the NFL Draft. The Steelers join several NFL cities that have previously hosted the draft, including New York, Chicago, Nashville, Las Vegas and others. melin hats: Website Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here Taylor Talkin' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:09:09

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Live reaction: Pittsburgh Steelers' 2024 schedule release

5/15/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" hosts Ike Taylor and Mark Bergin discuss Wednesday's release of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2024 schedule. The guys go game by game to provide their analysis. Bergin predicts the Steelers will finish with a 10-7 record. melin hats: Website Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here Taylor Talkin' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:30:11

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WR Scotty Miller signing with the Steelers

5/9/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin reacts to the Pittsburgh Steelers signing wide receiver Scotty Miller. Miller is entering his sixth NFL season and played for Arthur Smith in 2023 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. melin hats: Website Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:07:29

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Christopher Carter talks Najee Harris' future + WR trade looming?

5/8/2024
"Locked On Steelers" host Christopher Carter joins the "Bleav in Steelers" show as a guest to discuss Najee Harris' future with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers declined Harris' fifth-year option for the 2025 season. Carter and "Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin discuss whether 2024 will be Harris' final season with the Steelers. The guys also discuss whether the Steelers will trade for a wide receiver. They talk about how rookie Roman Wilson fits into the Steelers' wide receiving corps. They also share how general manager Omar Khan prioritized improving the offensive line in the 2024 NFL Draft with the selections of Troy Fautanu and Zach Frazier. After Tom Brady's roast, the guys also make their picks for Steelers who would make good roasts. It includes Terry Bradshaw, James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Antonio Brown and Mike Tomlin. Last, the guys discuss the most intriguing matchups for the Steelers with the NFL schedule release set for May 15. melin hats: Website Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:41:00

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2024 NFL Draft recap + Steelers decline Najee Harris' fifth-year option

5/3/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" hosts Ike Taylor and Mark Bergin recapped the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2024 draft class. Taylor was at the Steelers' facility as part of his scouting responsibilities with the team. The guys discussed the picks of Washington's Troy Fautanu, West Virginia's Zach Frazier, Michigan's Roman Wilson and NC State's Payton Wilson. Taylor and Bergin also talked about the Steelers declining running back Najee Harris' fifth-year option for the 2025 season. They also share whether they believe the Steelers should use Justin Fields as a kick returner. melin hats: Website Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here Taylor Talkin' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:27:39

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Jeff Hartman praises Steelers' 2024 NFL Draft

4/30/2024
The Steel Curtain Network's Jeff Hartman shared his thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2024 NFL Draft class. Hartman explained why he loved the third-round selection of Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson. Hartman and "Bleav in Steelers" co-host Mark Bergin shared how they think the Steelers will likely make a trade for a wide receiver. Hartman also shared what he thinks NC State linebacker Payton Wilson's role will be with the team in the 2024 season. The guys discussed how the Steelers will use first-round pick Troy Fautanu considering the presence of Broderick Jones and Dan Moore Jr. They also talked about what West Virginia center Zach Frazier brings to the table. Last, the guys talked about what other moves the Steelers need to make this offseason. They also discussed the team's decision of whether to pick up Najee Harris' fifth-year option for the 2025 season. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here Taylor Talkin' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:34:21

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Steelers rebuild offensive line in 2024 NFL Draft

4/29/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin shares his thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers' picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. Bergin believes the Steelers will try to establish their running game as the key component of their offense in the 2024 season under offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. Draft picks Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here Taylor Talkin' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:15:48

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Steelers select Washington OL Troy Fautanu with 20th pick of 2024 NFL Draft

4/25/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin reacts to the Pittsburgh Steelers' selection of Washington offensive lineman Troy Fautanu with the 20th overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft. Bergin explains what it means for Broderick Jones, Dan Moore Jr. and the Steelers' offense in the 2024 season. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here Taylor Talkin' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:12:25

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Steelers' mock draft + top QBs, WRs, CBs and safeties in NFL Draft

4/24/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin reveals his mock draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers. It includes one mock draft involving no trades and another involving trades. Next, Bergin reveals his top five players for the following positions in the 2024 NFL Draft: Quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback and safety. Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here Taylor Talkin' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:28:34

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Graham Barton to the Steelers with the 20th pick?

4/23/2024
"Bleav in Steelers" host Mark Bergin explains why he believes the Pittsburgh Steelers will select Duke's Graham Barton with the 20th overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft. Bergin also shares the takeaways from Monday's news conference with Omar Khan and Mike Tomlin. It includes how they'll decide on the fifth-year options for Najee Harris and Justin Fields next week. Also, it includes how the NFL has developed more wide receivers and cornerbacks due to the emergence of 7-on-7s. Bergin provides his top five inside linebackers and running backs in the 2024 NFL Draft. Top five LBs Top five RBs Honorable mention: Audric Estime, Notre Dame Follow Ike Taylor on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads Follow Mark Bergin on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Threads Ike Taylor Swaggin U' T-shirts: Tap here Taylor Talkin' T-shirts: Tap here

Duration:00:21:41