The North Shore Drive
Pod of Steel: The implications of Minkah Fitzpatrick’s new deal

Pod of Steel: The implications of Minkah Fitzpatrick’s new deal

June 17, 2022

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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Pod of Steel: Final takeaways from Steelers minicamp

Pod of Steel: Final takeaways from Steelers minicamp

June 10, 2022

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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Pod of Steel: What Stephon Tuitt’s retirement means for the Steelers

Pod of Steel: What Stephon Tuitt’s retirement means for the Steelers

June 3, 2022

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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Pod of Steel: First impressions of new Steelers GM Omar Khan

Pod of Steel: First impressions of new Steelers GM Omar Khan

May 27, 2022

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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From the Point: What Bryan Rust’s deal says about the Penguins’ direction

From the Point: What Bryan Rust’s deal says about the Penguins’ direction

May 25, 2022

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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Pod of Steel: Steelers GM search update

Pod of Steel: Steelers GM search update

May 20, 2022

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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From the Point: What went wrong for the Penguins this postseason?

From the Point: What went wrong for the Penguins this postseason?

May 17, 2022

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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Pod of Steel: What will the Steelers’ record be?

Pod of Steel: What will the Steelers’ record be?

May 13, 2022

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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From the Point: How the Penguins have pushed the Rangers to the brink of elimination

From the Point: How the Penguins have pushed the Rangers to the brink of elimination

May 10, 2022

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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Off Script: What it means for Kenny Pickett to be a Pittsburgh Steeler

Off Script: What it means for Kenny Pickett to be a Pittsburgh Steeler

May 10, 2022

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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