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Default Week 12 Gameday Thread: Steelers @ Browns - 11/25/2012

Steelers take on Browns in Cleveland

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Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) at Cleveland Browns (2-8)
Date
: Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
Kickoff
: 1 p.m., ET
Site
: Cleveland Browns Stadium (73,300) • Cleveland, Ohio
Playing Surface
: Natural Grass
TV Coverage
: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers
: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)Solomon Wilcots (analyst)
Local Radio
: Steelers Radio NetworkWDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers
: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play)Tunch Ilkin (analyst)Craig Wolfley (sideline)Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito Federal (Mexico City)XEDA-FM 90.5

Steelers notes for Browns game

THE COACHES

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 61-29 (.678)/sixth seasonRegular-season record at Pittsburgh: 61-29 (.678)/sixth seasonPlayoff Record/Years: 5-3/four years

Cleveland Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur
Overall regular-season record: 6-20 (.231)/second seasonRegular-season record at Cleveland: 6-20 (.231)/second seasonPlayoff Record/Years: n/a

Series History: Series began in 1950
Overall: Steelers lead 62-56
At Pittsburgh: Steelers lead 38-21
At Cleveland: Browns lead 35-24
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Jan. 1, 2012 (in Cleveland) Pittsburgh 13, Cleveland 9
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 2-0
Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 5, 2002 (in Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh 36, Cleveland 33 (AFC Wildcard Playoff)
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Aside from 1996-1998 (when the Browns were not in existence), Pittsburgh and Cleveland have played each other at least twice every season since the onset of the rivalry in 1950…the Steelers have swept the past two season series with Cleveland and have won 16 of the last 17 meetings dating back to the second game of the 2003 series...since the turn of the century, Cleveland has mustered only three wins in the series (one in 2000, 2003 and 2009)…the three Steelers quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch) have a combined 21-2 record against Cleveland in their careers…with a win, Pittsburgh would own at least a five-game winning streak for the sixth different time in the series…Cleveland has not swept Pittsburgh in the season series since 1988, while Pittsburgh claims 11 season sweeps since 1988…of the three losses Pittsburgh has suffered since 2000, two of them have taken place at Cleveland Browns Stadium.


STEELERS-BROWNS CONNECTIONS

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

• Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner was born in Cleveland.
• Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler was on the Browns staff from 1999-2002.
• Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell was on the Browns staff from 1991-1993.
• Steelers LB James Harrison was born in Akron, Ohio, less than an hour south of Cleveland. Harrison attended Coventry High School in Akron, and then attended Kent State University.
• Browns linebackers coach Bill Davis was born in nearby Youngstown, Ohio. Davis was on the Steelers staff from 1992-1994.
• Browns quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple was on the Steelers staff from 2004-2006.
• Browns DE Jabaal Sheard played collegiately at University of Pittsburgh. Sheard earned first-team All-America honors in 2010.Sheard was drafted by the Browns in the second round (37th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
• Browns S Ray Ventrone was born in Pittsburgh and attended Chartiers Valley High School. He originally signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2005 after finishing his collegiate career at Villanova University.

PRO CONNECTIONS

• Pittsburgh Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress were both on the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff in 2006. Tomlin was in his only season as the Vikings defensive coordinator before taking the head job in Pittsburgh in 2007 and Childress was in his first year as Minnesota’s head coach.
• Tomlin was in his final season as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs coach in 2005 when Browns TE/FB Alex Smith was in his rookie season in the NFL. Also, Steelers S Will Allen and Smith were teammates with the Bucs from 2005-2008.
• Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Browns defensive assistant Chuck Bullough worked together on the Chicago Bears coaching staff from 2001 to 2003. During those years, Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron was the Bears’ head coach. While Haley was the wide receiver coach/offensive assistant with the New York Jets from 1997-2000, Browns assistant strength and conditioning coach Rick Lyle was a defensive lineman for the Jets.
• Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was on the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff in 1980, when Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron played for the Bengals. Jauron was on the Detroit Lions staff from 2004-2005 with Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler. Jauron and Kugler also were on the Buffalo Bills staff together from 2007-2009 when Jauron was the head coach.
• Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel and Browns linebackers coach Bill Davis were on the Atlanta Falcons staff together from 2001-2003.
• Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery and Browns P Reggie Hodges played together for the New York Jets in 2008. Cotchery was also with the Jets when Browns assistant strength and conditioning coach Rick Lyle was on the Jets coaching staff from 2006-2008.
• Steelers LB Brandon Johnson and Browns DE Frostee Rucker were teammates with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008-2011. Johnson was a rookie with the Arizona Cardinals in 2006 when Browns wide receivers coach Mike Wilson was in his final season as the Cardinals’ receivers coach.
• Steelers wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery played for the Denver Broncos from 2001-2002 when Browns senior assistant-defense coach Ray Rhodes was on the Broncos staff.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS

• Steelers S Troy Polamalu played with Browns DE Frostee Rucker at the University of Southern California during the 2002 season. During the 1999 season, Polamalu’s first with the Trojans, Browns wide receivers coach Mike Wilson was on the USC coaching staff.
• Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey, OT Marcus Gilbert and RB Chris Rainey were teammates with Browns CB Joe Haden at the University of Florida from 2007-2009, and all four men played key roles in the Gators 2009 BCS National Championship.
• Steelers LB James Harrison and Browns WR Joshua Cribbs were teammates at Kent State University in 2001.
• Steelers OG Ramon Foster and Browns RB Montario Hardesty were teammates at the University of Tennessee from 2005-2008. Browns OL Jarrod Shaw was also a member of the Vols with Foster and Hardesty from 2006-2008.
• Steelers CB Curtis Brown and Browns QB Colt McCoy and RB Chris Ogbonnaya were teammates at the University of Texas from 2007-2009. Steelers NT Casey Hampton and Browns K Phil Dawson from played together at Texas from 1996-1997.
• Steelers P Drew Butler and Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi were teammates at the University of Georgia from 2007-2008.
• Steelers TE David Paulson and Browns SS T.J. Ward played together at the University of Oregon from 2007-2009.
• Steelers TE Leonard Pope was a University of Georgia Bulldog with Browns TE Benjamin Watson in 2003.
• Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake was on the UCLA Bruins staff in 2009 when Browns LS Christian Yount played for the Bruins. Browns defensive assistant Chuck Bullough was also on the Bruins staff in 2009.
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