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First down: It’s been four days now since reports emerged that the Steelers are expected to make Matt Canada their next offensive coordinator, promoting the team’s quarterbacks coach to that role for the second time in a row. But there’s been no such announcement yet from the organization, and according to our Gerry Dulac, at this point Canada is a candidate and not yet the official choice. Gerry expanded on that in his Wednesday morning chat, as well.

Second down: You aren’t going to find a more thorough offseason primer than Ray Fittipaldo’s annual “Cut, Keep or Extend” piece from over the weekend. Ray goes through all the tough decisions that await Kevin Colbert and the front office, from high-priced veterans who might be salary cap casualties to rising stars who figure to leave for greener pastures — literally.

Third down: Mason Rudolph continues to be a polarizing figure for Steelers fans, some seeing him as the successor at quarterback and others viewing him as a lifelong backup, at best. But Joe Starkey doesn’t so much opine on that as he does point out we’ll have a good idea of what the people who matter think of him depending on how they handle Ben Roethlisberger’s contract situation.

Fourth down: Ah, Tom Brady. Still going strong, having dispatched Drew Brees in the NFC divisional round. Next up is a date with Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay Packers may be prohibitive favorites to take down Tampa Bay, but Ron Cook writes that no matter what happens, Brady continues making just about everyone else look bad.
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1 underrated rival
Philip Rivers will never be on the same plane as Brady or Peyton Manning or even some of the lesser-accomplished quarterbacks who were thorns in the Steelers’ side for many years. But in almost two decades, starting his NFL career at the same time as Roethlisberger, Rivers had his share of showdowns in Pittsburgh.

Rivers announced his retirement Wednesday, moving on to become a high school football coach in his native Alabama. It’s worth noting that he finishes with a 3-6 mark all time against the Steelers, with 15 touchdowns to seven interceptions and 264 yards per game. In his one postseason matchup with the Steelers, Rivers was 21 of 35 for 308 yards, three scores and one very memorable pick by Troy Polamalu and in a 35-24 loss for the Chargers in the 2009 divisional round.

So, here’s to Rivers, who was always tough for the Steelers to match wits with, even as they stood in his path to potentially winning a Super Bowl. He’ll retire without one, but is likely headed to Canton someday.