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Staley speaks; Kirschke signs

Staley speaks; Kirschke signs

<b> PITTSBURGH -- </b> Duce Staley didn't mince words when asked how the Steelers won him over in free agency.<br><br> "Just knowing that Coach (Bill) Cowher's committed to running the ball," Staley said. "I've been in three NFC Championship Games where we did not run the ball and we did not get a chance to advance. When I look back, I know that was one of the key factors."

"Of course, getting the touches through the passing game is important, but I know how important it is to run the ball, and these guys do, too." Staley played in the last three NFC Championship Games, all with the Philadelphia Eagles, who ran the ball 36 percent of the time in three losses. He joins a team that is coming off its worst rushing season in Cowher's 12 seasons as coach. The Steelers... Recommended Stories

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