Articles by Alex Kozora

Ask Alex: Steelers’ Mailbag

Welcome back to the mailbag. Programming note. Since there’s no podcast for Monday with Dave Bryan away, we’ll do another one of these on Monday. Probably for the same time, 2:30/ET, but if that changes, I’ll let you all know on Twitter. To your questions! Petherson Silveira: Alex, if all players…



A Suggestion To Replace Richard Mann (Who’s Not Hines Ward)

I mentioned this on last week’s The Terrible Podcast but wanted to expand on the idea and have it written down, on record. Richard Mann told reporters during OTAs this was his final year coaching, riding off into the sunset and back into retirement. That’s led some to start thinking about his…


Heyward-Bey’s Leadership Makes Him A Tough Cut

Chris Adamski had a really good feature piece on Darrius Heyward-Bey that our Matthew Marczi summed up and added onto this morning.  I don’t know if much of it was ground-breaking but it reinforced the value DHB has to the Pittsburgh Steelers. To assume that leadership role, even when he was…


Mike Mitchell: ‘Football Is About What You’re Willing To Do’

Mike Mitchell is following Ben Roethlisberger’s lead. Echoing what his quarterback said last weekend, Mitchell is placing his focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers Week One opponent. Inbetween being peppered questions about New England – excuse me while I scream into the void – Mitchell said his main focus is beating…


Four Potential Replacements For Daniel McCullers

It is June 21st and I’ll admit it, there isn’t much going on right now. Wanted to dive into some game tape from last year but NFL Game Pass is overhauling their system (and making it worse, sadly). For now, that’s a bit on the backburner. Switching gears, I wanted…



One Reporter Says “Don’t Be Surprised If Golson’s Cut”

I don’t mean to harp on Senquez Golson but it’s definitely been a bad two months if you’re still holding onto any of his stock. Us in the blogging universe have mused about the chances he gets cut. Evidently, we’re not the only ones. In yesterday’s chat, Ray Fittipaldo made…


Roethlisberger On Smith-Schuster: ‘I Like His Potential’

It is just spring practices but anytime the franchise quarterback pays a rookie a compliment, it’s worth listening to. That’s what Ben Roethlisberger dished out to second round pick JuJu Smith-Schuster. Speaking with the Post Gazette’s Brian Batko, he spoke highly of the wide receiver. “Everything he’s shown has been…


Munchak Offers High Praise For Ramon Foster, The Line’s Unsung Hero

There’s two things you should know. Mike Munchak is a quality offensive line coach. And Ramon Foster is a quality offensive linemen. Speaking at the annual C.O.O.L Clinic last month, the Mecca for offensive linemen, Munchak heaped praise on Foster for how consistently he gets the job done. “My left…


Dak Prescott Ranked Over Big Ben In NFL Top 100

First off, can I say something? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha That’s really all you need to sum up the headline. Somehow, this is real life. A world where NFL players voted Dak Prescott over Ben Roethlisberger. Prescott came in at #14 on this year’s list. .@dak makes his debut on the #NFLTop100! 🙌…


NFL Moves Franchise Tag Date Back Two Days

It may seem like a procedural move but for Pittsburgh, has important ramifications. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out the league is pushing back the due date for players to sign franchise tagged players two days. That date is now July 17th instead of the 15th. From Schefter’s Twitter. NFL has…


Report: Sammie Coates Struggled During Minicamp

It’s early in the season but if this report from PennLive’s Jacob Klinger is any indication, Sammie Coates isn’t off to a hot start. In a list of ten players who either helped or hurt themselves during minicamp, Coates found himself on the latter list. Klinger’s note is short but…


Ben Roethlisberger: I’m Not Thinking About New England

Hallelujah. Ben Roethlisberger said what is on my mind. Maybe yours too. Speaking with the PPG’s Brian Batko at his youth football camp this weekend, Roethlisberger was asked about what it takes to beat the New England Patriots. His answer was spot-on. “No offense to the champs, but I’m thinking…


Film Room: Pattern Matching Made Easy

Kicking off this week with another Film Room. Know you guys have been asking for more of this and I love you all for it. My favorite topics to write about. Keith Butler had a lengthy conversation with the media during last week’s minicamp. Much of it revolved around schematic…