Articles by Alex Kozora

Martavis Bryant: ‘JuJu Is No Where Near Better Than Me’

Martavis Bryant and the Pittsburgh Steelers just can’t get through a victory without some drama. After last week’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Bryant requested a trade. Those reports were downplayed and generally swept under the rug. But this time, it might be tougher….


Stats Of The Weird: Steelers Vs Bengals

Fun win. Weird stats. – Specific score stat. First time the Pittsburgh Steelers have scored exactly 29 points in a game since 2005, a 29-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. That was the “backups” game in their 15-1 season. Willie Parker’s coming out party. – Le’Veon Bell had 35 carries…


Watch: Vontaze Burfict Kicks Roosevelt Nix In The Face

Vontaze Burfict, one of the league’s dirtiest players, is back under the microscope. We could reference a couple plays he made in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers but one that came early in the game sticks out. In the first quarter, at the end of a Le’Veon Bell three…


Steelers Vs Bengals Winners/Losers

Great win. Great day. Great fans. WINNERS Le’Veon Bell/Rosie Nix: Two Columbus boys doing damage on the team who plays in Ohio. Bell was brilliant again, continuing to find his groove. 134 yards on the ground on another 30+ carry day, 35 this week, and had an incredible 42 yard…


Steelers Vs Bengals Win/Loss Scenarios

Back at it on gameday, breaking down what the Pittsburgh Steelers have to do to win (or lose) in today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. My always unreliable prediction at the bottom. The Steelers Will Win If… – They run their 22 Double to daylight. Run the ball effectively. Kind of an obvious…


Steelers Continue To Show Interest In Top College Quarterbacks

Several weeks ago, we noted the Pittsburgh Steelers’ apparent interest in Wyoming QB Josh Allen. The team sent scouts to the Wyoming/Iowa game, presumably, with a focus on Allen. Yesterday, the Steelers sent more scouts to watch Wyoming. Via Chris Pika. Scouts from JAX, IND, KC, PIT, TB, ATL, MIA,…


Steelers’ Defensive Charting: First Six Weeks

As usual, our charting for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. This is out of 372 snaps, excluding the ones that didn’t involve a snap. Personnel groupings. 3-4: 147 (39.5%) Nickel: 130 (34.9%) Dime: 90 (24.2%) Goal Line: 4 (1%) 3-5-3: 1 (.3%) Add up the nickel dime and the Steelers have…


Steelers Vs Bengals X Factor: Bud Dupree

As we will do every Saturday to get you ready for the week’s game, our X Factor of the week. Sometimes it’s a player, unit, concept, or scheme. What will make or break the Pittsburgh Steelers as they play host to the Cincinnati Bengals. X Factor: Bud Dupree After missing Week One…



Haley Says Terrell Watson Is Carving Out Role As Short-Yardage Back

Terrell Watson, the definition of an afterthought as training camp began, now sees the ball on some of the game’s most critical plays. “Nightmare,” as he’s been dubbed by Mike Tomlin, has been used as the third-and-short back this season. He’s been perfect. Three third down carries. Three first downs….


Vince Williams Says He’s ‘Full Go’ To Play Vs Bengals

Some good news on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ injury front. Vince Williams, who suffered a hip injury in last week’s win, says he’s “good to go” and practiced fully today. This comes via the PPG’s Ray Fittipaldo. Vince Williams practiced today after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday with a hip injury:…


Scouting Report: Bengals’ Offense Finding Its Groove

As we have been for several years now, we’ll break down the Pittsburgh Steelers’ opponent each week, telling you what to expect from a scheme and individual standpoint. Like last year, Josh Carney and I will cover the opposing team’s offense. I will focus on scheme, Josh on the players. Today, the Cincinnati Bengals’ offense….


Scouting Report: Bengals’ Defense Once Again No Joke

As we have been for several years now, we’ll break down the Pittsburgh Steelers’ opponent each week, telling you what to expect from a scheme and individual standpoint. Dan Vasko and I will break things down. Dan the players, myself the scheme. Looking at the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense. Alex’s Scheme Report Bengals’ Front Seven…


Danny Smith Praises JuJu Smith-Schuster’s Return Ability

Danny Smith made some interesting comments today about the lack of returners the Pittsburgh Steelers have, pointing out they probably have the fewest return-capable guys in the league. But he’s happy about at least one of the guys he has. Sitting down with Bob Labriola for this week’s Coordinator’s Corner, Smith…


Maurkice Pouncey On Big Ben: ‘I Couldn’t Ask For A Better Quarterback’

Yesterday, we mentioned Ben Roethlisberger’s comments on Heath Miller. It was no secret Miller was one of Roethlisberger’s closest friends. But Miller, like Brett Keisel or Willie Colon, are long gone, making it fair to say Roethlisberger is closest with Maurkice Pouncey. Pouncey sat down with Steelers.com’s Missi Matthews on…