Articles by Alex Kozora

Steelers Surprised By Patriots Tempo, Gameplan

It’s one thing to get out-executed which the Pittsburgh Steelers undeniably were Sunday evening. It’s another to be surprised by what an offense does and struggle to adjust. Which, according to Bud Dupree, is exactly what happened. “The first drive hit us by surprise,” Dupree said via Steelers.com. “They came…


Ryan Shazier Added To Pro Bowl Roster

Ryan Shazier won’t be going to Houston this season. But now, he has a scheduled flight to Orlando. Shazier was named as a Pro Bowl replacement, filling in for the man he’ll be most often compared to, C.J. Mosley. Mosley bowed out with an injury. Congratulations to @RyanShazier on being…



Bell On His Groin Injury: “I Had No Burst”

It’s far from the only reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season ended yesterday but as our Matthew Marczi pointed out, it was an end that again saw Le’Veon Bell hobbled on the sidelines. He left in the first half of yesterday’s game, ending things with just six carries for 20…


Senior Bowl Preview: What To Watch For

I have ventured out of mom’s basement and headed south for Mobile, Alabama for the second year Steelers Depot has attended. Lot going on this week, it’s an exciting couple days, though things don’t really get going until tomorrow morning with the weigh-ins. Today’s the day for all of us…


Kozora: Steelers Season Still A Roaring Success

It’s ok to cry. In 2004, when I was in middle school and the New England Patriots‘ crushed the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 15-1 dreams, similar to today, I bawled like the baby I was. 12 years later, I’m in the same place. The more things change, the more they stay the…


Stats Of The Weird: Steelers Vs Patriots

It’s getting weird. And a little depressing. Fair warning, most of this isn’t very pretty. – The Pittsburgh Steelers’ point differential of a 19 point loss is the worst defeat in team playoff history since a 24-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills in 1993. Only three others have ever been…


Steelers Vs Patriots Winners/Losers

Bring it in guys. We need a group hug. It’s still been a fun year. I’m going to talk about that tomorrow. Thanks for enjoying the ride, even if it’s ending on this sour note. WINNERS – Run defense: Things wilted a bit in the second half but you can’t…


Steelers Vs Patriots: Win/Loss Scenarios

New series we’ll do each Sunday morning before kickoff. A prediction of what will happen if the Pittsburgh Steelers win, if they lose, and my final score prediction. My outlook on this afternoon’s game against the New England Patriots. The Steelers Will Win If…  – They get one or two explosive plays. Similar to…


Steelers’ Hotel Fire Alarm Pulled At 3 A.M.

The Pittsburgh Steelers got an early wake-up call to their AFC Title Sunday after the team hotel room’s fire alarm was pulled at 3 A.M, according to reports. According to Boston police per NFL.com, they arrested a suspect in connection with the incident. “Further investigation revealed that a Dennis Harrison,…


Hines Ward To Serve As Honorary Captain Sunday

Little bit of fun news to round off the edges before tomorrow’s hold-onto-your-butt game. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced yesterday Hines Ward will serve as a captain for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ prior to kickoff against the New England Patriots. Ward was one of the catalysts and sources of motivation on every…


Steelers Vs Patriots X Factor: Red Zone Defense

So close. So far away. When you’re down to the Final Four, the differences aren’t stark. They all have talent. They all have strong coaching. They’ve all dealt with problems. There are no Cleveland Browns at this stage, clearly. The difference between winner and loser is usually going to come…


Justin Gilbert Confirms He’ll Return Kicks This Weekend

Despite a shaky performance last week, Justin Gilbert will remain one of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ kick returners this weekend, he confirmed to the Trib today. From Chris Adamski, who caught up with Gilbert after today’s practice. “I’m back there again this week,” Gilbert said. “So hopefully we can make one…


Ravens’ LB Zach Orr Retiring Due To Neck Injury

Not trying to make this Ravens Depot during this busy week but this was a pretty important and surprising headline. Baltimore Ravens’ inside linebacker Zach Orr announced his retirement today. Walking away at just 24 years old, Orr cited a rare neck injury recently noticed on an MRI that is…


Film Room: Patriots’ Defensive Scouting Report

This year, Matthew Sottile and I will break down the opposing team’s defense in our weekly scouting report. Like last year, I will be looking at the opposing team in a more broad, scheme-approach. Matthew will have a closer eye on the individual players. Today, the New England Patriots’ defense. Alex’s Scheme Report…