Articles by Alex Kozora

Steelers Say They Want To Get Javon Hargrave More Playing Time

It’s a good problem to have. But still, a problem, and one we’ve discussed a dozen times on this site. How does Javon Hargrave get more snaps? It’s a question the Pittsburgh Steelers are still asking themselves. With the bye week, the assistant coaches talked to the media and John…


Richard Mann On JuJu Smith-Schuster: ‘He’s Starving For Knowledge’

Consider JuJu Smith-Schuster a starving artist of sorts. Or maybe just starving. That’s how wide receivers coach Richard Mann described him speaking to the media, one of the rare times during the year Steelers’ assistant coaches get some facetime with reporters. “He’s a quick study,” Mann said via Steelers.com. “He…


Steelers Leading NFL In Missed Tackles

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense is leading or near tops in the league in tons of categories this year. But they’re leading in one they wish they didn’t claim. And according to Pro Football Focus, the Steelers come in first place with 77 misses on the season. They tweeted out this…


Watch: Bengals WR AJ Green Ejected After Chokeslam

You may have seen it by now but if you haven’t been on/don’t have Twitter, it’s worth another look. Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green may have taken out some season (and career) frustration today, getting himself ejected after choke slamming Jacksonville Jaguars’ corner Jalen Ramsey. Jalen Ramsey and AJ…


Watch: Troy Polamalu Gets Inducted Into USC Hall Of Fame

Never a bad time for a Troy Polamalu post, especially on a Sunday without the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yesterday night, Polamalu was inducted as part of the 2018 USC Hall of Fame class. Check out the ovation he got from the crowd as he was announced. Really cool moment. Troy Polamalu…


Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Lions Game Notes

Quick notes from last Sunday’s Week 8 win over the Detroit Lions. First Half – Kick return unit. Front five. Moats-Watt-Matakevich-Chickillo-Fort, Golden behind. Walton/Conner/Nix as the wedge. JuJu/Watson the returners. – Kick coverage left to right. Sensabaugh-Golden-Nix-Fort-Watson-Boswell-Matakevich-Chickillo-Williams-DHB-Hilton – Ben Roethlisberger’s interception….not a good idea. – 4-3 front the Lions run…


Film Room: One Downside To Man Coverage

Quick film room today. Lot of discussion this year,and this week after Carnell Lake’s comments, about man coverage. Numbers show the Pittsburgh Steelers are running it less than any other team in the league but as I wrote yesterday, it’s more about when they play it than just sheer frequency….


Steelers’ Defense Says It’s Still Searching For Consistency

Much has been made about the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense this year. Statistically, they look strong, especially in the secondary, where they ranked tops in the league until Matthew Stafford tore them up (they’re now tied for second). But hear from the players themselves and they’re not nearly…


History Suggests Strong Second Half For Tomlin, Steelers

History is just that. History. But if it’s any indication, the Pittsburgh Steelers are sitting pretty. The narrative on Mike Tomlin and the Steelers, definitely rooted in some truth, is that they’re a slow-starting team. But come the back half of the year, they find their groove and make a…


Rapoport: Texans Fearful QB Deshaun Watson Suffered Torn ACL

Earlier today, we got confirmation the Indianapolis Colts will be without QB Andrew Luck for the rest of the year, ensuring he won’t play in two weeks against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now there may be a second would-be starter the Steelers will avoid. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport just reported the…


David DeCastro Graded As NFL’s Best Run Blocking Guard

Last year, if we’re being honest, was not David DeCastro’s best year. It wasn’t bad by any means but fair to characterize it as a disappointment. No Steeler was more penalized than his 11, five more than the next closest offensive linemen. That number is down this year. And he’s…


Ask Alex: Steelers’ Mailbag

Welcome back to the mailbag: bye week edition. To your questions! Alex Roarty:¬†Are you worried about Bud? To my (un-trained) eye, he all too often looks like he did when he was a rookie, i.e., harmlessly running up the field on most of his pass rushes. He was so good…




Carnell Lake Says Joe Haden Capable Of Taking Away Half The Field

Consider Carnell Lake a happy man. Over the last two years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been hell-on-wheels in adding to their secondary. Drafting Artie Burns and Sean Davis. Trading for J.J. Wilcox. And signing Joe Haden, who might have been the biggest short-term impact of them all. In a rare…