Articles by Dan Vasko

Roethlisberger To Be Patriots Biggest Test

This article is not meant to downplay how good the New England Patriots are, but it is something to consider when looking at their defensive statistics this NFL season. There are few schedules I’ve seen throughout the years that showcase the lack of elite opposing quarterbacks, and the 2016 Patriots…


Steelers’ Pass Rush With Golden Opportunity Sunday

There is no doubt that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pass rush in 2016 has been underwhelming. After finishing 2015 with 48 sacks, they appeared to be on an upward trajectory towards becoming one of the most dynamic pass rushes in all of football. But injuries, primarily to players like Bud Dupree…


Tomlin’s Steelers Built For Strong Finish

At a 4-5 record, there is plenty to disappointed about when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ execution so far this season. In a division that is in shambles, it appeared the Steelers would have a fine opportunity early this year to build themselves a cushion on their way to…


Le’Veon Bell Must Prove He’s Up To The Challenge Sunday

Before I even begin I must provide the caveat that this is no knock on Le’Veon Bell. I’d be silly to make such an assertion that he can’t be successful in any given week. But on paper, this matchup versus the Baltimore Ravens’ defense is going to be one of…


Steelers Bye Week Yet Again Comes At Perfect Moment

Week 8 of the NFL season is upon us. The Steelers are 4-3; they remain loosely gripped on the division lead, and are now heading to the bye week. We seemingly say this every year, but it appears that this week off could not have come at a better time….


Steelers Finding Success Throwing On First Down

Earlier in the year, I wrote about the Steelers’ struggles on third down and how they could improve that by running the ball on first and second downs. But now six weeks into the season, it has become apparent that the opposite is in fact true. The Steelers are experiencing…


Time Of Possession Will Be Key Against New England

The team that has historically had the Steelers number over the last decade plus heads into town next Sunday, and Pittsburgh will be entering the game without Ben Roethlisberger. Given the position this team is in, with numerous injuries and a tough schedule ahead, one message should ring true: keep…


Backups Proving Starter-Capable For Pittsburgh

The past two weeks have presented some unique challenges for the Pittsburgh Steelers. For starters, they had to take on the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that has been the Achilles heel for Tomlin’s Steelers, and also the New York Jets, a capable offense with a stout front four on…


Steelers Red Zone Success Leaving Boswell On Bench

Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley are well known for emphasizing red zone efficiency, hence their numerous reps inside the 20 during training camps and practice. And while they had an awful showing against the Eagles in week three, they’re experiencing a lot of success when deep into enemy territory. We…


Study: Steelers Turnovers Coming Early

Through the first three games of the 2016 regular season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have eight touchdowns and have committed 8 turnovers. That’s not exactly what most fans want to hear, although all eight touchdowns came in two of the games which hopefully makes the Philadelphia Eagles game an outlier. But…


Too Many Penalties, Fewer First Downs Doom Steelers In Loss

With one of the worst losses in recent memory, it’s hard to find many areas that the team excelled in during Sunday’s contest against the Eagles. And while, yes, it’s only one game in the large scheme of things, there is still plenty to pick apart from the team’s performance….


Key To Steelers’ Victory Summed Up In 3rd Down Success

There is a lot to be happy about, if you’re a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, following Monday Night’s contest against Washington. The running game was there, the passing game couldn’t be stopped, but more than anything, the Steelers converted all red zone opportunities as well as third and fourth downs. Pittsburgh…


Week One Offers Big Tests For Hargrave, Davis

We’re now less than one week away from the Steelers’ first game of the 2016 season against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. There have been surprises throughout the preseason, and there have been obvious week one starters from the get go. Two rookies have made their presence known…


Study: Steelers’ Preseason Penalties

Ahhh, the penalty. We love to talk about them; we love to criticize the calls, and we most certainly love to make our judgments off of them. They’re what make a lot of games even more interesting; just ask Vontaze Burfict, or Adam Jones. And yes, they can be dull…


How The Steelers’ Defensive Line Depth Will Factor In 2016

Following the 2015 season there was a glaring issue on the Steelers roster; aside from the lack of depth amongst defensive backs, it was the lack of defensive linemen. This was most evident due to the fact that both Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt were on the field for nearly…