Articles by Matthew Marczi

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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: LeGarrette Blount

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was certainly enthusiastic about the team’s ability to bring in running back LeGarrette Blount as a free agent during this offseason to complement their young frontrunner, Le’Veon Bell. Admittedly, he probably wasn’t anticipating complementary possession charges on the eve of the Steelers’ third preseason…


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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: Lawrence Timmons

On a night on which nearly every player performed below expectations, it’s difficult to cull much positivity, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. The first-team defense played a full three quarters of the game, and allowed 31…


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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: Ryan Shazier

Rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier had an impressive debut in week two of the preseason in a performance that raised already high expectations for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first-round draft pick. Last week’s test against the Philadelphia Eagles saw Shazier come back down to earth a bit, though he did say…


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Steelers Rookie Class Update: Making The Cut

The Pittsburgh Steelers’s 2014 draft class consisted of nine new players, including three compensatory draft picks in the third, fifth, and sixth rounds, and excluding their natural third-round pick, which they traded the previous year for a 2013 fourth-round pick. Normally, with a draft class of that size, it’s seemingly…


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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: Maurkice Pouncey

As the preseason progresses, it certainly seems to be looking more and more as though the Pittsburgh Steelers have a right side of the offensive line in place that could remain together and play at a high level for several years to come. The right side should experience significant improvements…


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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: Cameron Heyward

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward emerged as one of the team’s key players on the defensive side of the ball last year, but he hasn’t quite been able to continue the pace he set for himself last season thus far. Through three preseason games, his play up to this…


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Brett Keisel’s Inclusion On Defense May Be Gradual

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is getting his first taste of football of the year this week. He was dressed for Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles without having taken even a single practice rep. Of course, he didn’t play in the game either. The last time he…


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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: Jason Worilds

There’s something about the Pittsburgh Steelers that drives many of their fans to become amateur scouts of sorts, seemingly more than most teams, at least in my experience. They record the games and re-watch them on their own so that they can be informed with first-hand accounts of player performances….



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Steelers vs Eagles – Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations upon reviewing the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Steelers’ first-team offense in against the Eagles’ reserve defense. Quickly forces a third and nine. Markus Wheaton’s 10-yard reception kept the drive going. Le’Veon Bell with a false…


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Steelers vs Eagles – First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations upon reviewing the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. On the third play of the Eagles’ opening drive, Jason Worilds was turned inside, providing a clean lane for LeSean McCoy. While Ryan Shazier nearly got to the…


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Steelers Lacking In Red Zone Opportunities, Performance

The Pittsburgh Steelers have scored five offensive touchdowns through three preseason games. Two of them have come from within the red zone. None of them have come on the ground. In fact, the Steelers have gotten very little red zone work, which is partially explained by touchdown receptions going for…


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Steelers’ Thursday Showing May Demand Extended Encore From Starters

Needless to say for anybody who actually watched the game, the 10-point deficit that the final scoreboard read certainly does not do justice to how soundly the Philadelphia Eagles handled the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. The most telling fact is that the Eagles were so satisfied with their own…


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Shaun Suisham’s Troubling Preseason Continues

Shaun Suisham is coming off a season in which set a career-high in field goal percentage, connecting on 30 of 32 attempts at a rate of 93.8 percent. That just edged out his debut season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, during which he made 14 of 15 field goals…


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Eagles Offense A Tough Task For Ill-Prepared Steelers Defense

Even though the Philadelphia Eagles may have lost their first two preseason games, that hardly means that they were not a significant challenge for the Pittsburgh Steelers, particularly when it comes to trying to stop their up-tempo offense. And even though the third preseason game is supposed to be, by…