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2014 NFL Week 4 TOX Stats

I now have the TOX stats through Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season compiled and this week the teams with a plus two or better TOX stat went a perfect 12-0 (100%). Year to date, teams with a plus two or better TOX stat are now 39-4 (90.7%). Keep in mind that the expected […]

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Mike Florio Says Steelers Mike Tomlin Is Behaving Like He’s On The Hot Seat

During the recent episode of PFT Live, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk examined which coaches or front office people should be on the hot seat after Week 4 of the season and he has Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin listed at No. 5. While Florio doesn’t believe that the Steelers will fire Tomlin […]

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Mike Tomlin And The Distinction Between Reality And Stereotype

Before the Pittsburgh Steelers’ most recent game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, head coach Mike Tomlin was interviewed for a previously recorded pre-game segment, during which Fox NFL sideline reporter Laura Okmin asked him about his thoughts on being labelled a “player’s coach”. While he preceded his statement by saying that the label […]

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Tomlin Expects Rebound From Wing After Wearing Poor Punt This Week

While it’s not the sole reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers lost Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 29-yard punt by Brad Wing with 50 seconds left in regulation certainly didn’t help matters. During his Tuesday press conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he looks forward to seeing his young punter bounce back from […]

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Roethlisberger To Brown Connection The Best In The League

Through the first quarter of the 2014 season, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger boasts a quarterback rating of 99.7 following a three-touchdown, zero-interception performance. That figure would rank as the third-best in his career, while it currently places him seventh in the league for this season behind six quarterbacks with a rating of 100 or […]

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Tomlin To Take Extreme Measures?

By Michael K. Reynolds Obviously the performance of Pittsburgh Steelers players and coaches was below the line against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Because of this, head coach Mike Tomlin, who until this week was known as a “players coach” is pulling off the gloves. During this week’s press conference Tomlin announced his strategies for fixing […]

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Steelers Run Defense Improved Over Past Two Games

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense was pounded on the ground for much of the first two weeks of the season, giving up 191 yards in the season opener and another 157 in the Thursday night loss four days later. In the first game against the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers allowed two rookie backs to run over […]

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Steelers Special Teams Played Its Role In Sunday’s Loss

The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of their more frustrating losses in recent years this past Sunday, allowing the go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter with just seven seconds remaining on the clock. And in more than any other game this season, the performance of the special teams units played a role in that loss. […]

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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Plans To Continue Celebrating After Big Plays, Touchdowns

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell took to Twitter Tuesday to say that he won’t stop celebrating after big plays and touchdowns anytime soon. Bell, who was flagged Sunday in the first quarter for taunting following a 16-yard run, informed fans Tuesday evening on his Twitter account that he grew up watching former San Diego […]

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David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Buccaneers

By David Todd In one of the most disappointing games in the history of Heinz Field, and the disappointing games are coming a lot more frequently the past few years, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 27-24 to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Continuing an early season trend, the Steelers committed 13 penalties for 125 yards, […]

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Tomlin Says He Called Run-Pass Option Play On 3rd Down Late In Loss To Buccaneers

With the Pittsburgh Steelers needing just five yards on third down and five to put away the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 1:35 left in the game, the offense ran a run-pass packaged play that they had already run several other times during the game. The play resulted in a two-yard loss by running back Le’Veon […]

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Tomlin Says Lack Of Depth, Poor Angles Led To Buccaneers Big Play Late In Sunday’s Loss

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked to describe what went wrong on the 41-yard catch and run by Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss. “We were in a zone defense, we had a four man rush that was encompassed […]

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Steelers Open As Seven Point Road Favorites Over Jaguars

For a second week in a row the Pittsburgh Steelers will play a winless team as they will now travel to Florida to play the 0-4 Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at EverBank Field. The Steelers opened up as seven point road favorites over the Jaguars, who will have rookie quarterback Blake Bortles under center Sunday. It […]

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Steelers Film Room: Murphy For 41 Yards In 4th Quarter

The biggest play that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had against the Pittsburgh Steelers was the 41-yard completion to Louis Murphy from quarterback Mike Glennon with 35 seconds left in the game. I thought all of you might like to see this play broken down properly. Pre snap, the Steelers show a cover-2 look with safety […]

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No Sign Of Stopping Penalty Trend For Steelers

Through the first quarter of the 2014 regular season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been penalized 21 times on offense, with 17 of them being accepted. Another 23 penalties were committed by the defense, with 17 accepted. On special teams, all 10 committed infractions were accepted. That’s 56 penalties committed with 44 accepted through the first […]

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Dri Archer Yet To Break Out For Steelers

Todd Haley, Mike Tomlin, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were very excited when they got the opportunity to draft running back slash wide receiver Dri Archer with the first overall compensatory pick in the third round back in May. His 4.2 speed and versatility, the thinking went, would open up the offense and create matchup problems, […]

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James Harrison Active In First Game Back In Pittsburgh

After the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed James Harrison, I wrote that his conditioning, I did not believe, would play much of a role, if any, in terms of dictating his playing time. But even I did not anticipate him playing as much as he did in his first game. While Jason Worilds over at left outside […]

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Steelers Versus Buccaneers: An All-22 Primer

By Alex Kozora Your weekly All-22 primer before the coaches’ tape is released Wednesday. Key areas I’ll attempt to look at while reviewing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. – I have a pretty good idea of what happened, the Bucs showed heavy pressure pre-snap looks (sugaring the “A” gaps), but […]

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Steelers’ Marcus Gilbert Finding His Place At Right Tackle

Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert may have struggled through the first two games of the season somewhat, particularly in pass protection, where he was beaten for a pair of sacks in both of those contests. This was following a brand new long-term contract, to go along with some improved play showcased during the season, […]

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Steelers Film Room: Haley Used Packaged Play One Too Many Times Against Buccaneers

Just because a play or packaged play works once in a game doesn’t necessary mean that it will work twice and such was the case Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With 4:33 left in the first quarter, running back Le’Veon Bell Picked up 16 yards off of right […]

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Steelers Marcus Gilbert, Steve McLendon Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Buccaneers

Pro Football Focus now has there initial grades out for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their 27-24 loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I am not very surprised that tackle Marcus Gilbert (3.6) graded out as the best player on offense. Gilbert has now put together two solid games after not playing well in […]

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Steelers Vs. Buccaneers: Player Snap Counts Week 4

Below are the player snap counts for the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the official gamebook. We will see if any of these differ in our game charting. As far as the offense goes, there are no big surprises outside of wide receiver Lance Moore seeing a little […]

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Steelers Team Better, But Worse Off, Than A Year Ago

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a golden opportunity to get their year off to a 3-1 start, playing at home against a winless team. They were winning, in fact, for most of the second half—that is, until the last seven seconds, when Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon found wide receiver Vincent Jackson in the end […]

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Steelers See More Of Lance Moore In Week Four

As with last week, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore made a brief cameo appearance in yesterday afternoon’s game, only this time you didn’t have to ask yourself whether or not you really saw him out there. His first snap, in fact, was also his first reception as a Steeler, targeted by Ben Roethlisberger on […]

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Steelers Rediscovering Heath Miller’s Place In The Offense

When the Pittsburgh Steelers first brought Todd Haley into the fold as the team’s new offensive coordinator, he instantly turned to veteran tight end Heath Miller as a focal point for his offensive ideology. In 2012, Miller set career-highs in receiving yards and touchdown receptions topping 70 receptions (or 60 receptions for that matter) for […]

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Disheartening Loss Overshadows Strong Performance From Ben Roethlisberger

Somewhat lost in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ perplexing last-second loss to the heretofore winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the fact that the team’s franchise quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, had a strong game, despite taking five sacks and losing a fumble on one of them that resulted in seven points the other way. He finished […]

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