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Not A Lot Of Negatives Associated With Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount

In addition to penalties, negative plays can absolutely kill drives for an offense. Just so you know, last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a total of 35 rushing plays that went for negative yards. During the offseason, the Steelers signed free agent running back LeGarrette Blount to compliment starter Le’Veon Bell. We’ve already looked quite […]

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2012, 2013 NFL Game Opening Drive Study

By Alex Kozora This past weekend, Dave Bryan posted an article containing Ben Roethlisberger’s career numbers on opening drives.  And as he wrote and a reader posted, a more full-fledged idea came out of it. Statistics are all relative. On the surface, it’s difficult to gauge how impressive Roethlisberger’s performance (37 touchdowns in 142 drives) […]

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Steelers Pre-Camp Depth Chart Update – Quarterbacks

With minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Steelers should already have all of the main components of their offseason roster in place, with all draft picks signed and no more free agents projected to be added until further evaluation. It’s possible that a need should arise for further […]

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Steelers Not In The Market For Rent-A-Corner

Despite reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers had legitimate interest in obtaining the services of former Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers, it never seemed very likely that anything would actually come of it, and yesterday he signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Chargers, making the discussion wholly irrelevant. ESPN reporter Field Yates reports that […]

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Steelers Hope Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Can Make An ‘Impact’ With His Run Tackles

With Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier already pegged to be a starter in 2014, the team hopes that he will make an immediate impact when it comes to helping stopping the run. Part of stopping the run includes making “impact tackles” and those are defined by NFL Network researcher Matt Hamilton as being […]

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Ryan Shazier Can Do Something In 2014 That Kendrell Bell Couldn’t Do In 2001

Barring something totally unforeseen, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier will start alongside Lawrence Timmons in the 2014 season opener against the Cleveland Browns. When and if that happens, he will be the first Steelers defensive rookie to accomplish that feat since Kendrell Bell last did way back in 2001. Shazier, however, has a […]

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The No Huddle And The Difference Between Tools And Skills

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that old proverb could certainly apply to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense last season. With Ben Roethlisberger struggling to find the end zone, the running backs struggling to find holes, and the offensive line struggling to find themselves, the offense was in dire straits and desperately […]

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Justin Brown Taking Nothing For Granted This Season

Justin Brown was a sixth-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, a somewhat forgotten, unheralded second fiddle to a more promising receiver that the team also added that year in the third round of the NFL Draft. So was Antonio Brown. But unlike Antonio, Justin didn’t make it onto the 53-man roster on his first […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Dimes, Quarters, And Assorted Change

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when the season before already introduced […]

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The Pre-Noll Era: Foundation Of Forrest Douds

By Alex Kozora The success of the Pittsburgh Steelers wasn’t always a constant. There was a long period of time, from their inaugural 1933 season until Chuck Noll’s arrival, where the team from Pittsburgh were at worst, a laughingstock and at best, lovable losers. Even during this gloomy era, there were still important figures. So […]

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No Training Camp Competition In Sight For Steelers K Shaun Suisham

Over the course of the last four weeks of offseason practices, the Pittsburgh Steelers have only carried one place kicker on their 90 man roster, but you have to wonder if veteran Shaun Suisham will soon get someone to share training camp duties with prior to the team reporting to Latrobe. It’s not like Suisham […]

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LeBeau, Steelers Turn Eyes Forward On Defense

For an organization so intrinsically built upon and invested in its tradition, the Pittsburgh Steelers are facing a hard reality after suffering two consecutive non-winning seasons for the first time in over a decade. Not the simple reality that they haven’t been able to live up to their own standards in recent years, but rather […]

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Steelers Favored Experience With Cam Thomas In Case Of Need Of Interim Starter

The Pittsburgh Steelers were fortunate to have quality depth at the defensive end position last season, with all of the top four ends on the roster receiving significant playing time, even starts, at some point or another. But such security was short-lived, as three of those four players hit unrestricted free agency this spring, with […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Same Difference In The Slot For William Gay

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when the season before already introduced […]

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Woodson, Sapp Both Think Roethlisberger Is Still Not Hall Of Fame Worthy

Has Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger done enough already to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after his playing days are over? In a recent all or nothing discussion revolving around the Class of 2004 quarterbacks on the NFL Network, current Hall of Famers Rod Woodson and Warren Sapp both weighed in with […]

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Steelers LB Vince Williams Sounds Ready For Training Camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up four weeks of offseason practices on Thursday, but second-year linebacker Vince Williams sounds like he’s ready to get training camp started as soon as possible. If Williams’ string of Sunday tweets don’t get you excited about football season getting closer, I’m not sure that anything will. Everybody hungry but there’s […]

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Admits Why He Really Likes Calling No-Huddle Plays

The Pittsburgh Steelers have worked quite a bit on their no-huddle offense over the course of the offseason practices and with all of that work comes the expectation that we’ll see it a lot in 2014. During a radio interview last week on 105.9 The X, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talked about how much he envisions […]

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Steelers Film Room: Defeating Man Coverage

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why it happened. […]

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Developmental League Still Lacking In Needed Appeal For NFL Teams

The National Football League is the last remaining major professional team sport in the United States to lack a true affiliated minor league or developmental system. It would seem that this is likely to stay that way until an upstart league is able to suit team needs and desires. Currently, the NFL employs a surrogate […]

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Steelers Still Business As Usual Despite Down Time Until Training Camp

This week begins the first of four full weeks of sheer football absence since minicamp concluded this past Thursday. Training camp does not begin until the late stages of July, meaning the players, technically, have about a month off to themselves. But by no means does that suggest that the Pittsburgh Steelers and the rest […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Bridging The Gap Between Smith And Tuitt

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when the season before already introduced […]

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger And Opening Offensive Drives

I’m not quite sure where to go with this stat, but I think it might create a little bit of conversation and perhaps a research idea will come out of it. During his career, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has started 142 games and that means he’s orchestrated 142 opening offensive drives. Of those 142 […]

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Steelers FIlm Room: Using Window Dressing

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why it happened. […]

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On Flowers And Fertilizer

First off, apologies to all the gardeners who have stumbled across this article seeking advice of the plant nurturing variety through search engines. Multiple reliable Pittsburgh Steelers beat writers have confirmed the team’s interest in free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers by speaking directly to team personnel. Of course, when a former Pro Bowl cornerback is released in […]

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Prospect Of Developmental League Offers Intrigue

What will become of the Fall Experimental Football League in a few years’ time? That is the question most intriguing to the National Football League. The FXFL, a new upstart professional league hoping to kick off this October, paints itself as a developmental league that, in time, could help funnel talent to the NFL. The […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Big Snack To Big Mac

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when the season before already introduced […]

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