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Ramon Foster Hoping To Rejoin Emerging Offensive Line

Ramon Foster has started more games for the Pittsburgh Steelers than anybody along the offensive line since he joined the team as a rookie undrafted free agent in 2009. Of course, he is also the oldest and longest-tenured lineman among the starters—but he had never officially been a starter until the 2013 season. Still, he […]

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Steelers Two-Minute Offense Showing Positive Signs

By curious happenstance, the Pittsburgh Steelers have found themselves in the position to close every half of the season with the ball. One of those possessions ended in an interception after a sustained drive. Another resulted in a punt after a sustained drive. The other four were successful in either scoring or running out the […]

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Steelers vs Panthers Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night. Once again, the Steelers opened the half in their base defense. Much unlike the first half, however, they began missing tackles. Cam Thomas and Ryan Shazier were both guilty on a first-down […]

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Steelers vs Panthers First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night. The Steelers opened the game in the 12 personnel, with both Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth lined up off the right side. That’s already different. On second down, after a penalty, the […]

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Kozora: Dick LeBeau vs Carolina Video

By Alex Kozora In this week’s video, we’ll focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ defense after highlighting the Steelers’ offense the past few weeks. We’ll note some of the schematic wrinkles Dick LeBeau employed to confuse the Carolina Panthers‘ offense, making the Steelers’ defense look like one of year’s past and why the 77 year old defensive […]

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Examining Mike Tomlin’s Career Record Against Teams With A Losing Record

The winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to Heinz Field Sunday to play the Pittsburgh Steelers and a popular narrative leading up to the game seems to be centered around head coach Mike Tomlin and is inability to beat teams with a losing record. In fact, I had one reader email me to say that Tomlin […]

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LeBeau’s Record In Pittsburgh Against Quarterbacks Making First Start Against Him

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to Heinz Field Sunday to play the Pittsburgh Steelers, second-year quarterback Mike Glennon will more than likely get the start. Since 2004, either he or Josh McCown will become the 67th different quarterback to start a game against Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau for the first time in their […]

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Audio: Wednesday Interview With David Todd On ESPN 970 Radio

Wednesday afternoon, I joined David Todd for an interview on his show that can be heard on ESPN 970 Radio. We covered several topics concerning the Pittsburgh Steelers as they head into their Week 4 game at Heinz Field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We discuss the injury situation, addition of linebacker James Harrison and a little […]

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Steelers Leap Up Eight Spots In ESPN Weekly Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Steelers 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday night must have been very impressive to those responsible for formulating the ESPN.com power rankings as the black and gold jumped up eight spots this week after dropping seven spots the previous week following their Thursday night loss in Week 2 to the Baltimore Ravens. […]

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Steelers LB Sean Spence Set To Make First Career Start Against Buccaneers

Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, third-year linebacker Sean Spence will make his first career start as rookie Ryan Shazier will miss the game with a knee injury. If not for him suffering a serious knee injury of his own during the final preseason game of his rookie season, Spence would have likely already been […]

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Buccaneers Expect To Get Martin, McCoy, Johnson Back For Steelers Game

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be 0-3 to start the season, but the version of their team that will be coming to Heinz Field Sunday to play the Pittsburgh Steelers will be a little different than the one that currently is winless. For starters, the Buccaneers offense is expecting to have their starting running back […]

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Steelers Have An Opportunity To Get Shamarko Thomas On The Field

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been consistently adamant throughout the offseason about their plans for second-year strong safety Shamarko Thomas for the 2014 season. Carnell Lake spoke during the offseason that the Steelers plan to keep him at safety for the foreseeable future, emphasizing that they want to see him develop as a safety for his […]

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Steelers Have No Replacement For Ike Taylor’s Size

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost the services of three defensive starters on Sunday night to a unit that has been giving up 24 points per game as it is, despite the fact that the offense has put up 30 points twice now in three games. One of those starters going down to injury is rookie inside […]

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Slimmer Bell Draws Praise From Future HOF RB LaDainian Tomlinson

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was regarded as a big back during his collegiate career at Michigan State, approaching the 250 pound mark at 6’1”. He’s still a big back in his second season in the NFL, despite being more than 20 pounds lighter. But the weight drop has made a significant difference on […]

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Arthur Moats A Larger Threat To Playing Time For James Harrison Than Conditioning

Head coach Mike Tomlin preached caution when it comes to expecting the newly re-signed James Harrison to contribute to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ winning efforts on defense, emphasizing that little is determined at this point. While that may be true, he gave a similar speech regarding the participation of another veteran re-signing late in the process, […]

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2014 NFL Week 3 Stats: Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

With Week 3 now behind us, here are your updated adjusted net yards per passing attempt differential stats (ANY/A) for all 32 teams. While it’s still a bit early to give any hard analysis on these numbers, you can really see the haves and the have nots when it comes to both the passing offenses […]

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Steelers Marcus Gilbert, Lawrence Timmons Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Panthers

Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert didn’t play very well in the first two games of the 2014 season, but he had a nice bounce-back game Sunday night in the win over the Carolina Panthers. Gilbert’s excellent run blocking was way above the line Sunday night and combined with him only giving up one quarterback […]

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James Harrison Signing Comes Amid Heightened Concern Over Domestic Violence

The Pittsburgh Steelers earlier today officially re-signed outside linebacker James Harrison, who was originally released by the team before the 2013 season in a salary cap maneuver, and who only earlier this month officially retired from the game. The move was prompted by the long-term injury sustained by Steelers second-year outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who […]

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Lance Moore Currently Riding On Caboose Of Steelers Fast Moving Train

Despite being healthy and active Sunday night for the first time since he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, veteran wide receiver Lance Moore only played one snap in the win over the Carolina Panthers. During his Tuesday press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked if second-year wide receiver Justin Brown has moved ahead of […]

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Steelers Defensive Assistant Joey Porter Caught Hell For Chest Bump Fail

Following a fourth quarter get-off on third down Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward gave defensive assistant Joey Porter an unforgettable chest bump as he came off of the field. It’s been nearly 48 hours since Porter was sent flying off of his feet, yet several Steelers players and […]

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Tomlin Looking At All Options When It Comes To Nickel Sub-Package

With veteran cornerback Ike Taylor now sidelined for several weeks with a broken right forearm, William Gay will start opposite Cortez Allen in the Pittsburgh Steelers base defense. When it comes to the Steelers nickel sub-package, however, there appears to be some uncertainty as to who the third cornerback will be. After Taylor left the […]

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Steelers LB James Harrison Gets His No. 92 From Daniel McCullers

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison will wear his old No. 92 after being signed back to the team on Tuesday. Rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers has been keeping guard over Harrison’s jersey since the start of the season, but being as he’s been inactive for the first three games of the 2014 season, […]

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Gradkowski, Hubbard Make Their Debuts In Blowout Steelers Victory

It’s rarely a good thing to see your team’s backup quarterback in the game, especially for Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that doesn’t blow a lot of teams away on the scoreboard with a veteran quarterback that almost always misses at least a start or two every season. That’s why the Steelers […]

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Steelers Backs Turning Tomlin’s Vision Into Reality

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin gave free agent running back LeGarrette Blount the hard sell during the offseason, essentially telling him that he envisioned Blount and starter Le’Veon Bell as a one-two punch of sorts. That tandem hit it off quite well on a personal level, establishing a friendship early on, as well as […]

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Ike Taylor Must Race The Clock To Stay A Steeler

By Melanie Friedlander, MD, FACS The Pittsburgh Steelers defense came home from North Carolina having played their part in a dominant win over the Panthers, but it came at a terrible price.  3 starters went down within 7 snaps a mere 5 minutes into the second half (sounds like a math problem, but that will come […]

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Steelers Finally Use Will Johnson As Run Game Explodes

During the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers, I joked early on that fullback Will Johnson had bought himself a season-long exile on the bench after he dropped a pass early in the game. I was joking, of course, but there tends to be a lining of truth in all humor. After all, […]

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