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Steelers Film Room: Not Much Blitzing Last Year Against Dalton

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Heinz Field and the team’s defense will be looking to control quarterback Andy Dalton during the game. Last week in the Bengals regular season opener against the New York Jets, Dalton was sacked a total of seven times and mostly by…


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Sunday Looks To Be Another Opportunity For Xavier Grimble

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been unable to get second-year fullback Roosevelt Nix onto the field since the first preseason game, and that negative trend will continue tomorrow afternoon against the Bengals, because he was officially ruled out for the game yesterday. This is good news for at least one player,…


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Questions Still Linger At Returner After One-Punt Opener

When the Pittsburgh Steelers drop back a player to return a punt tomorrow in Pittsburgh, who will be back there? That is one of the many things I find myself wondering as I prepare for the team’s next game, because the season opener really did not provide us with any…


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Pittsburgh Rewind: Steelers Vs Redskins Game Notes

Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-16 win over the Washington Redskins. First Half – Kick coverage from left to right: Shamarko Thomas-Jordan Dangerfield-Sammie Coates-L.J. Fort-Vince Williams-Chris Boswell-Tyler Matakevich-Anthony Chickillo-Sean Davis-Darrius Heyward-Bey-Artie Burns – Davis is likely supposed to be the flat defender and get width but he only gets…


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Steelers Film Room: David DeCastro Pulling Vs Redskins

Pittsburgh Steelers right guard David DeCastro, at least in the eyes of those who vote on such things, made the leap last year from just an above average player to an All-Pro. Through all of his career, however, he has had one signature characteristic, and that is his ability to…


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Ravens To Be Shorthanded Once Again At OLB

When the Baltimore Ravens take the field tomorrow in Cleveland, they will be doing so a bit short-handed at the critical pass-rushing position. Starter Elvis Dumervil is still trying to recover from offseason surgery, having already been ruled out again for week two after missing the season opener as well….


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2016 South Side Questions: More 4WR Sets This Week?

The regular season is here, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are taking their practices at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, formerly known and still referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility of Heinz Field. While the real work is now upon us, there is plenty left to be done. And there…


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2016 NFL Week 2: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of you and Happy Bengals week as well. The Pittsburgh Steelers will have their home opener Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals and it figures to be a doozy of a game at Heinz Field. Personally, I don’t have a great read on this game heading into Saturday…


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Ryan Shazier’s Playmaking: Live Stream

Something new we’re trying here so forgive me for the many mistakes that exist. Great slogan for this, I know. Wanted to do a deep dive into Ryan Shazier’s playmaking Monday night and specifically, look at three impressive plays he made. Instead of the traditional film room, switched it up…



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Steelers Film Room: Jesse James Vs Redskins

I think it stands to reason that there is a lot of focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ tight end position in the early goings of the season when you take into consideration everything that has transpired within the group over the course of this year. No player is under the…


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Steelers Recognize Differences Between Backs In Receiving Game

In many respects, as pure runners, Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams might fairly be regarded as equals. Certainly their productivity as ball carriers has been similarly successful since they have been together on the same team. Williams may lack Bell’s suddenness in changing direction—which is elite-level—as…


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Film Room: Bengals’ Defensive Scouting Report

This year, Matthew Sottile and I will break down the opposing team’s defense in our weekly scouting report. Like last year, I will be looking at the opposing team in a more broad, scheme-approach. Matthew will have a closer eye on the individual players. Front Seven The Bengals’ defensive line is…


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Film Room: Bengals’ Offensive Scouting Report

This year, Josh Carney and I will break down the opposing team’s offense in our weekly scouting report. Like last year, I will be looking at the opposing team in a more broad, scheme-approach. Josh will have a closer eye on the individual players. Alex’s Scheme Breakdown Bengals’ Run Game…