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Snap Counts For Steelers’ Starting DEs May Not Be Sustainable

Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt played every single snap for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the team’s victory over the Raiders on Sunday. I will remind you that Heyward and Tuitt are defensive ends in a 3-4 system. That is simply something that doesn’t really happen; the line typically rotates fairly…



Rookie Anthony Chickillo Earning His Keep On Special Teams

The Pittsburgh Steelers earlier in the season elected to promote rookie draft pick Anthony Chickillo from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, first, possibly, because of an injured thumb for James Harrison, but also because his special teams capability made him more valuable than Caushaud Lyons, the seventh defensive…


David Todd: Quick Thoughts On Steelers Versus Raiders

Written on 11/8/15 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I think I used that to open a recap once before. Dickens is going to come after me. On another beautiful Sunday at Heinz Field the Pittsburgh Steelers were involved in one of the most exciting, entertaining…


Steelers Film Room: Marcus Gilbert’s Pass Protection

With the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line dealing with a host of injuries this season, I fear we haven’t called enough attention to the fine play of Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, and especially Marcus Gilbert. The right tackle struggled last year after being signed to a lengthy extension, but the continued…


The First Step To A Good Defense Is a Physical One

At first blush, a 38-35 score would not indicate a good defensive day for either side. And sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers had their blunders, centered around multiple coverage breakdowns that resulted in big plays and points for the Oakland Raiders. But one element had that throwback, classic Steelers vs Raiders…


Tomlin Challenges Defensive Line Depth To Step Up

Typically, Mike Tomlin has nothing but positive things to say during his weekly Tuesday presser. Compliment the job of specific players, make the opposing team sound like Super Bowl champions, you get the idea. But Tomlin seemed to take a little jab, and perhaps offer a challenge, to the backup…


Mike Mitchell: Don’t Hate The Player Or The Game

Few people were as outspokenly critical of Mike Mitchell as I was last year, consistently noting the poor angles, shoddy tackling, and over-aggressive nature that led to the Pittsburgh Steelers defense getting beat down the field constantly. Due to Troy Polamalu’s roaming style, Mitchell was often asked to cover a…


Tomlin’s Message A Calming Influence For Players

For all his warts, there is absolutely zero debate every Pittsburgh Steeler has bought into Mike Tomlin’s message. The “standard is the standard” motto that Tomlin surely is collecting royalties for. We wrote about why that has made him such a good coach weeks ago and Sunday, Mike Mitchell recognized…


Landry Jones Providing Comfort For Teammates And Fans

You probably don’t care how I feel. I might be the one writing this but we’re all still just fans. But if it is worth anything to you, though I felt that pit in my stomach after seeing Ben Roethlisberger again injured, I didn’t panic nearly as much as before. Because we’ve…




Steelers Film Room: Antonio Brown’s Slot Fade

Back in the film room to take a quick look at one of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ failed plays that was ever-so close to converting Sunday. A prolific offensive day that still managed to leave yards and points on the field. One of the toughest routes for a CB to defend…


Steelers Film Room: Raiders Sack Breakdown

The Pittsburgh Steelers allowed just one sack in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders, but as always, we’ll break it down. 1. 3rd and 10, 7:51 4th. Steelers are in 10 (1 RB, 0 TE) personnel. Five blocking, plus the RB chipping and releasing, against a three man rush. Yet…


End Of The Line Might Be Near For Steelers TE/FB Will Johnson

Based on the way a few things transpired on Sunday, time might very well be short for Pittsburgh Steelers tight end/fullback Will Johnson. For starters, Johnson, who originally signed with the team in 2012 as an undrafted free agent, played a season-low one snap in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders….