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Loss Of Fullback Results In More Multiple Tight End Sets

The Pittsburgh Steelers ran from run-heavy looks with surprising frequency during the Wildcard game despite being short-handed at the running back position. 22 of 74 offensive snaps came with multiple tight ends on the field, with eight of those plays involving three tight ends on the field. Curiously, rookie tight…



Steelers Used 4WR Sets To Give Toussaint, Todman Rest

Over the course of the 16-game regular season, the Pittsburgh Steelers ran just 13 plays from either 10 or 01 personnel—that is, either one running back or one tight end on the field along with four wide receivers. All but three of those plays came from Week Nine on, after…


Steelers Film Room: Ryan Shazier Vs Bengals

Ryan Shazier played a good game for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the Wildcard game, that much is no secret. It’s likely that the team would have lost had he not played, given his 13 tackles, two passes defensed, and two forced fumbled, with one recovery. But while it was not…


2015 NFL Divisional Round Weekend: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

I would wish you all a Happy Friday but I know it’s not a very joyful day now that we know Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown won’t be playing in Sunday’s playoff game against the Denver Broncos. At least it’s sounding like quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will give it a go,…


Ask Alex: Steelers’ Mailbag

Hey everyone. I’m an idiot and totally forgot about doing my weekly chat yesterday. My bad. So we’ve just shifted it to today with it returning to its previously scheduled day and time next week. And in honor of my favorite movie villian from my favorite movie, here’s to remembering Alan…


Bengals Killer B Stung Steelers Killer B’s Quite A Bit In 2015

If Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict isn’t currently the most-hated player in the city of Pittsburgh right now, I don’t know who is. Even though Burfict only played in a total of 11 games this year, including the post-season, three of them came against the Pittsburgh Steelers and he certainly…



Steelers Film Room: Todd Haley Packaged Plays

I wrote about it briefly in my game notes yesterday and want to touch on it again for a moment today. Before the Cincinnati Bengals’ game, I wondered aloud – and hoped – if Todd Haley would bring back some of his packaged plays. Run pass options that ideally, put…


The Doctor Is In: Brown Likely Closer To Playing Than You Think

UPDATE: Brown ruled out Friday morning by team. I believe that Antonio Brown will play this weekend and play well.   And I think that will be evident later today, when the Pittsburgh Steelers practice report for Friday is released. It’s no secret that as each day passes, Steeler Nation becomes…


Steelers Film Room Jesse James Vs Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers actually managed to use a fair bit of 12 personnel against the Bengals, but that wasn’t necessarily the surprising part. The bigger surprise is that rookie tight end Jesse James actually took the majority of the TE2 snaps during the game, outplaying Matt Spaeth by snap count…


Porter, Munchak Owed Higher Level Of Scrutiny As Coaches

Much has been made from various parties about a certain pair of Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coaches, subsequently portrayed as a group of undisciplined men who are not properly reined in by the higher ups in the pecking order. The narrative that has ensued has unquestionably grown to absurd proportions. But…


Steelers Film Room: Jarvis Jones Vs Bengals

It may not have seemed like it to some, but during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Wildcard round, Jarvis Jones and James Harrison played roughly the same amount of snaps, hovering near the 50 percent mark, and they also had roughly the same level of production, with the stat sheets for each…


Fitzgerald Toussaint Becoming Trusted Target

It may not surprise you to learn that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had not gotten in a lot of work with running back Fitzgerald Toussaint prior to the previous week of practice, following which the second-year former undrafted free agent was asked to make his first career start, in…


Sammie Coates’ Name Could Be Called On Sunday

Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round showdown between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field in Mile High Stadium could be a showcase of the walking wounded, based on the injury reports for both teams released today. While the Broncos have some key players banged up in safety Darian…