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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….


Crucial Third Down Conversions Enough To Propel Steelers In Win

It wasn’t ideal. But it was better. And that was enough to win. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ struggles on third down have been well documented on this site over the last month. Overall, they finished 6 of 17 in yesterday’s 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders, still surely far from an…



Steelers Week 9 Missed Tackles Breakdown

Sunday’s 38-35 victory over the Oakland Raiders truly had a little bit of everything, which unfortunately included more missed tackles by the Steelers defense. The good news is that the total for the game was just eight whiffs, the team’s second best mark of the season. The bad news is…


QB Landry Jones Shows Again That He Deserves To Be Steelers Backup

If you haven’t already figured it out by now, Landry Jones is now the Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback. While head coach Mike Tomlin tried to sidestep the subject last week that Jones had passed Mike Vick on the depth chart because one player was healthier than the other, the Friday…


Steelers Film Room: Bud Dupree’s Punt Deflection

We’d be here forever if we listed every explosive play in the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-35 victory yesterday over the Oakland Raiders. We’ll cover most of them throughout the week but I want to start off with one I thought the Steelers could generate based on my Raiders scouting report. Breaking…


Dat Dude Nix Continues To Make Plays For Steelers

When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed fullback Roosevelt Nix to a Reserve/Future contract in January, I doubt you could find many people who would have predicted he’d ultimately make the team’s 53 man roster. Not only did the Kent State product manage to do that, he’s become quite the contributor on…