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Steelers Film Room: Alejandro Villanueva Vs Redskins

From 2012 to 2016, the Pittsburgh Steelers have opened the season with four different starting left tackles. Alejandro Villanueva is the most recent, but he did start 12 games, including the playoffs, last season. Yet his development is still important to monitor given his lack of an offensive line background….


Week 1 Steelers Offensive Charting Notes

As Alex Kozora did for the defense, I will do for the offense, using our charting from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ games to provide notes and insight into how the team is conducting the offense either in a specific game or over a given period of time. The first game against…



2016 South Side Questions: Is The Tackle-Eligible On The Shelf?

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…


Week 2 Thursday Night Football Discussion Thread: Jets Vs. Bills

It’s Thursday night and that means we have some football to watch as the Buffalo Bills will host the New York Jets to start the second week of the 2016 regular season. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play both of these teams this season, so it’s a perfect chance to pre…


Danny Smith Upset Over Antonio Brown’s TD Celebration

In the moment, it’s hard not to have a laugh over Antonio Brown’s touchdown twerk. It was good for a chuckle and about 100 Internet memes. But one guy who wasn’t happy with it? Special teams coach Danny Smith. Because Brown made his job a whole lot tougher. In Smith’s…


Ask Alex: Steelers’ Mailbag

Hey all, Good to be talking to you after an awesome Week One win. Thanks for sticking with us the whole week as we continue to cover the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory and get you geared up for their Week Two battle with the Cincinnati Bengals. If you subscribe to my…


Danny Smith Praises Shamarko Thomas’ Special Teams Ability

Shamarko Thomas’ career as a safety may not have gone as planned but he’s embraced the opportunity to be a core special teamer. And Danny Smith gushed about him in his sit down with Bob Labriola on Steelers Nation Radio. “He’s excellent. First of all, it’s important to him. His…


Steelers Use 3TE Sets With Success In Washington

Considering the fact that they ran all but one play in the first quarter of their victory over Washington on Monday night out of their usual 11 personnel, the Pittsburgh Steelers actually ended up playing a respectable number of snaps out of multiple-tight-end sets before the night was through. That,…


Sammie Coates Looking To Stay On The Field

If there is one thing to be said for the absence of Markus Wheaton for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the regular season opener, it is that it gave the team the perfect opportunity to get a long look at the progress of second-year wide receiver Sammie Coates, who played extensively…


Sack Breakdown: Steelers Vs Redskins

Only one blemish on the docket this week. Not too shabby for Week One. Let’s break it down. 1. 1:08 1st. 1st and 10. 12 personnel. Five block versus a four man rush. From our 30,000 foot view, where people like me will always be perched, it’s difficult to discern…


Week One Steelers’ Defensive Charting Notes

Won’t do this every week but with the regular season upon us, wanted to roll through some of the notables of the defensive charting we do each week. We’ll revisit this roughly every month or so and see what trends emerge. We are basing this off 55 full plays from…



Steelers Film Room: Xavier Grimble Vs Redskins

You know who played a surprisingly high number of snaps on Monday night? This guy. *points above to display image* “This guy” is first-year tight end Xavier Grimble, who played 16 snaps for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Redskins in the team’s season opener, which was just one snap shy…


Bengals Intend To Play Smarter Against Steelers

Over the course of the past couple of seasons, the tone of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ contests with the Cincinnati Bengals has slowly taken a more hostile and aggressive tone, wherein we very nearly got a glimpse of the rivalries of old, when teams truly disliked one another. While I won’t…