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Jarvis Jones Needs To Be Trusted As A Closer In 2016

Jarvis Jones has struggled as a pass rusher. Man, I hope you were sitting down for that. Five sacks in three seasons. It is a complicated issue, even if it seems as easy as Jarvis = bust. There are several factors at play – scheme, coverage assignments, the talent around…


2016 Steelers Stock Watch – TE Jesse James – Stock Up

With the 2016 NFL Draft now over and the bulk of the heavy lifting done with regard to the roster building process now out of the way, it is easier to begin to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand at certain positions, and what the implications might be…


Bengals LB Coach Jim Haslett Sees Himself In Vontaze Burfict

Jim Haslett has had a fairly impressive resume when it comes to his NFL credentials. As a player at linebacker, he was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year playing for the Bills in 1979. A broken leg shortened his playing career, but he moved right into coaching after retiring…


The Optimist’s Take: Roster Prospects For Dustin Vaughan

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…


Roethlisberger, Tomlin Want To Go For Two Every Time

Mike Tomlin is never one to live in his fears. And no quarterback has ever turned down the chance to put up more points. So it’s a perfect marriage for the Pittsburgh Steelers to continue their aggressiveness on two-point conversions. And if the words from Ben Roethlisberger today are an…


Joey Porter Wants Jarvis Jones To Block Outside Noise

We’re planning on writing a lot about Jarvis Jones over the next couple days. But if he listens to Joey Porter, he won’t see any of it. Speaking to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Porter suggested for Jones to ignore what us – the media – has to say. “For him, he…


Charting Steelers’ Third And Short Passing Last Season

Late last week, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton made explicit a fairly obvious trend to anybody who had paid attention to the team’s offense last season, saying in an interview that “Ben [Roethlisberger] loves the deep ball obviously on third and short when the defense is least expecting [it]”,…


Film Room: Using Vertical Concepts To Open Up Le’Veon Bell

With the weapons the Pittsburgh Steelers have, there’s reason to take vertical shots. Even if it isn’t to the degree of Bruce Arians, Todd Haley’s offense is full of deep shots, even if it’s conventionally thought of as a horizontal attack. There’s a second element of what a vertical attack…



Steelers’ Young D-Linemen Ready To Move Past Limited Spring Drills

Today marks the beginning of the end of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ spring workouts, as through Tuesday through Thursday will be held the team’s first mandatory portion of the offseason, the minicamp that precedes an extended period of down time before training camp opens, officially on July 29. The OTA and…



The Pessimist’s Take: Cornerbacks Against The Run

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…


Mike Vick Hoping To Play Football In 2016

Mike Vick wants to continue his football career in 2016. Just don’t expect it to be in Pittsburgh. “I would love to play this year, suit up for another run at it,”  Vick told NJ.com today. “I still feel like I could play and there is a lot left in…


Bryan: 2016 Steelers 53-Man Roster Prediction: Pre-Minicamp Edition

With the Pittsburgh Steelers now set to start their annual mandatory minicamp, now is a good time for me to release my updated 53-man roster prediction for the 2016 season. I have included some analysis underneath each position group and I invite you to post your own differences in the…