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2015 NFL Week 2: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of you and I know you all are ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at Heinz Field. Today, by the way, happens to be my 22nd wedding anniversary. Can you imagine having to put up with me that…


Steelers Ben Roethlisberger 7-1 For Career In Regular Season Home Openers

If anyone should be looking forward to playing Sunday at Heinz Field, it’s Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. So far during his career, Roethlisberger is 7-1 in the regular-season home opener games that he has suited up for. His lone loss came against the Tennessee Titans two years in ago…


Containing Kaepernick A Mission For The Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are familiar with quarterbacks capable of extending the play. Facing Ben Roethlisberger in practice every day for 11 years will do that to you. But #7 isn’t winning any foot races. Colin Kaepernick, on the other hand, could. And the Steelers’ defense is well aware. James Harrison…


Steelers Vs 49ers Injury Report: Cortez Allen Questionable, Brandon Boykin Probable

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Friday afternoon injury report brought good news for one cornerback and murky news for another. Brandon Boykin (groin), despite being held out of Thursday’s practice, is officially listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, according to Steelers.com’s Bob Labriola. Boykin has been listed with…


Keith Butler Believes Repetition Will Cut Down Miscommunication

You don’t need me to tell you communication breakdowns was one of the biggest defensive issues in Week One. And you don’t need to tell Keith Butler it has to get fixed. Speaking to the media yesterday and posted on Steelers.com, Butler talked about what led to some of the…


Aggressive Offensive Football The Key To Beating San Francisco

By now we’ve all re-hashed the play and the drive a hundred times, reviewing the situation that puzzlingly caused Todd Haley to call a double pass for Antonio Brown with the Pittsburgh Steelers threatening on their first drive of the game last week. Pittsburgh had bullied their way to a…


Football 101: Scrape Exchange

A new series we’re going to sprinkle in throughout the regular season. A Football 101 where in each segment, we’ll examine one football term that the casual fan isn’t familiar with or doesn’t quite know. That’s critically important. The funny thing about football is that you never stop learning. It…


Steelers Film Room: Lawrence Timmons Week 1

Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons had a disappointing showing on opening night, allowing a touchdown in coverage and missing two tackles, the second nearly leading directly to another touchdown. He struggled to get off blocks consistently, and played a game largely lacking aggression. But he is still the only…


Injuries At Cornerback May Have Steelers Using Big Nickel Defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers already knew entering this season that there was a lot of uncertainty concerning their secondary, which saw the retirement of two starters over the course of the offseason, though neither were anticipated to return for the 2015 regardless of their contract status. But they likely were not…


Steelers Film Room: Ryan Shazier Week 1

During the season opener last week against the Patriots, second-year inside linebacker Ryan Shazier essentially showed us just what type of player he is at this point, capable of making explosive, momentum-swinging tackles in the run game with his excellent sideline-to-sideline speed, but also with the tendency to miss here…



Steelers Film Room: Cody Wallace Week 1

There are two separate levels of offensive line evaluation, both equally relevant. You judge the offensive line collectively, how they work as a group and perform. The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line, generally speaking, passed this test in the season opener. You also look at linemen individually to see how they…


San Francisco 49ers Defensive Scouting Report

This year, Jon Ledyard and myself will be collaborating our scouting reports. We’ll play to our strengths – he’ll be focusing on the individuals while I’ll be looking at overall scheme. These reports will be broken down into two articles, one for offense and one for defense. Our reports for…


Soon-To-Be 33, TE Heath Miller’s Game Is Aging Well

In the Pittsburgh Steelers regular season opening loss to the New England Patriots last Thursday night, tight end Heath Miller registered 8 catches for 84 yards. Think about that stat line for a minute. The last time that that Miller caught that many passes in a Week 1 game was…


San Francisco 49ers Offensive Scouting Report

This year, Jon Ledyard and myself will be collaborating our scouting reports. We’ll play to our strengths – he’ll be focusing on the individuals while I’ll be looking at overall scheme. These reports will be broken down into two articles, one for offense and one for defense. Our reports for…