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Examining The AFC Playoff Picture

Now that every team has played at least eight games this season, it is time to take an in-depth look at the AFC playoff picture heading into Week 10. We’ll look at which teams are unofficially locked in, which teams are on the bubble, and which teams are all-but mathematically…


Todman Ready To Shoulder The Load, Pead Still Learning

In the scenario DeAngelo Williams misses Sunday’s tilt with the Cleveland Browns due to his foot injury, Mike Tomlin has complete confidence in Jordan Todman being the next man up. “Todman is ready,” Tomlin told reporters at his press conference Tuesday. “He’s been here, obviously an extended period of time.”…


Tomlin Happy With Rookie Tight End’s First Outing Against Raiders

With Pittsburgh Steelers backup tight end Matt Spaeth out this past Sunday for the team’s game against the Oakland Raiders, rookie fifth-round draft pick Jesse James was allowed to dress for the first time this season. The Penn State product filled in admirably for Spaeth and on Tuesday, head coach…


Lack Of Pass Rush Produces Worst Defensive Showing To Date For Steelers

For the first time all season, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense was held without a sack on Sunday against the Raiders, getting blanked by the young offense’s rebuilt offensive line. Entering the game, the Steelers were a top-five pass-rushing team in terms of total sacks accumulated, posting 22 sacks in their…


Steelers C Cody Wallace Takes Over Team Lead In Penalties

With his two penalties on Sunday in the win over the Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers center Cody Wallace has now overtaken injured tackle Kelvin Beachum for the most accepted on the team. Strangely enough, both of the flags on Wallace on Sunday were for false starts which is tough to…



Snap Counts For Steelers’ Starting DEs May Not Be Sustainable

Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt played every single snap for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the team’s victory over the Raiders on Sunday. I will remind you that Heyward and Tuitt are defensive ends in a 3-4 system. That is simply something that doesn’t really happen; the line typically rotates fairly…



Rookie Anthony Chickillo Earning His Keep On Special Teams

The Pittsburgh Steelers earlier in the season elected to promote rookie draft pick Anthony Chickillo from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, first, possibly, because of an injured thumb for James Harrison, but also because his special teams capability made him more valuable than Caushaud Lyons, the seventh defensive…


David Todd: Quick Thoughts On Steelers Versus Raiders

Written on 11/8/15 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I think I used that to open a recap once before. Dickens is going to come after me. On another beautiful Sunday at Heinz Field the Pittsburgh Steelers were involved in one of the most exciting, entertaining…


Steelers Film Room: Marcus Gilbert’s Pass Protection

With the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line dealing with a host of injuries this season, I fear we haven’t called enough attention to the fine play of Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, and especially Marcus Gilbert. The right tackle struggled last year after being signed to a lengthy extension, but the continued…


The First Step To A Good Defense Is a Physical One

At first blush, a 38-35 score would not indicate a good defensive day for either side. And sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers had their blunders, centered around multiple coverage breakdowns that resulted in big plays and points for the Oakland Raiders. But one element had that throwback, classic Steelers vs Raiders…


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…