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Ike Taylor Has High Expectations For Jarvis Jones In 2015

2014 certainly didn’t go as planned for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones as the former first-round draft pick out of Georgia missed nine games due to a broken wrist that he suffered midway through the third game of the season. Even though he failed to bounce back thoroughly from that…



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Rooney Rule Still Evolving To Improve League Hires

Yesterday, I talked about the Rooney Rule a bit and how it came to be 12 years ago, noting the Pittsburgh Steelers’ role in implementing it and in their track record for employing minority coaches. In addition to head coach Mike Tomlin, the Steelers coaching staff includes six other minority…


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Goodell, NFL Has Renewed Interest In Mexican Market

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media yesterday from the league’s annual Spring owners meetings, touching on an array of topics, which was naturally dominated by discussion of the new extra point rules, as well as potential changes to the game day protocols for handling footballs in the wake of…


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Steelers 2015 Post-Draft Roster Review: Running Back

With the 2015 NFL Draft and rookie minicamp now in the rearview mirror, the Pittsburgh Steelers 90-man offseason roster is getting pretty close to set, although there are always some late movements to balance out positional numbers or replace injured or underperforming players. Now that the rookie class in in-house…


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Heyward Expects A Lot From Tuitt In 2015

When the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 season gets underway, second-year defensive end Stephon Tuitt will only be 22 years-old. And while the Notre Dame product and former second-round draft pick had a few struggles during his rookie season in the 405 snaps that he played, fellow defensive end Cameron Heyward said…


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Pro Football Focus: Roethlisberger Tops In League Last Season When Under Pressure

According to the data compiled last season by Pro Football Focus, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was the best in the league when it came to making plays while under pressure. According to PFF, Roethlisberger threw 11 touchdowns against one interception while under pressure last season. What’s also enlightening about…


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How The NFL Extra Point Rule Change Affects Steelers K Shaun Suisham

The NFL owners voted Tuesday to move the line of scrimmage for extra point attempts back to the 15-yard-line and that now means that those kicks will essentially be 33 yards in length. Knowing that, what does it mean for Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham? During his 10 years in…


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Does Gardner Signing Signal Adding Some Trickery To Offense?

In the 2012 season for the Michigan Wolverines, wide receiver Devin Gardner was catching passes from dual threat quarterback, Denard Robinson, now a running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished that year with 16 grabs for 266 yards and 4 scores. However, after an injury to Robinson, it was…


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Carnell Lake Has A Full Plate Heading Into 2015

How is Cortez Allen going to bounce back after a horrendous 2014 season? How much playing time will rookies Senquez Golson and Doran Grant receive? Who replaces Troy Polamalu at safety? These are only a few of the mysteries heading into the 2015 season as the Steelers’ secondary looks to rebound, led by defensive backs coach,…


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Steelers All-22: Tight End RPO

After some overdue time away, we’re back talking to the film and breaking down some notable plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 season. Today, we’ll break down an increasingly popular concept throughout the league and Steelers’ playbook. Run/pass options, RPOs, giving Ben Roethlisberger the freedom to make a decision based…


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Steelers 2015 Post-Draft Roster Review: Quarterback

With the 2015 NFL Draft and rookie minicamp now in the rearview mirror, the Pittsburgh Steelers 90-man offseason roster is getting pretty close to set, although there are always some late movements to balance out positional numbers or replace injured or underperforming players. Now that the rookie class in in-house…


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Patriots’ Acceptance Of Punishment Still Betrays Sense Of Entitlement

Following reports of “back-channel” discussions between the league office and the New England Patriots, including a documented face-to-face meeting between Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owner Robert Kraft, the organization announced yesterday at the league’s Spring meetings that it would not appeal the NFL’s decision relating to the Deflategate scandal….



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NFL’s PAT Tweaks Do Little To Encourage More Two-Point Tries

As was expected, the NFL’s competition committee yesterday approved a new rule change that pushes the line of scrimmage for point after tries from the two-yard line all the way back to the 15-yard line. Instead of 17-yard attempts, then, kickers will now have to consistently make their money from…