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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Le’Veon Bell

I can’t imagine anybody arguing against the fact that second-year running back Le’Veon Bell has been the Pittsburgh Steelers’ best weapon on offense through the team’s first two games. He is averaging over five yards per carry, and nearly 10 yards per reception, totaling over 300 yards in total offense thus far. Bell only got […]

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Early Points From Steelers Offense Will Be Best Defense In 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has undergone quite a transformation over the course of the last three years as both newer and younger players have been added. That transformation, however, hasn’t gone smoothly and while I believe that the defense will only get better moving forward, it’s not going to happen by leaps and bounds this […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Darrius Heyward-Bey Blocking

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t use Darrius Heyward-Bey often in last week’s games, though he did manage to log 16 snaps between the two. He played nine snaps on Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens, the majority of which came toward the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter of the game. Of […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Kelvin Beachum

Even with 13 starts now to his name as the starting left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are still question marks about third-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum, at least in regards to his potential as a franchise player. His strength has not, and likely never will be, the running game—although left tackles rarely specialize […]

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Roethlisberger Has Confidence In Struggling Gilbert

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he’s not concerned about right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who has given up four sacks so far in the first two games. On Wednesday, it was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s turn to express his confidence in Gilbert. “You don’t have to say too much to […]

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Roethlisberger Likely To Move Into 20th Place On The All-Time Passing Yardage List Sunday Night

In the Sunday night game against the Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger needs only 151 passing yards to move into 20th place on the all-time passing yardage list. Roethlisberger, who currently has 34,687 career passing yards heading into Week 3, would pass Jim Everett should he throw for 151 yards or more against […]

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Marcus Gilbert In Need Of A Rebound After Slow Start

Like Maurkice Pouncey, Shaun Suisham, and Cortez Allen, right tackle Marcus Gilbert was signed to a new long-term deal tying him to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the next several seasons. Gilbert’s deal came after two strong efforts in the first two preseason games. He was perhaps the team’s best lineman during the exhibition efforts. Since […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: The 4-6-1 Look

Last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers surrendered three red zone touchdowns in five red zone trips, including two touchdowns in both goal to go situations en route to giving up 27 points. Perhaps in response to that poor showing, the Steelers broke out a new look on Thursday against the Baltimore Ravens […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Lawrence Timmons

With inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons taking upon a greater leadership role in his eighth season, shifting from the mack to the buck linebacker position, the Pittsburgh Steelers are depending on him more than ever. The Steelers are transitioning on defense, starting younger players, letting older players go, and even adding pieces in free agency. With […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Cortez Allen

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen was signed to a new contract on the eve of the start of the 2014 season in a move no doubt prompted by the very real concern that they had virtually no cornerbacks signed through the 2015 season. Both Ike Taylor and William Gay are in the final years of […]

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Steelers 2014 Charting Takeaways: Post Week Two

By Alex Kozora It’s painfully obvious to write that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is still in its infancy but the first two weeks give us our first glimpse into the year. From a charting standpoint, we’ll break down some of the notable stats. I chart the defense, Nick Richetta charts the offense. Go tweet some […]

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Kozora: Reasons For Optimism Video

By Alex Kozora New week, new grainy video. With all the negativity surrounding the team this week, it’s important to realize the season is far from over. While there are plenty of negatives to discuss, there are still a fair share of positives to talk about. So for the next five minutes, put down your […]

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2014 NFL Week 2 Stats: Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

With Week 2 now in the books, here are your updated adjusted net yards per passing attempt differential stats (ANY/A) for all 32 teams. as I mentioned in the post last week, I will be posting these stats for the first three weeks of the 2014 season without any analysis included as a good picture […]

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Tomlin Doesn’t Agree With Call On Polamalu

It won’t be long until we find out whether or not Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will be fined for his Thursday night third quarter hit on Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels. Polamalu was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play nonetheless and during a Tuesday afternoon interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, head coach […]

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League Chooses To Throw Women At Public Relations Concerns

In the midst of rising public relations concerns about the personal conduct of their athletes and the way in which they and their teams have handled their cases, the National Football League has recently announced that they have hired four women to serve as advisors to the league on issues of social relevance. For example, […]

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WR Runs Prove Effective For Steelers Offense

When it came to the ground game, the Pittsburgh Steelers remained fairly traditional in attacking the Cleveland Browns’ front seven in the season opener. Even on Dri Archer’s one carry of the game, there was little trickery involved, with a simple toss on an inside zone run that went for four yards. Excluding a couple […]

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Steelers, Brown, Should Benefit From Return Of Lance Moore

Over the course of the first two weeks of the 2014 regular season, wide receiver Justin Brown has logged 112 of a possible 132 snaps for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a year after spending all of his rookie season on the practice squad. For his efforts, he’s caught four of eight targets for 44 yards, including […]

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Lack Of Touches For Le’Veon Bell Comes In Another Steelers Defeat

During the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season-opening squeak-by victory over the Cleveland Browns, the team managed to extend its record to 6-0 whenever running back Le’Veon Bell receives 20 or more carries or 25 or more total touches. After Thursday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers are now 3-6 when his totals fall below those […]

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FB/TE Will Johnson Struggling To Get On The Field

One of the big story lines during spring practices and training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers, at least to me, was the coaching staff’s decision to use fullback Will Johnson as a tight end, having him attend tight end meetings and work with the group during practice. The idea was that the Steelers would be […]

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Steelers At Risk Of Becoming Plain Wrap

By Michael K. Reynolds As has been well documented by the recent salutes to former head coach Chuck Noll and team legend Joe Greene, the Pittsburgh Steelers earned their reputation through defensive domination. Although you’ll see the highlights of Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann in Super Bowl clips, the team’s unique brand from the 1970’s […]

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2014 NFL Week 2 TOX Stats

Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season is now in the books and here is your weekly TOX stat update. After an 11-0 start in Week 1, teams with a plus two or better TOX stat in Week 2 went 9-2 (81.8%). The Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams are the two teams to buck […]

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Steelers Throwing Different Players, Looks At The Problem

Traditionally, Dick LeBeau’s Pittsburgh Steelers defense has not often deviated far from standard personnel looks, nor engaged in an excessive amount of rotation outside of the defensive line during a game. The veteran defensive coordinator seems to be relying on switching up looks and personnel more frequently these days. No doubt that has a lot […]

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Defensive Left Side Falling Behind Against The Run

Few people had much positive to say when the Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent Cam Thomas, even back when the assumption was that he would inherit Al Woods’ role as a swing backup defensive end and nose tackle. It was believed at the time that the Steelers would pursue a starting alternative in free agency. […]

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Lawrence Timmons’ Struggles Tied To Defensive Woes

For two straight weeks, one of the biggest issues plaguing the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been a seeming inability to tackle the ball carrier, whether it was either a result of missing a hole or missing a tackle. Although Cortez Allen has given him a run for his money, no individual player has been more […]

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Le’Veon Bell Has Overtaken Eddie Lacy In Total Yards, For Now

When the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to draft running back Le’Veon Bell in the second round of the 2013 NFL, there was a good portion of the fan base that was upset as it meant that they chose the Michigan State product over former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy. While Lacy went on to win the […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations upon reviewing the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 26-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Further evidence to support the Steve McLendon Is a Nose Tackle support group. On the first play of the half, he beat center Jeremy Zuttah to put pressure on Joe Flacco, forcing him to […]

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