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Lawrence Timmons Active In Coverage Against The Browns

By Matthew Marczi While Lawrence Timmons has seen his performance become somewhat erratic this season for a variety of reasons, his coverage ability was perhaps the closest aspect of his game that saw some consistency throughout the year. Outside of one significant exception, that theme continued in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns. Timmons […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers LB Chris Carter Versus Browns

By Alex Kozora For the final breakdown of the season, a recap of outside linebacker Chris Carter’s performance against the Cleveland Browns. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 1 Run: 0 Rush/Drop: 1/0 Play-by-Play 1. 3rd and 7, 13:49 1st. LOLB, where he lined up nearly the entire game. Tries to get […]

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Ramon Foster Ended The Year With One Of His Best Games

By Matthew Marczi As others have mentioned, Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Ramon Foster quietly had a very solid year in his first full season having entered the process as a starter. As it currently stands, in fact, it would be fair to say that Foster has emerged as the team’s best pass protector, a fact […]

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Mixed Success For Heath Miller In Season Finale

By Matthew Marczi The 2013 season was a difficult one for Heath Miller. Not only did he miss the entire offseason, he missed the first couple games of the season before he was even fit enough to take the field on his surgically repaired knee that he tore in Week 16 of the 2012 season, […]

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David DeCastro Solid Against The Browns

By Matthew Marczi When the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock for the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, they may as well have jogged their card up to the podium to select guard David DeCastro, such was their excitement over his availability at their draft spot. Because of a preseason injury, however, […]

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Possible Last Game In Pittsburgh A Good One For The Beard

By Matthew Marczi Brett Keisel, the longest-tenured remaining Pittsburgh Steeler, may well have played his last game in the black and gold in a win over the Cleveland Browns. Though that’s not yet certain, it is certain that he capped off the 2013 season on a high note, registering a strip sack and playing well […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Browns – Week 17

By Alex Kozora Week 17 game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Cleveland Browns. Obviously, the last installment for the season. Thanks to all who have read my notes throughout the season. First Half – Kickoff coverage. From left to right. Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Vince Williams, Jarvis Jones, Will Johnson, […]

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Cameron Heyward Closes Out Breakout Season With Representative Display

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward emerged not merely in the starting lineup in his third season, he emerged as a dynamic player for the defense at a time, and a position, that the team desperately needed such a player. While not every game was an All-Pro-worthy performance for the young defensive […]

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Marcus Gilbert’s Up And Down Pass Protection Finished On A Down Note

By Matthew Marczi While Marcus Gilbert has made it through a season without missing a game for the first time in his three-year career, he certainly did not exit the season unscathed—nor has any of the offensive line. His performance has fluctuated from game to game. More so than the rest of the line, Gilbert […]

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Jarvis Jones Finishes Off The Year On A Positive Note

By Matthew Marczi Depending on how the offseason goes, the Pittsburgh Steelers could certainly be relying on Jarvis Jones to start at outside linebacker in his second season next year—which would make sense, given the investment the team has placed in him. With the injuries to LaMarr Woodley over the course of the second half […]

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Al Woods States His Case To Return To Steelers Line Rotation

By Matthew Marczi It has been interesting watching Al Woods as the season progressed and his snap count increased from game to game, in part due to injury to either Steve McLendon or Brett Keisel and in part due to the earned trust of the coaching staff. While his performance has at times been a […]

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Steelers Versus Browns Sack Breakdown – Week 17

By Alex Kozora Breaking down the lone sack allowed in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Cleveland Browns. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE 1. 3rd and 3, :31 1st. Shotgun, 11 (1 RB/1 TE) personnel. Steelers keep five to block plus Le’Veon Bell on a block/release. Cleveland rushes four. Route concept at its core […]

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Vince Williams Living Up To Scouting Report

By Matthew Marczi When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted rookie inside linebacker Vince Williams in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, they most certainly didn’t envision him starting most of the season next to Lawrence Timmons. Of course, plans can change on the fly, as it did when veteran Larry Foote was lost for […]

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Running Game Runs Through David DeCastro

By Matthew Marczi If there was a good run by the Pittsburgh Steelers last week against the Green Bay Packers it seemed pretty likely that right guard David DeCastro was probably involved in helping get the runner loose. Quite honestly, there were a lot of plays to choose from in order to put together this […]

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Cody Wallace Boosted His Resume Against The Packers

By Matthew Marczi It’s no secret that both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers had their fair share of success in the running game against one another, chiefly through their rookie running backs—Le’Veon Bell and Eddie Lacy, respectively. The weather conditions, certainly, played a factor in not only the frequency with which both […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers DE Ziggy Hood Versus Packers

By Alex Kozora Breakdown of the snaps played by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood versus the Green Bay Packers. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 8 Run: 3 Rush: 5 Play-by-Play 1. 1st and 10, 9:21 1st. At left DE, where he’ll be the entire game. Pass rush, solo against the […]

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Matt Spaeth Rewarded With A Pass For His Blocking

By Matthew Marczi Pro Football Focus has not been very charitable in their grading of Matt Spaeth since he made his season debut three games ago. He didn’t see significant time in his first game back, but that has changed over the last two weeks. Based on their grading, this decision to give him so […]

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Inside The Tape: Break Down Of Steelers Versus Packers

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers victory over the Green Bay Packers. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Kickoff coverage to start the game. L-R. Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Chris Carter, Stevenson Sylvester, Shaun Suisham, Antwon Blake, Terence Garvin, Will Allen, Will Johnson, and Markus Wheaton. – […]

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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Set Up His Blocks Well Against The Packers

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell registered the first 100-yard rushing performance of his young career Sunday in the win over the Green Bay Packers, so it’s only fair to highlight a few of his successful runs. Numerous times this season, Bell has shown a great ability to press the offensive line and read […]

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Steelers Versus Packers Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora Breakdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers sack allowed in their victory over the Green Bay Packers Sunday. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE 1. 3rd and 9, 5:35 2nd. Shotgun, 11. Five blocking vs a four man rush. Just a breakdown on the left side. It’s difficult to pinpoint. Kelvin Beachum is watching […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers T Kelvin Beachum Versus Bengals

By Alex Kozora Breakdown of the snaps played by Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum versus the Cincinnati Bengals. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 6 Run/Pass: 4/2 Play-by-Play 1. 1st and 10, 15:00 1st. Left tackle. Screen away from him. Unsuccessful cut block on Michael Johnson. 2. 1st and 10, 14:46. Base […]

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Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick Fined $7,875 For Grabbing Facemask Of Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell

According to several reports on Twitter, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has been fined $7,875 for grabbing the facemask of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell Sunday night on the first play from scrimmage. Kirkpatrick was flagged 15 yards on the play. Kirkpatrick is the second player to be fined for actions in that game […]

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Inside The Tape: Break Down Of Steelers Versus Bengals – Week 15

By Alex Kozora Game notes following the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – KR unit. Front five: Shamarko Thomas, Chris Carter, Antwon Blake, Terence Garvin, and Vince Williams. Michael Palmer and David Paulson the next two and Cameron Heyward and Al Woods forming the […]

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Steelers Versus Bengals Sack Breakdown – Week 15

By Alex Kozora Sack breakdown from the Pittsburgh Steelers victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE 1. 3rd and 11, 10:46 left in the 4th. Shotgun, 11 personnel. Six man rush with seven Steelers blocking. Pre-snap, Bengals show heavy blitz look with single high. Off the snap, two deep shell though […]

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Bengals P Kevin Huber Includes Steelers LB Terence Garvin In His New Twitter Avatar

Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber is now out for the remainder of the season due to a fractured jaw suffered Sunday night as a result of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin decleating him with a block during the first quarter punt return for a touchdown by wide receiver Antonio Brown. Despite his misfortune, Huber is […]

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What The NFL Rulebook Says About The Hit By Terence Garvin On Kevin Huber

There is still a lot of discussion about whether or not the hit made by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin on Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber during the first quarter punt return for a touchdown by wide receiver Antonio Brown was legal or not. As I stated early this morning, I believe that Garvin should […]

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