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Steelers Rookie LB Vince Williams Had Bright Spots In Finale Against Browns

By Matthew Marczi It’s still hard to say exactly what the Pittsburgh Steelers have in inside linebacker Vince Williams. The fact that his playing time, despite technically being in the starting lineup, no doubt has a lot to do with it, as his snaps in any given game can be quite sporadic. While there are […]

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A Look At Matt Spaeth Versus The Browns

By Matthew Marczi Matt Spaeth shored up a critical deficiency as a second true tight end when he returned from injury following the first three months of the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers already started the year without Heath Miller, and it wasn’t too much longer that they also lost David Johnson, who was at the […]

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Marcus Gilbert In The Running Game Versus The Browns

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert had his struggles in pass protection in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns, but he had a better day run blocking. He was far from perfect, of course—he was lost on Le’Veon Bell’s touchdown run and allowed Billy Winn penetration as a result—but overall he […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Running Backs

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. Today, a look at the Steelers’ backfield. Le’Veon Bell: Oh what could have been. Had a foot injury not caused Bell to miss time in the preseason and the first three weeks of the year, he would have […]

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Le’Veon Bell Impressive On The Ground Against Cleveland

By Matthew Marczi Running back Le’Veon Bell finished off his rookie season surpassing Franco Harris’ rookie record for yards from scrimmage in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns. He did so with another impressive rushing performance, coming off his first career 100-yard rushing game the week before. As has been the case for much […]

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Kelvin Beachum Better On The Move In Run Blocking

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum has consistently surprised since the team drafted him in the compensatory portion of the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The surprise early on was just how poorly he played in his first preseason, and then the surprise was that he made the team. Since […]

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Attitude On Display For Cody Wallace In Season Finale

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers center Cody Wallace has been a nice surprise since an injury to Fernando Velasco thrust him into the starting lineup during the final stretch of the regular season. Nobody really seemed to entirely understand why the team had brought him in after final roster cuts were made, but he’s answered […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Quarterbacks

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. Starting with the quarterbacks. Ben Roethlisberger: The numbers tell a lot of the story. Most yards and highest completion percentage since 2009. Most touchdowns since 2007. He was asked to carry even more of the load this season […]

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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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