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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Ravens – Week 13

ByAlex Kozora Game breakdown from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Kick return unit. The front five: Terence Garvin, Antwon Blake, Will Allen, Vince Williams, and Kion Wilson. As they have been all year, Michael Palmer and David Paulson as the next two and […]

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Mike Adams Still A Work In Progress At Left Tackle

By Matthew Marczi Steelers second-year tackle Mike Adams is set to make his first start (at tackle anyway) since his demotion in Week Four when the team faces the Miami Dolphins this week. The man who replaced him, Kelvin Beachum, will be out at least this week with a knee injury. So how did Adams […]

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Lawrence Timmons Was A Force Against The Run Versus The Ravens

By Matthew Marczi Amidst a relatively disappointing individual season, Lawrence Timmons played one of his better and more consistent games last week against the Baltimore Ravens. He was a force especially against the run, taking on and shedding blockers as though James Farrior were still here and in his prime. On this late second quarter […]

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Marcus Gilbert Settling Down In Pass Protection At Right Tackle

By Matthew Marczi Although his run blocking isn’t always up to par, right tackle Marcus Gilbert is typically able to get the job done in pass protection, with a few lapses here and there. This year, it was the opening day game to the Tennessee Titans, and then later to the New England Patriots, when […]

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Heath Miller Rediscovering His Groove As A Receiver

By Matthew Marczi We’ve already taken a look at the strong game that tight end Heath Miller had with respect to fulfilling his duties as a run blocker against the Baltimore Ravens. He has really stepped up in that department over the past two games. But he has also been building up steam as a […]

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Le’Veon Bell’s Heart Was On Display In Baltimore

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell has now had arguably his two best games thus far against the team’s biggest rival, the Baltimore Ravens. This past game was even bigger than the first, as he combined for 136 yards on the ground and in the air. His 4.6 yards per carry […]

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Ike Taylor Came Off Worse Live Than On Tape Versus The Ravens

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers starting cornerback Ike Taylor has been under fire in recent weeks, and the bullets have been flying equally from the media and amateur critics as well as from opposing quarterbacks. He is being targeted at a rate never before seen in his career, which is why, like William Gay, some […]

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Jason Worilds Continued Pass-Rushing Hot Streak Versus Ravens

By Matthew Marczi As I wrote yesterday, the biggest strides that fourth-year outside linebacker Jason Worilds have made this season are not in his pass rushing skills, even if they are more eye-catching—not to mention more apparent due to his increased playing time. No, his greatest improvement this year has been his assignment discipline and […]

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Biggest Strides For Worilds Coming Against The Run, Not The Pass

By Matthew Marczi Jason Worilds may have played the best game of his career up to this point in the Steelers’ latest lost to the Ravens, but it had more to do with his work versus the run than against the pass, despite the fact that he registered two sacks, including a strip sack that […]

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Heath Miller Back To Old Ways In Run Blocking

By Matthew Marczi It’s no secret that Pro Bowl tight end Heath Miller has gone through stretches this season where his play has suffered in all aspects, much of which could probably be attributed to the continual healing process from a torn ACL that he suffered less than a year ago. The odd thing was […]

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Fernando Velasco’s Rough Send-Off Due To More Than Injury

By Matthew Marczi There’s no doubt that the Steelers owe a great deal of thanks to Fernando Velasco and the job that he was able to do coming in cold and starting in Week Two, providing stability to a key unit that was threatening to unravel after just eight snaps. That said, I have been […]

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All-22 Views Of The Mike Tomlin Kickoff Return Incident With Jacoby Jones

I know several of you are curious to see what the All-22 view of the kickoff return incident in the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens shows, but has you can see in the top two animated gifs below, it does not qualify for a Zapruder film the way that the clip […]

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According To The New Rule, Ravens CB Jimmy Smith Should Be Fined

The tackle box, as defined by the NFL, runs tackle to tackle and up to three yards down the field past the line of scrimmage. Using that definition, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith should have been flagged for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell late in the Thursday night game. Bell, […]

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Tomlin Says Cadence Issue Led To Botched Field Goal Attempt

Midway through the second quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens, a 50-yard field goal attempt by kicker Shaun Suisham turned into a disaster as it appeared there was some confusion with the timing of the snap. On the play, Suisham appeared to start his approach just prior to the […]

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Steelers Film Room: Two Point Conversion Play Same As Touchdown

If the two point conversion play ran Thursday night by the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens looked similar to the touchdown play, it’s because it was the same play except for the route ran by wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. “We called the exact same play that we scored on the […]

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Tomlin Said He Understands “Helmet Flying Off Rule” Following Loss

There will be a lot of talk about the final Pittsburgh Steelers drive Thursday night in their 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and most of it will center around the reversal of the touchdown by running back Le’Veon Bell because his helmet flew off just before he broke the plain of the goal-line with […]

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Tomlin Answers Questions About Possibly Interfering With Jones During Kickoff Return

After the Pittsburgh Steelers scored their first touchdown of the game against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter, wide receiver Jacoby Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 73 yards before being tackled by cornerback Cortez Allen. During the return, however, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had to jump out of the way of Jones as […]

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Heath Miller Showed Well Against The Browns

By Matthew Marczi Redemption had been a recurring pattern for the Steelers against the Browns this game. Heath Miller had been having his recent struggles as much as anybody, so it was important for him to rebound with a clean game, and he did, both blocking and receiving. Early in the first quarter, Miller brought […]

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Fernando Velasco May Have Played His Best Game Of The Year Against Cleveland

By Matthew Marczi Perhaps nobody on the Steelers has benefited more from the newly-administered quick passing game that has dominated the past two games than center Fernando Velasco. While he was a good pick-up during the season as a plug-and-play center, the reality is that he has not been anything more than competent for the […]

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Jason Worilds Played A Complete Game Against The Browns

By Matthew Marczi It’s been no secret that fourth-year outside linebacker Jason Worilds has really begun to come into his own over the course of the last two games. He registered nearly double-digit pressures this week against the Cleveland Browns despite not actually registering a sack, but he did bring down their quarterbacks—both of them—seven […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Browns

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers victory over the Cleveland Browns. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Kick return unit. Front dive. Vince Williams, Kion Wilson (now wearing #48), Chris Carter, Terence Garvin, Antwon Blake. David Paulson/Michael Palmer the next two and Al Woods/Cam Heyward forming the wedge. Jonathan […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers NT Al Woods Versus Browns

By Alex Kozora A play-by-play breakdown of the snaps played by nose tackle Al Woods against the Cleveland Browns. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 2 Run/Rush: 0/1 Play-by-Play 1. 1st and 10, 8:41 1st. LE in 34. Just three man rush. RT/TE block him 2. 1st and 10, 8:41. LE. False […]

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David DeCastro Earned Some Redemption After Recent Struggles

By Matthew Marczi Second-year guard David DeCastro was hitting his stride entering the Oakland Raiders game earlier this season when he suffered an ankle injury, forcing him to miss the following game against the New England Patriots. When he returned to play against the Buffalo Bills, he did not quite look the same, and if […]

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Troy Polamalu Back To Normal Against The Browns

Matthew Marczi Redemption was a big theme this week, with several players that have struggled the past couple weeks having somewhat of a bounce back game against the Cleveland Browns. Perhaps nobody needed, nor had, a bigger turnaround than Troy Polamalu. Against both the run and the pass, Polamalu was all over the field, occasionally […]

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Will Allen Allows Steelers To Get Their Money’s Worth Out Of Quarters Package

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen may have spent the past three seasons on the team, but he has only been there this year for a few weeks. He is not even a starter; in fact, he is a dime back. So if we are writing about him for a second consecutive week, […]

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In Case You Missed It: A Look At A Few Key Plays Against The Browns

We have a few breakdowns from the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Cleveland Browns coming up soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to point out a few things that you may have missed in the game. With the Steelers up 20-3 in the fourth quarter, the offense was faced with a third and seven […]

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