Ask Alex: Steelers’ Mailbag

Another eventful week. Let’s jump into it. To your questions! Beaver Falls Hosiery: Hi Alex; how do you rank the DB’s in order of technical proficiency defending the pass? Alex: In technique alone, it’s still Haden at the top. Which is what you would expect. Mitchell is next. Gets more crap than…


Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt To Miss Game Against Lions With Back Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Detroit Lions Sunday night and it looks like starting defensive end Stephon Tuitt will miss that game due to injury. Tuitt, who missed the Steelers Week 7 home game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to him injuring his back while lifting a week ago…


Steelers 2017 Week 7 Offensive Charting Notes

I think we all know that there is absolutely nothing more fun than discussing the minutiae of personnel charting of a football game. It is exciting and exhilarating work, without question. Okay, that might not be entirely true, but there is a certain pleasure that I take out of charting…


Steelers 2017 Defense Currently Rivals 2008 Unit Entering Week 8

In case you haven’t noticed by now, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has played very well as the team creeps closer to the midway point of their 2017 regular season. A few people who have noticed that have asked if there’s a chance that this year’s defense could potential rival the…


Joe Haden Says Steelers’ Coaches Have High Degree Of Confidence In Secondary

The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t shadowed their corners this year. They’ve kept it simple. Joe Haden on the left. Artie Burns on the right. And they haven’t budged from that mindset. It’s even a slightly different approach than last year, when Burns and Ross Cockrell did some moving around and in…


Jesse James Held Without Catch For Second Straight Week

Over the course of the past two games, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James has not caught a single pass. There were only two games throughout all of the 2016 season, including the playoffs, in which the tight end failed to catch at least one pass, so this is the…



Run-Heavy Packages Dominate Personnel Sunday

It’s not very often that the Pittsburgh Steelers these days every don’t predominantly feature three-receiver sets as their base offense. They did dip below the 50-percent threshold in four games last season, which was actually more frequently than I expected I would see when I went to look it up….


Film Room: Mike Hilton Continues Solid First Season

I think almost everybody’s favorite player on the Pittsburgh Steelers at this point is Roosevelt Nix. But for the rest, their favorite seems to be Mike Hilton, their first-year starter at nickel back, a former undrafted free agent whom they originally signed to the practice squad at the end of…


Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Bengals Game Notes

Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. First Half – Kick return unit. Front five. McDonald-Watt-Matakevich-Chickillo-Fort. Golden behind. Walton/Conner/Nix on the wedge. JuJu/Watson as the returners. – AB touchdown. Stack release gets Brown free off the line. – Kick coverage left to right. Sensabaugh-Golden-Williams-Fort-Watson-Boswell-Matakevich-Chickillo-Nix-DHB-Hilton…


Film Room: Tyson Alualu Holding Down The Fort

The Pittsburgh Steelers wanted to bring in a player of the caliber of somebody like Tyson Alualu this offseason for precisely the sort of scenario that they have been dealing with for most of the season, with a starter down along the line. Of course, they also want to be…


Film Room: Roosevelt Nix The Moving Man For Steelers’ Run Game

A lot of people have adopted Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix as their favorite player, and really, it’s hard to blame them. He plays with passion, intensity, and physicality that has an infectious quality to it and is hard to miss. Pittsburgh is of course a place that has always…