Can Steelers Play Man Coverage Better? ‘We’ll See’ Says Keith Butler

The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New England Patriots—literally, way back in 2011—they did so largely be surprisingly unveiling a coverage scheme that made much greater use of both man coverage and dime personnel to defend Tom Brady’s spread offense approach. After being bombarded through the air during…



Scouting Report: Expect The Patriots Offense To Bounce Back Sunday Vs Steelers

As we have been for several years now, we’ll break down the Pittsburgh Steelers’ opponent each week, telling you what to expect from a scheme and individual standpoint. Like last year, Josh Carney and I will cover the opposing team’s offense. I will focus on scheme, Josh on the players. Today, revisiting the New England…


Film Room: For Consideration, L.J. Fort

I don’t know exactly what the answer is, but I do know that they haven’t found it yet. The question? How to appropriately adjust for the absence of starting mack inside linebacker Ryan Shazier. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ first swipe at that was not exactly a smashing success. With Tyler Matakevich…


Scouting Report: Patriots Defense Improving At The Right Time

As we have been for several years now, we’ll break down the Pittsburgh Steelers’ opponent each week, telling you what to expect from a scheme and individual standpoint. Dan Vasko and I will break things down. Dan the players, myself the scheme. Taking a second look at the New England Patriots’ defense. Alex’s Scheme Report Patriots’…


Film Room: Cameron Sutton’s Second Effort

I suspect that there is quite a bit of interest right now in Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton, and for good reason. Depending on what happens today and tomorrow, he could end up starting against the New England Patriots in the biggest regular season game. Considering the fact that…


Film Room: Chris Hubbard Boosting Future Earnings

Let me just put it this way: Chris Hubbard is going to be a starting right tackle, or maybe even guard, for some team next season, and the only way it’s going to be the Pittsburgh Steelers is if something happens to Marcus Gilbert prior to free agency. Considering the…



New Browns GM John Dorsey: Predecessor ‘Didn’t Get Real Players’

It likely depends upon your perspective whether you consider yesterday’s comments from new Cleveland Browns general manager Jon Dorsey as a good sign or bad for the future of the organization. Taking over the reins of a team that has gone just 1-27 over the course of the past two…


2017 South Side Questions: Will Cameron Sutton Be On His Own Sunday?

The journey toward the Super Bowl is now well under way with the Pittsburgh Steelers back practicing at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, still informally referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility. With the regular season standing in their way on the path to a Lombardi, there will be questions…


Steelers Know It Will Take A Group Effort To Keep Gronk In Check

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is now back with his team again after serving his one-game suspension last week and thus he should be well-rested for the Sunday road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gronkowski has had quite a bit of success against the Steelers during his career…


Danny Smith Explains What It Means To Challenge Chris Boswell

This is a question I was really hoping someone would ask. In today’s Coordinator’s Corner, Bob Labriola did. A few weeks ago, Mike Tomlin said the Steelers were challenging Chris Boswell to hit from 50 yards out. He’s responded, nailing two of them over the last three weeks, including a 53…


Patriots 2017 Week 15 Injury Report: DT Alan Branch Sits Again On Thursday

The New England Patriots have now released their second injury report of Week 15 and their Thursday offering is identical to the one they released on Wednesday except for the addition of one player. After failing to practice on Thursday due to an illness, Patriots cornernack Johnson Bademosi (illness) was…