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Roethlisberger Admits Jones’s NFL Debut Was Better Than His Own

During his 2004 rookie season, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made his NFL debut in the second half of the Week 2 game against the Baltimore Ravens as he was forced to relieve then-starter Tommy Maddox, who had injured his right elbow. During his Wednesday session with the media, Roethlisberger…


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Improvement Of Run Defense This Time No Illusion

While the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been giving up yards by the bunches through the air, ranking solidly in the bottom third among teams in terms of total yards allowed per game as well as yards per pass attempt, there has been a different story unfolding when it comes to…


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Tomlin Says Fragile Steelers In No Position To Underestimate 1-5 Chiefs

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play a Kansas City Chiefs team this coming Sunday that has lost five consecutive games and that’s concerning based on the history of the franchise since head coach Mike Tomlin took over in 2007. Tuesday, during his weekly press conference, Tomlin made it clear where his…


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Steelers Film Room: Sam Fire Zone

Keith Butler has certainly put his stamp on this Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. But the plays themselves aren’t all that different than what the team had under Dick LeBeau. We’re heading back to the film room to break down their Sam Fire Zone. Here’s the look from LeBeau’s old playbook. Like…


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Week 6 Steelers Defensive Sack Review

Back to the tape for our weekly sack breakdown to review the Pittsburgh Steelers lone sack against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Nothing crazy from Pittsburgh defensively, as they show a four-man rush vs. the Cardinals five man protection. Empty-set look from Arizona, and no additional Steelers showing blitz, so…



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Steelers Rapid Fire Conclusions: 2015 Week Six

It was a movie made for Hollywood. Against all odds. The cowboy with the white hat trots on the field of play as discernible groans echo across Heinz Field and throughout all of Steelers Nation. A quick draw here. A flash of the pistol there. And suddenly Pittsburgh Steelers third-string quarterback Landry…


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Steelers K Chris Boswell Named AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Sundays win over the Arizona Cardinals. Boswell, who was only signed just a few weeks ago by the Steelers, kicked four field goals in the team’s 25-13 win. The Rice product connected…


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Steelers Likely To Use Combination Of Players At LDE If Tuitt Can’t Go

With starting defensive end Stephon Tuitt currently dealing with a knee sprain, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked Tuesday during his press conference if Daniel McCullers would start at nose tackle on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs so that Steve McLendon can start at left defensive end should Tuitt…


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Steelers Film Room: Landry Jones And RPOs

Yesterday, we examined how limited Mike Vick was in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense. I don’t want to bash him again – I think everyone has thoroughly gotten their anger out in the comments – but want to highlight one of the biggest differences between he and Jones. Jones familiarty, comfort,…



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Health Status Of Cortez Allen Perplexing, Concerning

Pittsburgh Steelers fifth-year cornerback Cortez Allen is just a year removed from signing a five-year, $30-million that was to have locked him up in the starting lineup for at least the next half-decade or so. Things have not exactly gone as planned since then, having been demoted after starting five…


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Return Of Ryan Shazier Welcome News After Missing A Month

The Pittsburgh Steelers have invested heavily in the linebacker position over the course of the previous three drafts, but on Sunday night, they were forced to make do with two of their three most recent first-round picks. Head coach Mike Tomlin said yesterday that he expects both Jarvis Jones and…


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Steelers Defense Stepping Up In Most Important Metric: Points Allowed

There are some metrics by which the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has not been performing particularly well this season. As I highlighted yesterday, they rank toward the bottom third of the league in terms of red zone defense, in spite of coming off its most impressive such performance of the season….


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2015 Yet Another Lesson Against Prognosticating Based On Schedules

The making of an NFL schedule is a combination of an exact and an inexact science. When it comes to determining a specific team’s opponents for the upcoming season, the method is simple, easy, and fool-proof. Any given team will know its opponents for the next year by the end…