Replay Review

Proposed Tweak To Replay Process May Be Largely Semantic

According to media reports, there will be some changes to the nature of the replay system for this upcoming season, but whether or not it will actually mean anything appears still to be up for debate. In a proposal originally brought forth by the Ravens back in March, it seems…


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Steelers To Report For 2016 Training Camp At St. Vincent College On July 28th

The Pittsburgh Steelers will hold their first OTA practice of the 2016 season on Tuesday and on Monday the organization announced when training camp will get underway in Latrobe at Saint Vincent College. This year, the Steelers will start their annual training camp on July 28, a Thursday, with their first open practice…


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Film Room: Cover 3 Still A Steelers’ Staple

When you think of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense, you probably circle a couple of common concepts: tough, hard-hitting, stellar run defense, and a potent pass rush. That’s been a constant since the 1970s. But the scheme wrapped around those core football values has evolved. Bud Carson’s Cover 2, a 4-3…


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2016 Steelers Stock Watch – ILB Jordan Zumwalt – Stock Down

With the 2016 NFL Draft now over and the bulk of the heavy lifting done with regard to the roster building process now out of the way, it is easier to begin to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand at certain positions, and what the implications might be…


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Steelers Should Be Motivated To Play Javon Hargrave

Of all the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2016 draft picks, it has to be third-round selection Javon Hargrave who walks into the most interesting predicament as a rookie. Put simply, he is the only player the Steelers drafted whom they have a strong compulsion to play, without starting, because of who would…


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Hue Jackson Believes In Browns’ Backfield Tandem

Considering the fact that they had over a dozen selections in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns could have made sure to address every position on the roster if they so chose. They likely came pretty close to doing so, although they quadruple-dipped at wide receiver in a way…


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The Pessimist’s Take: Insulation At Tight End

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…


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Matakevich Hopeful Film Study Puts Him Over The Top, Onto NFL Roster

When you’re not the biggest, the stronger, or the fastest, you’re going to have to excel, to borrow the Mike Tomlin phrase, above the neck, if you want a chance to succeed in football. That’s what Tyler Matakevich has done his entire career. An unknown, written off prospect with a…


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Analyzing The AFC North Defenses

Now that the draft is over and free agency has calmed down, let’s take a look at how the AFC North defenses will look heading into the 2016 NFL season. Some of the notable additions and returning players will be featured. Cleveland Browns Notable Draft Picks: 1. DL/OLB Emmanuel Ogbah…



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Post-Draft Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agency Wishlist

Ok, I want to be clear. These certainly are far from “prize” free agents and our first wishlist way back in March wasn’t exactly star-studded either. But instead of slogging through a meaningless rankings list, here is a slightly less meaningless free agency wishlist. Honestly, I don’t have any attachment…


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2016 Steelers Stock Watch – G David DeCastro – Stock Up

With the 2016 NFL Draft now over and the bulk of the heavy lifting done with regard to the roster building process now out of the way, it is easier to begin to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand at certain positions, and what the implications might be…


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‘Patriot Way’ At QB Is No Road Map To Success For Steelers Or Others

Recently, Jeremy Fowler wrote an article at ESPN about the ‘Patriot Way’ to approaching the backup quarterback position, which generally consists of investing in early-mid-round draft picks on the quarterback position every couple of year. Fowler writes that the New England Patriots’ approach is not one that has been emulated…



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The Optimist’s Take: Insulation At Tight End

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…