Aaron Smith

In Franchise History, Who Are The Most Underrated Steelers?

We posed a question similar to this a year ago. But that was just regarding the current roster. I want to take it one step further. Who are the most underrated in Pittsburgh Steelers’ history? I decided to write about this after reading Mike Tanier’s list of the 25 most…


Steelers Spin: Greatest Draft Hits – Fourth Round

Although the fourth round of the draft still allows for some river boat gambling by NFL front offices it’s the beginning of the talent level where players are expected to at least provide quality depth to team rosters. The Pittsburgh Steelers have excelled in the top rounds of the draft…


Devil’s Advocate: Current D-Line Rivaling LeBeau’s Champions

You may recall for the past several offseasons that I ran an article series called The Optimist’s/Pessimist’s Take. I used it to explore different issues and topics the Pittsburgh Steelers were facing and took a positive or negative approach, examining each side in a separate article. This is essentially the…


Where And How To Address D-Line In Draft Up For Debate

For years, since the Pittsburgh Steelers used a first-round draft pick on nose tackle Casey Hampton and solidified their anchor point along the defensive line in the final decade or so of the era of the nose tackle as a starting position, the team had not felt it necessary to…



Steelers Spin: Week Two Rants And Ramblings

The Pittsburgh Steelers head into their much anticipated Sunday showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals with full, sparking, molten metal following their 38-16 season opening smackdown of the Washington Redskins. Not only was the victory over Washington impressive, it reversed a disturbing pattern of slow season starts for Coach Mike Tomlin’s…


The Pittsburgh Steelers Top 100: 29-20

In the spirit of the offseason, Alex Kozora and I have undertaken the daunting task of ranking the top 100 Pittsburgh Steelers players in the history of the franchise. And we mean the complete history – 1933 to today. Alex and I first came up with our own lists and…


The Optimist’s Take: Cameron Heyward Gets His Due

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…


Ninth OL Roster Spot Not A Safe One For Steelers

While it seems often to be the intention, as things usually turn out, the Pittsburgh Steelers more often than not have wound up carrying eight offensive linemen into a season rather than nine. This is usually the result of having only one true tackle with an additional interior player than…


Revisiting Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2010 Draft Class

A couple of days ago, I wrote an article about a series of grades evaluating the rookie draft classes of each NFL team following their first seasons, and I talked about the arbitrary nature of the process, in particular the signing of a letter grade for players who have yet…



Steelers Set Career, NFL Firsts With Big Interception Day

The Pittsburgh Steelers recorded three interception yesterday, and all three of them carried some substantial significant to them. All three of them made history in some form or fashion, whether it pertained to an individual’s career, a franchise, or the history of the NFL as a whole. The first interception…


Stats Of The Weird: Steelers Vs Bengals

Let the weirdness begin. – Nothing too interesting over the score but we’ll focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers surpassing the 30+ mark again. They did it for the 5th straight week and if you read us last week, you would know reaching four in a row was a franchise record….


Stats Of The Weird: Steelers Vs Browns

Let’s. Get. Weird. – As we always try to do, let’s start with the score. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 30-9, only the 7th 30-9 game in NFL history. The Steelers have been involved in three of those outcomes, winning each time. They beat the St. Louis Cardinals in 1966 and…


Steelers Could Be Interested In Reunion With Players Lost Last Season

Under normal circumstances, the fear of losing fringe players either off of waivers or off the practice squad is frequently unjustified, or at least heavily imbalanced against the day-to-day reality of how frequently such things occur. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Steve McLendon is entering his third season as the team’s…