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2014 Steelers Mock Draft Version 3.0 – Post Pro Days

With today being my birthday, I thought I would give all of you a gift. Now that the 2014 Pro Days now pretty much behind us, it is now time for my third 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft, or as I like to call them, educated guesses to inspire good draft talk about players. I […]

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Steelers Are Middle Of The Road In Terms Of Roster Turnover

The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs was in 2011. The current Steelers roster, whom have gone 16-16 since then, contains just 16 players left from that last playoff appearance, coming after a 12-4 regular season. And that seemingly substantial roster turnover is actually just middle-of-the-road turnover in today’s NFL, according to an […]

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Steelers Greatest Draft Hits – Fourth Round

By Michael K. Reynolds 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 and […]

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Ziggy Hood Has A Chance To Prove The Draft Choice Was The ‘Bust’, Not Himself

The term ‘bust’ has long loomed over the head of defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, the first-round draft pick (32nd overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 NFL Draft, and not entirely without merit, though the term does get thrown about with reckless abandon, especially on the internet. So much of a player’s future, however, […]

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Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – DE Ziggy Hood

End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s not generally a hard concept […]

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The Pessimist’s Take – Projecting Health

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both […]

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The Salary Cap And The Decline Of The Meritorious Contract

By Matthew Marczi Yesterday, I utilized a quick study from the salary cap specialist website Over the Cap to discuss the nature of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ financial roster-building philosophy and how it was altered, understandably, following recent Super Bowl success over the past decade, which includes two championships in three appearances, with four AFC Championship […]

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Cameron Heyward’s Impact Lost Amidst Historic Beating

By Matthew Marczi It is no secret that Pittburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward has really blossomed in his third season. This began before his promotion to starter; in fact, it is what led to the promotion. With the increased snaps, however, he has gotten the opportunity to make a bigger impact on games. It […]

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Steelers DE Brian Arnfelt Stout Against The Run In Preseason Debut

By Matthew Marczi Over the past couple of seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers seem to have had no shortage of quality defensive end-capable linemen in camp, making cuts all the more difficult. Back in 2011, an undrafted rookie out of Northwestern University by the name of Corbin Bryant was able to make a name for himself […]

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Al Woods Back Where He Belongs After Roundabout Journey Across The League

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Al Woods is being given a fair bit of attention this week, and rightfully so after his impressive start to the 2013 preseason, registering six solo tackles, including two run stops, and a sack against the New York Giants on Saturday. Woods has only been with the team […]

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Steelers DE Al Woods Is Going In The Right Direction

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Al Woods is an example of a draft pick that may have been give up on too quick by the team that drafted him. While it was only one preseason game, the LSU product was the defensive star Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants. Woods was […]

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2013 Steelers Training Camp Questions – What To Do With John Parker Wilson

By Matthew Marczi Whether or not it was a surprise that the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted a quarterback in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft depended greatly on who you asked. Equally elusive was the answer to the question of whether or not it was a good idea. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed three games […]

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Former Steelers LB Joey Porter To Be Inducted Into The Colorado State Hall Of Fame

According to Bakersfield Californian, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter will be inducted into the Colorado State Hall of Fame on Nov. 1. Porter, who went to school at Colorado State, was original drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. During his 13 seasons in the NFL, he made […]

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Safety Troy Polamalu The Steelers All Time Most Overrated Player? Dave Dameshek Thinks So

With the NFL currently in the dead zone prior to training camps opening around the league, several of the major media outlets are scratching and clawing for topics to discuss. NFL.com is currently going team-by-team and listing the all-time players from each that they consider to be either overrated or underrated. As far as the […]

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Steelers NT Steve McLendon The Focal Point Of New Look Defensive Front

By Matthew Marczi The belief that defensive tackle Steve McLendon’s play over the past two seasons has merited more snaps on defense has become ubiquitous, particularly this offseason. There is little question, of course, that Casey Hampton is the greatest nose tackle in Pittsburgh Steelers history, but McLendon’s rise has most feeling comfortable with saying […]

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Second-Term Steelers Offer Unique Perspective On Unique Organization

By Matthew Marczi With the Pittsburgh Steelers’recent reunions with old faces once again this season—courtesy of the returns of cornerback William Gay, tight end Matt Spaeth, and wide receiver Plaxico Burress—it is quite evident that a recent trend is emerging of former Steelers returning to greener pastures after exploring the landscapes of other teams. Beginning […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Ben Roethlisberger Surgery, Backup Tackles, Roster Moves & More Episode

Season 3, Episode 109 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I talk about the Wednesday surgery that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had on his right knee that will keep him sidelined until the start of training camp and how the other quarterbacks on the roster will benefit from the […]

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Former Steelers DE Aaron Smith To Serve As Scouting Intern During Training Camp

According to Jim Wexell on Twitter, former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith will serve as a summer scouting intern with the team when training camp gets underway next month. Current Steelers scout and former tight end Mark Bruener was an intern in 2010 at training camp and it led to him being named the […]

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Steelers DE Brett Keisel Feels Obligated To Help Young Defensive Players

When the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to cut ties with linebacker James Harrison early in the offseason, and with nose tackle Casey Hampton currently not under contract, defensive end Brett Keisel has silently become the oldest defensive player on the roster at 34 years of age. As Keisel heads into his 12th season with the Steelers, […]

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Steelers RB Isaac Redman Says Locker Room Just Wasn\’t The Same Last Season

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman was a guest Monday morning on 93.7 The Fan, and he talked about his off-season; the upcoming OTA session and several other team related topics in addition. With the Steelers drafting Michigan State running back Le\’Veon Bell in the second round last month in addition to adding free agent […]

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Don\’t Bet On Steelers DE Cameron Heyward Opening The Season As A Starter

With Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward now entering his third season in the league, many believe that he will open the 2013 season as a starter, but I wouldn\’t be so quick to bet on that happening. Even though Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted this week in his online chat that he\’s […]

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Lack Of Competition Could Lead To Steelers DE Al Woods Making 53 Man Roster Again In 2013

The Pittsburgh Steelers addressed their depth concerns at the defensive end position in the 2013 NFL draft with their selection of Samford defensive tackle Nick Williams in the seventh round. In addition to that, they also signed undrafted free agent defensive ends Brian Arnfelt and Cordian Hagans following the draft. During the post selection press […]

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Steelers First Round Draft Pick Jarvis Jones Will Apparently Wear Jersey No.91

Are you ready to buy a Jarvis Jones jersey? If so, it appears that the Pittsburgh Steelers first round draft pick out of Georgia will wear No.91, the same number that the great Aaron Smith wore for so many years, according to the team website. Many have speculated since his selection Thursday night, that because […]

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2013 Steelers Mock Draft Version 5.0 – Final Edition

The 2013 NFL draft will get underway in New York City Thursday evening, so it is now time for my final Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft of the year. Mock drafts are never satisfying to me as the odds of getting all of the picks correct really doesn\’t exist. The process, however, is satisfying, as I […]

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2013 Steelers Mock Draft Version 3.0 – Post Pro Days

Here we go with mock draft version 3.0 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As many of you well know by now, I only do five of these during the draft process as I like to watch as much tape possible on players throughout the offseason. The pro days are now pretty much behind us and next […]

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2013 Steelers Draft: Defensive End Is A Need Not Often Talked About This Offseason

Without a doubt, the Pittsburgh Steelers have several needs that will require filling in the upcoming 2013 NFL draft, but one position that you haven\’t heard talked about much this offseason is the defensive spot. Veteran Brett Keisel is entering the final year of contract, which in all likelihoods will be the last of his […]

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