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Steelers 2014 Rookie Watch 2.0

By Michael K. Reynolds The demise of Kevin Colbert as a draft guru has been greatly exaggerated. After a few years of milktoast performances the general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers has come out swinging this year and the result has been one of the stronger draft classes in a…



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Season Of Change – Time To Move On

After two straight seasons of equivalent wins and losses, it’s certainly no surprise that the front office of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been busier and more active than usual in their efforts to reshape a middling roster into a true competitor. The past few months could be fairly described as…


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Many Former Steelers Have ‘Come Home’ In Recent Years

In case you were living under a rock yesterday, you should know by now that former Miami Heat forward (slash hypothetical tight end slash wide receiver) LeBron James chose to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, rather than signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reportedly, there were tensions due to the fact that…


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Steelers Learning Lessons From Second Half Surge Last Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had more than their fair share of years recently that could be divided just about right down the middle between good and bad. This started in 2009, when they once again got off to a 6-2 start. But injuries to key players such as Troy Polamalu…


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LeBeau, Steelers Turn Eyes Forward On Defense

For an organization so intrinsically built upon and invested in its tradition, the Pittsburgh Steelers are facing a hard reality after suffering two consecutive non-winning seasons for the first time in over a decade. Not the simple reality that they haven’t been able to live up to their own standards…



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John Mitchell Sees Similarities To Defensive Line Of The 00s

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell has, over the years, helped to put himself in the position of not being dependent upon youth and inexperience when it comes to cobbling together a starting lineup. The veteran position coach—who is also an assistant head coach—has been in Pittsburgh since 1994,…



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John Mitchell Asked To Trust In Youth Along Defensive Line

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell is certainly no greenhorn. He’s been with the Steelers alone since 1994, bringing four of his front lines to the Super Bowl and coming out victorious in two of them. His coaching career began in 1973, however, beginning as the defensive ends coach…



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Steelers Lineup Turnover 2014 – Left Defensive End

When you look back just to the start of last season and project the starting lineup that the Pittsburgh Steelers can be expected to field when they resume play in September, you’ll see that they’ve undergone quite a bit of change. Certainly more than usual. With two exceptions—Heath Miller and…


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Steelers’ Incoming Class Facing Easier Path To Playing Time

The 2014 season will be different for the Pittsburgh Steelers, suggested Bob Labriola, writing in an article on the team’s website. It will be different because of the incoming rookie class; not because they are an overtly special group, but because, as Labriola writes in the article, “there just aren’t…


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Best And Worst Case Scenarios For Steelers 2014 Draft Class

By Alex Kozora Predictably and understandably, we’ve given a ton of attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft class. But even after giving all of our opinions, no one can deny this is all projection. The measurables, tape study, debates, all now fruitless. What happens on the field is the…


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Tomlin On How Pass Rush And Coverage Work Together

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin fielded some questions following the morning practice of the rookie minicamp yesterday, and naturally the questions covered a variety of topics, which can go in one ear and out the other. From what Tomlin is looking for when evaluating during minicamp to whether or…