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Red Bryant To Join Former Defensive Coordinator In Jacksonville

It has still yet to be established if the Pittsburgh Steelers are actually shopping for a new nose tackle—either in free agency or in the draft—with general manager Kevin Colbert sharing an overall positive view of Steve McLendon’s debut season as a starter. Should they hope to acquire one in free agency, however, one of […]

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Welcome To Legal Tampering Season

It is now the eighth day of March in 2014, meaning that the beginning of free agency in the NFL is just three days away. That also means that NFL teams, beginning at noon, will be able to openly negotiate with certified player agents—or players who represent themselves—on contracts, though those contracts cannot be executed […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 1.0

By Alex Kozora Like Dave Bryan, throughout the draft process I’ll be occasionally posting mock drafts. Needless to say, bear in mind it’s still early and all mocks are fluid. Understandably favored towards the players I’ve already scouted. As I watch more, my opinions will change and the mock will be updated. Round One: Eric […]

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Brett Keisel Has Not Heard From The Steelers

This can’t be much of a surprise, but according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Alan Robinson, defensive end Brett Keisel has not heard from the Pittsburgh Steelers as of yet regarding his future with the team, his agent has said. As agents do, Eric Metz talked his client up some, saying that Keisel is “productive, healthy, and […]

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With The New League Year Quickly Approaching, It’s Time To Reacquaint Yourself With Mr. Displacement

As many of you already know, I like numbers and X’s and O’s a lot more than I do spelling correctly and using proper grammar. The NFL salary cap and contract structure has always fascinated me and when tracking those two things, it’s always easy to get tripped up by Mr. Displacement. Starting this coming […]

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With Top Priority Addressed, The Steelers Can Turn Their Attention To Other Interests

While there’s still the matter of completing a long-term contract, the Pittsburgh Steelers have made early progress on completing their top priority this offseason, which was to retain outside linebacker Jason Worilds. They did so by applying the transition tag to him on Monday, which he accepted yesterday, guaranteeing his services for at least the […]

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Mapping Out The Steelers’ Free Agency Plans

With the salary cap now confirmed to be $10 million higher than last season—and nearly $7 million more than projected—the Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a much more favorable position to operate than was anticipated just a few weeks ago. The fact of the matter is that the Steelers are virtually already in cap compliance, […]

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Breaking Down Whether Or Not The Steelers Would Have Interest In Dolphins Free Agent DT Paul Soliai

With the start of free agency now right around the corner, a few people have asked my thoughts on whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers should go after soon-to-be Miami Dolphins free agent nose tackle Paul Soliai, so here are my thoughts on him. For starters, if you are in the group that believes starting […]

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On Steve McLendon: Right Man For The Job Versus Right Job For The Man

It would be hard to argue that there’s a better candidate on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster right now to play nose tackle than Steve McLendon. After all, that is why the team signed him to a three-year contract last offseason. And when all was said and done, the run statistics suggest that by and large, […]

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The Pessimist’s Take – Light Nose Tackles

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 Optimist’s Take – Light Nose Tackles

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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How Much Will It Cost The Steelers To Keep Al Woods In Pittsburgh?

In less than a month, Pittsburgh Steelers backup defensive lineman Al Woods will be an unrestricted free agent and while you don’t hear much talk about him, you would have to think the organization would like to keep him around a few more years. The Steelers have a lot of time invested in Woods, who […]

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Pro Football Focus Offers Analysis Of Steelers’ Projected Lineup

By Matthew Marczi The statistics website Pro Football Focus has been running a series early this offseason projecting the starting lineups of each team—sans pending free agents—and grading each player on a sliding scale from “Poor Starter/Gamble” to “Elite Starter”, with “Unknown” also factored into the equation. Yesterday was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ turn to receive […]

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Steelers Offseason Priorities – Putting Safety First

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers have their work cut out for them coming off consecutive non-winning seasons. It takes elbow grease to get from 8-8 to a contender, as everybody knows, of course, but this offseason, the issue is more complicated than simply improving, due to some uncommon circumstances. One of the top priorities […]

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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Review – DE Brian Arnfelt – Undrafted

By Matthew Marczi It has been a theme for many years that, aside from the occasional special teams contributions, rookies on the Pittsburgh Steelers, including even first-round draft picks, rarely contribute during their first season. That has been especially true over the years on defense, though less so on offense. That pattern changed somewhat in […]

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Steelers Early Offseason Positional Draft Needs – Nose Tackle

By Matthew Marczi Ask any Pittsburgh Steelers fan now and he’ll tell you that the offseason began way too early for their team, which even according to team president Art Rooney II should have been in the playoffs. If you asked that same fan at the Bye Week for their mock draft, however, they might […]

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Steelers Early Offseason Positional Draft Needs – Defensive End

By Matthew Marczi Ask any Pittsburgh Steelers fan now and he’ll tell you that the offseason began way too early for their team, which even according to team president Art Rooney II should have been in the playoffs. If you asked that same fan at the Bye Week for their mock draft, however, they might […]

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Steelers DE Brett Keisel Feels Good, Thinks He Can Play A Couple More Years

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is once again taking part in the Super Bowl festivities leading up to the game as a spokesmen for Head and Shoulders, and as result of that he is making the media rounds. On Tuesday, the bearded one was a guest on the SVP and Russillo Show on ESPN […]

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Steelers Offseason Priorities – Riding The The Defensive End Carousel

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers have their work cut out for them coming off consecutive non-winning seasons. It takes elbow grease to get from 8-8 to a contender, as everybody knows, of course, but this offseason, the issue is more complicated than simply improving, due to some uncommon circumstances. One of the big storylines […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Defensive Linemen

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. Now, the defensive line. Cameron Heyward: Starting with the best. And it’s not even debatable. Arguably the defensive MVP, he finished 2013 with better numbers than in his first two seasons combined (59 tackles and 5 sacks this […]

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Art Rooney II Wants Polamalu To Retire A Steeler; Says Team Will Try To Re-Sign Worilds

Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II held an interactive Q&A conference call on Wednesday with all season ticket holders and several various topics were discussed with some focused somewhat on individual players. As far as their 21 free agents go this offseason, Rooney said that a plan is in place to re-sign some of […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Free Agents Analysis – DE-NT – Al Woods – Unrestricted

By Matthew Marczi Player: Al Woods Position: Defensive End/Nose Tackle Experience: 4 Years Free Agent Status: Unrestricted 2013 Salary Cap Hit: $630,000 2013 Season Breakdown: Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers were reportedly interested in Al Woods in the 2010 NFL Draft, it wasn’t until later that season when the New Orleans Saints released him that […]

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Art Rooney II Expects A Few Contracts To Be Restructured This Offseason

The Pittsburgh Steelers really aren’t in too bad of shape from a salary cap standpoint heading into the offseason, but there is still a lot of work to be done nonetheless. Team president Art Rooney II was a guest Thursday morning on DVE Radio and he talked a little bit about what needs to be […]

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Steelers 2014 Draft Needs – Defense

Last week, we had a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft needs as it relates to the offensive side of the football so this week, we will shift our focus to the defensive side, where I fully expect most of the picks to be used on in May. Cornerback – Regardless of what ultimately […]

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Bouchette Doesn’t See Much Improvement From Steelers Defense In 2014

By Jeremy Hritz Ed Bouchette wrote Sunday in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette that the Steelers have an exhausting to-do list to improve the defense this offseason, and he forecasts that the unit may be even more unsettled next year than they were in 2013. Bouchette addresses the sweeping changes that may be coming in the secondary, […]

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Al Woods States His Case To Return To Steelers Line Rotation

By Matthew Marczi It has been interesting watching Al Woods as the season progressed and his snap count increased from game to game, in part due to injury to either Steve McLendon or Brett Keisel and in part due to the earned trust of the coaching staff. While his performance has at times been a […]

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