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More Important OL Decisions Loom Next Offseason For Steelers

After two preseason games during which fourth-year right tackle Marcus Gilbert has been arguably the team’s best—and unquestionably its most improved—offensive lineman, the Pittsburgh Steelers rewarded the veteran entering the final year of his rookie contract with a five-year extension worth around $30 million. Gilbert’s best friend and former college teammate, center Maurkice Pouncey, was […]

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Retired Players Also Coming After NFLPA Over Concussions

The NFL has faced a number of lawsuits over the years from retired players for various reasons, primarily pertaining to matters concerning concussions and the league’s responsibility for their employees’ long-term health. Recently, a settlement agreement was reached and at long last given preliminary approval, which uncaps the funds that the NFL is obligated to […]

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Concussion Settlement Places Former Steelers On Opposite Sides

As we’ve previously reported, Judge Anita Brody earlier this week granted preliminary approval for an amended settlement agreement between the NFL and retired players regarding the league’s financial responsibility in caring for players following their playing days who suffer from the effects of concussions sustained during their career. The decision has left many players, including […]

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Judge Grants Preliminary Approval To Amended NFL Concussion Settlement

The NFL and counsel for retired players reached an agreement late last month on the revision of a settlement first established nearly a year ago that would begin compensating retired players for concussion-related ailments, paid for by the league. The original settlement, which is now obsolete in light of the amendments, included within its provisions […]

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Unique Skill Sets Present A Unique Dilemma

The Jimmy Graham arbitration and subsequent ruling has understandably generated a considerable amount of discussion amongst football fans, regardless of whether or not one follows the New Orleans Saints. Of course, Graham, designated as a tight end, contended that he should technically be classified as a wide receiver when it comes to the franchise tag […]

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Former Steeler Alan Faneca Among Group Of Players Objecting To Concussion Settlement

Late last month, an arbitration settlement ruled that there would be no cap placed on the funds that the National Football League would pay to players suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy as a result of concussions sustained during their playing careers. Seven former players, including former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Alan Faneca, have now filed an […]

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Jimmy Graham’s Franchise Tag Arbitration Brings Up Questions About Position

Earlier this week, an arbitrator ruled that New Orleans Saints “pass catcher” Jimmy Graham is indeed a tight end, and not a wide receiver, as he attempted to argue. The purpose of the challenge was to contend that the Saint’s franchise tag placed upon him was undervalued, because the value of the franchise tag for […]

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Maurkice Pouncey Extension Comes During Age Of Reason

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey started 46 professional football games before the day he would turn 24 years old. He could have started over 60 games before his 25th birthday, which comes late next month, if not for an unfortunate mistake by his fellow interior lineman, which put an end to his fourth season just […]

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Steelers Ground Deficiencies Handicapping Play Action Pass

Even with one quarterback already in the Hall of Fame (two if you count the five years that Bobby Layne spent with the team at the end of his career) and another destined to wind up there when his playing career is over, nobody would argue the claim that the Pittsburgh Steelers were built on […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Chris Kemoeatu To Ramon Foster

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when the season before already introduced […]

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Steelers Greatest Draft Hits – First Round

By Michael K. Reynolds No pick means more to a championship legacy in the NFL than the first round of the draft, and it can be argued the Pittsburgh Steelers have performed here as well as any other team over the last few decades. In the past, the Steelers earned their draft day creds from […]

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Steelers Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin On Hand For LSU Pro Day

The LSU Pro Day is taking place on Wednesday and Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin are present for it, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. Colbert and Tomlin are really getting bang for their buck as offensive draft prospects Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Jeremy Hill and […]

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Former Steelers Guard Alan Faneca Finished His First Marathon On Sunday

For 13 seasons, Alan Faneca provided lanes for backs to run through as a left guard, but this past Sunday, it was the former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman doing the running as he completed his first marathon. Faneca, who as you can see in the picture below that was tweeted out on Sunday, has lost […]

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The Salary Cap And The Fear Of Letting Go

By Matthew Marczi Anybody who follows the Pittsburgh Steelers with any degree of depth is well aware of the fact that they have had salary cap issues for several seasons now, which is generally the territory every team with a franchise quarterback will eventually face. This is not necessarily a major obstacle for a team […]

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The Kids Are Alright

By Michael K. Reynolds Lost in the shuffle of the Tomlin Two-Step, the heart breaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens and the analysis and counter analysis of the Pittsburgh Steelers fading playoffs hopes, there is one startling…and encouraging reality. The kids are alright. Slowly, a new generation of Steelers players are pushing their way to the forefront, establishing themselves […]

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In Case You Didn’t Realize, The Steelers Don’t Give Up

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers just struck a blow to their 2014 Draft stock by busting out their third win in nine attempts yesterday against the Buffalo Bills. Did you really expect the Steelers to do anything different? I sincerely hope that nobody actually thought that Pittsburgh would fold on this season just because […]

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Ramon Foster Developing Into An Asset In Pass Protection

By Matthew Marczi Because of his unheralded entrance into the team and his lack of pedigree, left guard Ramon Foster has by and large gone unnoticed amidst the attention and scrutiny paid the other linemen, whether it is due to their draft positions and expectations or the fact that they are expected to step in […]

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Sadly – The Standard Is The Standard

NOTE: I don’t normally take outside article submissions, but Michael Reynolds has asked that I post his thoughts on the start of the season. I am sure this will produce some interesting discussion in the comments. ~ DB By Michael Reynolds The familiar refrain of “Here We Go Steelers” is most aptly replaced by “Here […]

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Ben Roethlisberger Learning How To Avoid Unnecessary Hits

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has earned a reputation over the years for extending plays beyond what the average quarterback would be willing to do, and rightfully so. Frequently, his ability to extend the play results in a big gain down the field, because a defensive back can only track a receiver […]

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Examining The Steelers\’ Reserve Linemen In Years Past

By Matthew Marczi Yesterday, we got a chance to take a look at some of the numbers produced by this year’s reserve offensive lineman candidates for the Pittsburgh Steelers—excepting, of course, the rookies and first year players, from Joe Long to Mike Farrell. With the exception of Guy Whimper, who is a serious question mark […]

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Former Steelers G Alan Faneca Talks About Ben Roethlisberger, Offensive Line And Steeler Way

Former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Alan Faneca wasn\’t a big fan of having quarterback Ben Roethlisberger start early on during his rookie season, and he wasn\’t shy about telling the media that he wasn\’t excited about doing it prior to the team playing the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of that year. “Exciting?” Faneca said. “No, […]

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Hines Ward Names His Choices For Steelers Mount Rushmore

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was a guest Friday evening on Pro Football Talk and was asked to name the four people that he would put on the organizations\’ version of Mount Rushmore. The first name out of Ward\’s mouth was Art Rooney Sr., and he followed it up by naming Chuck Noll, […]

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Steelers Were Prepared To Withstand Offseason Exodus

By Matthew Marczi As is widely known, the Pittsburgh Steelers have faced some significant departures this past offseason through free agency and release. The Steelers are currently without seven players that would have been opening day starters last season if injuries were not a factor; perhaps eight, if you include punter Jeremy Kapinos. Such an […]

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DeCastro Admits To Struggling Physically To Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers first round draft pick David DeCastro reportedly hasn\’t set Latrobe on fire through the first twelve days of training camp, and according to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it is the physical part that is giving DeCastro the most problem. Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times reports Monday that Roethlisberger talked to the Stanford […]

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Are Expectations Too High For The Steelers New Offensive Line?

By Cian Fahey Arguably since 2005, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been winning games in spite of their offensive line. There has been some decent combinations upfront, but never has the line really been a strength since Marvel Smith, Alan Faneca, Jeff Hartings, Kendall Simmons and Max Starks pushed the team towards a Super Bowl victory. […]

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Steelers Six From Around The Web – June 12th – 2012 Mini-camp Begins Edition

Mandatory mini-camp begins today for the Steelers and Teresa Varley talked to rookies David DeCastro and Mike Adams after they arrived in town to take part in the session for the first time since rookie camp. The always entertaining Ike Taylor recently stopped by NFL Films and sat down to answer 5 questions and a […]

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