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Steelers Film Room: Ryan Shazier Vs Run

There will be several Pittsburgh Steelers under the microscope in 2015, particularly on the defensive side of the football. Ryan Shazier is among that group, a rookie year marred by injury that never let us fully see the type of player he could become. Like any second year player, you’re…


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Previewing the AFC North: Cleveland Browns

As training camp fast approaches, I’ve decided to break down the current state of the rest of the AFC North heading into the 2015 NFL preseason. A comprehensive Pittsburgh Steelers breakdown will follow my analysis of their three divisional opponents early next week. Today we’ll take an in-depth look at…


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AFC North Draft History Study: Offensive Line

On the heels of the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft, I began to realize the need to enhance my understanding of each team’s draft history; what they’ve built or attempted to build over the past ten years and how they’ve went about that process. This may seem tedious to…


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AFC North 2015 Draft Class Recap: Cleveland Browns

In the National Football League, priority number one is making sure that you can win your division, because you play those three teams twice a year, making up over a third of your schedule, and there’s no better route to the postseason than winning more games than your rivals. While…


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AFC North Draft Day One In Review

Thursday night was an active one for the AFC North, which added five new members to its fraternity via the five selections made in the first round by the four teams within the division. While the AFC North sent three teams to the playoffs and every team won at least…


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AFC North News Watch: Day 18

While the AFC North was free of any meaningful personnel moves yesterday, there was still a lot of news coming through the division pertaining to the future plans of each team as the league now turns its attention after the Owners Meetings to the 2015 NFL Draft in a little…


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Browns Offseason Appears To Be Going From Bad To Worse

The Cleveland Browns offseason isn’t off to a great start and judging by several Wednesday reports, it sounds like it might get even worse. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, the Browns and general manager Ray Farmer are facing possible sanctions from the NFL due…


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AFC North Built For Trench Warfare On Offense

Over the past five drafts or so, the Pittsburgh Steelers actively began replenishing their depleted offensive line by investing high draft picks at the position, including first round picks on center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro. Completing the starting lineup are left guard Ramon Foster, a former undrafted…


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Steelers Film Room: Tennessee Titans Scouting Report

By Alex Kozora Scouting report on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Monday night opponent, the Tennessee Titans. OFFENSE – The Titans are one of two teams in the NFL with a rookie quarterback and running back – Zach Mettenberger at QB and Bishop Sankey at RB. The Minnesota Vikings are the other…


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Steelers vs Browns II Film Review: Steve McLendon

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have to get used to life without Steve McLendon at nose tackle for tomorrow night, as he’s long been ruled out for the Monday night game against the Houston Texans. Perhaps I should say the team needs to get used to life with Cam…


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David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Browns II

By David Todd The Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland Sunday to take on a resurgent Cleveland Browns team. After a dominating first quarter where they outgained the Browns 78 yards to -8, the Steelers got routed, losing 31-10 and looking like they didn’t even belong on the…


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Steelers Film Room: Cleveland Browns Scouting Report

By Alex Kozora Scouting the Cleveland Browns during their comeback victory against the Tennessee Titans Sunday. It’s just one game, coupled with what we know about them from Week One. As I’ve always said, a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Just keep that in mind throughout the…


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Steelers Vs. Browns Game Rewind – Second Half

By Alex Kozora Game notes from a wild Week One Pittsburgh Steelers 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Second Half – Browns’ first run. Overpursue by Lawrence Timmons. Needs to play inside out. Running back cuts the run back. Ryan Shazier missed the tackle and it turns into a big gain. – Browns…


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Steelers Vs. Browns Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora Game notes from a wild Week One Pittsburgh Steelers 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns. First Half – Kick return unit: The five players that made up the front line. Shamarko Thomas, Sean Spence, Vince Williams, Terence Garvin, and Antwon Blake. The next two had Michael Palmer…




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Four Maurkice Pouncey Contract Details Not Being Talked About Enough

Now that the ink has dried on the five-year contract extension signed Thursday by Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, here is four key facts related to the deal that many people aren’t discussing and taking into account. 1. 2014 Cap Hit Lowered – Thanks to the team rolling some of…



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2014 Steelers Post June 1 Offseason To-Do List

With the calendar now flipping over to June, the Pittsburgh Steelers can now put the rest of their offseason plan into action thanks to them having nearly $8 million more in salary cap space with the release of linebacker LaMarr Woodley finally coming off of the books. Here is a…


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Albert Breer: Lessons Learned On The New Salary Cap Realities

The monetary landscape for players and teams has changed a fair bit since the lockout a few seasons ago. The uncapped year created opportunities for some, and problems for others—even later on down the road. When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached, the salary cap was kept low for…


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How Does Alex Mack’s Contract Impact Negotiations With Maurkice Pouncey?

The Cleveland Browns hardly flinched before agreeing to match the offer sheet that center Alex Mack signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite that offer sheet containing language that gives the player the ability to void the last three years of the five-year contract, which just so happens to contain a…



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Cleveland Browns In A Dilemma Over C Alex Mack

For a franchise that has more salary cap space than anybody in the league, the Cleveland Browns certainly seem hesitant to spend it on one of the franchise’s best players, that being center Alex Mack. Instead of applying the franchise tag on him, the Browns chose the slightly cheaper route—by…