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Steelers Vs. Titans Game Rewind – Second Half

By Alex Kozora Second half game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 11 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. Second Half – Brett Keisel swimming over the center and getting pressure on this twist. – Arthur Moats’ block in the back that negated Antonio Brown’s long punt return was a questionable call, to say the […]

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Steelers Vs. Titans Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora First half game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 11 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. First Half – Kick return unit. Front five. Terence Garvin, Antwon Blake, Vince Williams, Arthur Moats, and Robert Golden. Followed up by the usual suspects. Michael Palmer/Matt Spaeth, Cody Wallace/Will Johnson forming the wedge. The return […]

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Steelers Bye Week: Friday Night Five Questions

The Pittsburgh Steelers are off this week, but that doesn’t mean that I am going to let you have the week off. As usual, I have five questions for you that I would like you to answer concerning the Steelers. If you will, please answer each as thoroughly as possible. I hope that all of […]

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Steelers vs Titans Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations from the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. The Steelers got the second half off to a positive start after the jarring momentum swing of the last minute of the second quarter, forcing a three and out. They opened in […]

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Ross Ventrone Getting Back Up To Speed On Special Teams

Safety Ross Ventrone was a fringe roster hopeful last year when he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, hoping to earn his keep on special teams. A missed play or two during the preseason quashed any hopes of making the team in 2013, however, not to mention the fact that the Steelers already had four safeties […]

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Steelers Rapid Fire Conclusions: Game 11 vs. Titans

By Michael K. Reynolds The Pittsburgh Steelers nearly had to leave Nashville like so many others before them; with nothing more than a worn-out guitar case and a broken heart. Fortunately, with a masterful fourth quarter performance, the team beat the Tennessee Titans 27-24 in Grand Ole Opry style. So before the banjo gets any […]

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Steelers vs. Titans: Player Snap Counts Week 11

Below are the initial player snap counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night win over the Tennessee Titans, according to the NFL official gamebook. As usual, we will see if any of these differ in our weekly game charting as the week progresses. The thing that sticks out the most on offense for the Steelers […]

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Steelers vs Jets Film Review: Safety Inspection

One of the key issues that the Pittsburgh Steelers had defensively, particularly early on, last week against the New York Jets was a difficulty for the safeties to play the run successfully. Of course, this wasn’t entirely surprising, given that Troy Polamalu missed the game with an injury that he suffered the week prior. That […]

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Steelers vs Jets Game Rewind: First Half

By Alex Kozora Game observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 loss to the hands of the New York Jets Sunday afternoon. First Half – Kick coverage unit from L-R. Cortez Allen, Justin Brown, Robert Golden, Terence Garvin, Vince Williams, Shaun Suisham, Sean Spence, Will Johnson, Antwon Blake, Darrius Heyward-Bey, William Gay. – First play from […]

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Steelers vs Jets Film Review: Vince Williams

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked like the nickel defense would be their bread and butter entering this season, but it hasn’t exactly worked out that way. Of course, the long-term injury to Ike Taylor and the demotion of Cortez Allen—the team’s two starting cornerbacks—didn’t make that plan any more accessible. But an equally important issue in […]

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Cortez Allen Must Play To Prove He Can Be Trusted

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen has gone from playing every snap on defense for the Steelers to logging some time on special teams. After struggling heavily against the Cleveland Browns, he was demoted to playing in sub-packages the following week. Two weeks later, he had another disastrous showing, and he was benched entirely on defense. […]

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Steelers vs Jets Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations from the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 20-13 loss to the New York Jets. The Steelers managed to end the half recovering from a lost fumble after the Jets missed a field goal and the offense was able to drive the length of the field in […]

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Steelers Vs. Ravens Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. First Half – Tight bunch look on kick coverage. 6×4 formation as opposed to the 5×5 the team normally runs. The unit from left to right: Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Terence Garvin, Vince Williams, Sean Spence, Shaun Suisham, […]

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Kozora Video: Technique Differences Between Antwon Blake And Brice McCain

By Alex Kozora A bonus Chalk Talk video this week. Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake was impressive Sunday so we’ll break down one of the incompletions he forced against Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. We’ll examine his sound technique that made the incompletion possible. We’ll also compare that with a play of Brice McCain […]

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Steelers So Far Getting Away With Playing Nickel Corners Outside

The Pittsburgh Steelers officially unveiled the Munchkin Bunch of cornerbacks in earnest earlier this week in a victory over the rival Baltimore Ravens, in which each of the team’s three corners on the field stood at 5’10 or shorter. How did this come to be, when the Steelers’ two starting cornerbacks at the beginning of […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers opened the second half in a three tight end look, something that they turn to more frequently with the lead. Will Johnson caught the ball on first down, but for only a yard. […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. On the first play of the game, Cameron Heyward smashed through a double team to make a tackle for loss. A pair of receptions to tight end Owen Daniels, fresh off a minor cleanup on […]

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Antwon Blake Steps Up For Steelers In Sub-Package

After a string of frustratingly inconsistent games from starting cornerback Cortez Allen, the Pittsburgh Steelers made the tough decision to demote him to sub-package duty three games ago against the Houston Texans. The move seemed to make sense at the time. Replacing him in the starting lineup was Brice McCain, who’d spent his entire career […]

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Steelers Versus Ravens: An All-22 Primer

By Alex Kozora Before the tape drops tomorrow, an All-22 primer of the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-27 victory against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night. – I want to continue to take a look at Ben Roethlisberger going through his progressions. Saw it last week against the Indianapolis Colts. Likely happened again in what ended up being […]

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Steelers Go Footloose: Tomlin Will No Longer Allow Kick Coverage Team To Dance

After Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected with wide receiver Antonio Brown for a 54-yard touchdown pass Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens to take a commanding 29-10 lead with 14:01 left in the fourth quarter, the kickoff team gave it right back as Jacoby Jones raced 108-yards untouched on the ensuing kick. That special […]

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Starting Position For Cam Thomas Fair To Question

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent Cam Thomas to a two-year contract in order to provide depth along the defensive line, as the team was entering a free agency period in which three of their top players at the position were hitting the open market. The organization did, in fact, lose two of those players […]

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Steelers Film Room: CB Brice McCain Guilty Of Poor Technique Early Against Ravens

When Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen was taken out of the starting lineup several weeks ago, he was replaced by Brice McCain in the base defense. While the Steelers have managed to win their last three games with McCain as the starter, I’m sure they can’t wait to get veteran Ike Taylor back on the […]

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Steelers Defense Limits Explosive Plays In Win Over Ravens

When Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco connected with wide receiver Torrey Smith for a 35 yard touchdown pass with 9:47 left in the first quarter Sunday night, it appeared as though the Pittsburgh Steelers defense was well on their way to allowing several explosive more plays in the game. That didn’t wind up being the […]

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Steelers Matt Spaeth, James Harrison Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Ravens

The Pittsburgh Steelers delivered a 43-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night at Heinz Field and while the offense managed to light up the scoreboard for a second straight week, only two players on that unit had standout performances in the eyes of Pro Football Focus. In their initial round of grades, tight end […]

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Steelers vs. Ravens: Player Snap Counts Week 9

Below are the initial player snap counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night over the Baltimore Ravens, according to the NFL official gamebook. We will see if any of these differ in our weekly game charting as the week progresses. Martavis Bryant played just five snaps less than Markus Wheaton did Sunday night and one […]

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Steelers Film Room: Baltimore Ravens Scouting Report

By Alex Kozora Brief scouting report on the Baltimore Ravens based off their loss last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. As always, the disclaimer is a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. This scouting report isn’t the say-all, end-all for the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight. OFFENSE – Joe Flacco was awful. Play in […]

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