Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick’s Championed Extra Point Revision Proved Costly

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was perhaps the most ardent proponent within the coaching community of pushing the line of scrimmage for the extra point attempt back from the two-yard line to the 15-yard line. The league likely views the change as at least a modest, if not…


Mike Tomlin’s Steelers Are On From Cincinnati, On To Denver

Since the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, we have all had plenty of time to chew on what we witnessed, which, I believe, is safe to say was not quite the standard fare, given the way that the end of the game played out. The Bengals players…




Focus Is Solely On Moving On For Steelers, Tomlin

Mike Tomlin was asked several times to comment on the post-play actions or referee decisions from a Denver Broncos’ game that was full of them. But he was even more terse than usual, making it very clear he spent no time worrying about anything other than the game and now,…


Steelers Rapid Fire Conclusions: 2015 Week Twelve

The Pittsburgh Steelers at 6-5 are far from their prime as they head into a prime time showdown on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. At stake is nothing short of their playoff aspirations for the 2015 season. As it is, following their 39-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the team…


Steelers’ Fans Shouldn’t Despair Over Disappointing Loss

It was Week 13 of the 2014 NFL season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were losing a critical game to the New Orleans Saints despite playing at home and rolling up 538 yards on offense with relative ease. Drew Brees could not be stopped, throwing five touchdowns and playing turnover-free football,…


Steelers Rapid Fire Conclusions: 2015 Week Ten

And…around the stretch they go. With a 6-4 record entering their bye week, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have time to heal and hone as they head toward the final turn of a 2015 horse race that has been full of thrills and spills. Doping. Dopey calls. Stumbling at the gate….


Dri Archer Declines Practice Squad Offer From Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers made the move most fans were waiting for last week, releasing 2014 third round pick Dri Archer to make room for Jacoby Jones. Archer went unclaimed on waivers and, according to Pro Football Talk, has passed up the chance to join the Steelers and nine other team’s…



Aggressive Offensive Football The Key To Beating San Francisco

By now we’ve all re-hashed the play and the drive a hundred times, reviewing the situation that puzzlingly caused Todd Haley to call a double pass for Antonio Brown with the Pittsburgh Steelers threatening on their first drive of the game last week. Pittsburgh had bullied their way to a…


Football 101: Scrape Exchange

A new series we’re going to sprinkle in throughout the regular season. A Football 101 where in each segment, we’ll examine one football term that the casual fan isn’t familiar with or doesn’t quite know. That’s critically important. The funny thing about football is that you never stop learning. It…


Steelers Rapid Fire Conclusions: 2015 Week One

The 2015 edition of the Pittsburgh Steelers are off and running like a herd of turtles as the opening season match against the integrity-challenged New England Patriots provided as predictable an outcome as it was disappointing. Even the casual follower of their 1-4 preseason would know the Black and Gold…


New England Patriots Defensive Scouting Report

By now, hopefully you’ve read our New England Patriots’ offensive scouting report. Here, Jon Ledyard and I have teamed up to break down the defense. As we did for the offense, I’ll break down the scheme while Jon looks at individual play. ALEX’S SCHEME REPORT:  I have a little less…


New England Patriots Offensive Scouting Report

Week One is finally back. The anticipation is building for tomorrow’s game against the New England Patriots and like last year, we’ll attempt to break down the weekly opponent the best we can. This year, Jon Ledyard and myself will be collaborating our scouting reports. We’ll play to our strengths…