Bob Labriola


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Reflections On Chuck Noll: Virtue Breeds Excellence

To be quite honest, I’m not overly concerned with the legacy that Chuck Noll left behind as a man participating in an athletic competition. The only great fortune of the fact that he was a football coach is that it introduced his philosophies to a broader audience, all the while…


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Steelers Rookie OL Wesley Johnson Showed Versatility During OTA Practices

Over the course of the last three weeks of OTA practices, we haven’t heard much about Pittsburgh Steelers rookie offensive lineman Wesley Johnson. On Thursday, however, Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest provided a nice little update on the Steelers fifth-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt. Wesley Johnson, the fifth-round pick…


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Steelers QB Landry Jones Knows He Needs More Work

Regardless of what one felt about the Pittsburgh Steelers using their natural fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to select quarterback Landry Jones—while trading their 2014 third-round pick to draft another player earlier in that fourth round—just about any objective analysis would come away with an unimpressive take on…


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Justin Brown Hoping To Avoid Leveling Off Again This Preseason

Not much is typically expected of sixth-round picks when it comes to the modern era of the NFL Draft, though the Pittsburgh Steelers have their fair share of exceptions. Vince Williams last season, for example, came on and helped stabilize the defense after losing Larry Foote, playing competently to help…


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Weighing The Roster Prospects Of Daniel McCullers

During the last ‘Live” segment hosted on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ website late last week, Mike Prisuta and Bob Labriola were discussing the second-year players on the roster and what to expect from them during this summer. As they were discussing the pieces along the defensive line, Labriola said something that…




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Sean Spence Says He Will Know During OTAs If He Can Play

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence has been a topic of discussion since he was drafted, but for the better part of the past two years, it’s gravitated around what ifs, and whether he would ever even be able to play, after tearing up his knee in his rookie preseason. As…


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Steelers TE Rob Blanchflower Hoping To Avoid Another Redshirt Beginning

New Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Rob Blanchflower redshirted in 2009 before becoming a four-year starter at college, twice assuming leadership roles for his team. The Steelers currently have four veteran tight ends on the roster, the youngest entering his third season in the league. Does Blanchflower have enough to overcome…


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Ryan Shazier Stood Out At Rookie Minicamp

The Pittsburgh Steelers held their rookie minicamp last week, which was the first chance for all to get a glimpse at the team’s new draft picks in uniform—albeit without pads, but at least with a helmet and going through drills. It’s an opportunity to get a feel for how they…



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Steelers’ Incoming Class Facing Easier Path To Playing Time

The 2014 season will be different for the Pittsburgh Steelers, suggested Bob Labriola, writing in an article on the team’s website. It will be different because of the incoming rookie class; not because they are an overtly special group, but because, as Labriola writes in the article, “there just aren’t…



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Mike Munchak Makes His Hiring Sound Even Better

There seems to be a general consensus among many that the biggest move the Pittsburgh Steelers made this offseason was replacing offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. with the highly respected Mike Munchak, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman in his own right as well as an accomplished offensive line…


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Steelers-Bills Training Camp Practices Will Have An Air Of Familiarity

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills earlier in the week reached an agreement to hold mutual practice sessions during training camp over the next two years earlier this week, which should certainly add an interesting dynamic to the proceedings, not only for the organization and the players, but also the fans and…


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Moats’ Flexibility Helps Steelers Let Offseason Come To Them

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed their fourth outside free agent yesterday, inking linebacker Arthur Moats to a one-year qualifying contract with a signing bonus, which comes with a reduced cap hit. The reduced cap hit isn’t the only added benefit of the Moats signing, however. His position versatility allows the Steelers…



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Steelers Added Cam Thomas For Depth Purposes

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now officially announced the signing of former San Diego Chargers nose tackle Cam Thomas and Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest reports that the 330 pound North Carolina product was added for depth purposes. Whew! When it was announced that Thomas would be visiting Pittsburgh, I posted…




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Show Me Your Effort

By Matthew Marczi Following one of the worst defensive efforts in franchise history, the subject of ‘effort’ was suddenly a hot topic in and around Pittsburgh. In fact, coaxed by the local media in the moments immediately following the emotional loss, head coach Mike Tomlin even allowed himself to get…


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Kelvin Beachum Still The Next Man Up At Left Tackle?

Now that all of the contract numbers are in for new Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Levi Brown following the Wednesday trade, it wouldn’t be a shocking to see Kelvin Beachum make his first start at left tackle a week from Sunday against the New York Jets. Tuesday evening, Josina Anderson of…