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Steelers Modern-Era Team: Defensive Line

You probably know the drill by now. Steelers.com Bob Labriola has been unveiling his Modern-Era team, the best Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992 to today. His list today centers around the defensive line. We’ll post his selections with explanations with some reaction to follow. Defensive End: Aaron Smith – “Aaron Smith gets the…



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Steelers’ Defense Could Hinge On Three 2014 Selections

When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft last year, it was in hopes of making him the long-term running mate to stalwart inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons in the middle of the team’s defense. Sure enough, Shazier was plugged into the…


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PFF Updates Steelers Depth Chart Grades, Complete With Inaccuracy

Back in March, prior to the start of free agency, Pro Football Focus took a stab at measuring each team’s depth chart heading into the 2015 football calendar. The Pittsburgh Steelers did not necessarily receive glowing reviews, and, given the fact that they did not add much in free agency,…


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Cameron Heyward Stepping Into Leadership Position

When he was drafted in 2011, Cameron Heyward was a rookie in a locker room filled with veterans along the defensive line. Aaron Smith, Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton, and Chris Hoke stood tall. One by one, they left. Now, Heyward is the man amongst boys, tasked with the responsibility of leading…



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Steelers Sack Numbers Must Improve From Within

The Pittsburgh Steelers posted a 25-year low in sack production last season when they only managed to tally 33 of them during the 2015 season. And to be frank, that was with a bit of a late-season up-tick, registering a season-high six sacks in the penultimate game alone, nearly a…


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Steelers All-22: Pattern Reading

Film room for the second time this week. Looking at one of my favorite, albeit difficult to articulate, concepts. Pattern reading is a concept I’ve mentioned and broken down before and over the summer, I’ve been attempting to learn a little more. Like a matchup zone in basketball, there is…


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Steelers 2015 Missing Pieces: Brett Keisel

Now that we have completed our look at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 90-man roster heading into OTAs, it’s time to take a look back at the team’s 53-man roster from last year’s regular season, for the purpose of revisiting the contributions of the players that are no longer with the team,…



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From Keisel To Cam, Stephon Tuitt Has Eyes On Him

For years, whenever the Pittsburgh Steelers brought a new defensive end into the meeting rooms, we would always inevitably hear the stories of how Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel took the newcomers on their wings, showed them the ropes, and helped them adjust to life as a largely unappreciated cog…




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AFC North Draft History Study: Defensive 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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Steelers D Not Allowing Naysayers To Get In Their Ear

Much has been said in recent years of the transgression or downward spiral of the Steelers “once dominant” defense. The defenses that took the field in Super Bowls XL, XLIII and XLV put up a stone fortress shutting down opposing running lanes, and abused quarterbacks all game long. Since then,…