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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,…


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Proper Roster Building Requires ‘Special’ Balance

Yesterday, Alex Kozora turned his focus in his All-22 look series on an aspect of the game that simply does not get enough attention generally, unless, as with offensive linemen, somebody makes a mistake. The topic was special teams, and he looked specifically at Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey’s…


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Changing Of The Guard On Steelers Defense Entering Final Phase

The NFL is a lot like a regular job, in the fact that after you spend so much time for one employer, you often become a very close-knit group with your co-workers. From things like being involved or invited to weddings, attending their children’s birthday parties or mourning the loss…



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Heyward Expects A Lot From Tuitt In 2015

When the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 season gets underway, second-year defensive end Stephon Tuitt will only be 22 years-old. And while the Notre Dame product and former second-round draft pick had a few struggles during his rookie season in the 405 snaps that he played, fellow defensive end Cameron Heyward said…


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Steelers DL Coach Mitchell A Selfless Man, Just Like His Players

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell can be looked at as a mad scientist of sorts, trying to mold massive pieces of clay into a monstrous Frankenstein type of wrecking machine for the team’s 3-4 defense. Whether it be turning a first-rounder like defensive end Cameron Heyward into one of the best in…


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Jarvis Jones Almost Chose The Hardwood Over The Gridiron

Much like with Pittsburgh’s second round draft choice, Senquez Golson, and his dual-sport skills, it seems the Steelers have another athlete whose athleticism isn’t merely limited to the gridiron. At Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia, Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was one of the most sought after prospects in the nation, and Tom…


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Final Steelers Defensive Line Spots Up For Grabs This Offseason

Entering each training camp, there are typically only a handful of roster spots that are truly open. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, the most wide open battle could be along the defensive line. The team usually tries to keep six, doing just that in three of the last four years. Only…