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Steelers CB Ike Taylor Gets Green Light To Return

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have veteran cornerback Ike Taylor back for their Sunday home game against the New Orleans Saints as he was given the green light by the doctors after visiting with them on Monday. Ike Taylor says he's got the green light to practice but he "doesn't want to do anything stupid" and […]

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Steelers Defensive Charting Takeaways: Post Bye Week

By Alex Kozora As we’ve done every few weeks, some interesting takeaways based off my charting of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense in 2014. Just a random assortment of things that stuck out to me based off the data. – Over the last two weeks, James Harrison has been dominating the snaps at outside linebacker over […]

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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 First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations from the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. The first observation is obvious: the Steelers may have finally found a return man in Markus Wheaton. I don’t think any other Steelers returner has even been able to bring the ball […]

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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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Midseason Hindsight: Reviewing Steelers Free Agent Signings

The Pittsburgh Steelers were bigger players in free agency this offseason than they had been in several years, dipping into the talent pool and coming away with a number of players at varying contract levels, destined for all sorts of roles within the team. Some of those signings have admittedly worked better than others. In […]

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Steelers vs Jets Film Review: Containing Michael Vick

In all, New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick only had a total of 39 yards on eight rushing attempts, which included some scrambles that resulted in sacks. But those few significant scrambles that he had on Sunday in the surprising upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers were key to getting the ball rolling, particularly early in […]

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Steelers vs Jets Game Rewind: Second Half

By Alex Kozora Game observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 loss to the hands of the New York Jets Sunday afternoon. Second Half – Ben Roethlisberger motions to Markus Wheaton to run vertically on his second INT but overshoots him. Leads to an INT as the deep safety closes on the MOF. – James Harrison […]

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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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Three Critical Coping Skills For Steelers Fans

By Michael K. Reynolds Let’s face it. Die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fans have been on one wild roller coaster ride this season. It’s been part cheers and part barf bags. Being a member of the Steelers Nation in 2014 is kind of like having a date with a hot model who is half crazy. You walk […]

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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 First 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 Jets gave Percy Harvin an end around on the first play of the game. Arthur Moats played too shallow of an angle and allowed Harvin to get to the outside. Mike […]

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Titans Whisenhunt Refuses To Compare Mettenberger To Roethlisberger

When Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger entered the league way back in 2004, current Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt was his first offensive coordinator. Currently, Whisenhunt has another rookie quarterback in the form of Zach Mettenberger starting for him in Tennessee and while the LSU product has been compared to a young version of […]

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Steelers Film Room: Vick Delivers Against Inverted Cover-2

Sometimes we forget that the other team is paid to make plays and that’s exactly what happened during the New York Jets second possession Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The play, a 67-yard touchdown pass from Jets quarterback Michael Vick to wide receiver T.J. Graham, was not only a great call on first down following […]

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Steelers Versus Jets: An All-22 Primer

By Alex Kozora An All-22 primer of the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 loss to the New York Jets Sunday afternoon. – Although the four turnovers are a big factor in the loss, it can’t be used as the sole excuse. To do so would just be lazy analysis. The offense sputtered even when discounting the turnovers. […]

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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 Must Answer One Question: Can They Score On The Road?

These past three games have been nothing short of an offensive revelation for the Pittsburgh Steelers, accumulating 15 touchdown drives behind Ben Roethlisberger, all through the air, though one of those 15 touchdown passes was thrown by the man who has eight of them himself, Antonio Brown. In that span, the Steelers have put up […]

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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 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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Steelers Remember The Value Of Turnovers, Now That They’re Getting Them

After failing to record a single turnover in the first two games of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have now gone seven consecutive games with recording at least one turnover. In fact, they have even scored three touchdowns directly off of turnovers, twice on the interception and once on a fumble recovery on a punt. […]

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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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David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Ravens

By David Todd The Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Baltimore Ravens in their third consecutive nationally-televised game at Heinz Field on a night when they retired Joe Greene’s jersey. They did Mean Joe proud, throttling the visitors 43-23 to raise their record to 6-3. It wasn’t quite a throwback to the dominating days of the […]

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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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Numbers Crunch: Steelers vs Ravens

By Alex Kozora A statistical analysis from the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-23 victory Sunday night over the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. – Ben Roethlisberger’s stat line the last two weeks need no context: 65/86 (75.6%) 862 yards 12 TDs 0 INTs. His 12 TD passes are an NFL record. – And perhaps the most mind-blowing […]

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