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Steelers Greatest Draft Hits – Fourth Round

By Michael K. Reynolds Although the fourth round of the draft still allows for some river boat gambling by NFL front offices, it’s the beginning of the talent level where players are expected to at least provide quality depth to team rosters. The Pittsburgh Steelers have excelled in the top rounds of the draft and […]

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Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – S Will Allen

End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s not generally a hard concept […]

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The Pessimist’s Take – Drafting The Tall Wide Receiver

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both […]

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The Optimist’s Take – Drafting The Tall Wide Receiver

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Safeties

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. Looking at the rest of the secondary – the safeties. Troy Polamalu: Troy silenced any naysayers with a strong 2013 season under unusual circumstances. Some expected this to be the start of his swan song; a season to […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Cornerbacks

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. Our first look at the secondary starting with the cornerbacks. Ike Taylor: Taylor truly did not get many mentions in my game notes. Normally, like an offensive lineman, that would mean he had a good season. That he […]

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Steelers Pro Bowlers Deserving, But So Were Others

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers will be sending two constituents this year to the Pro Bowl to represent their team. Considering they’re currently 7-8, that might sound about right, though when one considers that the 2-14 Kansas City Chiefs sent more than that to the Pro Bowl last year, questions might be raised. Certainly, […]

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Shaping Up For A Bengals-Ravens Showdown: The State Of The AFC North – Week Sixteen

By Jeremy Hritz Only two weeks remaining in the 2013 regular season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are more than likely facing a second year in a row without making the playoffs. Without help from the Ravens, Dolphins, Jets, and Chargers, the offseason work to reverse the two-year trend will begin immediately, and the Steelers will […]

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Dink And Dunk? Not So Fast

By Matthew Marczi When the Steelers first brought in Todd Haley as the new offensive coordinator, some criticized the decision to install what they pejoratively refer to as a ‘dink and dunk’ offense. As the season progressed and the team started losing games, many more joined in to the chorus. This season has been no […]

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Hritz: Steelers Versus Browns Preview and Prediction – Week Twelve

By Jeremy Hritz 27 points surrendered in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions last week, and the narrative for the remainder of the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers season seemed to be headed back to NFL Draft discussions and potential top ten picks. But when the final seconds of the clock ticked away at Heinz Field, […]

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Will Allen Fitting Right In Back In Pittsburgh

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers spent nearly the entire game against the Detroit Lions in their quarter sub-package, with Cortez Allen logging 73 of 76 snaps and Will Allen playing nearly 70 snaps himself. Will Allen, of course, may have been a mid-season signing this year as an injury replacement for DaMon Cromartie-Smith for […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers NT Al Woods Versus Lions

By Alex Kozora Short breakdown of Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Al Woods’ snaps vs the Detroit Lions. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 3 Run/Rush: 2/1 Play-by-Play 1. 1st and 10, 1:59 1st. LE in dime. Lined up as the three tech. Double-teamed by the LG/LT. Blown back a little bit but […]

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Late First-Half Stand Was A Momentum-Builder

By Matthew Marczi After the Pittsburgh Steelers got off to a blistering start against the Detroit Lions, with wide receiver Antonio Brown going for two long touchdowns to finish off Pittsburgh’s first two drives of the game, they were forced to withstand a torrid attack in the second quarter that completely reshaped the game. When […]

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Jerricho Cotchery Is The Most Valuable Receiver In The NFL

By Matthew Marczi Would you believe me if I told you that Jerricho Cotchery is the most valuable wide receiver in the league on a per-play basis? That’s what Football Outsiders thinks. According to their statistics, the veteran slot receiver ranks first in the league among wide receivers in their own Defense-adjusted Value Over Average […]

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Double Explosive Plays Have Been Killing The Steelers Defense This Season

So far this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has only given up 37 explosive plays of 20 or more yards. While that number currently ties them for fourth best in the league, it is a deceptive stat. 11 of those 37 plays that they have allowed have been double explosive or better and five of […]

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Examining The Physical Errors That Led To The Lions’ Big Second Quarter

By Matthew Marczi There is no doubt that errors of both a physical and mental variety on the defensive side of the ball led the Detroit Lions to 27 points in the second quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ last game, which they were able to overcome in the fourth quarter. Examples of each are plentiful, […]

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What If Ike Taylor Could Visit The Wizard Of Oz?

By Michael K. Reynolds Who was the most relieved guy in Pittsburgh last Sunday? Without a doubt it was Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. Because had the Black and Gold failed to roar back against the Detroit Lions he would have been wearing the longest goat horns. Not so much for struggling in his efforts to cover All-World receiver Calvin Johnson, […]

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Steelers Versus Lions – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi The Steelers could not have gotten off to a worse finish in the first half, giving up 27 unanswered points and shooting themselves in the foot on offense. A three-and-out to open the third quarter did not ease the tension. Unlike in the first half, however, Mat McBriar got off an excellent […]

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Steelers Versus Lions – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi I found it interesting that the Steelers opened up in the nickel, which they rarely use these days, favoring six defensive backs over five when not in base. That only lasted one play before Vince Williams was substituted for Will Allen. The Steelers moved their outside linebacker around a lot in this […]

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Pausing To Reflect On Antonio Brown’s 2013 Season

By Matthew Marczi This past game against the Detroit Lions, wide receiver Antonio Brown had just his second career two-touchdown game—both came this season. And anybody who watched the game knows that it should have been a three-touchdown game, but Brown dropped a ball in the end zone from the one-yard line. Still, he finished […]

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Dare We Dream…The Impossible Dream?

By Michael K. Reynolds The Pittsburgh Steelers played Motown this Sunday and what began as early game joy shifted dramatically into the same old broken record in the second quarter. It had Steelers Nation singing Marvin Gaye‘s rendition of “What’s Goin’ On?” and Smokey Robinson‘s “Tracks Of My Tears” as the Detroit Lions imposed their will. Offense anemic. Balls overthrown and […]

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Steelers Versus Lions Winners And Losers

Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat to the Detroit Lions 37-27 to notch their fourth win of the season and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Winners: Ben Roethlisberger – 29 completions for 367 yards and four touchdowns is more than enough […]

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Optimus Prime Came In A Mental Form In Win Over Lions

After being blistered by Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson for six catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of Sunday’s win, the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary shut out Megatron in the second half. Surely that meant there were adjustments made at halftime, right? Wrong. “Ain’t nothing really changed,” said cornerback Ike […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers Versus Detroit Lions – First Half Recap

By Matthew Marczi The matchup today between the Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers is truly a pivotal game for the home team. Standing at 3-6 and given where the rest of the division is, a win or a loss could have the team—or at least the fan base—either chasing playoff hopes or diving into […]

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Steelers Versus Lions: Seven Things To Watch For In Week 11

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Detroit Lions Sunday at Heinz Field and below are seven things to watch for in the game. A Boy Named Suh And A Guy Named Whimper – Guy Whimper is expected to make his first career start at left guard for the Steelers with Ramon Foster expected to […]

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Hritz: Lions Versus Steelers Preview And Prediction – Week Eleven

By Jeremy Hritz The Pittsburgh Steelers got a win, and did so in a somewhat convincing way against Buffalo. At least defensively. After last week’s showing, the Steelers aren’t make a great deal of sense, are they? The defensive performance was somewhat dominant, but that should be expected when playing against a rookie quarterback that […]

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