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How Much Will It Cost The Steelers To Keep Al Woods In Pittsburgh?

In less than a month, Pittsburgh Steelers backup defensive lineman Al Woods will be an unrestricted free agent and while you don’t hear much talk about him, you would have to think the organization would like to keep him around a few more years. The Steelers have a lot of time invested in Woods, who […]

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Pro Football Focus Offers Analysis Of Steelers’ Projected Lineup

By Matthew Marczi The statistics website Pro Football Focus has been running a series early this offseason projecting the starting lineups of each team—sans pending free agents—and grading each player on a sliding scale from “Poor Starter/Gamble” to “Elite Starter”, with “Unknown” also factored into the equation. Yesterday was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ turn to receive […]

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The Pessimist’s Take – Moving On From Ike Taylor

By Matthew Marczi 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 […]

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Roethlisberger Contract Extension Unlikely To Happen Until Summer At The Earliest

If the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a contract extension this offseason, it likely won’t happen until later in the summer, according to general manager Kevin Colbert in a Thursday morning interview on DVE Radio. “Ben has two years on his contract,” started Colbert. “We want him to finish his career […]

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Lombardi Lessons For The 2014 Steelers

By Michael K Reynolds The NFL is a copycat league and for good reason. You start off a season with thirty-two teams full of aspirations and overflowing with world class football talent and you end up with only one gladiator holding the Lombardi Trophy high. There is no better laboratory of gridiron success than the […]

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Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – DE Cameron Heyward

By Matthew Marczi 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 […]

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Steelers Early Offseason Positional Draft Needs – Defensive End

By Matthew Marczi Ask any Pittsburgh Steelers fan now and he’ll tell you that the offseason began way too early for their team, which even according to team president Art Rooney II should have been in the playoffs. If you asked that same fan at the Bye Week for their mock draft, however, they might […]

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The Salary Cap And The Decline Of The Meritorious Contract

By Matthew Marczi Yesterday, I utilized a quick study from the salary cap specialist website Over the Cap to discuss the nature of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ financial roster-building philosophy and how it was altered, understandably, following recent Super Bowl success over the past decade, which includes two championships in three appearances, with four AFC Championship […]

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Steelers Offseason Priorities – Extending Ben Roethlisberger

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers have their work cut out for them coming off consecutive non-winning seasons. It takes elbow grease to get from 8-8 to a contender, as everybody knows, of course, but this offseason, the issue is more complicated than simply improving, due to some uncommon circumstances. Some priorities require a bit […]

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Steelers Offseason Priorities – Riding The The Defensive End Carousel

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers have their work cut out for them coming off consecutive non-winning seasons. It takes elbow grease to get from 8-8 to a contender, as everybody knows, of course, but this offseason, the issue is more complicated than simply improving, due to some uncommon circumstances. One of the big storylines […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Defensive Linemen

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. Now, the defensive line. Cameron Heyward: Starting with the best. And it’s not even debatable. Arguably the defensive MVP, he finished 2013 with better numbers than in his first two seasons combined (59 tackles and 5 sacks this […]

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Steelers Likely To Wait Until May To Exercise Cameron Heyward’s Fifth-Year Option

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward had a breakout year in 2013 and with 2014 currently scheduled to be the final year of his rookie contract, the team will have to decide by May 3rd whether or not to pick up the fifth-year option that came into existence with the new CBA agreement in 2011. […]

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Steelers 2014 Draft Needs – Defense

Last week, we had a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft needs as it relates to the offensive side of the football so this week, we will shift our focus to the defensive side, where I fully expect most of the picks to be used on in May. Cornerback – Regardless of what ultimately […]

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Sound FX Segment On Cameron Heyward Offers A Glimpse Of An Emerging Leader

By Matthew Marczi So much of the breakout year by Cameron Heyward during the 2013 season has already been exhaustively documented, both by us and by others. His emergence into the starting lineup injected some life into a stagnating defense that had already lost its bearings with Larry Foote being lost in the first week […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers LB Chris Carter Versus Browns

By Alex Kozora For the final breakdown of the season, a recap of outside linebacker Chris Carter‘s performance against the Cleveland Browns. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 1 Run: 0 Rush/Drop: 1/0 Play-by-Play 1. 3rd and 7, 13:49 1st. LOLB, where he lined up nearly the entire game. Tries to get […]

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Cameron Heyward Closes Out Breakout Season With Representative Display

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward emerged not merely in the starting lineup in his third season, he emerged as a dynamic player for the defense at a time, and a position, that the team desperately needed such a player. While not every game was an All-Pro-worthy performance for the young defensive […]

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Al Woods States His Case To Return To Steelers Line Rotation

By Matthew Marczi It has been interesting watching Al Woods as the season progressed and his snap count increased from game to game, in part due to injury to either Steve McLendon or Brett Keisel and in part due to the earned trust of the coaching staff. While his performance has at times been a […]

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Ten Personnel Questions Heading Into The 2014 Offseason

By Jeremy Hritz While the 2013 Steelers season is over, there will be no shortage of action over the next seven to eight months as the team begins the process of crafting their roster for a new season. The Steelers have answered many personnel questions through their play in the second half of the season, […]

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Focus On Strong Finish, Not 0-4 Start

By Jeremy Hritz The day after a KC kick went wide right, the Pittsburgh beat writers are making certain they don’t let anyone forget that the Steelers dropped their first four games, resulting in their role as observers, not participants in the upcoming postseason. And while this is factual, it diminishes the performance of this […]

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Meaningful Season Finale Means Sidelines For Youngsters

By Matthew Marczi As is often the case with most teams thanks to an assortment of injuries, the Pittsburgh Steelers currently have a plethora of young, inexperienced players on the roster that they don’t know much about. They are heading into their last opportunity of the regular season to show what they can do…the only […]

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Hritz: Browns Versus Steelers – Preview And Prediction – Week 17

By Jeremy Hritz This is it, the final game of the 2013 Steelers season. Or is it? Heading into week 17, the Pittsburgh Steelers still have a chance to sneak into the postseason, if by chance the stars happen to align. Everything was in order this past week, as not only did the Steelers win […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers DE Ziggy Hood Versus Packers

By Alex Kozora Breakdown of the snaps played by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood versus the Green Bay Packers. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 8 Run: 3 Rush: 5 Play-by-Play 1. 1st and 10, 9:21 1st. At left DE, where he’ll be the entire game. Pass rush, solo against the […]

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Steelers TE Matt Spaeth Fined $7,875 For Hit On Packers LB Jamari Lattimore

According to Scott Brown of ESPN.com, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth has been fined $7,875 for an unnecessary roughness penalty that he was called for in the game last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Following the interception by Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk at the end of the third quarter, Spaeth hit Packers linebacker […]

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Inside The Tape: Break Down Of Steelers Versus Packers

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers victory over the Green Bay Packers. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Kickoff coverage to start the game. L-R. Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Chris Carter, Stevenson Sylvester, Shaun Suisham, Antwon Blake, Terence Garvin, Will Allen, Will Johnson, and Markus Wheaton. – […]

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Steelers Versus Packers Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora Breakdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers sack allowed in their victory over the Green Bay Packers Sunday. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE 1. 3rd and 9, 5:35 2nd. Shotgun, 11. Five blocking vs a four man rush. Just a breakdown on the left side. It’s difficult to pinpoint. Kelvin Beachum is watching […]

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Cody Wallace, Ike Taylor Receive Top Grades From PFF For Win Over Packers

Pro Football Focus now has their grades up for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their 38-31 win over the Green Bay Packers and the top two players are sure to surprise you. On offense, center Cody Wallace leads the way with a 2.5 grade. It was his third straight start and easily his best performance of […]

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