Carnell Lake

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In Secondary, Scouting And Talent Lacking More Than Coaching

Whenever a team has a weakness in one particular area of its personnel, it is the gut reaction to immediately put the position coach under fire. Often, perhaps too often, we see that position coach take the fall when a deeper analysis might show that he wasn’t the problem. The…


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Art Rooney II Acknowledges Mistakes In Personnel Evaluations

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II did his usual post-season media rounds recently, and he certainly gave us all plenty to chew on. We have already dissected much of what he had to say, but there was one thing in particular—an admission of sorts—that I think is notable enough to…


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Tomlin Anticipates Keeping Coaching Staff Intact

Though this is the season of a flurry of coaching moves, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ group has yet to change. And Mike Tomlin hopes to keep it that way. In today’s final press conference, Tomlin gave a simple “I do” to the question of if he would like to retain his…


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Direction Steelers Take With Doran Grant Could Impact Draft Plans

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Doran Grant certainly didn’t see the field much during the 2015 season after being promoted to the team’s 53-man roster from the practice squad in early November. The fourth-round draft pick played just one snap on defense during the season and 17 more on special teams. Now that…


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Top 10 Questions The Steelers Must Answer This Offseason

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 season has come to an end, the team has several questions that must be answered over the course of the offseason. Below are my 10 questions that must be answered by the team between now and the start of the 2016 regular season and I…


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Will Allen Sees Highs And Lows As Starting Safety

If this is to be the final season for Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen—whether by choice or by force—then at least he can say that he was able to notch one final professional accomplishment, even if it took 12 years for him to do so. Entering this season, the 33-year-old…


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How The Steelers’ Five-Year High Sack Total Was Built

By season’s end, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense managed to put up an impressive 48 sacks on the season, which ranked third overall in the league, thanks in large part due to a season-high seven sacks in the regular season finale. It was the most sacks that the Steelers have recorded…


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2015 NFL Week 17: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy New Year to all of you and congratulations on making it to another Friday. It’s been a very depressing week thanks to the Pittsburgh Steelers losing to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday and now we all must sit and hope that things go well on Sunday in order for…


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Steelers Thowback Thursday: The 1998 Thanksgiving Day Coin Toss

Good morning to all of you and I hope each and every one of you have a great Thanksgiving today. Each and every Thanksgiving, I can’t help but remember back to 1998 and the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 13 game against the Detroit Lions and that dreadful overtime coin toss. Many of…


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Bye Week Rethink: Antwon Blake And Playing Hurt

Today is Sunday, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are not playing. They are not playing tomorrow, either, nor did they already play on Thursday. The 6-4 franchise is entering its long awaited and much needed bye week after 10 straight games. With not much else going on, it would figure to…


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Carnell Lake On Mike Mitchell’s Big Improvement

Some wanted him cut in the offseason. Now, he’s on track to make a Pro Bowl. You don’t have to search hard for the reason in Mike Mitchell’s stellar play in 2015. It starts foremost with health. Mitchell played with tears in each of his groins, gutting out the full…


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Stats Of The Weird: Regular Season Milestones

If you know me, you know I love obscure statistics. And so with this being the slowest weekend of the regular season due to the bye week, we’ll look at a couple achievements some Pittsburgh Steelers could reach before the end of the regular season. – Should Ben Roethlisberger go…



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Steelers Defense Enjoys Team Dinner During Bye Week

It’s been months of non-stop football. Play, prepare, repeat. The Pittsburgh Steelers finally have met their bye week and are rightfully using that time to enjoy themselves. That included the Steelers’ defense getting together for dinner last night. Several players posted photos of the night on Instagram. Next A photo posted…


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Steelers Defensive Charting: First Half Of Season

Like we do every four weeks, we visit our Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive charting and highlight any new or cool data the chart provides us. – Excluding kneeldowns and pre-snap penalties, the Steelers’ defense has been on the field for 546 snaps. That’s an average of 68.3 per game. They’re on…