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Steelers Spin: Analysis Of Preseason Week One

The Pittsburgh Steelers launched their 2016 Super Bowl ambitions with a 17-30 preseason thud to the Detroit Lions. Yes. It’s just the first preseason game. No. There’s no reason to panic. Not by any means. But, dang, that was disappointing. With QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown and RB Le’Veon…


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Steelers Spin: Evaluating The Youth Movement

It’s been years since the Pittsburgh Steelers have been a preseason favorite for Super Bowl contention. If Big Ben is going to return to the Big Show this season it will be the result of a successful, albeit long-laboring youth movement. It seems a lifetime ago when Aaron Rodgers and…


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The Pittsburgh Steelers Top 100: 29-20

In the spirit of the offseason, Alex Kozora and I have undertaken the daunting task of ranking the top 100 Pittsburgh Steelers players in the history of the franchise. And we mean the complete history – 1933 to today. Alex and I first came up with our own lists and…



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Browns Hoping To Get More Out Of Less-Massive Danny Shelton

As has been seemingly often the case in recent years, the Cleveland Browns had two selections in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and as has, again, often been the case, they used that high tender to address their depth in the trenches. One of those two first-round…



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The Optimist’s Take: Impact Of Losing Steve McLendon

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…


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Steelers Buck Trend And Kick Off Free Agency Early

You may have heard by now that the Pittsburgh Steelers actually managed to get some work done in the free agency department prior to the start of the new league year—that is, specifically, the unrestricted free agency department. This is not exactly something that the team has been known for…



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Steelers Need Not Rush To Re-Sign Pending Free Agents

When it comes to free agency, as readers of the site are well aware, the Pittsburgh Steelers are very rarely active players in the open market. If they sign any outside free agents, it often comes in the form of a one-year veteran-minimum qualifying contract or two for a player…


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2015 Player Exit Meetings – NT Steve McLendon

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season ended a few weeks earlier that they had planned it to, but now that their 2015 campaign has drawn to a conclusion, it’s time to wrap things up and take stock of where they are and how they got there. Part of that process involves holding…



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Steve McLendon’s Versatility Traces Back To Chris Hoke

When the Pittsburgh Steelers defense first took the field on Sunday against the Bengals, they did so in the nickel, which, according to our charting, the Steelers have used approximately two-thirds of the time this season. And they did so with nose tackle Steve McLendon on the field, who slid…


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Steelers DC Keith Butler Loves Him Some Steve McLendon

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon never really has gotten the respect that he deserves so far during his career and that’s probably because he had to follow in the footsteps of the great Casey Hampton. During a Thursday interview with Missi Matthews, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler was asked…


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San Diego Chargers’ Defensive Scouting Report

This year, Jon Ledyard and I will be collaborating our scouting reports. We’ll play to our strengths – he’ll be focusing on the individuals while I’ll be looking at overall scheme. These reports will be broken down into two articles, one for offense and one for defense. Our reports for…