Chris Hoke



Steve McLendon’s Value Cannot Be Pigeonholed To Nose Tackle

For Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon, snaps are starting to become increasingly harder to come by. For any nose tackle that might play for the Steelers, really, or most 3-4 teams these days. The Steelers have finally joined the modern era by primarily playing in their nickel package as…


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…


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…




Cameron Heyward Stepping Into Leadership Position

When he was drafted in 2011, Cameron Heyward was a rookie in a locker room filled with veterans along the defensive line. Aaron Smith, Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton, and Chris Hoke stood tall. One by one, they left. Now, Heyward is the man amongst boys, tasked with the responsibility of leading…


Steelers Extension Candidates: Steve McLendon

For much of the offseason, it was assumed that, at some point before the start of the regular season, the Pittsburgh Steelers would award a couple of young players with lucrative contract extensions, as they did last summer with key pieces of their offensive line and one particularly maligned cornerback….


L.T. Walton’s Progress Could Determine The Value Of Cam Thomas

When earlier this offseason Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell explicitly name-dropped defensive end Clifton Geathers as a player that he requested that the front office re-sign, it certainly made the ears perk up. Geathers was a street free agent when the Steelers signed him with four weeks to…


Steve McLendon Putting Focus On The Field, Not His Contract

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon has had no shortage of critics since he entered the starting lineup at nose tackle in 2013, but a growing consensus among analysts of the game find that the majority of those criticisms about his play are misguided, or simply not representative of his…


Steelers Throwback Thursday: Cameron Heyward’s First Career Sack

At some point between now and the start of the 2015 regular-season, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward is expected to sign a very lucrative contract extension similar to the one that New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan signed earlier this week. Being as today is Throwback Thursday and…


From Keisel To Cam, Stephon Tuitt Has Eyes On Him

For years, whenever the Pittsburgh Steelers brought a new defensive end into the meeting rooms, we would always inevitably hear the stories of how Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel took the newcomers on their wings, showed them the ropes, and helped them adjust to life as a largely unappreciated cog…


Video: Pirates Pay Tribute To Troy Polamalu During Wednesday Night Game

If you missed the Pittsburgh Pirates paying tribute Wednesday night to recently retired Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu during their game against the Minnesota Twins, you can watch the ROOT Sports coverage of it below. As you can see, Polamalu was in a private suite that belonged to Thomas Tull where…


Steelers DL Coach Mitchell A Selfless Man, Just Like His Players

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell can be looked at as a mad scientist of sorts, trying to mold massive pieces of clay into a monstrous Frankenstein type of wrecking machine for the team’s 3-4 defense. Whether it be turning a first-rounder like defensive end Cameron Heyward into one of the best in…