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AFC North Draft History Study: Linebackers

On the heels of the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft, I began to realize the need to enhance my understanding of each team’s draft history; what they’ve built or attempted to build over the past ten years and how they’ve went about that process. This may seem tedious to…


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Steelers All-22: Poor Blocking Aides in Dri Archer’s Return Woes

We recently covered the underrated value of a strong kick coverage unit, specifically highlighting what Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey brought to the team in that regard. Today, we’re going to flip the units and stress the importance of a competent blocking return unit. And what happens when that group…


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AFC North Draft History Study: Defensive Line

On the heels of the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft, I began to realize the need to enhance my understanding of each team’s draft history; what they’ve built or attempted to build over the past ten years and how they’ve went about that process. This may seem tedious to…


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AFC North Draft History Study

On the heels of the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft, I began to realize the need to enhance my understanding of each team’s draft history; what they’ve built or attempted to build over the past ten years and how they’ve went about that process. This may seem tedious to…


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Fact And Fiction: Jarvis Jones, Run Defense

Few players on the Pittsburgh Steelers current roster have been criticized as much as outside linebacker Jarvis Jones throughout the edge rusher’s first two seasons, but how much of that negative stigma is warranted? As the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Jones was drafted largely because he…


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Fact And Fiction: Jarvis Jones, The Pass Rusher

Few players on the Pittsburgh Steelers current roster have been criticized as much as outside linebacker Jarvis Jones throughout the edge rusher’s first two seasons, but how much of that negative stigma is warranted? As the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Jones was drafted largely because he…


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Steelers’ Rush Defense Must Improve TFLs In 2015

We broke down the effectiveness of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushing offense the other day, which you can check out here. The focus on avoiding negative runs being on part of Alex Gibbs’ criteria to a quality rushing attack. We’ll look at the Steelers’ rush defense today looking at that portion…


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Assessing The Steelers Alternatives: Running Back

As I’ve read through the site, I’ve seen many fans and fellow writers on social media express their desire for the Pittsburgh Steelers to bring in free agents to provide depth at a few key positions. This got me thinking. Are there really players available right now that fit what…


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The Alex Gibbs Model Of Rushing Efficiency

I was watching an old video of famous offensive line coach Alex Gibbs teach the way he coaches his offense. It was a long, multi-part video that I had to stop watching because the audio went out of sync. But within the half hour I caught, he said something very…


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Steelers All-22: Backside Pursuit vs Wide Zones

Back at the tape today with a small, but important, breakdown of how defenses successfully play the run. Zone blocking schemes are mixed into every team’s playbook. Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans specifically are well accustomed to seeing them as the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Baltimore Ravens use it heavily, though…



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Where Are They Now? Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala

A sixth round draft choice out of Utah in the 1998 NFL Draft, I can still hear the chants of “FUUUUUUUU” being rained down at brand-new Heinz Field in the wee stages of the 2000s. A 6-foot, 252-pound battering ram of a running back, Chris Fuamatu Ma’afala was the backup to icon Jerome…



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Patriots Info Dump Might Indicate Sense Of Lack Of Legal Recourse

It seems that virtually everybody has offered his or take in response to the publication of The Wells Report in Context Thursday, written by Daniel Goldberg, an attorney for the New England Patriots, but perhaps the most interesting that I read yesterday was that of former Cleveland Browns general manager Joe…


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A Closer Look At New Steelers DC Keith Butler

This past offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers waved goodbye to a longtime fixture of the ball club’s defense in coordinator Dick LeBeau. The “father” of the zone-blitz, his intricate defensive schemes kept offensive coordinators up at night each and every fall, and now his duties have been turned over to longtime…


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ESPN Insider Predicts Wholesale Slide For AFC North In 2015

While it’s naturally still fairly early in the game to begin projecting how the 2015 NFL season will play out, just a couple of weeks past the draft, the folks at ESPN Insider have taken a crack at it. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders has broken down projected win-loss records…


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Ravens Not Done Seeking Answers At Cornerback

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was once on the path to becoming a Pro Bowl player. Jimmy Smith also appeared to be headed that way last season before suffering a foot sprain about halfway through the season that landed him on injured reserve. Smith was limited to just eight games…


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Former Steelers WR Lance Moore Signs With Lions

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore finally has a new home as the veteran signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the Detroit Lions. Moore, who originally entered the league in 2005 as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo with the Cleveland Browns, signed a two-year contract with the…


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The Pre-Noll Era: Mose Kelsch

Week One. First quarter. With the Pittsburgh Steelers working in the Cleveland Browns’ red zone, Ben Roethlisberger is sacked Paul Kruger by on 3rd and 14. Out trots Shaun Suisham. Greg Warren snaps, Brad Wing holds. The 36 yard field goal is good for the team’s first points of the…



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NFL Set Precedent For Punishment Earlier This Offseason

Yesterday, the Ted Wells report was finally delivered to the league office, which investigated the extent to which the New England Patriots were involved with and in knowledge of the deflation of footballs used by the team’s offense and quarterback Tom Brady. As it turns out, that certainly appears to…


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AFC North 2015 Draft Class Recap: Cleveland Browns

In the National Football League, priority number one is making sure that you can win your division, because you play those three teams twice a year, making up over a third of your schedule, and there’s no better route to the postseason than winning more games than your rivals. While…


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Oddsmaker Has Ravens As Favorites To Win AFC North

Now that the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, one Nevada sports book released their division-winning odds for all 32 teams on Monday. When it comes to the AFC North, the  the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists the Baltimore Ravens as divisional favorites with 8-to-5 odds, according to Pro…


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AFC North Dominates Tight End Position In 2015 Draft

As we found out on Friday, the Pittsburgh Steelers were hoping to address their tight end situation in the second round of the draft, targeting Maxx Williams, the consensus top player at his position, but the Baltimore Ravens traded up one spot ahead of the Steelers to draft him. At…


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AFC North Draft Day Three In Review

The AFC North had a load of selections on the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft, so I’ll spare you the long introduction in favor of brevity. Below is a recap of how each team in the division fared through rounds 4-7 yesterday. A more complete look at each…