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Steelers Vs. Titans Game Rewind – Second Half

By Alex Kozora Second half game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 11 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. Second Half – Brett Keisel swimming over the center and getting pressure on this twist. – Arthur Moats’ block in the back that negated Antonio Brown’s long punt return was a questionable call, to say the […]

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Steelers Vs. Titans Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora First half game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 11 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. First Half – Kick return unit. Front five. Terence Garvin, Antwon Blake, Vince Williams, Arthur Moats, and Robert Golden. Followed up by the usual suspects. Michael Palmer/Matt Spaeth, Cody Wallace/Will Johnson forming the wedge. The return […]

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Steelers Bye Week: Friday Night Five Questions

The Pittsburgh Steelers are off this week, but that doesn’t mean that I am going to let you have the week off. As usual, I have five questions for you that I would like you to answer concerning the Steelers. If you will, please answer each as thoroughly as possible. I hope that all of […]

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Steelers Defense Pending Makeover Following Bye Week

Over the past two weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has allowed an average of 22 points per game on the road, albeit against inferior opponents by record. That is actually an improvement, at least in terms of raw numbers, over what has been a difficult season defensively for an organization traditionally defined by stout play […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Thomas, McLendon Ruled Out, Ventrone Probable

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their final injury report of the week for the game Monday night against the Tennessee Titans and it offers up no real surprises. Ruled out for Monday night’s game are safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring), safety Troy Polamalu (knee), linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle), nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) and cornerback Ike […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Shamarko Thomas, Cortez Allen Limited Friday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Friday practice as they continue to prepare to play the Tennessee Titans Monday night at LP Field and the new injury report shows a few minor changes. Nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder), safety Troy Polamalu (knee) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) all sat out again on Friday […]

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Steelers vs Jets Game Rewind: First Half

By Alex Kozora Game observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 loss to the hands of the New York Jets Sunday afternoon. First Half – Kick coverage unit from L-R. Cortez Allen, Justin Brown, Robert Golden, Terence Garvin, Vince Williams, Shaun Suisham, Sean Spence, Will Johnson, Antwon Blake, Darrius Heyward-Bey, William Gay. – First play from […]

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Steelers vs Jets Film Review: Vince Williams

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked like the nickel defense would be their bread and butter entering this season, but it hasn’t exactly worked out that way. Of course, the long-term injury to Ike Taylor and the demotion of Cortez Allen—the team’s two starting cornerbacks—didn’t make that plan any more accessible. But an equally important issue in […]

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Cortez Allen Must Play To Prove He Can Be Trusted

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen has gone from playing every snap on defense for the Steelers to logging some time on special teams. After struggling heavily against the Cleveland Browns, he was demoted to playing in sub-packages the following week. Two weeks later, he had another disastrous showing, and he was benched entirely on defense. […]

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Steelers Vs. Ravens Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. First Half – Tight bunch look on kick coverage. 6×4 formation as opposed to the 5×5 the team normally runs. The unit from left to right: Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Terence Garvin, Vince Williams, Sean Spence, Shaun Suisham, […]

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Steelers So Far Getting Away With Playing Nickel Corners Outside

The Pittsburgh Steelers officially unveiled the Munchkin Bunch of cornerbacks in earnest earlier this week in a victory over the rival Baltimore Ravens, in which each of the team’s three corners on the field stood at 5’10 or shorter. How did this come to be, when the Steelers’ two starting cornerbacks at the beginning of […]

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Antwon Blake Steps Up For Steelers In Sub-Package

After a string of frustratingly inconsistent games from starting cornerback Cortez Allen, the Pittsburgh Steelers made the tough decision to demote him to sub-package duty three games ago against the Houston Texans. The move seemed to make sense at the time. Replacing him in the starting lineup was Brice McCain, who’d spent his entire career […]

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David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Ravens

By David Todd The Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Baltimore Ravens in their third consecutive nationally-televised game at Heinz Field on a night when they retired Joe Greene’s jersey. They did Mean Joe proud, throttling the visitors 43-23 to raise their record to 6-3. It wasn’t quite a throwback to the dominating days of the […]

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Starting Position For Cam Thomas Fair To Question

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent Cam Thomas to a two-year contract in order to provide depth along the defensive line, as the team was entering a free agency period in which three of their top players at the position were hitting the open market. The organization did, in fact, lose two of those players […]

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Steelers Film Room: CB Brice McCain Guilty Of Poor Technique Early Against Ravens

When Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen was taken out of the starting lineup several weeks ago, he was replaced by Brice McCain in the base defense. While the Steelers have managed to win their last three games with McCain as the starter, I’m sure they can’t wait to get veteran Ike Taylor back on the […]

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Steelers Defense Limits Explosive Plays In Win Over Ravens

When Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco connected with wide receiver Torrey Smith for a 35 yard touchdown pass with 9:47 left in the first quarter Sunday night, it appeared as though the Pittsburgh Steelers defense was well on their way to allowing several explosive more plays in the game. That didn’t wind up being the […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II – What To Watch For On Defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers have on their hands a critical game against their chief rival, the Baltimore Ravens, which may prove to be one of the more meaningful matchups between the two at Heinz Field in recent years. Both teams sit tied for second in the division at 5-3, with the Ravens coming off a loss […]

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Steelers Versus Ravens Week 9 Projected Inactive List

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night at Heinz Field and below is a best guess as to what the inactive list will look like this week. The official list of inactives will be announced 90 minutes before kickoff. Ike Taylor – Taylor will miss his sixth straight game Sunday night […]

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26-6 A Distant Memory For Mid-Season Steelers Team

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a critical game against the rival Baltimore Ravens tomorrow night, once again in primetime. The last time these two teams met in primetime, the Steelers were steamrolled by a score of 26-6. But these Steelers are not the same team that failed to even score a touchdown in Baltimore in the […]

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Steelers Vs. Colts Game Rewind – Second Half

By Alex Kozora More game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ thrilling 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Second Half – Poor pass protection from LeGarette Blount early in the second half. Fails to stay square to the blitzer, gets turned, and doesn’t hold up well. – As shown in the broadcast, the two Colts’ defenders […]

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Steelers Vs. Colts Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ thrilling 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. First Half – Kick coverage from left to right: Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Ross Ventrone, Sean Spence, Vince Williams, Will Allen, Shaun Suisham, Will Johnson, Antwon Blake, Darrius Heyward-Bey, William Gay. – Brice McCain with the necessary hustle to […]

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Steelers Might Not Need Their Third Cornerback Very Much Against Ravens

There’s a lot of discussion about which Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback may or may not be the first one off the bench Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens, but if that game goes similar to the way the first meeting between the two teams went back in Week 2, there’s a good chance we won’t see […]

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Kozora Video: Breaking Down The Cortez Allen Breakdowns

By Alex Kozora Although there were countless exciting moments to cover from the Pittsburgh Steelers 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, we’ll try and tackle one of the most glaring negatives. The plays that led to Cortez Allen’s benching. We’ll break down some technique and mental issues that contributed to his poor performance and why […]

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Steelers vs Colts Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory on Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts. The Steelers opened the second half of the game with the ball, and in a three tight end set. In case it’s not obvious by now, Will Johnson is the third tight end, not […]

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Steelers vs Colts First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory on Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts. Despite facing a more potent offense, the Steelers opened in their base defense against Andrew Luck, meaning Cam Thomas in at nose tackle. He missed a tackle on Ahmad Bradshaw up the middle on […]

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Steelers CB Antwon Blake Expects To Play Ahead Of Cortez Allen Sunday Night

While Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he still has confidence in cornerback Cortez Allen after benching him late in the Sunday game against the Indianapolis Colts, it appears as though the struggling defensive back has lost his spot in the nickel sub package for the upcoming game Sunday night against the […]

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