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Ryan Clark Rebounds Against The Bills

By Matthew Marczi Perhaps nobody’s hands were more dirty following the loss to the New England Patriots last week than Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. Clark in particular had been having a very rough season up to this point that seemed to all but assure that this would be his last season in Pittsburgh. One […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Bills

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – KR unit. Shamarko Thomas, Will Allen, Stevenson Sylvester, Terence Garvin, and Antwon Blake. Slight shakeup in the back lines. David Paulson and Cameron Heyward were the next two with Al Woods […]

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Steelers Defense Forced To Overcome Self-Inflicted Wounds

By Matthew Marczi Although the Pittsburgh Steelers never really seemed to be in jeopardy of losing to the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday, there were a number of self-inflicted wounds committed by the Steelers that helped keep the Buffalo competitive, or at least not embarrass themselves further. There were, for example, the two pass interference […]

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Lions In The Den And A Season On The Brink

By Michael K. Reynolds Hail mediocrity! The Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t have picked a better season to be in transition. Err…I mean reloading. How else could you explain a 3-6 team still playing games heavy with playoff implications? In fact, the AFC in general and the AFC North in specific are so weak the Steelers could lose this […]

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Steelers Versus Bills – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi The Steelers really made it a point to significantly feature Mike Adams throughout the game, and since he’s been used at tight end. In the four games since his demotion, he’s played 117 snaps, including 28 this week. They broke out the Wildcat early this week, but they did so with a […]

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What Can They Do?

By Matthew Marczi Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers have finally come up on the positive end once again after soundly defeating the Buffalo Bills yesterday, the team still sits at 3-6, and no doubt many, including the professional sports writers around the country, can’t get the taste out of their mouths from some of the […]

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What Have They Done?

By Matthew Marczi Following last week’s 24-point trouncing by the New England Patriots, a lot of reporters covering the Pittsburgh Steelers suddenly hit the contemplative switch and brainstormed to come up with this most amazing of questions: why hasn’t Mike Tomlin made any changes to make the team better? The most amazing feature of this […]

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Jason Worilds Productive Against The Pass In New England

By Matthew Marczi Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers were soundly beaten by the New England Patriots in their last game, not everything is worth scrapping for the sake of starting over from scratch. Within that terrible collective effort were some individual performances worth taking a look at to see what it holds for the future, […]

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Patriots Exploited Coverage Mismatches With Rob Gronkowski

By Matthew Marczi Pretty much every armchair defensive coordinator watching the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the New England Patriots this past Sunday was probably scratching his head watching the Steelers and their attempts to defend All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. For much of the game, it was small defensive backs like William Gay and Shamarko […]

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Failures Of The Secondary Exacerbated Issues In Run Defense

By Matthew Marczi Barring a few incidents here and there, the New England Patriots spent much of this past Sunday having their way with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the ground to the tune of 197 rushing yards on 35 attempts, for 5.6 yards per clip. The workload was democratic, with starting tailback Stevan Ridley accounting […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots: Seven Things To Watch For In Week 9

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the New England Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium and below are seven things to watch for in the game. That Guy At Right Guard – The Steelers best offensive lineman, David DeCastro, will sit out this game with a right ankle injury suffered last week and he will likely […]

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Kelvin Beachum Unsettled Against The Oakland Raiders

By Matthew Marczi Last week, for some reason, I felt that Kelvin Beachum was starting to settle in at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it turns out that probably had a lot to do with the soft Baltimore Ravens defense. He struggled a fair bit last week going up against the Oakland Raiders, […]

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Robert Golden Gets A Nod For Special Team Play

By Matthew Marczi While Pittsburgh Steelers safety Robert Golden may have seen his playing time on defense fall off a cliff thanks to Cortez Allen and Shamarko Thomas, he has been and remains an instrumental part of the team’s strategy and success in the third phase of the game: special teams. In fact, recently, his […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Raiders

By Alex Kozora The weekly breakdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Starting kick coverage in no particular order. Terence Garvin, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Will Johnson, Stevenson Sylvester, Jarvis Jones, Will Allen, Antwon Blake, Cortez Allen, and William Gay. – On kick returns. Garvin, […]

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Wanna Get Away? Danny Smith Probably Does

By Matthew Marczi What was the worst game that the Pittsburgh Steelers have had in recent memory on special teams in which the opposing team did not score a touchdown? Was it this one? If you said yes, I would not put up much of an argument. Some of the mistakes were obvious—glaring, even. Kicker […]

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Steelers Offensive And Defensive Snap Counts From Week 8 – Raiders

Below are the snaps counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday 21-18 loss to the Oakland Raiders along with some observations Being as nose tackles Steve McLendon and Al Woods combined to play 45 snaps, you can clearly see that the Steelers defense were in their base well over 70% of the time. It is even […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Ravens

Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Baltimore Ravens. Apologies for not having anything last week. My Coaches Film and immune system were not cooperating. Please be merciful, Steelers Depot commenters. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Kick return unit. Shamarko Thomas, Vince Williams, Stevenson Sylvester, Terence Garvin, and Antwon […]

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Big Play William Gay Knows He Nearly Allowed One Against The Ravens

For now, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay will remain the starter opposite Ike Taylor and certainly deserves to be. Gay, who has long been the whipping boy for Steelers fans around the world, is currently ranked by Pro Football Focus as the 15th best cornerback in the league seven weeks into the season and if […]

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Jason Takes Baltimore – The Bad

By Matthew Marczi As has pretty much always been the case with Jason Worilds, the fourth-year outside linebacker sprinkled in both some good and some bad during his fill-in starting performance for Jarvis Jones against the Baltimore Ravens. At times, he displayed veteran awareness of his surroundings, and at others, he looked confused. For the […]

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Jason Takes Baltimore – The Good

By Matthew Marczi As has pretty much always been the case with Jason Worilds, the fourth-year outside linebacker sprinkled in both some good and some bad during his fill-in starting performance for Jarvis Jones against the Baltimore Ravens. At times, he displayed veteran awareness of his surroundings, and at others, he looked confused. For the […]

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Ike Taylor Almost Certain To Be Back In 2014

Now that the contract of cornerback Ike Taylor has been restructured, it will increase his 2014 cap hit by almost $1.5 million and that means he will be nearly a $5 million dead money hit if released prior to next season. Taylor is scheduled to earn a base salary of $7 million in 2014, the […]

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Steelers Versus Ravens Week 7 – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi While right tackle Marcus Gilbert reportedly told Jim Wexell that he’s not losing his “damn job”, he will need to be a quick healer and step up his game, starting next week. Guy Whimper played well at right tackle, especially given the situation and limited work in practice, and Mike Adams looked […]

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Steelers CB William Gay Listed As Co-Starter On Raiders Game Depth Chart

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay is having a great season thus far and as a result he is currently listed as the co-starter along with Cortez Allen on the latest depth chart released by the team Tuesday. Gay registered three total tackles in the Sunday win over the Baltimore Ravens and allowed just three receptions […]

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Polamalu The Engine Driving Sub-Package Football For Steelers

By Matthew Marczi As the season goes on, Dick LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to implement and deploy small-bodied sub-packages as their go-to defense, rather than the base, or even the nickel, as they had six defensive backs on the field nearly 75 percent of the time against the Baltimore Ravens. Out of 65 […]

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Spare Change Sub-Packages Continue To Gain Prominence

By Matthew Marczi Partially ignited by the injury to inside linebacker Larry Foote, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has acquiesced to the wishes of his free safety, Ryan Clark, by re-introducing the quarter sub-package into the defensive game plan, beginning with Robert Golden and Shamarko Thomas as the extra defensive backs. Now that Cortez […]

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Texans Add Former Steelers CB Josh Victorian To Their Practice Squad

The Houston Texans had a spot to fill on their practice squad Wednesday after they promoted cornerback Elbert Mack to their 53 man roster and they did so by signing former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Josh Victorian. Victorian, who dressed for four games last season with the Steelers after spending most of the year on their […]

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