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Remainder Of 2010-2011 Draft Classes Now All Wheat, No Chaff

The Pittsburgh Steelers chose late last week to released sixth-year cornerback Cortez Allen after three successive disappointing seasons and an inability to stay healthy, let alone to live up to a five-year, $26-million contract. An interesting byproduct of this move is that we have now fully separated the wheat from…


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Once The Future, Cortez Allen’s Struggles Left Him Behind

Having been a bit busy the past couple of days, and with the timing of the release being a bit of a surprise, I didn’t really get an opportunity to properly digest the Pittsburgh Steelers’ move to terminate the contract of Cortez Allen, the fourth-round cornerback that they drafted out…


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Revisiting Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2011 Draft Class

A couple of days ago, I wrote an article about a series of grades evaluating the rookie draft classes of each NFL team following their first seasons, and I talked about the arbitrary nature of the process, in particular the signing of a letter grade for players who have yet…


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Steelers Unlikely To Join Mass League-Wide Player Releases

With yesterday being the first day of the 2016 offseason, we already saw teams around the league beginning fiscally and personnel-wise preparing for this year by parting ways with certain players whose value had become misaligned with their compensation. Several players were released yesterday, with salary cap implications in mind,…


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In Secondary, Scouting And Talent Lacking More Than Coaching

Whenever a team has a weakness in one particular area of its personnel, it is the gut reaction to immediately put the position coach under fire. Often, perhaps too often, we see that position coach take the fall when a deeper analysis might show that he wasn’t the problem. The…



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Carnell Lake Not Behind Talent Deficiency In The Secondary

Much has been made of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary recently, a statement that could accurately have been made at virtually any point over the past few years. Recently, however, there seems to have been an increase in the finger pointing over whatever issues might be ailing the unit, with many…


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Keith Butler With Big Opportunity As First Year Coordinator

It isn’t often that a first-year defensive coordinator has the chance to accomplish something a long-time legend had struggled to do in recent years, but that is exactly the opportunity in front of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Keith Butler. The former linebackers’ coach has had the honor of being tutored by…


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Carnell Lake Has A Full Plate Heading Into 2015

How is Cortez Allen going to bounce back after a horrendous 2014 season? How much playing time will rookies Senquez Golson and Doran Grant receive? Who replaces Troy Polamalu at safety? These are only a few of the mysteries heading into the 2015 season as the Steelers’ secondary looks to rebound, led by defensive backs coach,…


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Steelers Rookie Corners Could Be Two Dogs Competing For One Bone

During the 2015 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers added a pair of cornerbacks to their depth chart within the first four rounds. With their second-round selection, the team drafted Senquez Golson. Two rounds later, their first pick on the third day of the draft went to Doran Grant. The Steelers…


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Pre-Draft Visits Often Lead To Draft-Day Selections For Steelers

Each and every year, teams are allowed to host 30 pre-draft visits form players that aren’t considered a “local.” For instance, in this year’s draft crop, Pitt tackle T.J. Clemmings won’t count against the Pittsburgh Steelers because he can probably walk from the Pitt campus to the team facility. However, I’ve went…


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Double-Dipping At Cornerback Likely For Steelers

It has been a long time since the Pittsburgh Steelers have selected a cornerback in the first round of the NFL Draft. We have to go back in time, the whole way to 1997, when they selected Chad Scott out of the University of Maryland with the 24th overall pick….


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Steelers DE Cam Thomas Survives First Round Of Cuts

The NFL transaction report for Monday is now in and the Pittsburgh Steelers release of wide receiver Lance Moore is included on it. That means that defensive end Cam Thomas is still currently on the roster. Nothing is stopping the Steelers from releasing Thomas at a later date, or as…