Danny Smith

Danny Smith Says Justin Gilbert Can’t Get Hit On Final Kick Return

It was the only obvious blemish on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ special teams report card Sunday. After making it a 18-16 game with time preciously thin, the Kansas City Chiefs’ opted against an onside kick and booted the ball deep to Justin Gilbert. Gilbert caught the ball at the seven but…


Film Room: Special Teams’ Blunder Mars Successful Day

I know you all think I’m a bit of a Danny Smith apologist. So you probably think I’m doing my victory lap with how well special teams performed against the Kansas City Chiefs. And they did well. Mostly. The caveat comes from the Pittsburgh Steelers first kickoff, the obvious blunder, a…


Watch: Steelers Vs Chiefs Initial Analysis

As always, our breakdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 18-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. We talk about some of the red zone issues but also spend a lot of time giving praise to the offensive line, who has become one of the best units in the league. We also…


Steelers Spin: Divisional Playoffs Rants And Ramblings

Playoffs? You kidding me? I just hope we win a game. These were the immortal words of then Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Mora at a press conference years ago. And although he was deflecting questions following a disappointing regular season loss for his team, his words should be the mantra…


Special Teams Far From Special, Per Tomlin

A joke. A pun. Laughing to keep from crying. That’s how I interpret what Mike Tomlin said about his special teams unit at today’s press conference. “We’ve not been special on special teams,” Tomlin said. Tomlin attributed some of that to injuries. Not having Darrius Heyward-Bey for part of the…


Steelers Vs Dolphins Winners/Losers

We are all winners, my friends. WINNERS Le’Veon Bell: What. A. Game. Maybe one of the best playoff debut efforts by anyone in league history, Bell simply set the team’s playoff record for rushing yards in a game finishing off with 167. It broke Franco Harris’ 1974 record, which came…


Danny Smith Explains Kick Return Complications

Kick returns might seem simple. Catch ball. Run with ball. Block for dude with the ball. But like most things in football, it’s a lot more complicated than that. So buckle up because we’re delving into all the variables that come into play on kicks. Fun, right? Next up –…


Danny Smith Says Chris Boswell’s Kickoff Issues Have Been Solved

Chris Boswell didn’t like it. Danny Smith didn’t like it. And Mike Tomlin is avoiding him like Terry Bradshaw just asked him over for dinner. Boswell booted two kickoffs out of bounds, including the opening kick, giving the Baltimore Ravens the ball on the 40. But Smith says no one…



Tomlin Avoiding Boswell After Two Poor Kickoffs Against Ravens

After kicking six field goals and making a touchdown-saving tackle in the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 15 over the Cincinnati Bengals, kicker Chris Boswell received a game-ball from head coach Mike Tomlin in the locker room after that contest was over. Unfortunately for him, the former undrafted free agent out of…


Danny Smith Says His Kickers Are Athletes, Work On Tackling

It’s the worst sight for coaches and fans alike. Holding your breath in the hopes a kicker makes a tackle. It happened twice last Sunday. Randy Bullock shoved Sammie Coates out of bounds after a 44 yard return and Chris Boswell made arguably the play of the day, a nearly…


Help Me Figure Out What Jordan Dangerfield Is Doing Here

I ask that semi-rhetorically because I think we all have a sense for what the goal is here. But, c’mon man! This has to be one of the least practical return ideas you’ll see this season. Twice on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Danny Smith had Jordan Dangerfield do this. Loop around…


The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Ravens Preview With John Eisenberg, Tomlin Tuesday, Pro Bowl Snubs & More

Season 7, Episode 57 of The Terrible Podcast is now up and in this Wednesday show, David Todd and I get right into talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers upcoming game Christmas night against the Baltimore Ravens. Will Steelers defense end Stephon Tuitt and tight end Ladarius Green ultimately be able to play against the Ravens? We…


Tomlin Talks Kickoff Returns, Coverage Unit Problems Against Bengals

Even though Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Gilbert possesses the ability to return kickoffs, head coach Mike Tomlin has decided against using him in that role this season. During his Tuesday press conference, Tomlin was asked if there’s a reason why that’s the case as his team prepares to host the…