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Adding Inside Linebacker Depth A Must In Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers let 15 players hit the open market. Most, frankly, won’t be missed and were at the replacement-level status. Cam Thomas. Will Allen. Byron Stingily. There won’t be many memoirs written over them. But the team is in danger over losing two inside linebackers and it’s testing their…



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Steelers Should Be In No Rush To Lose Shamarko Thomas

You may have seen a few beat writers recently comment on three-year veteran safety Shamarko Thomas, who of course was projected to be in the starting lineup for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015 before he lost that opportunity courtesy of some disappointing preseason performances that forced the team to rely…


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Success As Jammer Suggests Increased Special Teams Value For Antwon Blake

Yesterday, I began to touch on fourth-year Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake and how his 2015 circumstances—moving into the starting lineup, but dealing with a hand ligament tear—had likely led to the team juggling and reshaping his special teams responsibilities. In spite of the fact that he was the team’s…



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Steelers Finish Season Ranked 6th In Special Teams

The Dallas News’ Rick Gosselin has been producing his own special teams rankings for years. He takes 22 different categories, gives points for each, and then compiles them into one final ultimate ranking. The Pittsburgh Steelers finished a very respectable 6th in 2015 with 316 points, where in like golf, the lower the…


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Top 10 Questions The Steelers Must Answer This Offseason

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 season has come to an end, the team has several questions that must be answered over the course of the offseason. Below are my 10 questions that must be answered by the team between now and the start of the 2016 regular season and I…



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Danny Smith Takes Nothing In Football For Granted

Spoken like a true veteran of the NFL, Danny Smith squashed the notion of “chip spot” plays in today’s sitdown with Bob Labriola on Coaches Speak. “Really what gets me is that it’s an operation. There’s a snap, there’s a hold, there’s a protection, there’s a kick. It’s not an easy…


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Steelers’ Special Teams Possibly Tested Again Sunday

As we finally move into talking about Sunday’s Divisional Game against the Denver Broncos, I’ve never felt so far removed from the actual game than I have been this past week, we’ll be talking a ton about the offensive and defensive battles on each side. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ run game…


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Ross Ventrone’s Return Has Made Danny Smith A Happy Man

Though the team lost one of their top special teamers in Roosevelt Nix, they quickly brought back another. You know him, you love him, Ross Ventrone. Consider Danny Smith a giddy guy. “Those kind of guys are special, they really are,” Smith told Bob Labriola in their weekly Coaches Speak…



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Steelers Film Room: Cleveland Browns’ Defensive Scouting Report

Like I wrote for the offense, because this team is relatively unchanged, we’ll have a cliff notes version of the Cleveland Browns’ scouting report. Check out our first report on the defense at the link here. Here is your Browns’ defensive scouting report. Browns’ Front Seven The Browns’ defense is…


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Steelers Looking For Consistency From Jordan Berry

Jordan Berry is in his first NFL season. But don’t tell that to Danny Smith. “I tell him he’s not a rookie anymore. He’s played in five preseason games. He’s played in 15 regular season games. That’s 20 damn games. That ain’t a rookie,” the special teams’ coach told Bob…


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Danny Smith On Losing Roosevelt Nix: “I’m Going To Miss Him”

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the final week of the regular season and hopefully the playoffs without fullback and core special teamer Roosevelt Nix. Nix broke his foot in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss, officially undergoing surgery earlier this morning. Speaking with Bob Labriola in their weekly Coaches’ Speak With the…