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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…


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Danny Smith Absolves Shamarko Thomas’ Special Teams “Blunder”

During his Tuesday press conference, Mike Tomlin was hard on Shamarko Thomas after his failure to pick up the football almost led to a Jordan Norwood 71 yard touchdown. A play that would’ve undoubtedly swung the momentum of the game. “I’m sure he’s very aware of the rule. I didn’t…


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Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Broncos Game Notes

Your usual game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 34-27 win Sunday over the Denver Broncos. First Half – Kick return unit: Front five – Arthur Moats, Sean Spence, Vince Williams, Terence Garvin, Shamarko Thomas. Robert Golden behind, pretty much no changes with this group. Will Johnson, Roosevelt Nix, and Matt…


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Cam Heyward’s Presence On Field Goals Not Overlooked

It’s fair to call Cam Heyward a Pro Bowl snub. I really don’t care about those discussions. It’s mostly just mid-week fodder we all forget in a week. Pro Bowl selections are barely accolades now and in five years, will be dismissed as meaningless popularity contests. If you follow football,…



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Steelers Vs Bengals Positional Grades

With their 33-20 win, Sunday, over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers have moved to within two games of the AFC North division lead with just three weeks left in the regular season. Throughout much of Sunday’s win, the Steelers received a handful of “splash” plays from individual players leading…



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Danny Smith On Jacoby Jones: “He Wasn’t Detailed Oriented”

Danny Smith says he still loves Jacoby Jones. But not enough to keep him in the starting lineup. Though it doesn’t take a football junkie like Smith to tell you Jones’ performance Sunday night wasn’t close to meeting the standard, he explained the decision to Bob Labriola in this week’s Coordinator…


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Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Colts Game Notes

Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-10 beatdown over the Indianapolis Colts. First Half – New formation on the kick return unit. Maybe because of planning for surprise onside kick and just trying to do something different. Six man front. Arthur Moats-Anthony Chickillo-Shamarko Thomas-Terence Garvin-Robert Golden–Vince Williams with Roosevelt Nix…


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Why Aren’t Quarterbacks Holders?

Landry Jones trotted out onto the field. No, not in relief on Ben Roethlisberger, something that would happen later in Sunday’s game in an all-too familiar sight. It was the beginning on the second quarter. 4th down in an assumed field goal situation. And so when Jones, someone not part…