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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…


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Steelers Film Room: Indianapolis Colts’ Defensive Scouting Report

This year, Jon Ledyard and I will be collaborating our scouting reports. We’ll play to our strengths – he’ll be focusing on the individuals while I’ll be looking at overall scheme. These reports will be broken down into two articles, one for offense and one for defense. Our reports for…


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Danny Smith Praises Cameron Heyward’s Kick Blocking Ability

During Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward blocked an extra point attempt with 3:04 left in the third quarter, It was Heyward’s second blocked kick of the season and his third of his career. During a Thursday interview on Steelers Nation Radio, special teams…


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Danny Smith Disagrees With Shamarko Thomas Penalty

Danny Smith was upset over the flag thrown on Shamarko Thomas for his fair catch interference Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. But it isn’t directed at Thomas. It’s directed at the officials for the call. Always candid about the NFL rulebook, Smith told Bob Labriola in this week’s Coordinator Corner that…


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Tomlin’s Poor Decisions Play Large Role In Loss

Let me preface this article by saying that I am not calling for Mike Tomlin’s job. I don’t want his head on a platter, and I don’t think he’s the worst coach in football. He has issues, like every head coach, issues that need to improve and change if Pittsburgh…


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Danny Smith Explains Why Jacoby Jones Is Still The Punt Returner

In Tuesday’s press conference, Mike Tomlin was very to the point about who would be returning punts Sunday in Seattle. “Jacoby Jones” was all Tomlin gave in his reply. Danny Smith helped clarify the reasons for the decision in his weekly Coordinator’s Corner interview with Bob Labriola on Steelers.com and Steelers…


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Return Of Garvin and Thomas Great News For Steelers’ Special Teams

I am thankful for special teams’ demons. I bet Danny Smith feels the same way. It seems almost certain the Pittsburgh Steelers will be getting back two of them Sunday. Terence Garvin and Shamarko Thomas were both full participants in Wednesday’s practice. Garvin missed several weeks with an MCL injury…




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Nix Finding The Football, Finding His Way Into Fan’s Hearts

The old saying is the most popular player on the team is the backup quarterback. In Pittsburgh, it’s arguably the fullback. Sorry Landry Jones. Roosevelt Nix came into training camp a long-shot. Will Johnson was on the roster and had secured his spot from Day One – what chance did…


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Steelers Rapid Fire Conclusions: 2015 Week Nine

As the Pittsburgh Steelers head into their game against the Cleveland Browns this weekend they’ll be accompanied by the windmilling power chords of Pete Townsend and the soaring lyrics of Roger Daltrey: Who are you? Who…who? Are you a team that will barely miss the postseason or limp your way into…


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Steelers Film Room: Bud Dupree’s Punt Deflection

We’d be here forever if we listed every explosive play in the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-35 victory yesterday over the Oakland Raiders. We’ll cover most of them throughout the week but I want to start off with one I thought the Steelers could generate based on my Raiders scouting report. Breaking…


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Quick Hits: Steelers Vs Raiders Winners/Losers

What. A. Game. Felt like this one should have been played in the 1970s. WINNERS:  Antonio Brown: I mean, what else can you say? 17 catches, a team record, for 284 yards, also a team record history and second most in regulation. He racked up a 10/180 line in the first…


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Danny Smith Breaks Down Science Of FG Blocks

You’d think it’d be as simple as throwing your hand in the air and hoping for the best. It is, evidently, a little more complicated than that. In yesterday’s Coordinator’s Corner, Bob Labriola asked Pittsburgh Steelers special teams’ coach Danny Smith to break down what goes into a successful field…