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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…


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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…