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Steelers vs Titans Film Review: Le’Veon Bell’s Double Digit Dashes

Last week against the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell broke off his first run of 20 yards or more since Week Seven, and the first run of more than 20 yards since Week Five. In fact, of his career-high 33 carries, eight of them went for double digits. Let’s take a look […]

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Steelers Film Room: Evaluating Dri Archer’s Carries

By Alex Kozora The Pittsburgh Steelers’ bye week provides the opportunity to take a much needed breath and review the team through its first 11 weeks. We’ll start by reviewing each of third round rookie’s Dri Archer’s eight runs in 2014 and at the end, come up with a final evaluation. Week 1. 1st and […]

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Steelers Vs. Titans Game Rewind – Second Half

By Alex Kozora Second half game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 11 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. Second Half – Brett Keisel swimming over the center and getting pressure on this twist. – Arthur Moats’ block in the back that negated Antonio Brown’s long punt return was a questionable call, to say the […]

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Steelers Vs. Titans Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora First half game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 11 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. First Half – Kick return unit. Front five. Terence Garvin, Antwon Blake, Vince Williams, Arthur Moats, and Robert Golden. Followed up by the usual suspects. Michael Palmer/Matt Spaeth, Cody Wallace/Will Johnson forming the wedge. The return […]

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Steelers vs Titans Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations from the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. The Steelers got the second half off to a positive start after the jarring momentum swing of the last minute of the second quarter, forcing a three and out. They opened in […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Bye Week News, RB Depth, Deep Passing & More Episode

Season 5, Episode 46 of The Terrible Podcast is now up and David Todd and I get right into talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers bye week, upcoming schedule and the injury situation ahead of the Week 13 game against the New Orleans Saints. David and I then wrap up some final thoughts on the Steelers win Monday night over […]

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Steelers Film Room: Steelers vs Titans Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora Sack breakdown of the five given up by the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Tennessee Titans in Week 11. 3rd and 11, 10:17 2nd. Shotgun, 11. Dri Archer motioned from the backfield out wide to a trips look. Steelers blocking with six, including Heath Miller on a block/release. Titans rush just three. Appears […]

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Heath Miller Key In Improved Steelers Running Game

Two years ago, in his first year under new offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s system, veteran tight end Heath Miller was having arguably the best season of his career all around, being pass catching to blocking. After he suffered a knee injury in the penultimate game of the 2012 season, he was able to come back […]

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Steelers Film Room: Power Counter Runs Successful Against Titans

The Pittsburgh Steelers got their running game back on track Monday night against the Tennessee Titans and many of the successful runs that Le’Veon Bell had in the game came courtesy of some power-o counter runs with right guard David DeCastro pulling to the left. In total, I counted seven plays in the game Monday […]

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Steelers Le’Veon Bell, Brett Keisel Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Titans

Pro Football Focus has their initial set of grades completed for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their 27-24 win Monday night over the Tennessee Titans and as you would probably expect, running back Le’Veon Bell (4.7) had the top grade on offense. Bell not only registered 204 yards rushing in the game, he also handled blitz […]

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Steelers Vs. Titans: Winners And Losers From Week 11

The Pittsburgh Steelers improved to 7-4 on the season Monday night with a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans and here is just a little sampling of some winners and losers for you to discuss. Feel free to add your own in the comments below that you think I missed. Winners: Le’Veon Bell – Bell […]

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Steelers vs Jets Film Review: Heath Miller Run Blocking

The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line struggled blocking against a tough New York Jets front three, so the offense did little running accordingly. Falling behind 17-0 by the end of the first quarter didn’t help matters either. But surprisingly, there was one player for the Steelers who did have a good day as a run blocker: […]

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Steelers vs Jets Film Review: Nowhere To Run

Many have been wondering where in the world the Pittsburgh Steelers’s top-ranked running attack from earlier in the season had been for the last few weeks. The ground game was certainly missing in action last week against the New York Jets. A lot of that came down to poor individual execution on a play-to-play basis, […]

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Steelers vs Jets Game Rewind: Second Half

By Alex Kozora Game observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 loss to the hands of the New York Jets Sunday afternoon. Second Half – Ben Roethlisberger motions to Markus Wheaton to run vertically on his second INT but overshoots him. Leads to an INT as the deep safety closes on the MOF. – James Harrison […]

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Steelers Vs. Ravens Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. First Half – Tight bunch look on kick coverage. 6×4 formation as opposed to the 5×5 the team normally runs. The unit from left to right: Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Terence Garvin, Vince Williams, Sean Spence, Shaun Suisham, […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Maurkice Pouncey

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to take the ball across the goal line six times once again on offense for the second week in a row, it wouldn’t necessarily be accurate to ascribe that too much to the offensive line as a whole. The guard play in particular was lacking, and the Baltimore Ravens […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Matt Spaeth

When the Pittsburgh Steelers get the chance to play with the lead, they tend to like to use more 12 and 21 personnel. Sometimes they like to use two tight ends in the beginning until they’re trailing as well. But they haven’t been trailing very often recently, and the playing time for Matt Spaeth has […]

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Steelers Versus Ravens: An All-22 Primer

By Alex Kozora Before the tape drops tomorrow, an All-22 primer of the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-27 victory against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night. – I want to continue to take a look at Ben Roethlisberger going through his progressions. Saw it last week against the Indianapolis Colts. Likely happened again in what ended up being […]

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Steelers vs Colts Film Review: David DeCastro

Pittsburgh Steelers right guard David DeCastro’s performance last week against the Indianapolis Colts, upon further review, really was not as quality as the offensive line’s overall effort suggested. In reality, much of the success of the passing game was created by the quarterback reacting to pressure with quick throws. While there were plenty of solid […]

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Steelers Vs. Colts Game Rewind – Second Half

By Alex Kozora More game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ thrilling 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Second Half – Poor pass protection from LeGarette Blount early in the second half. Fails to stay square to the blitzer, gets turned, and doesn’t hold up well. – As shown in the broadcast, the two Colts’ defenders […]

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Steelers Vs. Colts Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ thrilling 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. First Half – Kick coverage from left to right: Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Ross Ventrone, Sean Spence, Vince Williams, Will Allen, Shaun Suisham, Will Johnson, Antwon Blake, Darrius Heyward-Bey, William Gay. – Brice McCain with the necessary hustle to […]

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Steelers vs Colts First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory on Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts. Despite facing a more potent offense, the Steelers opened in their base defense against Andrew Luck, meaning Cam Thomas in at nose tackle. He missed a tackle on Ahmad Bradshaw up the middle on […]

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Steelers Versus Colts: An All-22 Primer

By Alex Kozora An All-22 primer before delving into the Pittsburgh Steelers victory over the Indianapolis Colts. – We’ll have to sit back for a few minutes and appreciate just how good Ben Roethlisberger’s performance was. Statistically gaudy but some of the throws will really pop on tape. The nine route to Martavis Bryant for […]

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Steelers Ben Roethlisberger, Jason Worilds Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Colts

Pro Football Focus has now released their initial player grades for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their Sunday win over the Indianapolis Colts and it’s not a bit surprising to see quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (10.7) leading the way on offense. Roethlisberger’s 40-of-49 passing performance for a career record 522 yards and six touchdowns won’t soon be […]

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Steelers vs Texans Film Review: Le’Veon Bell Receiving

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell ranks second on the team in yards through the air, as well as receptions. Only Antonio Brown and Lance Moore have more touchdown receptions. Yes, it’s fairly easy to deduce that, contrary to the team’s history, their starting running back has become their second option in the receiving game. […]

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Steelers vs Texans Film Review: Matt Spaeth

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth logged 25 or more snaps for only the second time this season on Monday against the Houston Texans—but despite the dominant rushing performance against the Panthers, his individual effort in the last game was certainly his best of the year thus far. That included a good deal of success […]

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