David DeCastro


Steelers Film Room: Chargers Sack Breakdown

Our weekly Pittsburgh Steelers sack breakdown, turning to the film for the three given up Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. 1. 3rd and 6, 7:10 1st. 11 personnel. Steelers keep seven in to block against what is essentially a four man rush. With Mike Vick shoved out of bounds,…


DeCastro Given Appropriate Credit On Game’s Final Play

Playing on the offensive line isn’t a job most people would willingly sign up for. Go unnoticed when you succeed, picked on when you fail. It’s a blue-collar life. No one is a left guard in Madden’s Be A Pro. So it’s nice to hear praise dished out to one….


Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Ravens Game Notes

My game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens. First Half – Kick return unit. Ross Ventrone, Sean Spence, Vince Williams, Terence Garvin, and Shamarko Thomas the front five. Robert Golden right behind. Will Johnson, Roosevelt Nix, and L.T. Walton, filling in for Matt Spaeth,…

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Steelers Film Room: David DeCastro Vs Ravens

For every year since 2013, I have been watching David DeCastro, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2012 first-round draft pick, at right guard, looking for the improvements necessary to vault him to the Pro Bowl status that he was pegged with back then when he was regarded as a steal. The guard…


Steelers Film Room: Ravens Sack Breakdown

A closer look at the four sacks allowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week Four. 1. 3rd and 5, 7:35 2nd. 12 personnel. Seven block against a five man rush. Linebacker Daryl Smith, #51, is going to blitz and eventually slide down two gaps. It’s five blockers to that side,…


Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Rams Notes

Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 3 win over the St. Louis Rams. First Half – Kick return unit. Front five: Ross Ventrone, Sean Spence, Vince Williams, Terence Garvin, and Shamarko Thomas. Robert Golden behind them. Will Johnson, Matt Spaeth, and Roosevelt Nix the next three. Jordan Todman served…


Steelers Film Room: Rams Sack Breakdown

We had last week off from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ sack breakdown. But the St. Louis Rams kept us plenty busy this week with four forced on Sunday. 1. 1st and 10, :54 2nd. 11 personnel. Steelers keep seven into block versus a six man rush. Basically a max protect against a…


Steelers vs. Rams: 7 Keys To Victory

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a road test Sunday in the St. Louis Rams as they look to move to 2-1 on the season. The Rams are coming off of a surprising Week 2 loss to the Washington Redskins so they’ll be looking to atone for that by ambushing the Steelers…


Steelers Film Room: Offensive Line Play Against 49ers

You don’t have to look far to find an analyst harping on the need for quality offensive line play in today’s NFL. Very few teams have a strong offensive front amongst their starting lineup, and even fewer have quality depth on their roster. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been blessed with…


Steelers Roethlisberger, Tuitt Receive Top PFF Grades For Play Against 49ers

Pro Football Focus has now released their initial grades for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their Sunday win over the San Francisco 49ers and on the surface there really aren’t any surprises. On offense, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7.0) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (3.4) received the highest grades. Roethlisberger had a…

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Steelers Film Room: Marcus Gilbert Week 1

It’s getting to be the point where Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert is the Steve McLendon on the offensive side of the ball, a player who often doesn’t get noticed unless he does something wrong, but is otherwise, when healthy, a relatively consistent performer. After a rough start, last…


Aggressive Offensive Football The Key To Beating San Francisco

By now we’ve all re-hashed the play and the drive a hundred times, reviewing the situation that puzzlingly caused Todd Haley to call a double pass for Antonio Brown with the Pittsburgh Steelers threatening on their first drive of the game last week. Pittsburgh had bullied their way to a…

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Steelers Film Room: David DeCastro Week 1

While the Pittsburgh Steelers collectively stumbled out of the block to start the season, some individual players did not. Among those was right guard David DeCastro, who was perhaps the Steelers’ best lineman, both in terms of consistency and impact, which was felt from the opening play of the game….