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Steelers 2014 Player Exit Meetings – RG David DeCastro

End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s…


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Steelers 6 Players Away From A Championship Contender Per PFF Study

According to a recent analysis done by Pro Football Focus for ESPN.com, the Pittsburgh Steelers are six above-average players away from being serious contenders for the Super Bowl next season. So what makes a team a contender next year, according to PFF? After doing a study of all 28 teams…


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Steelers 2015 Draft: Top 20 Big Board

With the Pittsburgh Steelers losing in the first round of the playoffs to their hated rivals the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh fans now have only the offseason to look forward to. Free agency is usually pretty limited in the Steel City. General Manager Kevin Colbert seemingly broke away from the usual…


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Steelers LB Jarvis Jones Needs A “Stronger” Offseason

When the Pittsburgh Steelers made Jarvis Jones the 17th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, expectations were sky high. Much like guard David DeCastro in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jones wasn’t expected to be available when the Steelers were on the clock. With the retirement of stalwart James Harrison and…


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76 Underclassmen Have Declared For 2015 NFL Draft

76 college underclassmen have decided to enter the 2015 NFL Draft this year and while they have until Monday to change their minds, there’s a good chance that most won’t. Three of the Pittsburgh Steelers first four picks last year were underclassmen. First-round selection Ryan Shazier from Ohio State. Second-round…


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Steelers 2014 Final Offensive Charting Notes

As we did for the defense, the notable offense takeaways from our charting. Special thanks to Nick Richetta for collecting the data for the offense during the year. A tedious task but worth it in the end. From the regular season, excluding the “no plays,” the Pittsburgh Steelers had 1068…


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AFC North Built For Trench Warfare On Offense

Over the past five drafts or so, the Pittsburgh Steelers actively began replenishing their depleted offensive line by investing high draft picks at the position, including first round picks on center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro. Completing the starting lineup are left guard Ramon Foster, a former undrafted…



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What Do The Steelers Do With The 22nd Pick?

Now that the 2014 season is in the books, at least for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a lot of attention is given to the NFL combine, free agency and the draft. Historically, the Steelers have sat quiet during the free agency bonanza, and instead chose to build the team via the…


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Steelers Vs. Ravens Game Rewind – First Half

Game notes for the final time of the 2014 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wildcard round of the playoffs. First Half – Kick return unit. Front five: Arthur Moats, Vince Williams, Robert Golden, Terence Garvin, Shamako Thomas. Stephon Tuitt replacing the inactive Michael…


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Steelers Must Learn If Mike Munchak’s Group Is Complete

Looking back on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 offseason, would you still regard the signing of offensive line coach Mike Munchak the biggest move that the organization made to better the team heading into this past year? After all, so much of the line’s progression was rather natural. All-Pro center Maurkice…


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Steelers’ Emerging Offense Still Under Contract For 2015

The Pittsburgh Steelers had certainly better hope that their offense is one that is on the rise, because the entire starting lineup, as well as a host of key reserve players, are all under contract for the 2015 season, and is likely the same offense they will field come the…


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Steelers vs. Ravens: Player Snap Counts AFC Wild Card Game

Below are the initial player snap counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card Game, according to the NFL official gamebook. As usual, we will see if any of these differ in our weekly game charting as the week progresses. These…


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Steelers Versus Ravens AFC Wild Card Game: An All-22 Primer

The final All-22 primer of the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Saturday night. – Before we get into it, the reason for the loss isn’t mystical. Any team that turns the ball over three times, absorbs five sacks, converts less than a third of their third downs,…



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Steelers Vs. Bengals Game Rewind – First Half

Game observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. First Half – Kick return unit: Arthur Moats, Vince Williams, Robert Golden, Terence Garvin, Shamarko Thomas. Stephon Tuitt/Matt Spaeth, Cody Wallace/Will Johnson the wedge, and Josh Harris the upback for Markus Wheaton. – Steelers start the game off…


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Steelers vs Bengals II Film Review: Le’Veon Bell

While Antonio Brown may have just completed the more remarkable season as a wide receiver in franchise history, we would be remiss to ignore the equally remarkable season that running back Le’Veon Bell had as a receiver in relation to the Pittsburgh Steelers record books. While his three touchdowns have…


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Kelvin Beachum Is A Bargain For The Steelers

Six years ago, Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers somehow went all the way to Super Bowl XLIII and won it with a patchwork offensive line that consisted of Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Darnell Stapleton, and Willie Colon. From 2006-2009, Big Ben was sacked an average of 47.25…


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Steelers vs Bengals II Film Review: Maurkice Pouncey

For the fourth time in five seasons, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has earned himself Pro Bowl accolades, an honor that he certainly earned this year, especially considering the fact that he was coming off an ACL tear. Other than a few penalty concerns throughout the year, Pouncey put together…


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2014 Steelers Final Sack Breakdown

With Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger not sacked for the third time in 2014, there isn’t a sack breakdown to walk through against the Cincinnati Bengals. But since this is the end of the regular season, we’ll take one last look at it and attack it in a couple different…


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Steelers vs Bengals II Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the season finale on Sunday. The Bengals opened up the second half from the 30 after a good return. The Steelers were able to clamp down on the run,…


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Replacing Le’Veon Bell In Pass Protection

If Le’Veon Bell can’t go Sunday, his loss will be felt in several ways. What he offers the Pittsburgh Steelers outside of being a runner can’t be overstated. Without Bell, serious concerns – legitimate ones – have been raised about making up for his ability to pass protect. As Mike…


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David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers punctuated their regular season Sunday night at Heinz Field with a 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, clinching their first AFC North title since 2010. The Steelers finished the season on an impressive 8-2 run in their final ten games including winning their last four. Sunday night’s…


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Steelers Versus Bengals: An All-22 Primer

All-22 primer of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. – Ben Roethlisberger was dealing with a stomach bug that didn’t help matters but there were moments of “bad” Ben. Times where he was locking onto his first read – usually Antonio Brown – and flat out missing…


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Steelers vs Chiefs Film Review: Le’Veon Bell

It has been a while since the Pittsburgh Steelers had the opportunity to send a running back to the Pro Bowl, but that changed this season in Le’Veon Bell’s second season. While he hasn’t had the greatest stretch as a runner over the course of the past two games, with…