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Brett Keisel’s Inclusion On Defense May Be Gradual

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is getting his first taste of football of the year this week. He was dressed for Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles without having taken even a single practice rep. Of course, he didn’t play in the game either. The last time he was involved in football activities […]

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Why The Steelers Defense Is Broken And How To Fix It

By Michael K. Reynolds Is there anyone still out there who still believes the Pittsburgh Steelers have a dominant defense? So far this preseason they looked poor against the New York Giants, fared only slightly better against the Buffalo Bills and got completely demolished by Philadelphia Eagles. Do we really believe the problem is that […]

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Steelers Vs. Eagles: Some Rapid Fire Conclusions

By Michael K. Reynolds You can put as much lipstick on the pig of a performance the Pittsburgh Steelers produced against the Philadelphia Eagles but you’re still left with a slab of ugly bacon and a first class sizzling. That whooshing noise you heard early in the first quarter was the expectations of fans for […]

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Browns Give Manziel The Finger, Name Hoyer Starter For Steelers Game

During the Monday night preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel gave the Redskins sideline the middle finger. On Wednesday, the Browns coaching staff gave Manziel the middle finger as they have named Brian Hoyer the starter for the 2014 regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. “He was the […]

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Steelers Rookie Stephon Tuitt Shows He Can Move It Against Bills

During the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 training camp, both head coach Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau praised rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt for always running to the football. Saturday night in the preseason win over the Buffalo Bills, the Notre Dame product showed why he is worthy of that praise. On a 3rd and […]

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Steelers Vs. Bills: Some Rapid Fire Conclusions

By Michael K. Reynolds What conclusions can be drawn from merely the second preseason game of the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers? Nothing you say? It’s much too early. Chill out. Rubble…rubble…rubble. Nonsense. Much has already been etched in stone…well at least firmly penciled in. Here are some rapid fire conclusions that can be surmised following the […]

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Fringe Outside Linebackers Putting The Pressure On Roster Spot Battle

Is it possible for a pair of players to knock one other player off the roster? Because Vic So’oto and Howard Jones would seem to make one heck of a player. Even as it stands, the two fringe candidates continued to turn up the heat on incumbent outside linebacker Chris Carter, who started on the […]

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Animated Gifs From Steelers Win Over Bills

Here are a few animated gifs for you from the Pittsburgh Steelers 19-16 win Saturday night over the Buffalo Bills. The first touchdown pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to wide receiver Antonio Brown features two Bills defenders rubbing each other out of the play. Watch Roethlisberger look left, first, as it looks like it’s […]

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The Only Question That Matters This Preseason

By Michael K. Reynolds Are they better or are they worse? This critical question asked of the Pittsburgh Steelers should be well on its way to being answered by the end of the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Already in 2014, the team has completed free agency, the draft, mini-camps and training camp at […]

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Value Of Veteran Steelers S Will Allen Will Be Known In A Few More Weeks

Last offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers looked like they were ready to finally move on from veteran safety Will Allen as he signed in March as an unrestricted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. Allen’s time in Dallas wound up being short, however, and following his release in early October, he found himself back in Pittsburgh […]

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Steelers vs Giants – First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations upon reviewing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ preseason opening loss to the New York Giants on Saturday night, beginning with the first half of the game. Dick LeBeau brought the blitz early. William Gay blitzes over the left edge and helps hurry a first-down throw. Sean Spence making an instant impact. […]

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Steelers Vs. Giants: Some Rapid Fire Conclusions

By Michael K. Reynolds The wait seemed forever for Pittsburgh Steelers fans to see their team in action once again so there was much anticipation for their 2014 debut performance against the New York Giants. Unfortunately, much like many off-Broadway plays, it opened to mixed reviews. Traditional football wisdom would argue against drawing many conclusions […]

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Steelers Versus Giants – What I’m Watching For On Defense

It’s been more than half a year since the Pittsburgh Steelers played a game of football, but that changes tonight against the New York Giants. The team has undergone a lot of changes since the end of the 2013 season, so here are some of the things I will be curious to see when it […]

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Recapping The Steelers First Eleven Days Of Training Camp

By Alex Kozora Short recap of the last two days of Pittsburgh Steelers training camp practices. We’ll delve into it more Saturday morning before the first game. 11 on 11 stats from Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practice. Quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger: 17/23 Bruce Gradkowski: 9/10 Landry Jones: 15/22 Brendon Kay: 6/9 1 TD Statistically, good performances all […]

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Steelers DE Brian Arnfelt Hoping Hard Work Will Pay Off

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year defensive end Brian Arnfelt is the only end on the roster other than Cameron Heyward to have taken even a single snap on defense for Dick LeBeau last year, and he merely doubled that with his two total plays on the line. But that doesn’t mean he’s a shoe-in to make the […]

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Ike Taylor Hoping A Healthier Year Means A More Productive One

A year after suffering the first significant injury of his career, and forcing him to miss much of the season, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor started every game last season, and only came off the field for a snap or two due to some minor injury or another. That’s what he would have had you […]

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Steelers Dick LeBeau Knows Defense Has To Fix Explosive Play Problem

If you have read this site for a while, you already know that I have an affinity for tracking the TOX stat. That stat, which tracks the differential of explosive plays and turnovers in a single game, plays a big part in whether or not a team wins or loses a game. Explosive plays of […]

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Linebackers Coach Keith Butler Talks About His Starters

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler has long held the reputation of being one of the more straight-shooting coaches in the league, speaking candidly and freely about what he makes of his players, or whatever the topic may be. It’s for that reason in particular that I always like to hear what Butler has to […]

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LeBeau On Tuitt: ‘He’s Definitely Going To Get A Significant Amount Of Playing Time’

Pittsburgh Steelers second-round draft pick, defensive end Stephon Tuitt, is progressing fast. How fast? Well, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau seems to think that the Notre Dame product will do something that we haven’t seen a rookie defensive end do in Pittsburgh for quite some time, and that’s play a lot. “He’s definitely going to get […]

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Free Agent Pickup Cam Thomas Keeping Ahead Of His DL Competition

Remember back in April, not long after the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to sign Alex Carrington? Back then, I wrote about free agent signing Cam Thomas and speculated that he could be a contingency plan to start at defensive end, if the Steelers weren’t able to find an alternative answer on the left side soon enough. […]

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Steelers Training Camp Practice Report: Day Six – Friday

By Alex Kozora We’ll take you through day six of Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp. What an absolutely wonderful day. Maybe my favorite so far. Under the lights in Latrobe. There’s not many things better than that. We’ll get into some of the positional work, give you a breakdown of the backs on ‘backers, the OL/DL […]

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Ryan Shazier, Dick LeBeau Discuss Rookie Linebacker’s Progression

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie first-round draft selection Ryan Shazier sat down for an interview with Movin’ the Chains on SiriusXM Radio, during which he talked about what it’s been like so far in his first offseason and heading into his first training camp. While he was immediately inserted into the starting lineup, he talked about the […]

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Steelers Young Linebackers Will Be Moving Their Assets Around In 2014

During the Pittsburgh Steelers first backs on backers drill that took place in training camp this year, defensive assistant Joey Porter made sure that rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier knew one thing. “Speed is your asset!” Porter repeated over and over, according to Will Graves of the Associated Press. Because of Shazier’s speed asset, the […]

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Steelers Film Room: Path To Success In 2014 – Three Defensive Concepts

By Alex Kozora With training camp just hours away from beginning and games soon to follow, there will be hours of film to pour over, picking out concepts and explaining why they did or didn’t work. As a preview, we’ll pick apart three concepts from each side of the ball that could be used most […]

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Steelers Film Room: Path To Success In 2014 – Three Offensive Concepts

By Alex Kozora With training camp just hours away from beginning and preseason games soon to follow, there will be hours of film to pour over, picking out concepts and explaining why they did or didn’t work. As a preview, we’ll pick apart three concepts from each side of the ball that could be used […]

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Steelers S Shamarko Thomas: ‘I’m More Knowledgeable About This Defense’

While Pittsburgh Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas failed to play a defensive snap during the second half of the 2013 season, he played enough in the first eight games to know just how complicated the defense run by Dick LeBeau really is. “I was all over the place last year because I didn’t know the playbook,” […]

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