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Ike Taylor On Retirement, LeBeau, Polamalu

Two days time will mark exactly two months since the day Ike Taylor announced his retirement. Unlike some players who quietly fade back into society, Taylor has kept his presence known. Interning with the Pittsburgh Steelers, making appearances on NFL Network, and now, a classic interview with Sports Illustrated. Every…



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Steelers All-22: Dick LeBeau’s Fire X Blitz

Dick LeBeau’s Fire X blitz: Like Tom Selleck’s mustache, it’s been around forever, everyone loves it, and no one quite understands how it works. We’ve documented the concept several times in the past, including devoting a Chalk Talk to it, but the focus has always been on the blitz itself….


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Steelers D Not Allowing Naysayers To Get In Their Ear

Much has been said in recent years of the transgression or downward spiral of the Steelers “once dominant” defense. The defenses that took the field in Super Bowls XL, XLIII and XLV put up a stone fortress shutting down opposing running lanes, and abused quarterbacks all game long. Since then,…


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Five Takeaways From The Steelers First Week Of OTAs

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their first week of OTA practices on Thursday and while we probably didn’t learn a lot of new information about the 2015 team over the course of the last three days as it relates to individual performances and play on the field, there were a…


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Changing Of The Guard On Steelers Defense Entering Final Phase

The NFL is a lot like a regular job, in the fact that after you spend so much time for one employer, you often become a very close-knit group with your co-workers. From things like being involved or invited to weddings, attending their children’s birthday parties or mourning the loss…


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Jarvis Jones On Rookie Bud Dupree: ‘He Learns Fast’

The Pittsburgh Steelers are wrapping up their first week of OTA practices on Thursday and while first-round draft pick, outside linebacker Bud Dupree, is likely still a long way away from taking a meaningful snap in a regular season game, it does sound like his transition to the NFL level,…



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Comparing Mike Mitchell’s 2013 Season To 2014

Last offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers did something that’s not very common for the Rooney family, and that’s dip their toes into the free agent pool, when they signed safety Mike Mitchell to a 5-year/$25 million deal. On paper, the signing looked good, as it added an instant replacement for vacated…


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Carnell Lake Has A Full Plate Heading Into 2015

How is Cortez Allen going to bounce back after a horrendous 2014 season? How much playing time will rookies Senquez Golson and Doran Grant receive? Who replaces Troy Polamalu at safety? These are only a few of the mysteries heading into the 2015 season as the Steelers’ secondary looks to rebound, led by defensive backs coach,…


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Steelers Will Look To Maintain Success Vs. Inexperienced QB’s In Week 1

In his ten-year tenure of running the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has done one thing very well, among the many to choose from, and that’s terrorize young quarterbacks, as he compiled a 51-18 record against quarterbacks making their first start against his defense. While LeBeau has moved on,…


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Steelers DC Keith Butler Still Silent Since Promotion

Following a season in which the defense has performed as poorly as it ever has during his tenure, the Pittsburgh Steelers had decided that it was time for a changing of the guard, and Dick LeBeau came to the mutual decision along with the organization that he would resign as…


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Where Are They Now? Deshea Townsend

Aside from an Ike Taylor interception every once in a blue moon, it seems like the last time a reliable player donned the black and gold at the cornerback position, it was none other than Deshea Townsend. A four-year starter for the Alabama Crimson tide from 1994 through the 1997 season, he now…


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A Closer Look At New Steelers DC Keith Butler

This past offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers waved goodbye to a longtime fixture of the ball club’s defense in coordinator Dick LeBeau. The “father” of the zone-blitz, his intricate defensive schemes kept offensive coordinators up at night each and every fall, and now his duties have been turned over to longtime…


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Jarvis Jones Almost Chose The Hardwood Over The Gridiron

Much like with Pittsburgh’s second round draft choice, Senquez Golson, and his dual-sport skills, it seems the Steelers have another athlete whose athleticism isn’t merely limited to the gridiron. At Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia, Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was one of the most sought after prospects in the nation, and Tom…


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Once The Bane Of Rookie QBs, Dick LeBeau Now Tasked With Prepping One

For years, former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau built up a reputation of befuddling rookie quarterbacks with the complexity of his pressure packages, flummoxing young signal-callers into making foolish mistakes and producing costly turnovers as his defense took over a game. The win-loss record of his units against rookie…



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Dupree Fits The Steelers Mold Off The Field, Too

When playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, there exists a certain criteria or culture that exists, as the franchise is often looked at as one of the classiest organizations, from top to bottom, in the entire league. A hilarious moment is brought to mind when I think of a prime example…



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Doran Grant’s Potential Flexibility Reminiscent Of William Gay

As general manager Kevin Colbert revealed following the draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers planned on coming out of the weekend with two new cornerbacks on the roster, and they accomplished that after selecting Doran Grant in the fourth round after previously adding Senquez Golson in the second round, whom they targeted…


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Division’s Biggest Defensive Questions Lie In Pittsburgh

When it comes to divisional matchups, particularly when speaking about stability, I think it’s reasonable to say that the Pittsburgh Steelers have the steepest dichotomy between offense and defense. I wouldn’t imagine many would argue against the notion that the Steelers have the highest quality and surest offensive unit in…


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Kozora Chalk Talk Video: Fire X Blitz

We’re back on the whiteboard for this week’s episode of Chalk Talk. In this episode, we’ll take a look at Dick LeBeau’s famous “Fire X” blitz and how it led to a Pittsburgh Steelers sack and forced fumble in the playoff lost against the Baltimore Ravens. At the end, I…


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Ike Taylor Brought Swag To Steelers Secondary For A Decade

For about a decade, Ike Taylor stood as a shining example of why the Pittsburgh Steelers were wise to shy away from the cornerback position in the first round. He was a testament to the fact that you could get a championship-caliber player in the mid-rounds or later who was…


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Will Allen’s Future Could Be Waiting On Troy Polamalu

With the Pittsburgh Steelers’ recent re-signing of free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, they have now reunited with five of their top free agents this period, though they also ended up losing two of them, one to free agency, and another to retirement. There are still a couple that they…


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2015 Season Looms Large For OLB Jarvis Jones

Back in the 2013 NFL Draft, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones was pegged as a can’t-miss defender, leading the nation in sacks with 14.5 in 2012. His less than spectacular pro day, where he ran a 4.9 in the 40, caused his first round freefall into the laps of the Pittsburgh…