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Jason Takes Baltimore – The Good

By Matthew Marczi As has pretty much always been the case with Jason Worilds, the fourth-year outside linebacker sprinkled in both some good and some bad during his fill-in starting performance for Jarvis Jones against the Baltimore Ravens. At times, he displayed veteran awareness of his surroundings, and at others, he looked confused. For the […]

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LaMarr Woodley Contributes To Winning Effort Against Ravens

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is being asked to do more for the team than he ever has, now that he is being counted upon to generate the majority of the team’s pressures, or so it seems. Fellow outside linebackers Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones still have a long way to […]

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Steelers Versus Ravens Week 7 – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi As much as Lawrence Timmons has been criticized and scrutinized over the years, nobody is a tougher critic of his play than himself. He appears disgusted with himself after tripping up Ray Rice for a two-yard gain when he was looking to hold the back to no gain. The wide angle that […]

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Polamalu The Engine Driving Sub-Package Football For Steelers

By Matthew Marczi As the season goes on, Dick LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to implement and deploy small-bodied sub-packages as their go-to defense, rather than the base, or even the nickel, as they had six defensive backs on the field nearly 75 percent of the time against the Baltimore Ravens. Out of 65 […]

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The Top Three Apologies Fans Owe To Their Steelers

By Michael K Reynolds It’s often said that Steelers fans are among the most knowledgeable and savvy in the league, but it doesn’t mean we’re perfect. Alright, let’s face it. Most of us are, at best, highly experienced amateurs. So we’re certainly not above admitting when we’re wrong. Here are the top three apologies fans […]

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Spare Change Sub-Packages Continue To Gain Prominence

By Matthew Marczi Partially ignited by the injury to inside linebacker Larry Foote, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has acquiesced to the wishes of his free safety, Ryan Clark, by re-introducing the quarter sub-package into the defensive game plan, beginning with Robert Golden and Shamarko Thomas as the extra defensive backs. Now that Cortez […]

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Jarvis Jones Shows Signs Of Life As A Pass Rusher

By Matthew Marczi Yesterday, we highlighted some of the struggles that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie starting outside linebacker Jarvis Jones had while facing the New York Jets, which saw him being fooled on misdirections or missing tackles that led to big games. He looked more like a rookie at moments in this past game than he […]

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Dick LeBeau Thinks Sean Spence Will Be Successful

With second-year linebacker Sean Spence now back practicing this week for the first time since he suffered his serious knee in the 2012 preseason finale, it is still unknown whether or not he will eventually get removed from the Pittsburgh Steelers PUP list over the course of the next few weeks in order to resume […]

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Steelers Injury Report: LB Jarvis Jones Limited Thursday; T Marcus Gilbert Still Limited

The Thursday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers is now in and linebacker Jarvis Jones (concussion) was limited in practice after failing to practice Wednesday. Jones, who was diagnosed Wednesday evening with a concussion, was cleared to participate in an ‘exercise challenge’ Thursday and that is standard protocol. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is optimistic that […]

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Steelers Versus Jets – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi As great a game as Heath Miller may have had against the Minnesota Vikings, he struggled some in this one, particularly as a pass blocker. Not just the sack, but failing to get a commanding angle out on a screen on multiple occasions. First play of the game is a perfect example. […]

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Steelers Defense Limits Explosive Plays In Win Over Jets

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense held the New York Jets to just six points Sunday to help the team notch their first win of the season and they recorded their first two turnovers of the year in the process. More importantly, perhaps, they limited the killer explosive plays that killed them in the London loss to […]

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Cortez Allen Will Have To Earn His Starting Job Back, Evidence Suggests

By Matthew Marczi As it currently stands, it sounds as though Cortez Allen will have to prove himself before the Pittsburgh Steelers anoint him as a starter once again, as reports are that William Gay has been taking the first-team reps at outside cornerback, with no change throughout the week. Allen has resumed his old […]

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Dick LeBeau Says William Gay Will ‘Play A Lot’ Against The Jets

While he is not currently listed on the injury report, Pittsburgh Steelers third-year cornerback Cortez Allen is still having problems with the ankle injury that suffered in the season opener that resulted in him missing the next two games. With Allen still trying to get himself back into the form, there’s a possibility that cornerback […]

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Tomlin Says Lack Of Turnovers And Sacks Are Mostly A Result Of Them Being Behind

Prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings, I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Steelers lack of defensive sacks and turnovers was tied to them not being ahead on the scoreboard and I warned that it was unlikely to change until the offense started to get leads, especially in the second half of games. Tuesday, […]

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Steelers Versus Jets: Bad Momentum Versus Good Momentum

By Jeremy Hritz Dick LeBeau’s defense has had much success against rookie quarterbacks, losing only two games against Troy Smith and the Baltimore Ravens in 2007, and in 2012 against Brandon Weedon and the Cleveland Browns. Heading into Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, LeBeau and his boys will line up across from former […]

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Cameron Heyward Shows Off Motor Against The Vikings

By Matthew Marczi Some Pittsburgh Steelers fans have been vocal in their disappointment that former 2011 first-round draft pick Cameron Heyward has yet to crack the starting lineup in his third season, even though he is playing behind another former first-round draft pick in Ziggy Hood and a former Pro Bowler in Brett Keisel. Well, […]

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Competition At Inside Linebacker Still Going?

By Matthew Marczi Is there any clarity yet at the inside linebacker spot? After the events of the past three weeks, I do not believe so. Even though Kion Wilson had been listed as the starter replacing the injured Larry Foote, he only played a quarter of the team’s snaps during the second and third […]

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Carnell Lake Says He’s Not One To Yell At His Players A Lot

During his career, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake played five years under defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau so it’s not surprising his coaching style is similar to his. At the conclusion of Wednesday’s practice, Lake talked about his style and how he deals with his players. “My style is not to really yell, but […]

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Time To Tackle The Most Glaring Issue On Defense

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers defense suffered quite an unusual lapse in their loss to the Minnesota Vikings, which was predicated upon a sudden inability to consistently bring down the ball carrier. It really is no secret, since the main culprits during the game were all featured on the highlight reels on the 24-hour […]

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Poor Tackling And Explosive Plays Hurt The Steelers The Most In Loss To Vikings

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau always preaches to his defense that they must stop the run, tackle the catch and not give up the big play in order to be successful. Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, his unit failed in all three of those areas and as a result the team now heads into […]

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Is The Quarter Sub-Package Limiting Lawrence Timmons?

By Matthew Marczi There is no question that, since he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 207 NFL Draft, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons has slowly become an integral piece in Dick LeBeau’s defensive arsenal. He has arguably been the team’s best defensive player over the course of the past […]

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Jarvis Jones Dominant, Disruptive Against The Run Against Chicago

By Matthew Marczi It turns out Jarvis Jones really has a favorite move that he likes to make to defend inside runs, particularly when the opposition puts a tight end on him. They may regret it if they continue to do that, because Jones had an exceptional game defending the run. In fact, he did […]

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William Gay Could Be A Different Kind Of Safety Net With Cortez Allen Back

By Matthew Marczi With Cortez Allen being a full participant in practice yesterday and showing all signs of being able to resume play after missing the past two weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers face a somewhat interesting personnel situation. After the Steelers lost inside linebacker Larry Foote for the season, Dick LeBeau had to improvise and […]

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Time Is Now To Give Vince Williams The Starter Title To Go Along With Starter Snaps

By Matthew Marczi The writing has been on the wall for the past two weeks, and perhaps this week will be the one that converts words into action. Since the Week One season-ending injury to inside linebacker Larry Foote, the Pittsburgh Steelers have spent the past two weeks deploying their shiny new backup linebackers—Kion Wilson […]

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Steelers Versus Bears Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora Breaking down the Pittsburgh Steelers sacks from Week 3 versus the Chicago Bears. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO SEE FULL SIZE 1. 2nd and 4, 6:50 1st. 12 personnel. Bears rush five. Julius Peppers engages David Johnson but never actually rushes him so he’s not included in the above number. Playaction, Steelers […]

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Steelers Defensive Sacks & Turnovers Unlikely To Improve Until Offense Starts Scoring

The Pittsburgh Steelers lack of defensive sacks and turnovers through their first three games of the 2013 season is certainly alarming, but when you consider how often they have been behind on the scoreboard this year, it’s probably not too surprising when you look stats dating back to 2004. Over the coarse of the last […]

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