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“Mistake Speed” Helps Put Ryan Shazier On The Fast Track To Starting

As Ryan Shazier looks to become the first rookie to start a season with the Pittsburgh Steelers on defense since Kendrell Bell, he does have one notable advantage that many other past rookies have not, which is a big part of why he was drafted: speed. More specifically, mistake speed. You know, I’ve heard this […]

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It’s Been 15 Years Since A Defensive Rookie Opened A Season As Starter For Dick LeBeau

It’s been well documented that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier will be the first defensive draft pick to open a season as a starter since Kendrell Bell last did it in 2001 should he be on the field come Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. Should Shazier indeed manage to pull off that feat, […]

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Steelers Film Room: Putting Pressure On Rookies

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why […]

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Countdown: All Smiles And Handshakes In Steelers War Room

The Pittsburgh Steelers premiered the third episode of their “Countdown” series yesterday, which documents the behind the scenes story of the team’s buildup to the 2014 NFL Draft. This episode takes us through to their first-round selection, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier. Before that, however, Kevin Colbert went into detail about how the team goes about […]

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Bucky Brooks Predicts Return Of The Steelers’ Defense

Many fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers are filled with nervous excitement this offseason over the prospects of their favorite team returning to form this season to become a force to be reckoned with once again, something that they were perennially just a few years ago. With the additions of players such as Ryan Shazier, Stephon […]

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Steelers Countdown Series Highlights Importance Of Finding ‘Steelers Players’

The Pittsburgh Steelers website posted the second episode of “Countdown”, their behind the draft series, yesterday, which documents the process the team went through from the conclusion of the season and up to the draft. While the majority of the content is fairly layman in nature that more faithful observers of the sport—like those who […]

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Second Episode Of Steelers 2014 Draft Countdown Now Posted

The second installment featuring a behind the scenes look at the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft is now up on steelers.com and in this episode, the focus is on the scouting process, college Pro Days, pre draft player visits and free agency. During this episode, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert explains the usefulness of BLESTO, the scouting […]

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Snap Predictions For The Steelers 2014 Draft Class

Every year at about this time, I like to take a stab at projecting how many snaps each member of the Pittsburgh Steelers draft class will see on either offense or defense during their rookie season. Here are my pre OTA predictions for the class of 2014. Ryan Shazier – It’s quite possible that Shazier […]

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Best And Worst Case Scenarios For Steelers 2014 Draft Class

By Alex Kozora Predictably and understandably, we’ve given a ton of attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft class. But even after giving all of our opinions, no one can deny this is all projection. The measurables, tape study, debates, all now fruitless. What happens on the field is the only thing that matters anymore. […]

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Time To Answer The Biggest Question Of 2014

By Michael K. Reynolds A strong argument could be made the Rooneys invested in assembling the finest group of football coaches in the league. It’s time to prove this theory. Following a few seasons of veteran releases and an infusion of youth and speed via the draft and free agency the Pittsburgh Steelers are in […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Day Two Draft Picks, Day Three Draft Prospects & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 102 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I get right into talking about the selections made by the Pittsburgh Steelers on day two of the 2014 NFL Draft as Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt and Kent State running back Dri Archer are the newest members of the black and gold. […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 3.0 – Final

By Alex Kozora With the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday, it’s time for my final mock draft. You can check out the first one here and the second one here. Overall, this mock is more about what I think should happen if I was in charge as opposed to what will happen. […]

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Mike Mayock Thinks Steelers Should Go Cornerback In Round One

On Thursday, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock held a two-hour pre draft conference call with the media and during it he gave his thoughts on which direction he thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers should go in the first round with the 15th overall selection. “I think that the way Pittsburgh historically approaches the draft, it’s […]

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Steelers Greatest Draft Hits – First Round

By Michael K. Reynolds No pick means more to a championship legacy in the NFL than the first round of the draft, and it can be argued the Pittsburgh Steelers have performed here as well as any other team over the last few decades. In the past, the Steelers earned their draft day creds from […]

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Consensus Forming Over Darqueze Dennard, Steelers

Recently, I wrote about my observation of a consensus slowly coalescing around the likely target for the 15th overall pick that the Pittsburgh Steelers possess in the upcoming draft, which is narrowing in on the cornerback position. Since then, that consensus seems to be narrowing in even further on Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, a […]

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Steelers Struggled To Register Unblocked Pressure On Defense

Last week, we took a look at how the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line handled pressure, and how much of it came unblocked as a result of missed reads or overloaded blitzes. Pro Football Focus catalogued the data, and it revealed that by the end of the season, the Steelers were among the best at controlling […]

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Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier To Have Pre Draft Visit With Steelers

The pre draft visits are in full swing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and now we can add another Ohio State player to list of those scheduled to come to the Southside. On Monday, Fox Sports 1 reporter Alex Marvez reported that Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier will make his way to Pittsburgh for a pre-draft […]

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Weighing The Pros And Cons Of A Reunion With James Harrison

Ever since we all heard from his own mouth that “everybody knows” James Harrison would like to come back and play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s been a hot topic that has only recently been reignited by a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette that the team has had discussions on the matter. Whether […]

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Breakdown Of New Steelers S Mike Mitchell

By Alex Kozora Using the All-22 Coaches Tape, here is an evaluation of new Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell. Beginning with individual game breakdowns and notes. I watched five games of Mitchell in 2013. For each, I did a pre and post snap tally. Looked at the following categories. Pre-Snap Free Safety or Strong Safety […]

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NT Interest Says Less About McLendon Than It Does About Fangupo

When it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers were meeting with a free agent nose tackle yesterday, this move was no doubt received as a bit of a pleasant surprise by many fans who question the decision to play Steve McLendon at nose tackle. As I have written previously, while McLendon is the best candidate […]

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Looking At The Reasoning Behind The Mike Mitchell Signing

When it became apparent that the Pittsburgh Steelers would likely have enough cap space in 2014 to afford at least a mid-level starter in free agency, speculation quickly turned to what the team could do to acquire secondary help. Attention mostly turned to the cornerback position, however, and the reports seemed to favor it as […]

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Update: Ike Taylor Accepts $4.25 Million Reduction In Pay On One-Year Contract

After initially Tweeting about a new contract, reports are now slowly flowing in that the new contract for Ike Taylor is a straight pay cut for the 2014 season, not an extension similar to the cap-friendly deals given earlier this offseason to safety Troy Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller. Attempting to read between the […]

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Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – CB Cortez Allen

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 not generally a hard concept […]

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On Steve McLendon: Right Man For The Job Versus Right Job For The Man

It would be hard to argue that there’s a better candidate on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster right now to play nose tackle than Steve McLendon. After all, that is why the team signed him to a three-year contract last offseason. And when all was said and done, the run statistics suggest that by and large, […]

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The Optimist’s Take – More Quarters?

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both […]

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The Pessimist’s Take – Light Nose Tackles

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both […]

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