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Steelers vs Giants Film Review: Brice McCain

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed a number of free agents this season to help replenish their roster, adding some significant pieces such as Mike Mitchell, Cam Thomas, and LeGarrette Blount. Among the more unheralded signings was former Houston Texans nickel back Brice McCain, whom many believed would struggle to make the roster. I include myself among […]

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Return Of The Living Dead

By Michael K. Reynolds Who will rise from the ashes this preseason? The answer to this question will greatly impact the Pittsburgh Steelers chances of returning to postseason play this year. New Kid in Town is a classic song by the Eagles which tells a story familiar to every NFL camp this time of the […]

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Steelers 2014 Pre Training Camp Roster Polls: Will CB Brice McCain Make The Final 53?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will begin training camp a little more than one week from today, so I thought we would spend these last several days talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do […]

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Steelers Ranked Second In Most Well-Built Teams Of The 00s

For much of the early years of the modern National Football League, it seemed that there was often a dominant team throughout most, or at least a good portion, of a decade. Even prior to the NFL-AFL merger, for example, Vince Lombardi’s  Green Bay Packers were certainly the dominant football force, and they went on […]

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Special Teams Of Primary Concern For Steelers Secondary

The Pittsburgh Steelers have rarely benefitted greatly from special teams throughout the organization’s history. Chuck Noll famously refused to employ special teams coaches until late in his tenure, when he shifted responsibilities for both defensive line coach John Kolb and inside linebackers coach Dennis Fitzgerald, requesting that they jointly coach the special teams unit in […]

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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin Has His Eyes On CB Antwon Blake

During the 2014 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and defensive backs coach CarnellLake both made it a point to mention the name of third-year cornerback Antwon Blake when talking about depth in the secondary. On Tuesday during practice, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin let the former undrafted free agent know that he’s […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Post June 1 Plans & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 108 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I get right at talking about what the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers offseason plans might look like now that June 1 has come and gone. With the release of linebacker LaMarr Woodey now official, the Steelers will look at extending the contracts of […]

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Steelers Film Room: The Steve McLendon Myth

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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Mike Vrabel Knows All About DE To OLB Learning Curve

Over the years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have drafted several players that played defensive end in college only to convert them into 3-4 outside linebackers. Mike Vrabel was one of those players and the current Houston Texans linebackers coach recently talked about how tough the transition can be from defensive end to outside linebacker in an interview with […]

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Browns Dump 2011 Second-Round Draft Pick, WR Greg Little

The Cleveland Browns must be happy with their wide receiver depth after signing veteran castoffs Miles Austin and Earl Bennett on Thursday as they have now released Greg Little. Little, the Browns second-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, registered 155 catches for 1,821 yards and eight touchdowns in his three seasons with Cleveland. He […]

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Just One Small Problem With The Cornerback Depth Chart

The Pittsburgh Steelers were clearly at a place of relative comfort with their cornerback depth entering the 2014 season—certainly far more so than outside observers speculated throughout the offseason leading up to the draft. They had an opportunity to draft one of the top cornerbacks in the draft last week, Darqueze Dennard, at the 15th […]

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Observations On The Steelers’ 2014 Schedule

The NFL is continually stretching out its offseason, despite the new cycle already being 365 days a year, by turning casual news and dates into significant events. From extending the draft to three days, to turning the opening of the free agency period into a circus, to, most absurdly, making the schedule release a spectacle, […]

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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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Ravens Have Come To Terms With TE Owen Daniels And RB Justin Forsett

Up until this week, the Baltimore Ravens haven’t been very active in regards to signing outside free agents, but in the last few days they have signed two players that they hope will add depth on offense. Former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels will now be reunited with his former head coach Gary Kubiak […]

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A Look At The Six Touchdown Allowed By New Steelers CB Brice McCain In 2013

This past week, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed former Houston Texans cornerback Brice McCain to a one-year contract and by now, you probably already know how bad of season he had in 2013. McCain allowed six touchdowns last season and below are breakdowns of all six of them. The first touchdown allowed by McCain in 2013 […]

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McCain Signing Gives Steelers Tomlin’s Four Corners

Following a relative flurry of activity during the calendar month of March, the Pittsburgh Steelers snuck in one last signing on April 1 in order to make a fool out of myself and others who believed that they were done maneuvering for now. And Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Steelers intend […]

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Steelers Sign Former Texans CB Brice McCain

Monday evening, free agent cornerback Brice McCain posted on Twitter that he was flying to Pittsburgh and while he didn’t say specifically that he was meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was easy to speculate that was indeed his intentions. It’s now being reported on Tuesday that McCain is indeed in town for a visit […]

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Former Texans CB Brice McCain Might Be Headed To Pittsburgh To Visit With Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers still might be looking to add an experienced cornerback to their roster at some point during the offseason and while we don’t know for certain, it appears as though one free agent might be coming in for a visit on Tuesday. On Monday evening, Houston Texans free agent cornerback Brice McCain posted […]

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Breakdown Of New Steelers NT Cam Thomas

By Alex Kozora Using the All-22 Coaches Tape, an evaluation of nose tackle Cam Thomas. Beginning with individual game breakdowns and notes. I watched four games of Thomas in 2013. For each, I did a pre and post snap tally. Looked at the following categories. Pre-Snap Snaps at Zero or One Tech Three Tech Five […]

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Free Agent RB James Starks Is A Prime Candidate For A Qualifying Contract

Unless the Pittsburgh Steelers create more space via a restructure or extensions between now and June 2nd, they’ll have to carefully watch their free agent expenditures until $8 million in cap space opens up once the release of linebacker LaMarr Woodley hits the books. With Green Bay Packers unrestricted free agent running back James Starks […]

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Browns Sign Former Texans RB Ben Tate

There’s a new starting running back in the AFC North as of Saturday as the Cleveland Browns have reportedly now come to terms with former Houston Texans running back Ben Tate. Tate has been stuck behind Arian Foster in Houston ever since he was drafted in the second round in the 2010 NFL Draft by Texans, but […]

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Free Agency Is Now Officially Under Way

Let the games begin. The new league year is now officially under way as the 4 PM bell sounds, which also means that the free agency period is officially open. No doubt several free agents are preparing to sign contracts as you read this, even though teams are not allowed to schedule meetings with players […]

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The Pessimist’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 Terrible Podcast – Talking Salary Cap Rising, 2014 Combine Performances & Much More Episode

Season 4, Episode 81 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I get started by talking about whether or not he burned his feet on the earth when he was born 49 years ago today. That’s right, it’s his birthday and he’s doing the podcast like any other day of the […]

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Recapping The Steelers Free Agency Signings During The Kevin Colbert Era – 2002 Season

With the 2014 free agency signing period now just a few weeks away, we are taking a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers free agent signings dating back to 2000, when Kevin Colbert became the general manager. So far we have ecapped the 200 and 2001 seasons and today we will look at what happened prior […]

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Steelers May Be Better Off With One More Year Of Clark Rather Than Taylor

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert fielded questions yesterday from the local media, during which he was asked about the secondary depth. His answer was equally candid and obvious, suggesting that the organization didn’t exactly have a level of comfort at the moment regarding the current quality of depth. He also alluded […]

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