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Steelers.com Modern-Era Team: Cornerbacks

After a day off, Steelers.com Bob Labriola is back to unveil his two selections at cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Modern-Era squad. Remember, this only selects players from 1992 to the present day. As we always do, we’ll give you his picks, explanation, and our reaction to it. Be sure…


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Steelers Offseason Training Bound To Pay Off In 2015

Tomlin-isms. Mike Tomlin loves them. They’ve gained a sort of cult following in Pittsburgh. Obviously. We’ll defend every blade of grass. We’re going to unleash Hell. Ok, let’s forget about that last one. But at the end of minicamp, the last event standing between grueling, 18 practice, five game preseason,…


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Season Of Change: Roster Retention On The Rise

Over the course of the past couple of years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have undergone an uncommon amount of change, which could have been largely correlated with the fact that the team had finished 8-8 in consecutive seasons while failing to advance to the postseason. In deference to general manager Kevin…


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Steelers Rookies Learning Quickly How To Fill Extra Free Time

There’s a saying that goes “you get what you give” and in the game of football, it’s a very appropriate one. As we are just now several weeks out from training camp, it’s imperative for NFL athletes to be using the down time to stay in peak physical condition. Every…


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Steelers CB B.W. Webb Getting To Know ST Coach Danny Smith Well

Last year, toward the end of the regular season, when the Dallas Cowboys cut their former fourth-round cornerback in his second offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers acted quickly, claiming B.W. Webb off waivers and essentially giving him a redshirt season as the sixth cornerback on the depth chart, although by the…


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Steelers’ Defense Could Hinge On Three 2014 Selections

When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft last year, it was in hopes of making him the long-term running mate to stalwart inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons in the middle of the team’s defense. Sure enough, Shazier was plugged into the…


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Team Speed Not Among The Many Questions Facing Steelers Defense

With the Pittsburgh Steelers being in a natural state of transition, there isn’t a lot about it that can be said right now with any meaningful clarity, particularly with respect to how successful it might be or how it might differ schematically from teams past. To begin with, the unit…



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Steelers Defense Nickeled Last Season, But Not Much Dime

During the 2013 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers uncharacteristically turned to the dime defense quite often—or rather the quarters package, most often using three safeties in addition to three cornerbacks—at a rate higher than they likely ever had before. This was done in part by necessity due to the season-ending injury…



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Ike Taylor Keeping Options Open In Retirement, Including Coaching

In recent seasons, the Steelers coaching staff has seen several branches of it’s coaching tree filled by former players who donned the black and gold, from pass rushing menace Joey Porter to the blue collar Jerry Olsavsky, who this offseason were promoted to coach the outside and inside linebackers, respectively….


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Keith Butler With Big Opportunity As First Year Coordinator

It isn’t often that a first-year defensive coordinator has the chance to accomplish something a long-time legend had struggled to do in recent years, but that is exactly the opportunity in front of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Keith Butler. The former linebackers’ coach has had the honor of being tutored by…


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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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2015 Steelers Feel Young, Hungry, Driven

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been busy this offseason transforming themselves into what they hope to be a better version of what they were previously. No, I’m not talking about the organization, nor the coaching staff, which has made a change at the defensive coordinator position after more than a decade…