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The Optimist’s Take: Let Artie Be Artie

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 29:  Sean Davis #21 of the Maryland Terrapins celebrates after a defensive stop against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Byrd Stadium on November 29, 2014 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)

Steelers Address Defense In Unprecedented Fashion

Were you like me, wondering when the Pittsburgh Steelers might have last invested this heavily in the defensive side of the ball this early in their draft history? Did you struggle to come up with an answer the way I did? Because the answer is that they have never invested…


Steelers Reached For Need, Hope Not To Get Burned

With the 24th pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected 6’1”, 205-pound cornerback Chad Scott out of Maryland, a year after they had gone through a season of playing a converted safety and a disappointing free agent acquisition at the cornerback spots. With the 25th pick in…


Once The Future, Cortez Allen’s Struggles Left Him Behind

Having been a bit busy the past couple of days, and with the timing of the release being a bit of a surprise, I didn’t really get an opportunity to properly digest the Pittsburgh Steelers’ move to terminate the contract of Cortez Allen, the fourth-round cornerback that they drafted out…


Release Of Allen Does Nothing To Change CB Landscape

From big-money contract to Friday news dump, Cortez Allen’s career in Pittsburgh has officially come full circle. Whether you were surprised by the move, disappointed, or happy to see him gone, we all need to agree on one thing. His release does nothing to change the outlook on the position….


2016 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Virginia CB Maurice Canady

As you should know by now, our attention has now shifted to the 2016 NFL Draft as it relates to the prospects. From now until the draft takes place, we hope to profile as many draft prospects as we possibly can for you. Most of these player profiles will be…


Steelers 2015 Draft Class Review – CB Senquez Golson

There are not a lot of meaningful conclusions that you can reach about a player after the end of his first season, but that certainly doesn’t stop people from talking about it. You can find just about any variety of analysis that you would care to read if you just…


Reunion With Brice McCain Would Not Be Difference-Making Move

Two seasons ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a very modest free agency move to address the depth at cornerback by signing veteran slot cornerback Brice McCain to a one-year, veteran-minimum qualifying contract. At the time, the former Texan was coming off what Houston considered a down season, in his fifth…

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Will Allen Highlights Secondary’s Increased Role As Blitzers

Secondary blitzes were once a pretty notable part of Dick LeBeau’s defense with the Pittsburgh Steelers, particularly at its peak around the time of the team’s most recent Super Bowl appearance. All of the other pieces were in place to make the blitz of a defensive back most effective, and…

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Cortez Allen May Struggle To See Field Whenever He Returns

Listed as a limited participant in the Tuesday injury report is fifth-year veteran cornerback Cortez Allen, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury. The Pittsburgh Steelers have had to make do with replacements far less well-versed in the defense than Allen, but the coaching staff may…


Steelers Rapid Fire Conclusions: 2015 Week One

The 2015 edition of the Pittsburgh Steelers are off and running like a herd of turtles as the opening season match against the integrity-challenged New England Patriots provided as predictable an outcome as it was disappointing. Even the casual follower of their 1-4 preseason would know the Black and Gold…