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The Pessimist’s Take – Sean Spence As The Wildcard

By Matthew Marczi 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 […]

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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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The Salary Cap And The Decline Of The Meritorious Contract

By Matthew Marczi Yesterday, I utilized a quick study from the salary cap specialist website Over the Cap to discuss the nature of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ financial roster-building philosophy and how it was altered, understandably, following recent Super Bowl success over the past decade, which includes two championships in three appearances, with four AFC Championship […]

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Lawrence Timmons Was A Force Against The Run Versus The Ravens

By Matthew Marczi Amidst a relatively disappointing individual season, Lawrence Timmons played one of his better and more consistent games last week against the Baltimore Ravens. He was a force especially against the run, taking on and shedding blockers as though James Farrior were still here and in his prime. On this late second quarter […]

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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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Steelers Could Get Creative In Replacing Foote

By Matthew Marczi With Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote being lost for the season after suffering a ruptured bicep during the team’s opening week loss to the Tennessee Titans, do not be surprised if you see the team try out some creative solutions to fill in the gap as the season goes on. Of […]

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Steelers LB Larry Foote Has Likely Played His Last Down In Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker and defensive team captain Larry Foote had surgery Tuesday to repair the torn right biceps that he suffered in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. Now that he has been lost for the season, you have to think he’s probably played his last down in Pittsburgh. Foote, who was an […]

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Jerricho Cotchery\’s Value For Young Steelers Receivers Not Easy To Quantify

By Matthew Marczi Earlier this week, we talked about the ever-insightful Jason La Canfora and his analysis that the existence of Jerricho Cotchery as the third receiver on the depth chart for the Pittsburgh Steelers amounts to a ‘surplus’ at the position, which would afford the team the luxury of trading away that surplus in […]

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A Look At The Inside Linebacker Battle After One Preseason Game

By Matthew Marczi Inside linebacker depth has been a concern for the Pittsburgh Steelers since the release of James Farrior, which moved Larry Foote back into the starting lineup after serving two years as the team’s  primary backup at the position. The Steelers addressed the issue in the 2012 NFL Draft when they drafted Sean […]

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Steelers Defense To Use Short Keywords In 2013 In An Effort To Be Ready For Up-Tempo Offenses

There isn\’t much that Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau hasn\’t seen as he enters his 55th year in the NFL, so with more and more teams using the read-option and up-tempo style offenses, the Hall of Famer is already working on ways to defend it. During a breakfast media session for AFC coaches at […]

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Hamstrings Beware; Training Camp Is Here

The Pittsburgh Steelers report to Latrobe for training camp today and the first practice will take place on Saturday. Over the years, the most common injury that we hear reported over the course of the first several days of practice involves strained hamstrings or quads. Injured hamstrings early on in training camp can certainly linger, […]

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Second-Term Steelers Offer Unique Perspective On Unique Organization

By Matthew Marczi With the Pittsburgh Steelers’recent reunions with old faces once again this season—courtesy of the returns of cornerback William Gay, tight end Matt Spaeth, and wide receiver Plaxico Burress—it is quite evident that a recent trend is emerging of former Steelers returning to greener pastures after exploring the landscapes of other teams. Beginning […]

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Steelers RB Isaac Redman Says Locker Room Just Wasn\’t The Same Last Season

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman was a guest Monday morning on 93.7 The Fan, and he talked about his off-season; the upcoming OTA session and several other team related topics in addition. With the Steelers drafting Michigan State running back Le\’Veon Bell in the second round last month in addition to adding free agent […]

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Steelers Ready To Rolle On Without Sylvester?

The release of linebacker James Harrison by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday certainly wasn\’t unexpected, but the numbers of the group are definitely going in the wrong direction as we get closer to the draft. Not only was Harrison released on Saturday, but inside linebacker Stevenson Sylvester wasn\’t restricted tendered as well. While Sylvester was […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Free Agency, Wallace, Harrison Contract, Worilds, Lewis & More Episode

Season 3, Episode 82 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I talk about the upcoming free agent signing period and how good Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace must be feeling right now. We will tell you why. Restructure or pay cut for linebacker James Harrison? We go over the […]

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Former Steelers LB James Farrior Makes Top 20 List Of Best Free Agent Signings In NFL History

Jim Reineking of NFL.com posted a photo essay on Wednesday of his top 20 free-agent signings in NFL history. I was a little hesitant to even flip through it for fear that he would not include former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior in his list. Surprisingly, he did. Reineking ranked Farrior 14th overall, which is […]

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Steelers Might Have To Wait Until The Later Rounds To Draft An Inside Linebacker

The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly could use an inside linebacker in the upcoming 2013 draft as position is mighty thin and likely to get thinner depending on the ability of Sean Spence being able to come back from the knee injury that he suffered last preseason. Should Larry Foote ultimately end up being re-signed, and it […]

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Could Vikings LB Erin Henderson Be A Cheap Free Agent Prospect For The Steelers?

Let me start of this post by saying that I will be very surprised if the Pittsburgh Steelers add a big name via free agency this offseason. It just isn\’t something that they normally do and being up against the salary cap this offseason won\’t help change that this offseason. Even experienced smaller name free […]

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James Harrison – History Says 35 Is Not A Great Age For Linebackers

The big talk on Tuesday is of course revolves around the report from John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that stated Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and his agent Bill Parise were not interested in taking a pay cut in 2013. Parise, however, did say that they are willing to do a restructure to help […]

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The Steelers 2005 March Massacre Worked Out Just Fine

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote Thursday on his blog about the impending “March Massacre” that could take place with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bouchette added in his post that it could resemble the “bloodletting” of last offseason. Bloodletting is an interesting description for what when on last offseason as the Steelers really didn\’t lose […]

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Brett Keisel Says Steelers Need To Do A Little Rebuilding & Need More Leaders To Step Up

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is down at the Super Bowl in New Orleans again this year promoting the Head and Shoulders brand and he sat down for an interview with Mike Florio and Erik Kuselias on Tuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk. Keisel was asked by Florio if he thought that some rebuilding […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 Free Agents Analysis: LB Larry Foote – Unrestricted

Today we will continue on with our offseason look at Pittsburgh Steelers free agents. We will continue to knock these breakdowns out over the course of the next few weeks as we move closer towards the start of free agency in March. Our analysis has already covered three of the Steelers veteran unrestricted free agents […]

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Competition Analysis Week 16: Steelers Versus Bengals

By Chris DiMarino Overview: Well ladies and gentlemen, what a pinnacle game we have coming ahead. After another loss, spirits are down and the hope of a playoff berth is beginning to diminish. But there is still hope. Jeremy Hritz wrote an insightful article about the Pittsburgh Steelers downtrodden season that was brutal, but appropriate. […]

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Willie Colon Settling In Now At Left Guard

Sevens games into the season Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Willie Colon appears to finally be settling into his new position and today I was asked via email if I believed a rumor floating around that he would be a salary cap casualty next year. Being as so many would rather base their speculation on whims, […]

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Looking At The Steelers Failures Versus Zone Blocking Scheme Last Season

Earlier today I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Steelers defense will need to shut down the zone blocking running scheme of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday in order to win the game. As I pointed out in that post, the defense has not done a good job against that blocking scheme as recently as last […]

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Ike Taylor Says \”Old Defense\” Is Tough To Beat When They All Are On The Same Page

Every time a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive player does an interview it seems that inevitably the question is asked about the defense being too old. NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp makes sure to say it whenever he talks about the Steelers defense and it seems that several others in the media try to make it a […]

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