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Steelers Seek Consistency At Inside Linebacker

Looking back over the past decade plus of Pittsburgh Steelers football, one of the common themes that has populated its success, even dominance, on the defensive side of the ball, was having a strong triangle up the middle that allowed the team to stop the run and force offenses to…


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Steelers DE Cameron Heyward Wins The Chief Award For 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward was named Friday as the 2014 recipient of the annual Pro Football Writers’ “The Chief Award”, for his cooperation with local media. “The Chief Award,” established in honor of Steelers’ founder, Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. and presented annually to the member of the Steelers’…


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Mike Tomlin And The Distinction Between Reality And Stereotype

Before the Pittsburgh Steelers’ most recent game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, head coach Mike Tomlin was interviewed for a previously recorded pre-game segment, during which Fox NFL sideline reporter Laura Okmin asked him about his thoughts on being labelled a “player’s coach”. While he preceded his statement…


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Steelers DE Brett Keisel Set To Be 5th Oldest Defensive Player In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel will return for a 13th season in 2014, but you might be surprised to know that the soon-to-be 36-year-old is still not in the top-four oldest defensive players still in the league. Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson currently gets the honor of being the…


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Ryan Shazier Debut Worth The Wait

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier made his NFL debut last night against the Buffalo Bills after he was forced to sit out last week’s preseason opener with a bone bruise, and the wait was worth it. The raw statistics themselves are impressive. In less than a half,…


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Less Of Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons In 2014

It might be hard to tell, but apparently there is less of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons this year. Timmons told the media on Saturday that he now weighs 242 pounds after playing last year at 250. When Timmons entered the league in 2007 as a first round draft pick,…


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Many Former Steelers Have ‘Come Home’ In Recent Years

In case you were living under a rock yesterday, you should know by now that former Miami Heat forward (slash hypothetical tight end slash wide receiver) LeBron James chose to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, rather than signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reportedly, there were tensions due to the fact that…


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Season Of Change – Free Agent Starters

After two straight seasons of equivalent wins and losses, it’s certainly no surprise that the front office of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been busier and more active than usual in their efforts to reshape a middling roster into a true competitor. The past few months could be fairly described as…


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Steelers Pre-Camp Depth Chart Update – Safety

With minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Steelers should already have all of the main components of their offseason roster in place, with all draft picks signed and no more free agents projected to be added until further evaluation. It’s possible that a…


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Larry Foote Still Has Love For Pittsburgh, And His Buckeye Replacement

Larry Foote once left the Pittsburgh Steelers voluntarily, having become all too aware that he would soon be demoted to make room for third-year linebacker Lawrence Timmons in the starting lineup. He asked for his released and signed on with his hometown Detroit Lions for a season before realizing that…


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LeBeau, Steelers Turn Eyes Forward On Defense

For an organization so intrinsically built upon and invested in its tradition, the Pittsburgh Steelers are facing a hard reality after suffering two consecutive non-winning seasons for the first time in over a decade. Not the simple reality that they haven’t been able to live up to their own standards…


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Lawrence Timmons Ready To Emerge As A Leader

For the first time in his career, Lawrence Timmons finds himself standing in a meeting room representing the old guard, the sage veteran whom others look up to for advice, as the most tenured member of the Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers. Throughout his first seven seasons, there have always been veterans…


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Replacing A Championship Roster – Long Road Ahead For Ryan Shazier

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when…


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Sean Spence Says He Will Know During OTAs If He Can Play

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence has been a topic of discussion since he was drafted, but for the better part of the past two years, it’s gravitated around what ifs, and whether he would ever even be able to play, after tearing up his knee in his rookie preseason. As…


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Steelers Step Out Of Character As Shazier Steps Into Starting Lineup

The Pittsburgh Steelers, seemingly, broke with apparent convention yesterday by inserting rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier into the first-team lineup from his very first full team practice during OTAs. In that bare sense, it is somewhat surprising. After all, the Steelers do have Vince Williams, who started most of the…




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Steelers 2014 Draft Starts Off Sneaky Good

By Michael K. Reynolds Shocked to see Ryan Shazier taken in the first round? Wondering why the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t take a cornerback or receiver in the second? Foaming at the mouth about their selection of a scatback with their third round pick? Before becoming completely apoplectic, consider some of…



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Steelers Draft History Under Tomlin – Inside Linebacker

With the 2014 NFL Draft coming up in a bit, and having finished taking stock of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster, it’s now time to look back and see how the team assembled the roster they currently have through the draft. It would be most simple to set a dividing line…


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Steelers Are Middle Of The Road In Terms Of Roster Turnover

The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs was in 2011. The current Steelers roster, whom have gone 16-16 since then, contains just 16 players left from that last playoff appearance, coming after a 12-4 regular season. And that seemingly substantial roster turnover is actually just middle-of-the-road turnover in…



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Looking At The Decision To Move On From Larry Foote

The Pittsburgh Steelers releasing offensive tackle Levi Brown was just a matter of time. The organization’s decision to move on from inside linebacker Larry Foote at the same time was somewhat unexpected, though not entirely surprising. After all, the Steelers played almost all of the 2013 season without the aging…


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Mapping Out The Steelers’ Free Agency Plans

With the salary cap now confirmed to be $10 million higher than last season—and nearly $7 million more than projected—the Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a much more favorable position to operate than was anticipated just a few weeks ago. The fact of the matter is that the Steelers are…