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Steelers Offseason Priorities – Talking To Ike Taylor

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers have their work cut out for them coming off consecutive non-winning seasons. It takes elbow grease to get from 8-8 to a contender, as everybody knows, of course, but this offseason, the issue is more complicated than simply improving, due to some uncommon circumstances. A very large sticking point […]

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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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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Review – Jarvis Jones

By Matthew Marczi It has been a theme for many years that, aside from the occasional special teams contributions, rookies on the Pittsburgh Steelers, including even first-round draft picks, rarely contribute during their first season. That has been especially true over the years on defense, though less so on offense. That pattern changed somewhat in […]

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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Review – Season Overview

Every draft class for every team in the National Football League is important. Just about every year feels to some as though it’s the most important draft for their favorite team in recent memory. We hear that already about the 2014 draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers…we also heard that about 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. […]

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Post-Season Analysis Of The 2013 Steelers Draft Picks

By Jeremy Hritz The season is over, and it’s time to reflect on the performance of individual Steelers and their contributions to the team in 2013. Below is an analysis of the performance of the 2013 Steelers draft picks, in addition to a forecast of what type of contribution they can make in their second […]

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Former Steelers LB Alan Baxter Signed To Colts Practice Squad

On Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts announced that they have signed former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Alan Baxter to their practice squad. Baxter was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois on April 27, 2013. He was then signed to their Steelers practice squad after the final roster moves were […]

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With Woodley Out, Carter Might Get One Last Chance To Impress

Just as Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds is in the final year of his contract this season, Chris Carter will be entering his next season. With the status of both Worilds and LaMarr Woodley currently up in the air for 2014, swinging and missing completely with Carter could further hurt the team at the […]

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Bengals Injury Report: CB Terence Newman Only Player Out For Steelers Game

The Friday injury report for the Cincinnati Bengals offered up no real surprises as only one player will miss the Sunday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers because of an injury. Cornerback Terence Newman (knee) will not play Sunday night after failing to practice all week and he is expected to be replaced by Dre […]

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Bengals Injury Report: Flu Bug Forces A Few Players To Miss Thursday

The Cincinnati Bengals Thursday injury report is now out and shows that the flu bug is making the rounds with the team as it forced a few players to miss practice. Now practicing on Thursday were linebacker Vontaze Burfict (illness, thigh), running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness), linebacker James Harrison (illness) and cornerback Terence Newman (knee). […]

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Jason Worilds Headed Back Where He Started

By Matthew Marczi It was a nice and productive three-week detour, but from the looks of it Jason Worilds will be headed back right where he started the season. At right outside linebacker. Despite the fact that Worilds has been enormously productive with LaMarr Woodley missing the past three weeks—which forced the Steelers to start […]

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Talk Of Playing Jason Worilds On The Left Side Must Consider The Impact On LaMarr Woodley

By Matthew Marczi The idea that Jason Worilds plays better on the left side of the defense has followed him around for most of his career. That may well be true; throughout his career, he has generated more pressure against the pass on a per-play basis on the left side. Though three of his four […]

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Hritz: Lions Versus Steelers Preview And Prediction – Week Eleven

By Jeremy Hritz The Pittsburgh Steelers got a win, and did so in a somewhat convincing way against Buffalo. At least defensively. After last week’s showing, the Steelers aren’t make a great deal of sense, are they? The defensive performance was somewhat dominant, but that should be expected when playing against a rookie quarterback that […]

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Lawrence Timmons Put The Hurt On The Bills With His Tackling

By Matthew Marczi He may not have recorded double-digit tackles, but Lawrence Timmons played one of his best games so far this season. In total, he recorded eight tackles—seven solo—deflected a pass, and also recorded his first sack of the season. But the biggest impact that he had on the game was, literally, his impact. […]

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Recent Events Could Signal Fundamental Paradigm Shift In NFL Locker Rooms

By Matthew Marczi The past week around the NFL as certainly opened up some eyes as to how a locker room often works. Players have some tough decisions to face on a daily basis, and we may be seeing the beginnings of a shift in the culture in locker rooms all around the league. Sure, […]

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LaMarr Woodley Continues Career-Best Pace As Pass Rusher

By Matthew Marczi LaMarr Woodley did not register a sack for the second straight week after reeling off one per game for five straight weeks, but that doesn’t mean that he failed to bring the pressure when presented the opportunity. In fact, he probably would have had a sack had Cameron Heyward not gotten to […]

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Jason Worilds Ready To Step In If Needed

By Matthew Marczi Over the past couple years, the Pittsburgh Steelers were more often than not able to turn to Jason Worilds whenever they needed an injury replacement at outside linebacker, either for James Harrison or LaMarr Woodley. This year, he was supposed to take the next step and become the starter, but after beginning […]

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Checking In On The Players The Steelers Parted Ways With This Past Offseason

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to let several of their unrestricted free agents walk this past offseason and they parted ways with a few other veterans under contract in addition. Here is a quick look at how their former players have done so far this season as week five comes to a close Monday night. Rashard […]

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Bengals Game The Latest Entry In The Sack Versus Consistent Pressure Debate

By Matthew Marczi On the negative side, the Pittsburgh Steelers total just one sack through two games. On the positive side, they are getting to the quarterbacks and influencing throws. In Week One, the Steelers generated a total of 13 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus, one of which was a sack. This past […]

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Rookies Should See Uncommon Amount Of Work On Defense Tonight

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers appear poised to get more use out of their defensive rookies than they have in a long time tonight as they take on James Harrison and the Cincinnati Bengals. One of those young defensive players will be Harrison’s replacement, and the team’s first draft selection this year, outside linebacker […]

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Hritz: Steelers At Bengals Preview And Prediction – Week 2

By Jeremy Hritz Time to move on from the awful play of a week ago against the Tennessee Titans and to focus on the imminent matchup against the AFC North favorites, Cincinnati Bengals. While conventional wisdom says the Pittsburgh Steelers will have a difficult time competing in Cincy based on their abysmal performance in week […]

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NFL Playbook Segment Features Poor Runs By The Steelers Running Backs

One of my favorite shows to watch every week during the season is “Playbook”, which can be seen every Friday night on the NFL Network. They do great job of previewing the upcoming games and you always learn something thanks to their all-22 play break downs. In their preview of the Monday night game between […]

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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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A Three Horse Race? The State Of The AFC North

By Jeremy Hritz *Throughout the season, I will be writing a weekly article on the state of the AFC North. This is the first article in the season series. 2013 AFC North Standings Week 1 AFC North Schedule Week 2 AFC North Schedule 1. Bengals, 0-02. Browns, 0-0 3. Steelers, 0-0 4. Ravens, 0-1 Bengals […]

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Championship Denier: The Agents Of Defeat

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a lot of moving parts over the past few years as they extradite themselves from the services of many of the now-aging players that once brought them to the promised land twice in the past decade, and in sight of it a third time. With that in […]

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Championship-Caliber: The Agents Of Victory

By Matthew Marczi Every championship-caliber team needs to have certain players that they know they can count on to get the job done on a consistent basis, without whom those championship aspirations can disappear in a hurry. The Pittsburgh Steelers may have lost a number of such players in recent years, players with multiple championship […]

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A Game Of Firsts

By Matthew Marczi When the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field on Sunday to take on the Tennessee Titans in the season opener at Heinz Field, it will be a game of many firsts; indeed, far more than normal. With several new starters on both sides of the ball, the team will be fielding a lot […]

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