Jeremy Hill

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Previewing The AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals

As training camp fast approaches, I’ve decided to break down the current state of the rest of the AFC North heading into the 2015 NFL preseason. A comprehensive Pittsburgh Steelers breakdown will follow my analysis of their three divisional opponents early next week. We’ll being by taking an in-depth look…


Steelers Offense Tops In Division, Arguably Leaguewide

If you ask scan across the league, there’s arguably not a division as tough and gritty as the brand of football found in the AFC North. In fact, up until the final week of the season as they jockeyed for playoff positioning, ultimately the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals all made…


AFC North Draft History Study: Running Backs

On the heels of the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft, I began to realize the need to enhance my understanding of each team’s draft history; what they’ve built or attempted to build over the past ten years and how they’ve went about that process. This may seem tedious to…


Steelers All-22: Backside Pursuit vs Wide Zones

Back at the tape today with a small, but important, breakdown of how defenses successfully play the run. Zone blocking schemes are mixed into every team’s playbook. Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans specifically are well accustomed to seeing them as the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Baltimore Ravens use it heavily, though…

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AFC North Free Agency Watch Day 2: Cincinnati Bengals

Either due to lack of finances or whatever it is the Cleveland Browns are doing, the AFC North has been rather quiet thus far when it comes to signing any players, whether from their own team or outside the organization, to bigger contracts. The Cincinnati Bengals have been the biggest…


The Pessimist’s Take – Finding Bell’s Backup In Free Agency

While the Pittsburgh Steelers may have gained some tangible evidence of improvement, improving their win total by three games and hosting a playoff game as a division champion for the first time in four seasons, there is no doubt that the team is far from a finished product. No team,…

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Steelers vs Bengals II Film Review: Cameron Heyward

It’s probably fair to say that defensive end Cameron Heyward emerged this season as the most consistent player that the Pittsburgh Steelers currently have on defense, and perhaps the player who makes the biggest impact on opposing offenses. Heyward led the team with 7.5 sacks, along with ample other pressures,…

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Steelers vs Bengals II Film Review: Will Allen

For the past few seasons, whenever Troy Polamalu has been out, the Pittsburgh Steelers have, more often than not, had the good fortune to turn to Will Allen, the veteran safety who was once coached at his position by Mike Tomlin with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Allen did well enough…


Steelers vs Bengals II Film Review: Jason Worilds

In the minds of many, fifth-year Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds has too often this season been disappearing from games—especially if you line up his production against the salary that he made this season. Despite playing less games, Worilds finished his first full, uninterrupted season as a starter with…


Steelers Vs. Bengals Game Rewind – Second Half

Game observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Second Half – Jason Worilds continued to flash in the run game. Takes on two blocks, sheds, and makes the tackle. Bengals love to pull and this is pretty much a Student Body Right play with three pullers….


Steelers vs Bengals II Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the season finale on Sunday. The Bengals opened up the second half from the 30 after a good return. The Steelers were able to clamp down on the run,…


Steelers vs Bengals II First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the season finale on Sunday. The Steelers had been coming out lately in run-heavy looks, but in this game, they split three wide receivers wide to start the game….


David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers punctuated their regular season Sunday night at Heinz Field with a 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, clinching their first AFC North title since 2010. The Steelers finished the season on an impressive 8-2 run in their final ten games including winning their last four. Sunday night’s…


Steelers Have Leaks to Patch On Their Voyage To The Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Steelers Week 17 win against the Cincinnati Bengals guaranteed them a playoff game at home but it was not without its warts. The Steelers will now host the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh during wild card weekend. Every meeting between these two teams promises to be a slugfest considering…


Steelers Versus Bengals: An All-22 Primer

All-22 primer of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. – Ben Roethlisberger was dealing with a stomach bug that didn’t help matters but there were moments of “bad” Ben. Times where he was locking onto his first read – usually Antonio Brown – and flat out missing…


Breaking Bengals – 3 Keys to Victory Against Cincinnati

The Pittsburgh Steelers have already clinched a playoff berth after beating the Kansas City Chiefs but they remain in the driver seat to win the AFC North when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals. A home playoff game and the third seed would be huge to the Steelers and the…


Stopping Splash Plays In Run Defense Key For Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers run defense still can’t be considered great but it has managed to level out over the last several weeks. There is some natural regression at play but one of the largest factors in the Steelers’ moderate success is the denial of splash plays in the run game….


Steelers vs Bengals I Film Review: Steve McLendon

The return of nose tackle Steve McLendon to the lineup was a welcome sight for the Pittsburgh Steelers after missing action since the Jets game. With their nose tackle back on the field, the defense did a better job of controlling the Cincinnati Bengals’ rushing attack, which is where McLendon…

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Steelers vs Bengals I Film Review: Sean Spence

When the Pittsburgh Steelers finally got rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier back healthy, he returned to action on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he did so seeing time only on special teams, being kept off the field on defense. Sean Spence, who has started in his absence, once again started…

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Steelers vs Bengals I Film Review: Jarvis Jones

Jarvis Jones was in fact only one of two starting linebackers that the Pittsburgh Steelers got back healthy on Sunday as they visited the home of the Cincinnati Bengals, as rookie starter Ryan Shazier was also active for the first time in a few games. Unlike the rookie, however, Jones…

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Steelers vs Bengals I First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations from the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers opened the game with running personnel, with three tight ends including Will Johnson, but then split out four wide, taking advantage of an easy matchup for Antonio Brown…

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Steelers vs Bengals I – What To Watch For On Defense

Despite suffering a disappointing loss last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers did get a bit of a break as three of the other teams they are competing against for playoff positioning also slipped up, and now there are six different teams in the AFC with a 7-5 record, looking to capture…