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Hritz: Steelers Versus Ravens Preview And Prediction – Week 13

By Jeremy Hritz The Steelers beat the Browns. Handily. Convincingly. Enough to make even the most cynical of fans after the 0-4 opening start believing again. In fact, you could argue that the performance put on display this past Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns was their most impressive victory in the last two seasons. […]

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Pleased To Welcome Aboard Alex Kozora

You have probably noticed by now that Alex Kozora has been brought on to contribute to site and he should compliment the tremendous writing that both Matthew Marczi and Jeremy Hritz contribute to the site. Alex really loves the X\’s and O\’s of the game and his primary focus will be individual player and play […]

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Chris Burke Of SI Thinks Safety Is An Improved Position For The Steelers

By Jeremy Hritz The season previews for NFL teams continue, and the most recent one regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers comes from Sports Illustrated online by writer Chris Burke. Burke previews the entire AFC North for the 2013 season and has some unique takes on what he sees as the weaknesses and strengths of this year’s […]

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Gil Brandt Says Steelers Facing Downward Spiral In 2014

By Jeremy Hritz On July 9th, Gil Brandt posted an article on NFL.com titled “Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants head now-or-never teams.” In his article, Brandt took his turn pounding the drum that so many in the national media have done over the last few seasons about the demise of the Steelers. His article is […]

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Mike Tomlin Safe Even If 2013 Is A Dud

By Jeremy Hritz There are several coaches that are on the hot seat heading into the fresh 2013 NFL season. From Rex Ryan in New York to Jason Garrett in Dallas, if their respective teams do not improve on their records from last season, they will find themselves in the market for new jobs. In […]

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How The Steelers Will Improve In The Turnover Department In 2013

By Jeremy Hritz On July 3rd, ESPN had an article titled “Turnovers were a team problem for Steelers” in which the author made a quick analysis of the Steelers turnover struggles from last season. The defense took the ball away 20 times, which was the eighth fewest in the NFL. Turnovers, though, was as much […]

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LaMarr Woodley Will Eclipse Jason Gildon in 2015?

By Jeremy Hritz LaMarr Woodley underperformed last season. Whether or not it was due to a lack of conditioning, injury, or both, the Pittsburgh Steelers cannot absorb another similar outing and expect to improve on an 8-8 season. Criticized in the offseason by an unnamed teammate for poor conditioning, Woodley showed up to this year’s […]

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Does Steelers G Ramon Foster Still Have Room For Growth?

By Jeremy Hritz Much of the talk this offseason about the Steelers offensive line has been focused on Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Mike Adams, and Marcus Gilbert and their potential for excellence. Lost in the discussion has been the steady and consistent Ramon Foster. While not as “shiny” a name as the other Steelers offensive […]

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A More Confident And Dangerous Joe Flacco In 2013?

By Jeremy Hritz Watching the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl this past January wasn’t an easy thing to do for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In fact, the entirety of the 2012 Ravens playoff series was difficult to watch because of the clutch play of oft-scrutinized quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco’s performance in the playoffs was outstanding, […]

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Four Worst-Case Scenarios Steelers Hope To Avoid In 2013

By Jeremy Hritz We have spent much of this offseason discussing the potential for the Pittsburgh Steelers to return to the post-season and to make a deep run towards a seventh championship. And there are many reasons to be optimistic, especially with an influx of young talent in the 2013 draft class in Jarvis Jones, […]

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Steelers G David DeCastro Must Meet Expectations In 2013

By Jeremy Hritz The sentiment last year was that the Pittsburgh Steelers hit the lottery when guard David DeCastro fell to them at pick # 24 in the NFL Draft. At Stanford, DeCastro was heralded as one of the best guard prospects in years, and he was projected to be a week one starter for […]

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Steelers Rookie LB Jarvis Jones: A Quick Learner?

By Jeremy Hritz Thursday morning, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ed Bouchette wrote about the possibility of rookie first round draft pick Jarvis Jones earning the starting right outside linebacker position opposite LaMarr Woodley. In order for that to occur, according to Bouchette, his ability to assimilate the 3-4 defense has to be sharp: “The better […]

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Hrapmann Won’t Challenge Suisham For Steelers Kicking Job, Right?

By Jeremy Hritz It’s that time of year again when I begin my usual campaign for the Pittsburgh Steelers to force a competition for the kicking job, as last year, I beat the drum for Grant Ressel and Danny Hrapmann to overtake Shaun Suisham as the team’s placekicker. To my disappointment, despite Hrapmann’s solid preseason […]

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How Many Years Does Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Have Left?

By Jeremy Hritz Last week, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had what was described as a minor procedure done on his right knee. This sent a wave of anxiety through Steelers Nation and stirred discussion about Roethlisberger’s remaining time in the NFL. Specifically, on Sirius XM Radio on Ross Tucker’s The Opening Drive, the topic […]

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A Different Feel To The 2013 Steelers

By Jeremy Hritz There’s a different feel to the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason, despite the popular perception that the team is undergoing a transition and consequently, will not improve on their 8-8 performance from a season ago. While fingers are quick to point at a aged defense, an average receiving corps, and an inexperienced offensive […]

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Is Lawrence Timmons The New Troy Polamalu Of The Steelers Defense?

By Jeremy Hritz There is no question that Ben Roethlisberger is critical to the success of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, and that his absence from the lineup encumbers the unit’s potential. His unique skill set provides a variety of offensive possibilities that challenge defenses in ways that no other quarterback can. Troy Polamalu used to […]

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Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley Gets Helping Hand From \’Nice Guy\’, James Harrison

A few weeks ago, our very own Jeremy Hritz wondered if former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison might have been the player behind the anonymous “out of shape” comments made about linebacker LaMarr Woodley following the 2012 season, but I think it\’s safe to say that we can put that speculation to rest now. Harrison, […]

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Steelers In Need Of Some Good News

By Jeremy Hritz Outside of the Steelers signing nearly all of their draft picks over the last week, there hasn’t been much great news surrounding the team. First, second year starting right tackle, Mike Adams, was stabbed early Saturday morning in Pittsburgh’s South Side when three knuckleheads decided it was a good idea to try […]

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Ike Taylor: Consistency, Not Interceptions Define His Game

By Jeremy Hritz Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was playing some of the best football of his career before his season ended on a broken ankle against the Baltimore Ravens on December 4th. While he was not picking off passes in bunches, Taylor continued quietly in his staple role with the Steelers as defender of […]

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Is The Steelers O-Line Cursed?

By Jeremy Hritz What are the chances that your starting right tackle gets stabbed in the early morning trying to stop a group of individuals from stealing his truck? As was reported Saturday morning, second year player Mike Adams was stabbed in the stomach in Pittsburgh’s South Side. Thankfully, it has been reported that Adams […]

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Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer \”Weight-ing\” To Learn His 2013 Fate

By Jeremy Hritz The drafting of Le’Veon Bell reinforced Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert’s statement early in the 2013 offseason that the running back position was one in need of improvement. After Bell’s selection, the assumption became that he would be the bell cow in the backfield at the start of the season. The […]

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Steelers WR Antonio Brown Poised For Another 1,000 Yard Season?

By Jeremy Hritz Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress recently had some interesting comments about fourth-year receiver Antonio Brown. He said, “[Brown] is going to be one of the most feared receivers in the league this year.” Mr. Burress, we hope you are right. Being without their number one receiver from the past two […]

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Will Steelers WR Markus Wheaton Outdo Mike Wallace’s Rookie Season?

By Jeremy Hritz Excitement has been generated by the Pittsburgh Steelers selection of wide receiver Markus Wheaton in the third round. The 22-year-old rookie from Oregon State has been compared to both Mike Wallace and Hines Ward, though he has yet to get a rep in OTAs as he is still attending college classes. In […]

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Extend Sanders Now To Avoid Yearlong Farewell Tour

By Jeremy Hritz What can we expect from Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the 2013 season? After being courted by the New England Patriots, Sanders signed an offer sheet that many believed the Steelers would not match. However, by the end of the matching deadline, Sanders had been retained, and the Steelers did […]

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Was James Harrison The Anonymous LaMarr Woodley Critic?

By Jeremy Hritz Recently on steelers.com, an interview with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was posted, and a majority of it was focused on the criticism that he received from an anonymous source this off-season. When Woodley was asked if he ever talked to the person who made the comments, or if he ever attempted […]

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Can The Bengals Really Overtake The Steelers And The Ravens In 2013?

By Jeremy Hritz The Cincinnati Bengals have been building through the draft, and it is beginning to pay handsomely, as they have accumulated a talented group of young players. And after the most recent draft with the additions of tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard, the Bengals offense looks to have improved […]

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