Jerry Olsavsky


Steelers Defense Enjoys Team Dinner During Bye Week

It’s been months of non-stop football. Play, prepare, repeat. The Pittsburgh Steelers finally have met their bye week and are rightfully using that time to enjoy themselves. That included the Steelers’ defense getting together for dinner last night. Several players posted photos of the night on Instagram. Next A photo posted…


Training Camp Diary: Day Fifteen

Day 15! Another hot one but as Mike Tomlin coins it, a “spirited” one. Let’s get into the notes. – Not practicing today: Josh Harris (foot), Ross Ventrone (ankle), Lawrence Timmons (toe), Vince Williams (hamstring), Stephon Tuitt (unknown), Cameron Clear (knee), Cortez Allen (unknown), Steve McLendon (unknown), David Nelson (shoulder),…

Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Ian Wild (38). SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Ian Wild Embodying Concept Of ‘The More You Can Do’

It’s likely not very often that a player, undrafted as a rookie, makes his first NFL roster three years after the fact, but that is what safety Ian Wild is attempting to do with the Pittsburgh Steelers this summer. And he’s taking every step possible to maximize his value, which…

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Steelers Training Camp Stock Report: Day 14

You would think that after two preseason games and three weeks of training camp practices, that the energy might be a bit down heading into the final five practices of camp, but not so on Sunday. Even if the players had any ideas about taking it easy, Mike Tomlin made…

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Steelers 2015 Training Camp Stock Report: Day 4

Another blazingly hot day in Latrobe, conditions that were hard enough to just stand in, let alone practice in full pads. The players handled the heat well, with a lively practice that didn’t have quite as much contact as Wednesday’s, but still provided plenty of entertainment. Daily stock report… Stock…

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Collaboration On Display In Rebuilding Steelers’ Defense

A couple of months back, I speculated that, with the departure of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and the promotion of Keith Butler to the same position—one that he has never held before—we could expect to see the formulation of a new defense through a collaborative effort of much of the…


On What It Means To Be Injury-Prone, And How To Fix It

The term “injury-prone” tends to get thrown around often—perhaps more often than it should—whenever the topic of discussion is players who have suffered multiple injuries in their careers. The term has come to be a pejorative, and is used in that fashion, often hastily, to portray a player in a…


Ike Taylor Keeping Options Open In Retirement, Including Coaching

In recent seasons, the Steelers coaching staff has seen several branches of it’s coaching tree filled by former players who donned the black and gold, from pass rushing menace Joey Porter to the blue collar Jerry Olsavsky, who this offseason were promoted to coach the outside and inside linebackers, respectively….


Clarity At ILB May Lead To More Defined Roles For Backups

Last offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers were unsure exactly of what they had at the inside linebacker position outside of the veteran of the group, Lawrence Timmons. In two were second-year player Vince Williams and Sean Spence, who, entering his third year, had not played a meaningful down of football due…

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Keith Butler With Big Opportunity As First Year Coordinator

It isn’t often that a first-year defensive coordinator has the chance to accomplish something a long-time legend had struggled to do in recent years, but that is exactly the opportunity in front of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Keith Butler. The former linebackers’ coach has had the honor of being tutored by…


Steelers Shazier Back Starting Again After Injury-Filled Rookie Season

At this same time last year, then-rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier appeared to be well on his way to playing 1,000 snaps for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2014 season. Injuries suffered in the Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers, however, forced the Ohio State product to miss seven…


Much Like Shazier, Olsavsky Knows All About The “Undersized” Label

Much like their 2014 first round draft choice, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebackers coach Jerry Olsavsky knows all too well about the whispers from the pundits regarding size. The Steelers’ tenth round draft choice in 1989, he was a 6-foot-1, 221-pound demon on special teams his rookie season while backing…