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48 Plays That Shaped The Steelers 2013 Season: Week 13 Versus Ravens

By Alex Kozora Before turning out attention to the start of training camp, we’ll revisit 2013 one more time. This is a brand new series that will be recapping each game by highlighting three plays that shaped the final score – and the 2013 season – of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Today’s edition brings you Week 13 […]

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2012, 2013 NFL Game Opening Drive Study

By Alex Kozora This past weekend, Dave Bryan posted an article containing Ben Roethlisberger’s career numbers on opening drives.  And as he wrote and a reader posted, a more full-fledged idea came out of it. Statistics are all relative. On the surface, it’s difficult to gauge how impressive Roethlisberger’s performance (37 touchdowns in 142 drives) […]

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Steelers Film Room: Reading Hats On The Goalline

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why it happened. […]

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Know Thy AFC North Enemy: A Look At The Ravens 2014 Draft Class

We have already dissected the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft class pretty good, so now it’s time to look at what the other teams in the AFC North did. We’ll start this short series off with a quick overview of the Baltimore Ravens 2014 draft class. 1 – 17(17) – C.J. Mosley – ILB – Alabama […]

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Albert Breer: Lessons Learned On The New Salary Cap Realities

The monetary landscape for players and teams has changed a fair bit since the lockout a few seasons ago. The uncapped year created opportunities for some, and problems for others—even later on down the road. When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached, the salary cap was kept low for the first few years. It […]

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Former Raven Michael Oher Signs With The Tennessee Titans

The Baltimore Ravens may have checked off the biggest box on their to-do list when it comes to turning around their offensive line, but today the Tennessee Titans didn’t make their job any easier. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported that the Titans have agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract for tackle Michael Oher, […]

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The Pessimist’s Take – More Quarters?

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both […]

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Roethlisberger Contract Extension Unlikely To Happen Until Summer At The Earliest

If the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a contract extension this offseason, it likely won’t happen until later in the summer, according to general manager Kevin Colbert in a Thursday morning interview on DVE Radio. “Ben has two years on his contract,” started Colbert. “We want him to finish his career […]

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Steelers Super Bowl Grief Kit

By Michael K. Reynolds I am not a fan of the Super Bowl. At least not when the Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t in the big game. Truth be told, I’m not much of a football fan. I am a Steelers fan. Many years ago I had a friend who swore he was the king of the diehard Steelers […]

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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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Ravens Hire Gary Kubiak To Be Their New Offensive Coordinator

Just like the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason, the Baltimore Ravens are also making changes to their offensive coaching staff and on Monday they announced the hiring of former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as their new offensive coordinator. Kubiak replaces Jim Caldwell, who left to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions just […]

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When Will Andy Dalton Being Just Good Enough Not Be Good Enough For The Bengals?

Thanks to quarterback Andy Dalton turning the ball over three times on Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals are once again one and done in the playoffs for a third year in the row as they lost 27-10 at home to the San Diego Chargers. Now, with Dalton heading into the final year of his rookie contract […]

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Maryland Car Dealership Commercial Includes Fake Mike Tomlin Blocking Path Of Jacoby Jones

So you thought everyone was done making fun of the sideline punt return incident between Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones? Well, guess again. Jones Junction Auto Group, a Maryland based car dealership, now has a new commercial out that features Jones having his path to a free […]

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Now That Jay Cutler Has A New Mega Deal, Ben Roethlisberger Figures To Be Next

On Thursday, the Chicago Bears announced that they have signed veteran quarterback Jay Cutler to a new seven-year contract and while the financial terms and structure are still undisclosed at the time of this post, several are reporting that the average yearly value will come in at around $18 million. Cutler was set to become […]

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Bengals Crowned, Second Place Unsettled: The State Of The AFC North – Week 17

By Jeremy Hritz Week seventeen is here, and the AFC North Divisional Champion has been crowned: the Cincinnati Bengals. With a playoff spot secured, the Bengals are now playing for seeding purposes, and should they beat the Baltimore Ravens at home, which is likely considering their undefeated record there, and should the Patriots lose to […]

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Shaping Up For A Bengals-Ravens Showdown: The State Of The AFC North – Week Sixteen

By Jeremy Hritz Only two weeks remaining in the 2013 regular season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are more than likely facing a second year in a row without making the playoffs. Without help from the Ravens, Dolphins, Jets, and Chargers, the offseason work to reverse the two-year trend will begin immediately, and the Steelers will […]

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Hritz: Bengals Versus Steelers Preview and Prediction – Week 15

By Jeremy Hritz Only three more games remaining in the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers season, and the significance that the contests have taken on in the past couple of weeks has begun to weaken, and sadly, it seems that the only thing that the team has to play for is pride and the teeny-tiny possibility that […]

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Ain’t Nothing Changed: The State of the AFC North – Week Fifteen

By Jeremy Hritz The AFC North looks to be the Cincinnati Bengals domain as it has all season, the result of the consistency that they have demonstrated in winning. For as streaky as Andy Dalton has been at times, the Bengals continue to find ways to win football games and move closer to an AFC […]

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Some Ziggy Hood Highlights As He Re-Enters The Starting Lineup

By Matthew Marczi When it comes to a player like Ziggy Hood, who not only does nothing special himself, but also plays a selfless position such as the 3-4 defensive end in Dick LeBeau’s scheme, all publicity is not good publicity. In fact, when Hood gets brought up, it’s usually in a negative light. Even […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers LB Vince Williams Versus Ravens

By Alex Kozora A breakdown of Vince Williams’ snaps vs the Baltimore Ravens. *Not including the three kneel downs Baltimore had at the end of the game with Williams on the field. First Drive Snaps: 3 Run: 1 Rush/Drop: 1/1 1. 1st and 10, 12:24 1st. Playaction on the Ravens first play of the game. […]

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Jason Worilds Continued Pass-Rushing Hot Streak Versus Ravens

By Matthew Marczi As I wrote yesterday, the biggest strides that fourth-year outside linebacker Jason Worilds have made this season are not in his pass rushing skills, even if they are more eye-catching—not to mention more apparent due to his increased playing time. No, his greatest improvement this year has been his assignment discipline and […]

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Biggest Strides For Worilds Coming Against The Run, Not The Pass

By Matthew Marczi Jason Worilds may have played the best game of his career up to this point in the Steelers’ latest lost to the Ravens, but it had more to do with his work versus the run than against the pass, despite the fact that he registered two sacks, including a strip sack that […]

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Steelers Versus Ravens – Second Half Notes And Observations – Week 13

By Matthew Marczi On the first snap, Jason Worilds picked up where he left off in his strong run defense, tackling Bernard Pierce from behind before he could break away for what might have gone for a first down otherwise. He nearly got a third sack on Joe Flacco a few plays later, but he […]

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Steelers Versus Ravens – First Half Notes And Observations – Week 13

By Matthew Marczi The decision to run on third and 12 in the beginning of the game seemed stupid at first, until you noticed the way the Ravens were lined up on defense. It was tempting to run through that hole. And it was probably closer to working than you’d think. Mat McBriar had his […]

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Can The Steelers Secondary Improve Over The Final Four Games?

By Jeremy Hritz The momentum has been stifled, and the longest win streak for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 ends at three games, one better than their previous streak of two. If this pattern continues, their next streak will be four in a row, and they could keep their slim playoff possibilities afloat at least […]

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Drive-By-Drive Analysis Reveals Worrying Third-Down Trend For Steelers Defense

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers had ample opportunity to hold the Baltimore Ravens to drive after drive without a scoring attempt. And time after time, they failed to take advantage of those opportunities. The Ravens held the ball on nine occasions. They punted once. They also ended the first and second halves with the […]

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