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What Does The Cody Wallace Signing Mean For Fernando Velasco?

After making their big free agency splash on day one by signing safety Mike Mitchell, the Pittsburgh Steelers got back to business as usual yesterday by signing some of their more unheralded reserve players to modest contracts. Among those was interior offensive lineman Cody Wallace, of whom I and most…


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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Review – G Chris Hubbard – Undrafted

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….


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With Velasco Out, Cody Wallace Is A Mystery Soon To Be Revealed

By Matthew Marczi Yesterday, I lamented over the fact that the recent rash of injuries suffered by four different offensive linemen would be a speed bump on the road to improved offensive line play, which had been on the rise in recent weeks. Today, I’m left to lament the fact…


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Help, Health Wanted Along The Offensive Line

By Matthew Marczi Ever since the inexplicable scene two weeks ago in which the newly-acquired tackle Levi Brown injured himself during pre-game warmups, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has gone against his own grain and dressed eight offensive linemen on game day. Did the shock of having just Guy…


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Left Tackle Shuffle Forces Rethinking Of Backup Plan

By Matthew Marczi The developments at the left tackle position over the past couple weeks obviously have wide-ranging implications with regards to how it affects the Pittsburgh Steelers and their plans going forward. The team obviously had hoped to plug in Mike Adams at left tackle and perhaps play him…


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Will Fernando Velasco Be Up To Speed In Time To Start Next Week?

By Matthew Marczi With Monday’s confirmation that Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury after being placed on injured reserve, the immediate question now is this: who is playing center on Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals? The Steelers signed center/guard…



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Mike Tomlin Failed To Live Up To The Standard In Loss To Titans

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin always talks about the standard being the standard and in the Sunday season opening loss to the Tennessee Titans, he, like most of his players, failed to live up to that standard. Below are a few issues I have with Tomlin’s coaching on Sunday…


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Could John Malecki Be The Week Two Starting Center?

By Matthew Marczi If Maurkice Pouncey is able to play again this year—which seems highly unlikely at this point—the Pittsburgh Steelers will be forced to carry him on the roster, and will have to cut at another position in order to bring in another offensive lineman. The likely cut would…


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The Story Of Guy Whimper

By Matthew Marczi With a few days now gone by since the final 53-man roster was first tallied and the Pittsburgh Steelers seemingly done making roster moves, it certainly appears that journeyman offensive lineman Guy Whimper is here to stay, at least for now. So what exactly does that mean…