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Steelers vs Browns II Film Review: Steve McLendon

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have to get used to life without Steve McLendon at nose tackle for tomorrow night, as he’s long been ruled out for the Monday night game against the Houston Texans. Perhaps I should say the team needs to get used to life with Cam Thomas at nose tackle, because […]

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The Mystique Of Mount McCullers

By Michael K. Reynolds Who would have thought one of the most anticipated rookie debuts for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season would be a sixth round draft choice? That’s precisely the buzz and surprising controversy surrounding nose tackle Daniel McCullers’ opportunity to be active for a game for the first time in his young career. […]

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Steelers vs Panthers Film Review: Nick Williams

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted defensive end Nick Williams in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft because they fell in love with his measurables, and defensive line coach John Mitchell believed, because he was still new to the game, he would be able to mold him into the player he wants him to be […]

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Instant Analysis Of The Steelers 10 Man Practice Squad

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now announced their initial 2014 practice squad players and here is quick break down of every one of them DE Nick Williams – Williams, the Steelers seventh round draft pick from 2013, remains a project of defensive line coach John Mitchell. Williams lost his rookie season to a knee injury and really […]

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Steelers Rookie Stephon Tuitt Shows He Can Move It Against Bills

During the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 training camp, both head coach Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau praised rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt for always running to the football. Saturday night in the preseason win over the Buffalo Bills, the Notre Dame product showed why he is worthy of that praise. On a 3rd and […]

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Steelers Vs. Bills: Some Rapid Fire Conclusions

By Michael K. Reynolds What conclusions can be drawn from merely the second preseason game of the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers? Nothing you say? It’s much too early. Chill out. Rubble…rubble…rubble. Nonsense. Much has already been etched in stone…well at least firmly penciled in. Here are some rapid fire conclusions that can be surmised following the […]

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The Only Question That Matters This Preseason

By Michael K. Reynolds Are they better or are they worse? This critical question asked of the Pittsburgh Steelers should be well on its way to being answered by the end of the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Already in 2014, the team has completed free agency, the draft, mini-camps and training camp at […]

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Steelers DE Brian Arnfelt Relagated To Third-Team Duty Against Giants

It’s really hard to read into too many things during preseason games when comes to snap counts and which unit a player is playing with, but one thing certainly stuck out Saturday night during the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-16 loss to the New York Giants. Second-year defensive end Brian Arnfelt, who spent most of his rookie […]

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Steelers Vs. Giants: Five Defensive Players To Watch That Weren’t 2014 Draft Picks

The Pittsburgh Steelers will kickoff their 2014 preseason Saturday night against the New York Giants and here are five players on the defensive side of the football that weren’t draft picks this year that we suggest keeping a close eye on during the game. Sean Spence – How can the former third-round draft pick not […]

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Steelers DE Brian Arnfelt Hoping Hard Work Will Pay Off

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year defensive end Brian Arnfelt is the only end on the roster other than Cameron Heyward to have taken even a single snap on defense for Dick LeBeau last year, and he merely doubled that with his two total plays on the line. But that doesn’t mean he’s a shoe-in to make the […]

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Big Steelers Rookie NT Daniel McCullers Talks Big Things He’s Working On

“So far, so good.” That’s exactly what rookie Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Daniel McCullers recently said when asked how his first NFL training camp is going. McCullers, who was drafted with second of two sixth-round selections that the Steelers had this year, should be getting his fair share of reps right now during training camp […]

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Linebackers Coach Keith Butler Talks About His Starters

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler has long held the reputation of being one of the more straight-shooting coaches in the league, speaking candidly and freely about what he makes of his players, or whatever the topic may be. It’s for that reason in particular that I always like to hear what Butler has to […]

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LeBeau On Tuitt: ‘He’s Definitely Going To Get A Significant Amount Of Playing Time’

Pittsburgh Steelers second-round draft pick, defensive end Stephon Tuitt, is progressing fast. How fast? Well, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau seems to think that the Notre Dame product will do something that we haven’t seen a rookie defensive end do in Pittsburgh for quite some time, and that’s play a lot. “He’s definitely going to get […]

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Steelers DL Coach John Mitchell Not Ready To Etch Anything In Stone

Just because there have been several positive reports here and there about a few of the young defensive lineman currently on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster so far during training camp, doesn’t mean much of anything if defensive line coach John Mitchell isn’t impressed. By the sound of things, the young group consisting of Stephon Tuitt, […]

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Brett Keisel Could Help Cam Thomas Assume Dual Role Along D-Line

Technical difficulties prevented me from getting my article on Cam Thomas yesterday posted in the morning. Mechanical difficulties—e.g. spending seemingly half the day in a bell tower—prevented me from getting to this topic sooner. And Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin obviously chose yesterday to give Steve McLendon a day off just to ensure that […]

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Steelers 2014 Training Camp Day Three: What I’m Watching For

By Alex Kozora Two days down, a lot more to go. Today will serve as the first day in pads for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Obviously, there’s a lot to look forward to. Such as… – Of course, as I mentioned, today is the first time the Steelers are allowed to wear pads. This is the […]

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Numbers Crunch: Cameron Heyward – Left End Or Right End?

By Alex Kozora The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive ends are arguably the team’s biggest question mark heading into 2014. How well will Cam Thomas adjust to playing five tech full time? What can Stephon Tuitt offer the team in his rookie year? Will any of the young pups – Brian Arnfelt, Nick Williams – make an […]

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Steelers 2014 Pre Training Camp Roster Polls: Will DE Nick Williams Make The Final 53?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will report to Latrobe for training camp on Friday, so I thought we would continue to spend these last several days talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do consider […]

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Steelers Favored Experience With Cam Thomas In Case Of Need Of Interim Starter

The Pittsburgh Steelers were fortunate to have quality depth at the defensive end position last season, with all of the top four ends on the roster receiving significant playing time, even starts, at some point or another. But such security was short-lived, as three of those four players hit unrestricted free agency this spring, with […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Cameron Heyward A Cornerstone

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when the season before already introduced […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking John Mitchell Comments, Steelers Defensive Line & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 112 of The Terrible Podcast is up and with co-host David Todd still out of action, Alex Kozora and I open the show by talking about the final day of the Pittsburgh Steelers mandatory minicamp and how great it appears the offseason practices have gone. Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell recently had quite a few quotes that […]

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John Mitchell Sees Similarities To Defensive Line Of The 00s

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell has, over the years, helped to put himself in the position of not being dependent upon youth and inexperience when it comes to cobbling together a starting lineup. The veteran position coach—who is also an assistant head coach—has been in Pittsburgh since 1994, and for the vast majority […]

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Steelers Coach John Mitchell Says He’s Not Going To Rush Rookie DE Stephon Tuitt

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell might see a lot of Aaron Smith in rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt, but after three weeks of OTA practices and two mandatory minicamp practices, he’s certainly not expecting him play like him right out of the chute. “I really like where Tuitt is. I want people to […]

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Steelers Rookie DE Stephon Tuitt Thrives On Pressure To Become Next Aaron Smith

Early last week, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell said rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt reminds him some of a young Aaron Smith. Tuitt was asked Wednesday about that comparison and he said he knows all about Smith and what he meant to the Steelers organization. “Since I got here, I got a chance […]

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Joey Porter Happy To Be “Back Home” In Pittsburgh

Former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter is finally “back home”, as he put it, and while everybody appears to be happy about it, nobody can match his own enthusiasm for his latest employment opportunity. But yesterday was the first time he could talk about how happy he is to be back, because the Steelers […]

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John Mitchell Asked To Trust In Youth Along Defensive Line

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell is certainly no greenhorn. He’s been with the Steelers alone since 1994, bringing four of his front lines to the Super Bowl and coming out victorious in two of them. His coaching career began in 1973, however, beginning as the defensive ends coach for Alabama, his alma mater, […]

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