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Steelers John Mitchell On Rookie DE Stephon Tuitt: ‘I Think He’s A Young Aaron Smith’

Through the first six OTA practices, there haven’t been too many media reports about rookie Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt. The lack of reports, however, mean nothing, as the only thing that really matters is what the coaches think of the Notre Dame product. So far, it sounds like defensive line coach John Mitchell […]

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Steelers DE Cameron Heyward On Rookie Daniel McCullers: ‘He’s Like Paul Bunyan’

It remains to be seen whether or not Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive lineman Daniel McCullers will show enough during the offseason to warrant making the final 53 man roster out of training camp, but defensive end Cameron Heyward has weighed in with his thoughts on the 6-6, 352 pound Tennessee product. “He’s huge,” said Heyward […]

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Best And Worst Case Scenarios For Steelers 2014 Draft Class

By Alex Kozora Predictably and understandably, we’ve given a ton of attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft class. But even after giving all of our opinions, no one can deny this is all projection. The measurables, tape study, debates, all now fruitless. What happens on the field is the only thing that matters anymore. […]

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On Daniel McCullers: Play High, Play Low

New Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Daniel McCullers is a very big man. So big that he has quite a hard time getting small, which is a problem for a nose tackle. How big a problem is it? When Jim Wexell asked him yesterday how often he’s heard from coaches that he needs to play lower, […]

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Digested Thoughts On The Steelers 2014 Draft

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft is several days behind us in the rear view mirror, I’ve had enough time to chew up all of the selections into small pieces and swallow them. Here, now, are my thoughts not only the process, but each pick as well. For starters, I really suggest that you […]

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Kozora: Steelers Draft Grades For 2014 Class

By Alex Kozora After providing a report on each of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ selections in the 2014 NFL Draft, it’s time for a collective wrap up. You can consider this a “grade” because I’ll be providing a letter, but it’s more of a summary of each player and how they fit with the team. Grading […]

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting A Giant Nose Tackle

“They’ve been waiting for him to make a play like that for four years!” This is what the announcer said, excitedly, late in the Tennessee game versus South Carolina last season when Daniel McCullers made a big stop. The center tried to reach block him, but McCullers gave him a shove out of the way […]

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Time To Answer The Biggest Question Of 2014

By Michael K. Reynolds A strong argument could be made the Rooneys invested in assembling the finest group of football coaches in the league. It’s time to prove this theory. Following a few seasons of veteran releases and an infusion of youth and speed via the draft and free agency the Pittsburgh Steelers are in […]

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Steelers 2014 Draft Starts Off Sneaky Good

By Michael K. Reynolds Shocked to see Ryan Shazier taken in the first round? Wondering why the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t take a cornerback or receiver in the second? Foaming at the mouth about their selection of a scatback with their third round pick? Before becoming completely apoplectic, consider some of the hidden layers of beauty […]

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Potential Day Three Draft Targets For The Steelers

With day two of the 2014 NFL Draft now in the books, the Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to address the wide receiver and cornerback positions like so many of us thought they would by now. With six picks still scheduled to be made, however, day three should include at least one player from both of […]

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One Big, One Small For The Steelers On Day Two Of The 2014 NFL Draft

One big, one small. That about sums up the Pittsburgh Steelers second day of the 2014 NFL Draft as two more players were added to the fold. In the second round, the Steelers went big as they filled a need on their defensive line with the selection of Notre Dame defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt, […]

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Steelers John Mitchell Told NT Steve McLendon To Be Steve McLendon

While he only played 355 snaps last season, Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon played reasonable well in his first full year as a starter. During his Friday evening press conference following the selection of Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, defensive line coach John Mitchell […]

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Steelers John Mitchell Says Addition Of Cam Thomas Gives Defense A Lot Of Flexibility

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Cam Thomas during the offseason and during his Friday night press conference following the selection of Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the scond round of the 2014 NFL Draft, defensive line coach John Mitchell was asked if Thomas still has a lot to […]

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Quotes From John Mitchell On New Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell addressed the media after Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Here is what he had to say. Check back as I will be adding more of these. “I had a chance to go to Atlanta and work him […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 3.0 – Final

By Alex Kozora With the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday, it’s time for my final mock draft. You can check out the first one here and the second one here. Overall, this mock is more about what I think should happen if I was in charge as opposed to what will happen. […]

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Cam Thomas May Be A Contingency Option To Start

This offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers have done well in recouping their free agent losses pretty much across the board, for which the front office deserves a tremendous amount of credit. It could be quite difficult playing the reactionary role in free agency by trying to plug a hole you didn’t intend to have. When Jonathan […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 2.0

By Alex Kozora With free agency near its end and more players researched, the draft becomes slightly clearer. A second crack at a mock. Needless to say, still very fluid at this point. Trades aren’t projected in this mock. If you missed it, my first mock draft. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to […]

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NT Interest Says Less About McLendon Than It Does About Fangupo

When it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers were meeting with a free agent nose tackle yesterday, this move was no doubt received as a bit of a pleasant surprise by many fans who question the decision to play Steve McLendon at nose tackle. As I have written previously, while McLendon is the best candidate […]

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Don’t Give Up On Steelers DE Nick Williams Just Yet

With the 2014 NFL Draft still a couple months away, defensive end Nick Williams, the Pittsburgh Steelers seventh-round selection from just last year, seems to be a forgotten man after being forced to sit out his rookie season due to a subluxation of his left knee cap. When going back over some of my notes […]

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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Review – DE Nick Williams

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. That pattern changed somewhat in […]

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Steelers Early Offseason Positional Draft Needs – Defensive End

By Matthew Marczi Ask any Pittsburgh Steelers fan now and he’ll tell you that the offseason began way too early for their team, which even according to team president Art Rooney II should have been in the playoffs. If you asked that same fan at the Bye Week for their mock draft, however, they might […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Defensive Linemen

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. Now, the defensive line. Cameron Heyward: Starting with the best. And it’s not even debatable. Arguably the defensive MVP, he finished 2013 with better numbers than in his first two seasons combined (59 tackles and 5 sacks this […]

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Fan Favorite Brian Arnfelt’s Promotion Could Be A Short One

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers quietly announced yesterday afternoon that they promoted rookie undrafted free agent defensive end Brian Arnfelt from the practice squad to the active roster, releasing linebacker Kion Wilson in the process. They did so quietly, of course, because it really is an insignificant move, and very well could be a […]

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Steelers See Al Woods As A Prototype Nose Tackle Moving Forward

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Al Woods has quietly logged 76 snaps on defense so far this season with most of them coming at the nose tackle position in relief of starter Steve McLendon in the base defense. This past week, defensive line coach John Mitchell was asked by David Todd of ESPN 970 to talk […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Browns Preview, Weekly Picks & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 48 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I spend most of the show breaking down what we think will happen Sunday in the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. We look at both sides of the football for both teams and give you our […]

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John Mitchell Pleased With Where Steve McLendon Is Currently At In His Development

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon already has a career high in total tackles this season with 29. If he keeps up that pace, he will surpass his predecessor Casey Hampton‘s career high of 43. Despite his efforts, however, the Steelers run defense has allowed a 4.24 yards per rush average this season which ranks […]

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