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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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Cameron Heyward Shows Off Motor Against The Vikings

By Matthew Marczi Some Pittsburgh Steelers fans have been vocal in their disappointment that former 2011 first-round draft pick Cameron Heyward has yet to crack the starting lineup in his third season, even though he is playing behind another former first-round draft pick in Ziggy Hood and a former Pro Bowler in Brett Keisel. Well, […]

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Steelers NT Steve McLendon Is The Outside-Zone’s Kryptonite

Lost in the season opening loss Sunday to the Tennessee Titans was the play of nose tackle Steve McLendon, who registered two quarterback hurries, a hit and three tackles in 39 snaps played. When going through the game tape once again, there were three plays that really stood out to me and below is a […]

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Steelers 2013 Practice Squad Prediction

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now made their roster cuts and the next course of action will be the signing of eight players to the practice squad. Below is my educated guess as to who those eight players will be. Terry Hawthorne – Hawthorne is now healthy after missing the offseason practices and a good portion […]

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Knee Subluxation Forced Steelers To Place Rookie DE Nick Williams On Injured Reserve

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive end Nick Williams was placed on injured reserve this past week with an injured knee, and now we know the extent of his injury. According to David Todd of ESPN 970 Radio, Williams, the Steelers seventh-round draft pick back in April, suffered a subluxation of his left knee cap in practice […]

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Steelers DE Brian Arnfelt Stout Against The Run In Preseason Debut

By Matthew Marczi Over the past couple of seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers seem to have had no shortage of quality defensive end-capable linemen in camp, making cuts all the more difficult. Back in 2011, an undrafted rookie out of Northwestern University by the name of Corbin Bryant was able to make a name for himself […]

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Al Woods Back Where He Belongs After Roundabout Journey Across The League

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Al Woods is being given a fair bit of attention this week, and rightfully so after his impressive start to the 2013 preseason, registering six solo tackles, including two run stops, and a sack against the New York Giants on Saturday. Woods has only been with the team […]

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Steelers Rookie DE Nick Williams Back Practicing Again As Of Monday

Not only did Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Terry Hawthorne return to the practice field on Monday, but rookie defensive end Nick Williams also was back working as well, according to head coach Mike Tomlin following practice. Williams, the Steelers seventh-round selection in 2013 NFL Draft has missed a lot of time thus far during training […]

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Steelers Al Woods Gets First Team Nose Tackle Reps On Monday

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon was excused from practice Monday for personal reasons, according to head coach Mike Tomlin, so defensive end Al Woods received first team reps in his absence. Tomlin was asked about that move following practice. “One man\’s misfortune or circumstance creates opportunity for others,” said Tomlin. “Hopefully those guys will […]

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Steelers DE Al Woods Is Going In The Right Direction

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Al Woods is an example of a draft pick that may have been give up on too quick by the team that drafted him. While it was only one preseason game, the LSU product was the defensive star Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants. Woods was […]

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Steelers Versus Giants – Winners And Losers

There was some good, bad, ugly and average on display Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Steelers lost their preseason opener at home to the New York Giants. After now going through the game a few times, here is my list of winners and losers in the game. Make sure to add yours below in the […]

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Report: Steelers Rookie DE Nick Williams Unlikely To Play Against Giants

According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, rookie defensive end Nick Williams is not dressed for the Saturday night preseason opener against the New York Giants. Just got to Heinz Field and noticed that #Steelers rookie Nik Williams not dressed. — Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) August 10, 2013 Williams had a knee problem early in […]

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Six Steelers Defensive Players On The Bubble To Keep Your Eyes On Against Giants

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the New York Giants Saturday night in their preseason opener and there are several defensive players still on the roster bubble. Here is a look at six players on that bubble, that in my opinion, have the most to gain or lose. DaMon Cromartie-Smith – According to several members […]

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Defensive Turnover Includes Steve McLendon Taking Over For Casey Hampton In 2013

By Matthew Marczi After over a decade of watching Casey Hampton anchor the defensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers (with the exception of a long stretch during the 2004 season when Chris Hoke filled in due to injury), it is an unusual feeling picturing the team’s defense without that comically large helmet spearheading the troops. […]

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Former Steelers DL Chris Hoke To Be Coaching Intern This Year At Training Camp

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke announced on Wednesday that he will be a coaching intern for the team this year at training camp. Hoke, who originally signed with the Steelers in 2001 as an undrafted free agent out of BYU, played 11 seasons in Pittsburgh before retiring in January of 2012. “I\’m going […]

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Steelers 2013 Training Camp Battles: Alameda Ta\’amu Versus Hebron Fangupo

In exactly 31 days the Pittsburgh Steelers will report to Latrobe for training camp, so it is now time for us to start previewing the 2013 training camp battles that will take place. First up on the list is the battle between nose tackles Alameda Ta\’amu and Hebron Fangupo. Feel free to add your comments […]

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Don\’t Expect A Training Camp Competition Along The Steelers Defensive Line

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Ed Bouchette speculated about it last season. Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider suggests that it will come during this offseason instead. But will it actually take place, and what are the ramifications should it occur? I am talking about a suggestion that has floated around for a few […]

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Steelers NT Steve McLendon Drops Weight For 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Monday during his press conference that he hasn\’t put nose tackle Steve McLendon in a box as it relates to the former undrafted player saying last week that he wants to be an every-down player in his first season as a starter. However, If Tomlin was going to […]

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Steelers Sign Seventh-Round Draft Pick DE Nick Williams On Monday

The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their barrage of draft pick signings on Monday as it is now being reported that seventh-round draft pick Nick Williams has agreed to terms. Williams played defensive tackle at Samford and has already started the process of becoming a defensive end in the Steelers 3-4 system. Steelers defensive line coach John […]

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Steelers DE Ziggy Hood Trimming Technique Fat For 2013 Season

Last year at about this time, we were tracking the conditioning of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood as he was transforming his body in an attempt to get stronger while trimming his body fat in the process. This offseason, however, Hood\’s main focus is transforming his technique, specifically his hand placement and his footwork. […]

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Steelers Rookie DE Nick Williams Trying To Forget Everything He\’s Learned

Coming from a small school such as Samford, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive end Nick Williams was probably taken back a bit at first by the quality of players that he is currently going up against in the first few OTA sessions. However, so far, he doesn\’t seem to be overwhelmed by it at all. David […]

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