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The Optimist’s Take – Running Back Depth

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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Dwyer And Woodley Training Together Out In Arizona

After the Super Bowl is over is generally when we begin hearing about players starting their offseason training. On Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer posted on Twitter that he’s now out in Arizona training with linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Woodley has trained out in Arizona as recent as last season, but it’s unknown if […]

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Steelers Early Offseason Positional Draft Needs – Running Back

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 Short-Yardage And Running Back Usage In 2013

By Matthew Marczi While looking through some data yesterday, I happened upon some interesting observations regarding Pittsburgh Steelers running back usage on short-yardage opportunities on third and fourth down during the 2013 season. The common perception is largely that the Steelers  shifted Jonathan Dwyer into that short-yardage role. It is a perception that is reinforced […]

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LaRod Stephens-Howling Feels Like His Knee Is Close To Being Fully Recovered

During the 2013 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed then-free agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling to a one-year contract. However, after a nice showing during the preseason, the University of Pittsburgh product tore the ACL in his right knee in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. That meant he was done for the year […]

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Hritz: Steelers Draft Needs In 2014

By Jeremy Hritz The 2014 NFL Draft is still 110 days away, yet the excitement of Steelers fans is at intense levels as they are optimistic about the prospects of a successful new season and of new draft picks propelling the team towards not just a playoff berth, but a realistic chance of contending for […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Free Agents Analysis: RB Jonathan Dwyer – Unrestricted

By Matthew Marczi Player: Jonathan Dwyer Position: Running Back Experience: 4 Years Free Agent Status: Unrestricted 2013 Salary Cap Hit: $592,941 2013 Season Breakdown: The 2013 season, of course, got off to a hectic and uncertain spot for Jonathan Dwyer, who was released in the final roster cuts when the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to go […]

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A Look At Matt Spaeth Versus The Browns

By Matthew Marczi Matt Spaeth shored up a critical deficiency as a second true tight end when he returned from injury following the first three months of the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers already started the year without Heath Miller, and it wasn’t too much longer that they also lost David Johnson, who was at the […]

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Marcus Gilbert In The Running Game Versus The Browns

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert had his struggles in pass protection in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns, but he had a better day run blocking. He was far from perfect, of course—he was lost on Le’Veon Bell’s touchdown run and allowed Billy Winn penetration as a result—but overall he […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Running Backs

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. Today, a look at the Steelers’ backfield. Le’Veon Bell: Oh what could have been. Had a foot injury not caused Bell to miss time in the preseason and the first three weeks of the year, he would have […]

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Mixed Success For Heath Miller In Season Finale

By Matthew Marczi The 2013 season was a difficult one for Heath Miller. Not only did he miss the entire offseason, he missed the first couple games of the season before he was even fit enough to take the field on his surgically repaired knee that he tore in Week 16 of the 2012 season, […]

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David DeCastro Solid Against The Browns

By Matthew Marczi When the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock for the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, they may as well have jogged their card up to the podium to select guard David DeCastro, such was their excitement over his availability at their draft spot. Because of a preseason injury, however, […]

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Steelers 2014 Draft Needs – Offense

The 2014 NFL Draft is a good four months away right now, but  before we begin posting our player draft profiles, it’s important to go over the needs for the Pittsburgh Steelers heading into the offseason. We will start off first with a look at the needs on the offensive side of the football and […]

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First Look At The Steelers 2014 Free Agents

NOTE: Bumping this back up for New Years Day banter. ~ DB With the final week of the regular season now upon us, it’s time to take a quick and dirty look at the 2014 free agents the Pittsburgh Steelers will have during the offseason. I have included a small note on each player and […]

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Ten Personnel Questions Heading Into The 2014 Offseason

By Jeremy Hritz While the 2013 Steelers season is over, there will be no shortage of action over the next seven to eight months as the team begins the process of crafting their roster for a new season. The Steelers have answered many personnel questions through their play in the second half of the season, […]

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All We Want For Christmas Is A Steelers Mulligan

By Michael K. Reynolds By the time the Pittsburgh Steelers play against the Green Bay Packers they will have a good chance of already being eliminated from the playoffs. Even with some help from others and a victory over the Packers it will only cause further indigestion over Christmas dinner for the Terrible Towel waiving faithful as a playoff […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Dolphins

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the Miami Dolphins. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE – Kick return unit. No order. Antwon Blake, Terence Garvin, Stevenson Sylvester, Chris Carter, and Vince Williams as the front five. Michael Palmer/David Paulson the next two, Al Woods/Cam Heyward forming the wedge, and Jonathan […]

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Matt Spaeth Knocks The Rust Off In First Action Of The Season

By Matthew Marczi The Steelers were quick to pounce on bringing back tight end Matt Spaeth after the Chicago Bears released him this offseason in a corresponding move that saw them being in Martellus Bennett. The idea was to give Heath Miller a truly complementary piece at tight end that could stay in and block. […]

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No Answer For Le’Veon Bell’s Fast Start, Slow Finish Against The Dolphins

By Matthew Marczi When the Pittsburgh Steelers first broke huddle against the Miami Dolphins, it seemed that the game plan was to ride the young workhorse running back, Le’Veon Bell, in the snowy weather. The first snap of the game was a running back screen that went for five yards. A sack on second down […]

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Steelers Versus Dolphins Winners And Losers Week 14

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 34-28 to the Miami Dolphins and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Winners: Cameron Heyward – Heyward was a big kid playing with the little kids in the snow on Sunday and he led […]

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The Kids Are Alright

By Michael K. Reynolds Lost in the shuffle of the Tomlin Two-Step, the heart breaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens and the analysis and counter analysis of the Pittsburgh Steelers fading playoffs hopes, there is one startling…and encouraging reality. The kids are alright. Slowly, a new generation of Steelers players are pushing their way to the forefront, establishing themselves […]

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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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According To The New Rule, Ravens CB Jimmy Smith Should Be Fined

The tackle box, as defined by the NFL, runs tackle to tackle and up to three yards down the field past the line of scrimmage. Using that definition, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith should have been flagged for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell late in the Thursday night game. Bell, […]

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Tomlin Said He Understands “Helmet Flying Off Rule” Following Loss

There will be a lot of talk about the final Pittsburgh Steelers drive Thursday night in their 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and most of it will center around the reversal of the touchdown by running back Le’Veon Bell because his helmet flew off just before he broke the plain of the goal-line with […]

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Can Cameron Heyward Return Kicks?

By Michael K. Reynolds The Pittsburgh Steelers are on a roll and hopes are high again which means for the time being everyone is playing nice-nice with the coaches. But that doesn’t mean we let them entirely off the hook, especially with a 5-6 record still looming. For there remain some real head-scratchers when it comes to […]

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Steelers Versus Browns – Week 12 – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi Much of the third quarter was owned by Will Allen. He ended the Browns’ first drive with a tackle on Greg Lloyd a yard shy of the first down. Antonio Brown may have saved Ben Roethlisberger an interception on his deep pass that fluttered toward the sideline. Brown got a hand on […]

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