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Five Backup Steelers Who Must Improve During Training Camp

As we head into the start of training camp, the 2013 version of the Pittsburgh Steelers certainly have their share of depth issues on both sides of the football. There are, however, five backup players who could possibly calm some of those depth fears, but each will need to show marked improvement over the course […]

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Cortez Allen And Jason Worilds To Open Training Camp As Starters On Defense

In what will perhaps be the most obvious piece of news of the week, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest that both linebacker Jason Worilds and cornerback Cortez Allen will open up training camp as the starters at their respective positions. 1 more tidbit: Tomlin sez @Cortez_Allen & Jason […]

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Where Did The Year Go? Looking Back At The Questions Facing The Steelers Prior To Training Camp In 2012

By Jeremy Hritz Last year, I wrote an article on June 16th that examined ten questions facing the Pittsburgh Steelers heading into their season opener against the Denver Broncos, and for the sake of reflection, I decided to revisit those questions to see what answers worked themselves out. This article will be the first installment […]

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Musical Chairs On 2013 Steelers Defense Includes Cornerback Shuffle

By Matthew Marczi With over a third of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive and defensive starting lineups featuring new faces, the 2013 season should be interesting, if nothing else, seeing how the team renowned for its veteran presence adapts to the next generation. We have already covered seven of the eight new starters over the past […]

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Four Worst-Case Scenarios Steelers Hope To Avoid In 2013

By Jeremy Hritz We have spent much of this offseason discussing the potential for the Pittsburgh Steelers to return to the post-season and to make a deep run towards a seventh championship. And there are many reasons to be optimistic, especially with an influx of young talent in the 2013 draft class in Jarvis Jones, […]

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Steelers Were Prepared To Withstand Offseason Exodus

By Matthew Marczi As is widely known, the Pittsburgh Steelers have faced some significant departures this past offseason through free agency and release. The Steelers are currently without seven players that would have been opening day starters last season if injuries were not a factor; perhaps eight, if you include punter Jeremy Kapinos. Such an […]

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A Different Feel To The 2013 Steelers

By Jeremy Hritz There’s a different feel to the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason, despite the popular perception that the team is undergoing a transition and consequently, will not improve on their 8-8 performance from a season ago. While fingers are quick to point at a aged defense, an average receiving corps, and an inexperienced offensive […]

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Uninformed Warren Sapp Takes Yearly Shot At Steelers Defense

Our good buddy and NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp is already at it again as he called out the Pittsburgh Steelers defense on the Wednesday airing of NFL Total Access. When Sapp was asked if he still considers the 2013 version of the Steelers defense  old and slow like it seems he has for several […]

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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 CB Cortez Allen – Secret Superstar

By Matthew Marczi The football statistics website Pro Football Focus published an article yesterday deeming third year cornerback Cortez Allen the ‘Secret Superstar’ for the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2013 season. Of course, this is a series of articles that the website does for every team, and I think that it is safe to say […]

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Speculating The Steelers 2014 Compensatory Draft Picks Post June 1st

A reader emailed me on Thursday and asked what I thought the Pittsburgh Steelers might possibly receive in the form compensatory draft picks next offseason due to all the losses that they had this offseason. In order to venture a guess at this, you first have to look at the contracts signed by each and […]

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Steelers CB Cortez Allen Too Humble To Make Pro Bowl Guarantee

Just a little more than year ago, former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis predicted that he would make the Pro Bowl in 2012. That prediction didn\’t come true of course, but Lewis played so well that he got himself a five-year, $25.5 million contract from the New Orleans Saints this past offseason. The Steelers didn\’t […]

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Steelers CB Cortez Allen Confident About Upcoming Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers allowed free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis to leave uncontested this off-season because they are confident third-year cornerback Cortez Allen can easily fill his shoes. Allen was a guest Sunday morning on 93.7 The Fan and as asked about the confidence that he has in the team this upcoming season despite the losses […]

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Steelers Defense Still Oldest In NFL In 2013

Even though they chose not bring back defensive starters James Harrison, Casey Hampton and Keenan Lewis this off-season, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense still ranks as the oldest in the league, according to a study done on all 32 teams by Mike Sando of ESPN.com. While Sando doesn\’t give the average age for the offensive or […]

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Steelers Will Reportedly Use CB Cortez Allen In The Slot In 2013

Thursday is final day of the Pittsburgh Steelers first OTA session of the 2013 season and on Wednesday Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review passed along a little nugget on Twitter about the secondary that\’s worth mentioning. Kaboly reported that the Steelers plan to use cornerback Cortez Allen in the slot on nickel downs in […]

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Steelers Set To Open First OTA Session Of 2013 Minus 15 Players From 2012

Change is inevitable in the NFL as there is turnover on rosters each and every year. When the Pittsburgh Steelers first OTA of the 2013 off-season gets underway on Tuesday, they will be short 15 players from last season. Of those 15 players, seven of them were perceived as starters with the offense losing four […]

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Steelers CB Josh Victorian One Of Several Cornerbacks Battling For A Roster Spot In 2013

The Pittsburgh Steelers allowed cornerback Keenan Lewis to run off to the New Orleans Saints uncontested via free agency this offseason as they were comfortable with Cortez Allen stepping into the starting spot opposite Ike Taylor moving forward. In addition to letting Lewis walk, they signed cornerback William Gay back following his one year away […]

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Steelers CB Cortez Allen Enters Jump Year As A Starter

While he only played just over 560 snaps on defense last season, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen certainly made the most of them as he registered two interceptions, three forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed in 2012, his second season on the league. The Steelers thought highly enough of Allen that they allowed fellow cornerback […]

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Brian Billick Ranks Steelers 19th Overall In Post Draft Power Rankings

Former Baltimore Ravens head coach, and current Fox Sports analyst, Brian Billick released his 2013 post draft NFL power rankings on Tuesday and he ranked the Pittsburgh Steelers, 19th overall and third of the four AFC North teams. Here is what Billick wrote about the Steelers: Just like the Ravens, the Steelers have had their […]

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The Lake Effect Is Already Impacting The Steelers Black Cat

I wrote in my post draft breakdown of Pittsburgh Steelers fifth-round draft pick Terry Hawthorne that I thought it looked like he really got up high on his toes during his back pedal after watching tape of him and apparently he gets up too high for the liking of defensive back coach Carnell Lake. Hawthorne, […]

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Steelers Not Flinching With Youth Emerging

By Jeremy Hritz We are getting closer and closer to a new NFL season. The scouting combine is a distant memory, the 2013 schedule has been released, and within a matter of days, the NFL Draft will be here, and a new crop of Pittsburgh Steelers will generate a newfound enthusiasm and optimism for the […]

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Could Steelers Cornerback William Gay Really Make A Move To Safety?

Bob Labriola had an interesting tweet this morning in which he threw out the notion that he always thought cornerback William Gay could transition to safety. He wonders whether he will now that we know that Will Allen will not be back in 2013 after signing with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday. Will Allen to […]

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Steelers S Ryan Clark Not Upset That The Ravens Traded Away WR Anquan Boldin

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was a guest Monday morning on NFL AM to talk about several things related to the team, and he made it point to say that he was glad that the Baltimore Ravens decided to trade away wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers before the start of the […]

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Steelers 2013 Free Agency Recap: Business As Usual

The initial crush of the 2013 free agency period is now over and the Pittsburgh Steelers followed the path that many of us expected them to take. The big free agent signing this offseason is currently quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who the Steelers signed to a three-year contract to be the backup to Ben Roethlisberger. Outside […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Emmanuel Sanders, Matt Spaeth, Steelers Interest In Free Agents & More Episode

Season 3, Episode 85 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I talk about all of the latest free agency news concerning the Pittsburgh Steelers. We talk about cornerback Keenan Lewis signing with the New Orleans Saints as well as the Steelers signing tight end Matt Spaeth back following his two […]

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Steelers Changes In 2013 A Good Thing: Don’t Bet On A 6-10 Season

By Jeremy Hritz Across the world for many Pittsburgh Steelers fans, the sky is falling, and optimism for the 2013 season has all but dissipated and has been replaced by a pessimism that is forecasting a 6-10 season or worse. While the first week of free agency has not provided many reasons to celebrate with […]

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