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Dress Rehearsal Just Hoping To See Several Steelers Dress

Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Bills will be dominated by the Pittsburgh Steelers starters, playing at least a half, even spilling into the third quarter. It’s the dress rehearsal, the last time the starters will play significant snaps before the regular season. It chances the dynamic for the backups –…


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Steelers Defensive Changes Rooted In NFL History

In only three preseason games, Keith Butler has put a distinctive stamp on this Pittsburgh Steelers defense. A much more noticeable degree than anyone, myself included, anticipated. Some of the concepts might seem new to Steelers’ fans, but they’re not new to the league. Nothing is anymore. They’re taught, borrowed, tweaked…


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Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Packers Breakdown

Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-19 win over the Green Bay Packers. First Half – Kick coverage. Boykin-Golden-Wild-Garvin-Dupree-Hartley-Spence-Johnson-Dangerfield-Darby-Will Allen – The Packers spent their entire first drive in 20 personnel, two running backs and zero tight ends, leaving them with three receivers. Forced the Steelers into nickel the entire…


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Steelers Pass Rush Plans Coming Together

The Pittsburgh Steelers set forth into their offseason with two primary missions: find more turnovers, and improve the pass rush. The efforts toward the former are ongoing as they adapt to employing more Cover 2 schemes. We got a glimpse of their offseason work in improving the pass rush last…


Football: Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez (3) in action, making pass under pressure vs Pittsburgh Steelers Cam Thomas (96) during preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field.
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Cam Thomas More Comfortable In New Year, New Scheme

While veteran defensive lineman Cam Thomas has displayed notable improvement as he heads into his second season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, it doesn’t seem clear to me that it can be traced back to any one specific alteration. One factor that has certainly come into play is the fact that…


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Mike Mitchell Understands Importance Of Safety Tandem Being In Sync

The Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed back defensive starter Mike Mitchell yesterday, who participated in his first padded practice of training camp working with Shamarko Thomas. The veteran defensive back knows that this time is crucial for the two safeties to come together and work in cohesion with one another, something that…


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Steelers Training Camp Stock Report: Day 14

You would think that after two preseason games and three weeks of training camp practices, that the energy might be a bit down heading into the final five practices of camp, but not so on Sunday. Even if the players had any ideas about taking it easy, Mike Tomlin made…


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Steelers Film Room: Cover 2 Breakdown Versus Jaguars

Much has been made in recent weeks about Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler’s heavy emphasis on running a Cover 2 defense, and with good reason, as the team has clearly been working on the scheme in practice and in preseason games. Friday night revealed that the Steelers safeties still…


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Steelers Film Room: MIKE Depth and Run/Pass Keys

I have to admit it. I am surprised at how much Cover 2 the Pittsburgh Steelers have run. I originally chalked it up to a buzzword more than anything but the tape doesn’t lie. It’s been a prevalent part of Keith Butler’s defense. Last week, we covered the MIKE rules…


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Steelers vs Vikings Film Room: Cam Thomas

The employment status of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Thomas has been a hot topic for the entirety of the offseason, with many—perhaps more accurately, most—overwhelmingly favoring an early release to recoup a $2 million savings from his base salary. Signed as a free agent last season to provide depth…


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Steelers Film Room: Tampa 2 MIKE Rules

The defensive buzzword in camp was “Cover 2.” But prior to the Hall of Fame game, it was impossible to know how much bite there was to the bark. It’s still just one game, and a lack of coaches film still makes it difficult to see schemes, but there is…


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Brandon Boykin Trade Teases Early Return On Investment

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Brandon Boykin has only been with the team for a short while, but it certainly hasn’t taken him long in order to make his presence felt. While he is not in the starting lineup, he did look like the best defensive back on the field for the…


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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers-Vikings Preseason Game Preview, Tomlin Press Conference & More

Season 6, Episode 6 of The Terrible Podcast is now up and in this show, David Todd and I preview the Pittsburgh Steelers first preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings that will take place Sunday night. We talk about which players won’t be playing against the Vikings and also discuss what head coach Mike Tomlin…


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Tomlin Wants To See Consistent Above-The-Line Play Out Of Jones, Dupree During Preseason

During a Thursday interview with Trib Live Radio, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler hinted that veteran linebacker James Harrison might just be the starter ahead of Jarvis Jones on the right side when the 2015 regular-season gets underway. During his Friday press conference ahead of the team’s first preseason…


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Keith Butler Hints That James Harrison Might Start Over Jarvis Jones

Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison hasn’t been allowed to practice with pads on so far during training camp, but even so, don’t be surprised if he opens the 2015 regular season as the team’s starting right outside linebacker. Thursday, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler was asked by Tim Benz…