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Steelers Vs Colts Defensive Charting Notes

Your weekly roundup. All applicable stats out of 62 plays. – The Pittsburgh Steelers were in nickel 58% of the time against the Indianapolis Colts. In their 3-4 40.3%. – Keith Butler again turned up the heat, sending five or six rushers 46.3% of the time. He blitzed 53.7% (22…


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Butler On Dupree: ‘He’s Still A Little Rusty’

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that he’ll now move forward with a four-man rotation at the outside linebacker position. One of those four players will obviously be second-year linebacker Bud Dupree, who has now played in two games since returning from the team’s…


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Cam Heyward Still Playing Key Role While On IR

He is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive leader. And so even though he’s been confined to the sidelines for the rest of the season, the result of a torn pectoral, he’s still lending a helping hand to the rest of the team. Sitting down with Missi Matthews on Steelers’ Nation Radio, Keith…


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Steelers Recent Sack Production Skews Season Total

They were the worst team in the league. Emphasis on were. If you landed on Earth today and just looked at the team stats, you’d think the Pittsburgh Steelers are doing pretty ok with their 24 sacks. That puts them tied for 14th in the NFL, above average, when two weeks…



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Steelers Vs Colts X Factor: Anthony Chickillo

I think you know the basic storylines of this game. The Pittsburgh Steelers look better on paper but struggle on the road. The Indianapolis Colts are scrambling to replace Andrew Luck, putting in charge a guy who hasn’t thrown a pass in years. But beneath that, how games are usually…


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Steelers Vs Browns Week 11 Defensive Charting Notes

Notes from our charting in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns. Out of 66 plays. – The Browns ran only 18 plays in the first half. Just six in the second quarter. – The Steelers were in their base defense 21.2% of the time, 14 of 66 snaps. They were…


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Film Room: Artie Burns’ Growing Pains Continue

Artie Burns has played more than probably most of us expected. And he is getting better. Slowly, incrementally, he is. But the level of variance in his game is still extremely high and it gives as much bad as there is good. We’re going to focus on that bad today….


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Film Room: Butler Deserves Huge Credit For Sunday’s Sack Output

There are basically three reasons how a defense registers a sack. 1. Good coverage 2. Winning one-on-one matchups 3. Good blitz scheme Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers had all three in their eight sack barrage. But we are most interested in that third one, the blitz scheme,…


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Steelers Pass Rush Explodes For League-High Eight Sacks

Remember when the Pittsburgh Steelers had trouble getting after the quarterback? In the post-win glow of a 24-9 Steelers victory in which they brought down more than one quarterback for a total of eight sacks, knocking one of them out of the game, it’s almost hard to remember how much…


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Steelers Vs Browns: Winners/Losers

It wasn’t the most comfortable win but did you really expect anything different? I didn’t. But it’s a Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory. And that feels good to say again. WINNERS Le’Veon Bell: There’s being a workhorse and then there’s what Bell did today. 36 touches, a career high, and he did…


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Midseason Steelers’ Defensive Charting Notes

Your midseason Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive charting notes from the first nine games. As our guide, we have 589 total plays we’re looking at. They’re on pace for about 1047, a slight dip from 2015 but not by much. – The top personnel packages this season. Nickel: 61.1% 3-4: 29% Dime:…



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2016 South Side Questions: Will Dupree Get Activated For Sunday?

The regular season is here, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are taking their practices at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, formerly known and still referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility of Heinz Field. While the real work is now upon us, there is plenty left to be done. And there…


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Keith Butler Says Artie Burns ‘Needs To Get Stronger’

Over the course of the last several weeks the Pittsburgh Steelers have made a concerted to get their top two draft picks from this year on the field more on the defensive side of the football. During his weekly talk with Missi Matthews on Steelers Nation Radio, defensive coordinator Keith…