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Football 101: Bail Technique

A series we’ll put out each Sunday morning to help get you – not that you needed it – into a football mindset. A basic Football 101 series that will look at a concept or scheme with the intention of making you a smarter football fan. What I think this…



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2015 Player Exit Meetings – DE Cameron Heyward

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season ended a few weeks earlier that they had planned it to, but now that their 2015 campaign has drawn to a conclusion, it’s time to wrap things up and take stock of where they are and how they got there. Part of that process involves holding…


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Steelers 2015 Final Defensive Charting Notes

Sorry for putting this off, Steelers’ Nation. Didn’t want to rush our final charting of the year and now that I’ve had a couple days after the Senior Bowl, I could sort through all the data. As you probably know, we chart the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense every game and compile…



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Steelers Film Room: Robert Golden Vs Broncos

One thing that first-year defensive coordinator Keith Butler has shown in his debut in that role is a willingness to be adaptable, to experiment, to tweak. One of the late-season changes that the Pittsburgh Steelers adapted to counteract passing offense was to start using more dime defense and taking Lawrence…


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Steelers Use Dime Defense To Slow Manning On Third Down

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had an interesting and transformative season on defense under defensive coordinator Keith Butler, taking over after years under Dick LeBeau as the linebackers coach. LeBeau was forever hesitant to rely too much on sub-packages, and that was perhaps one of the sticking points that helped lead…


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Tomlin Anticipates Keeping Coaching Staff Intact

Though this is the season of a flurry of coaching moves, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ group has yet to change. And Mike Tomlin hopes to keep it that way. In today’s final press conference, Tomlin gave a simple “I do” to the question of if he would like to retain his…


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David Todd: Quick Thoughts On Steelers Versus Broncos Divisional Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers season came to an end Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as they were defeated 23-16 by the AFC’s #1-seeded Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs. The pregame hype focused on the health and capabilities of the two future Hall of…


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Direction Steelers Take With Doran Grant Could Impact Draft Plans

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Doran Grant certainly didn’t see the field much during the 2015 season after being promoted to the team’s 53-man roster from the practice squad in early November. The fourth-round draft pick played just one snap on defense during the season and 17 more on special teams. Now that…


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Top 10 Questions The Steelers Must Answer This Offseason

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 season has come to an end, the team has several questions that must be answered over the course of the offseason. Below are my 10 questions that must be answered by the team between now and the start of the 2016 regular season and I…


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Steelers Rapid Fire Conclusions 2015-16: Divisional Weekend

If the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to weave together another miracle against the Denver Broncos it will need to come out of the thin air of Mile High Stadium. This means another cardiac crushing experience for Steelers Nation, many of whom only resumed breathing a day or two ago following…


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Steelers/Broncos X Factor: Todd Haley And Keith Butler

When you think of X-factors for a football game, you usually think of players on the field that could have a significant impact in the game one way or another. Not this week. Heading into Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field in Mile High Stadium, I…