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Jordan Zumwalt Gets A Chance To Show His Versatility

After the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted linebacker Jordan Zumwalt with the first of their two sixth-round draft picks earlier this month, linebackers coach Keith Butler said that he saw Zumwalt playing inside in the Steelers’ scheme. He was playing outside linebacker yesterday during the team’s rookie minicamp. Now, there shouldn’t be too much read into that, […]

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UCLA Quarter System Might Prevent Steelers LB Jordan Zumwalt From Attending OTAs

Thanks to Ohio State no longer being on the quarter system, it appears as though first-round draft pick, linebacker Ryan Shazier, won’t miss any of the Pittsburgh Steelers summer OTA practices. One of the Steelers other eight draft picks, however, might not be so lucky. Being as UCLA still uses the quarter system, linebacker Jordan […]

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Jarvis Jones Can Improve His Speed By Slowing Down The Game

Many observers, both fans and outsiders of the Pittsburgh Steelers, have raised questions about the speed—or the seeming lack of speed—of the team’s 2013 first-round draft pick, outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. After all, he turned in a 40-time at his Pro Day of nearly five seconds, which would be a suitable time for an offensive […]

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Kozora: Steelers Draft Grades For 2014 Class

By Alex Kozora After providing a report on each of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ selections in the 2014 NFL Draft, it’s time for a collective wrap up. You can consider this a “grade” because I’ll be providing a letter, but it’s more of a summary of each player and how they fit with the team. Grading […]

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One Year Later, Steelers Coach Keith Butler Has Different Outlook For LB Sean Spence

A little over a year ago, Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler was asked to weigh in on inside linebacker Sean Spence, who had suffered a very serious knee injury during the 2012 pre season finale. Butler’s comments at that time weren’t very encouraging. “It will be miraculous if he does come back. It will […]

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Time To Answer The Biggest Question Of 2014

By Michael K. Reynolds A strong argument could be made the Rooneys invested in assembling the finest group of football coaches in the league. It’s time to prove this theory. Following a few seasons of veteran releases and an infusion of youth and speed via the draft and free agency the Pittsburgh Steelers are in […]

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Steelers Coach Keith Butler Weighs In On Weight Of New LB Ryan Shazier

Ever since the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier Thursday night in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, it seems like there’s been a lot of talk about his weight. On Saturday, linebackers coach Keith Butler weighed in on the Shazier weight topic. “I want him to move,” said Butler. “I […]

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Steelers Coach Keith Butler Expects Easy Transition For New LB Jordan Zumwalt

Several have speculated that UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt has the versatility to play both inside and outside in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, but linebackers coach Keith Butler said Saturday afternoon that inside is probably where he will land. “He’s a long, tall kid, but I would see him as an inside guy, too, at this […]

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The Pessimist’s Take – Larry Foote’s Future In Pittsburgh

By Matthew Marczi 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 […]

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The Optimist’s Take – Sean Spence As The Wildcard

By Matthew Marczi 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 […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Inside Linebackers

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. A review of the squad’s inside linebackers. Lawrence Timmons: Timmons was the rock of the defense in 2013. It didn’t come in spectacular fashion but his consistency was sorely needed for a defense that overall, struggled. He led […]

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Updated: Keith Butler Will Stay With Steelers

We still don’t know for sure whether or not the Tennessee Titans have asked the Pittsburgh Steelers for permission of the last 24 hours to interview linebackers coach Keith Butler for their defensive coordinator position, but if they do, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that permission will be granted. Jim Wyatt of The […]

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Report: Titans Have Yet To Ask Permission To Speak To Keith Butler

For those worried that Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler might be the target to become the new defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on Wednesday that as of noon, Ken Whisenhunt asked permission to interview him. https://twitter.com/EdBouchette/status/423504331540013056 Butler is of course under contract for the 2014 season […]

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Ian Rapoport Gets Caught With His Twitter Foot In His Mouth

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was at it again on Tuesday and this time he really stuck his Twitter foot in his mouth. Rapoport tweeted earlier in the day that Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler would likely be new Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt‘s strong choice for defensive coordinator if allowed to […]

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Report: Steelers Kirby Wilson Might Be A Candidate For The Titans Offensive Coordinator Job

Now that the Tennessee Titans have hired Ken Whisenhunt to be their new head coach there is a chance he could request permission to interview Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler to be his defensive coordinator. Butler is under contract for 2014, however, so the Steelers have the right to prevent that for happening like […]

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Titans Hire Ken Whisenhunt To Be Their New Head Coach

The Tennessee Titans announced on Monday that Ken Whisenhunt will be there new head coach. Whisenhunt, who was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers in 2013, will replace Mike Munchak, who was fired by the Titans less than two weeks ago. As the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2007-2012, Whisenhunt compiled a […]

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Will Whisenhunt Come Calling Again For Butler If He Lands A Head Coaching Job?

There are still a handful of teams looking for a new head coach right now and it appears as though San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt could wind up being hired by either the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans or Cleveland Browns as he will have had interviewed with all three teams come Saturday, according […]

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Dick LeBeau Wants To Coach Next Season

If defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is not back with the Pittsburgh Steelers next season, it will be because they don’t want him back as the 76 year-old Hall of Famer made it known on Thursday that he has no plans to retire. “I’ve been blessed to be able to coach this long, and I want […]

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Biggest Strides For Worilds Coming Against The Run, Not The Pass

By Matthew Marczi Jason Worilds may have played the best game of his career up to this point in the Steelers’ latest lost to the Ravens, but it had more to do with his work versus the run than against the pass, despite the fact that he registered two sacks, including a strip sack that […]

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Tomlin Open To Moving Worilds And Woodley Around To Maximize Pass Rush

Ever since he was drafted, it’s been obvious that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds plays much better on the left side than he does the right. With starter LaMarr Woodley sidelined by a calf injury this past Sunday in the win over the Detroit Lions, Worilds took full advantage of his extra playing time on […]

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The Four Plays Against The Raiders That Got Jarvis Jones Demoted

For now, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones has lost the starting right outside linebacker job back to Jason Worilds as he was officially demoted on the depth chart on Tuesday. Jones play Sunday in the loss to the Oakland Raiders was the reason for the demotion and in reality, you can boil it down […]

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Steelers May Have Shown Their Hand On Plans For Jarvis Jones

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones’ demotion effectively occurred at the 6:56 mark in the second quarter of the team’s loss this past Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. This was the 1st and 10 run from the Raiders’ 40-yard line in which Jones lost outside contain and allowed Darren McFadden to gain […]

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LaMarr Woodley Re-Establishing Himself As An Elite Pass Rusher

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley came into the 2013 somewhat under fire after spending the past season and a half slowed or sidelined by a series of injuries. The team collectively was forced to deal with a supposed locker room schism in which a player allegedly claimed that many on the […]

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Report: Steelers LB Sean Spence To Begin Practicing Next Wednesday

Starting next week, Pittsburgh Steelers second-year linebacker Sean Spence will be eligible to begin practicing with the team if deemed healthy enough to do so. According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in a Friday interview on the David Todd Show, Spence will indeed begin practicing next week and will be removed from the […]

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Vince Williams Displays Veteran ”See-To-Do” Skill

By Matthew Marczi Given all that has happened over the past few weeks with the inside linebackers, I was feeling somewhat confident that I would be seeing Vince Williams announced with the starting lineup tomorrow, getting the nod over Kion Wilson, over whom he has been seeing twice as many snaps anyway. And after all, […]

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Steelers Could Get Creative In Replacing Foote

By Matthew Marczi With Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote being lost for the season after suffering a ruptured bicep during the team’s opening week loss to the Tennessee Titans, do not be surprised if you see the team try out some creative solutions to fill in the gap as the season goes on. Of […]

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