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Steelers Get Creative With Personnel After Ryan Shazier Checks Out

You may not be surprised to learn that Pittsburgh Steelers third-year inside linebacker Ryan Shazier had another strong game to open the season on Monday night, finishing with six total tackles, one forced fumble, one interception, and one pass defensed. But you may also find yourself experiencing déjà vu upon…


Steelers Not Impressed With Pass Rush Results

It’s hard to be too terribly critical in a 38-16 victory where the Pittsburgh Steelers controlled the game for three quarters. But if there is one glaring issue, it was the complete invisibility of a pass rush. Kirk Cousins’ jersey probably doesn’t even need washed after last night, not sacked…


Steelers Vs. Redskins: 7 Keys To Victory

The Pittsburgh Steelers will open their 2016 regular season Monday night against the Washington Redskins and below are seven things that I believe the team will need to do in order to come away with a road win. Run right, right from the start – Even through the Steelers offense…

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Dupree’s Injury Forces Steelers To Return To Platoon At OLB

Earlier in the offseason, maybe around the start of training camp, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler talked about wanting to move away from the platooning at the outside linebacker position that they started and relied upon during the 2015 season, basically out of necessity, since there was no individual…


Keith Butler: It’s A Big Year For Jarvis Jones

With the loss of Bud Dupree for half the season, the pressure has moved to the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ outside linebackers to step up. You can just add that to the pressure Jarvis Jones was already carrying around. A former first round pick who has never lived up…

Sean Davis

Tomlin On Confidence In Steelers’ Secondary: ‘Ask Me About Midnight Or So On Monday’

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did his usual praising of the team’s upcoming opponent ahead of Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins and that included him spending time talking about how good their secondary is and what a formidable challenge they’ll likely be….

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Newly-Shaped Cornerback Group Lacks Physical Presence

You might recall back during the draft that I invoked the name Justin Gilbert in referencing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ selection of cornerback Artie Burns in the first round, noting that the team wanted to draft him the year he came out in 2014, and that Burns fits the same sort…

Sean Davis

Practice Dime Package Shuffles Gay To Slot, Davis To Safety

According to multiple media reports, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback, and first-round draft pick, Artie Burns finally returned to full practice yesterday. And when he did so, in live scrimmages, there was an interesting change that might prove to be lasting, over time. No, not a change in throwing Burns in…

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Free Agent CB Keenan Lewis: ‘I Don’t Have No Hip Issues’

The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing recently released veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis in for a free agent visit Tuesday evening and prior to that happening he was interviewed on SiriusXM Radio. Lewis, who was officially released on Monday by the New Orleans Saints, first talked about what it’s like to all…


Nickel Continues To Dominate Steelers’ Personnel Groupings

We’re just two games into this preseason and one thing remains clear within the Steelers’ defensive units: the Nickel formation is the go-to package in almost every situation. There are some factors to consider here, however, so it’s important not to put a huge amount of weight on some of…


Steelers Vs Lions: Game Rewind

My game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers preseason debut against the Detroit Lions. First Half – Kick return unit: Pretty similar to what we saw in camp though a couple differences. Front five: Arthur Moats-Steven Johnson-Vince Williams-Anthony Chickillo-Shamarko Thomas. Ray Vinopal behind them. Roosevelt Nix/Jesse James/Javon Hargrave making up the…


Charting Notes From The Steelers Preseason Opener Against Lions

Before we start heavily previewing the Pittsburgh Steelers second preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, I thought I would pass along a few notes that stuck out to me from our charting of the team’s Friday night loss to the Detroit Lions. According to our game charting, the Lions only brought…