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Personal Numbers Take A Back Seat To Playoff Push For Brandon Boykin

There certainly seems to be some difference of opinion when it comes to just how quickly Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Brandon Boykin was ready to contribute to the team’s defensive packages—at least on a regular basis. Admittedly, he played about a dozen snaps on defense as early as Week Two as…




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Mike Mitchell Tuning Out Distractions In 2015

For a variety of reasons, 2014 was a tough year for Mike Mitchell. He gritted his way through a pair of torn groins, his play reflected it, and his new fans didn’t always take too kindly to his play. He wound up telling fans to “kill yourself” and “die broke,”…


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Tomlin Knows He Needs To See More Out Of Pass Rush

You know it. We know it. Mike Tomlin sure knows it. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ pass rush is light years away from where it needs to be. Unable to even come close to Ryan Mallett, he and the Baltimore Ravens controlled the game. Mallett threw for a career high 274 yards…


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Steelers Film Room: Cover 6 And Money Plays

As we wrote about on Thursday, Keith Butler noted twice to reporters that he called a certain coverage more often in the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Denver Broncos. An attempt to make the defense “feel better.” Though he didn’t come out and say it, the coverage…


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Butler Identifies Shazier As Key Communicator On Defense

Keith Butler referred to Ryan Shazier as a “loudmouth.” If you’re talking about your in-laws coming to town for the holidays, that probably isn’t a compliment. But in the football world, it’s a positive thing. Speaking to the media on Thursday, Butler interestingly pointed out that Shazier is in charge…



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Keith Butler Points To Coverage Tweak As One Halftime Adjustment

Throughout the week, we’ve heard – and written – a lot about the radical change from the way the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense played from the first half to the second. Most of it has surrounded the intangibles: playing with more energy, fire, and crisper communication. Mike Tomlin and several players…


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Steelers Film Room: Demaryius Thomas’ TD

Though the Pittsburgh Steelers had a remarkable turnaround, it’s hard to shake the abysmal first half the defense endured. A struggling Denver Broncos’ offense found the end zone four times in the first half, and each touchdown allowed felt way too easy to do against a playoff-hopeful group. Here, we’ll…


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Steelers Film Room: Cover 3 Vulnerabilities

Just a quick film study that highlights some of the issues we still see in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Their Cover 3, primarily spot dropping defense leaves them vulnerable to multiple vertical concepts. We saw this the most glaringly in the loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The night after that…



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Steelers Should Consider Ross Cockrell In Base Defense

After the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary bottomed out in Seattle, giving up five touchdown passes and allowing over 11 yards per pass attempt, the coaching staff finally resolved to offer up a change in the back end. During the course of the past two weeks, fourth-year cornerback Brandon Boykin has been…


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Broncos Will Start Brock Osweiler Sunday

Yesterday, we wrote about a bit of haze over who will start at quarterback this Sunday for the Denver Broncos. We don’t have to wait any longer. Head coach Gary Kubiak announced Brock Osweiler will remain the starter through this week as Peyton Manning continues to rehab from a foot…


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Steelers Defensive Charting: First Three Quarters Of Season

– Not counting any pre-snap penalties, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense has seen the field for 810 snaps in 2015. That puts them on pace for exactly 1080 snaps on the season. – The Steelers have been in nickel 531 times. They’ve been in base 3-4 246 times. Percentage-wise, that’s nickel…