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Rebuilding A Champion: OLB Depth Not Far Behind Starters

The Pittsburgh Steelers spent much of the time between their last playoff victory and now replenishing their roster in preparation for their next chance to make a push for a championship. Last season showed signs that the team was on its way out of that transitional phase after posting a…


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Moats Showing No Fear Of Losing Job To Dupree

When the Pittsburgh Steelers made edge rusher Bud Dupree their first round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft this past spring, it could be said that the writing was on the wall for fellow outside linebacker Arthur Moats, who was viewed as the incumbent starter on the left side, filling…


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Mike Tomlin’s Success A Product Of Empathy And Humility

As has been widely reported yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers gave head coach Mike Tomlin a two-year extension on his contract, which now lasts through the 2019 season, in doing so elevating him to among the highest-paid coaches in the league. A rookie head coach when he was signed by the…



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Season Of Change: Steelers Finally Gain Salary Cap Clarity

Over the course of the past couple of years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have undergone an uncommon amount of change, which could have been largely correlated with the fact that the team had finished 8-8 in consecutive seasons while failing to advance to the postseason. In deference to general manager Kevin…




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Steelers Selected 10th-Most Pro Bowlers In Past 10 Drafts

Ever since Chuck Noll took the helm at head coach for a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers franchise in 1969, the organization has placed its focus on building the team primarily through the draft, which has been a more difficult position to maintain in the era of free agency. The Steelers are…




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Omar Khan Unheralded Key To Steelers’ Success

Since 2010, the Seattle Seahawks sport a 50-30 record, a Super Bowl victory, and separated by a Malcolm Butler interception from another. They’ve found their franchise quarterback and can confidently claim having one of the best secondaries in the league. And I can’t quite figure out what fan base is…



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Ike Taylor Has High Expectations For Jarvis Jones In 2015

2014 certainly didn’t go as planned for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones as the former first-round draft pick out of Georgia missed nine games due to a broken wrist that he suffered midway through the third game of the season. Even though he failed to bounce back thoroughly from that…


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Steelers Turn To College OLBs As Price For Pass Rushers Rises

On Monday, I wrote about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the manner in which the value of the 3-4 scheme pass rusher has evolved over the course of the past decade or so. Whereas Pittsburgh was regularly able to find value from the third round and beyond with outside linebackers, this…


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Recent Drafts Show Pass Rushers No Longer A Bargain For Steelers

When the Pittsburgh Steelers made the conversion from an even defensive front to an odd one in the early 1980s, it naturally changed the face of their pass rush. Instead of generating pressure from the edges of the defensive line, the onus was now on the outside linebacker position chiefly…