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Despite Rough Start, Tomlin Feels Arrow Is Pointing Up For Shazier

After selecting Ohio State linebacker/playmaker extraordinaire Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, many draft experts and fans alike were wondering the same thing – where does the team play him? After all, Pittsburgh was still struggling to get to the quarterback, and in his…


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Steelers Need Sophomore Leap From LB Ryan Shazier

When the Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier with the 15th selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, it was clear that what they were seeking was an electrifying presence to add some much-needed spark to an aging, and by some considered “slow”, defense. At his pro day, Shazier…


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Steelers vs Buccaneers Film Review: Marcus Gilbert

The Pittsburgh Steelers were not getting what they paid for from right tackle Marcus Gilbert through the first two games of the season after signing him to a new long-term deal late in the offseason, tying him down on the line for years to come. His early struggles belied a…


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Steelers vs Buccaneers Film Review: Maurkice Pouncey

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey’s return to the lineup after missing the 2013 season has made it easier on the rest of the offensive line to take on opposing defensive lines that are tough up the middle. This was a problem last year, particularly against 4-3 teams, but as we’ve…



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Steelers vs Buccaneers Film Review: Cody Wallace

The Pittsburgh Steelers received solid work out of reserve lineman Cody Wallace last season when he had to finish up the final quarter of 2013 as the starting center. He had a particularly positive final two games, which helped net him a new three-year contract. Now the primary reserve lineman…


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Steelers vs Buccaneers First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations from the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Steelers opened in a three-tight end set, if you include Will Johnson, who was lined up far right to receive a screen pass on first down. David DeCastro…


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Steelers Film Room: Breakdown Of New RB LeGarrette Blount

By Alex Kozora We’ll continue our free agency series with former New England Patriot running back LeGarrette Blount, who was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 28th. In the four games I looked at, Blount always lined up in the backfield so there isn’t much to chart pre-snap. Post-snap charting…


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Breakdown Of New Steelers T Levi Brown Versus Buccaneers

By Alex Kozora Snap-by-snap breakdown of the newest Pittsburgh Steeler left tackle Levi Brown (#75) in his last game with the Arizona Cardinals versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 3 Run Block/Pass Block: 0/3 Play-by-Play 1. 1st and 10, 15:00 1st. Pass….