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Mike Munchak Speaks About Outside Zone Blocking

New Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak spoke earlier with the team’s website about why he chose to sign with Pittsburgh. Now he’s speaking about the outside zone blocking scheme and how it affects the running back. The Steelers had hoped to introduce more of the outside zone last season with Jack Bicknell Jr., […]

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Steelers Backs And Expected Yards Per Carry

When it comes to running the football, there’s a pretty simple concept, supported by data, that says that the more big bodies there are on the field, the more difficult it is to run the ball. We explored this concept yesterday utilizing Pro Football Focus’s compilation of all 73,000 or so qualified carries over the […]

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Four Positions Where A Steelers Top Draft Pick Could See Considerable Playing Time In 2014

Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to get considerable playing time out of their top two draft picks as linebacker Jarvis Jones played 646 defensive snaps while running back Le’Veon Bell played 691. With the 2014 NFL Draft now right around the corner, lets have a look at where top draft picks could potentially […]

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Steelers Are Middle Of The Road In Terms Of Roster Turnover

The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs was in 2011. The current Steelers roster, whom have gone 16-16 since then, contains just 16 players left from that last playoff appearance, coming after a 12-4 regular season. And that seemingly substantial roster turnover is actually just middle-of-the-road turnover in today’s NFL, according to an […]

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Steelers Draft Needs – Running Back

Earlier in the offseason, we took a position-by-position look at where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand with their roster before the free agency process both ravaged and replenished the talent pool. The Steelers entered the process with 22 free agents. They re-signed six of them, while losing eight more to other teams, with eight remaining unsigned. […]

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Gil Brandt Expects Le’Veon Bell To Take The Next Step This Season

Gil Brandt is certainly one of the more respectable analysts who work for the NFL Network. His work not only stands up on its own merits, he is also one of the few who have the credentials to back it up. Nevertheless, fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers would hardly need convincing in his latest article […]

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Hearing From RB Coach James Saxon

Earlier this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed running backs coach Kirby Wilson to walk, ending up with the Minnesota Vikings after they released their own running backs coach, James Saxon. Saxon wound up replacing Wilson as the Steelers’ running backs coach, but we haven’t heard much from him since he joined the team. Yesterday, however, […]

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Things We Think We Know With One Month To Go Until The Draft

We are now one month away from the 2014 NFL Draft and now is as good a time as any to go back over things that we think we know as it relates to the Pittsburgh Steelers needs and wants. Below are just a few of the things that are floating around in my head […]

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On The Steelers And Premature Evaluation

Generally speaking, I have passively been an advocate of Pro Football Focus at times by referencing their data when I see it fit to do so. I give them credit for taking on the herculean task of cataloging every snap from every team in every game and formulating a comprehensive system of analysis in an […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Role Of New Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount, Pre Draft Visits, Pouncey Extension & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 92 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I talk about some of the recent comments made in interviews by new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount and linebacker Arthur Moats as it relates to their initial roles with the team in 2014. Both of those topics lead […]

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Steelers Smart Not To Limit What LeGarrette Blount Can Offer

New Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount was interviewed yesterday on the radio, as we’ve previously posted, but I wanted to expand on some of the comments that he made during the interview pertaining to how he views himself being used this season based on his conversations with the team. While he mentioned that they […]

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Pre-Draft Free Agent Movements: Running Back

The vast bulk of the offseason roster moves to be made before the draft are already completed, so now is a good time to start taking a look at how the month of March (and the early portions of April) have affected the depth chart. The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the offseason with 21 unrestricted free […]

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Colbert, Bettis, Offer Thoughts On Devaluation Of RB Position

The state of the NFL running back in today’s game is still largely the same as it has been for some time; the state of his position in the market, however, is another matter, and this latest offseason is just another sign of the devaluation of the running back. The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly benefited from […]

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Recapping The Steelers’ Uncharacteristic Madness Of March

The Pittsburgh Steelers have often found themselves busy in March in recent years, but that has generally come before the start of the new league year, just to get in cap compliance. This year was a bit different, as the team was able to actually add some pieces from other teams, including a new starter […]

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A Closer Look, Placing The Steelers Rushing Data In Context

Earlier this morning, we did a side-by-side comparison between running back Le’Veon Bell and the newest Pittsburgh Steelers running back, LeGarrette Blount, to see how they stacked up against one another in situational football. We looked at three key areas, drawing data from last season’s numbers in order to compare how each back performed in […]

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Comparing Le’Veon Bell And LeGarrette Blount In Situational Football

Ever since the signing of LeGarrette Blount, there has been an assortment of commentary from message boards, blogs, and beat writers speculating about how the new back will fit in with the Pittsburgh Steelers offense and what his role will ultimately be. The commentary frequently gravitated toward his size and power and speculated that he […]

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Despite Addition Of Blount, Steelers Still Might Want To Re-sign Stephens-Howling Once Healthy

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Steelers effectively added an experienced running back to their roster to backup starter Le’Veon Bell when they signed LeGarrette Blount, but they likely will need to add another one to help on third downs between now and the start of training camp. While Blount does have 579 carries to his credit […]

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LeGarrette Blount Gives Steelers A Complementary Ground Attack

The Pittsburgh Steelers appeared intent to add a veteran running back to the roster to supplement second-year back Le’Veon Bell at some point this offseason, and that point came earlier today when they signed LeGarrette Blount to a two-year contract. It’s no secret that the Steelers value a veteran presence in their locker room, which […]

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Steelers Already Reaping Benefits Of 2014 Draft With Shamarko Thomas

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin always likes to talk about how the second year is often the year that coaches expect a player to show the greatest improvement. This is the crucial second year for a large core of the Steelers’ roster, which will likely include four starters in Jarvis Jones, Le’Veon Bell, Markus […]

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Steelers Reportedly Still Open To Signing Jaguars Free Agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew

The Pittsburgh Steelers had Jacksonville Jaguars free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew in for a visit last week and while he left town unsigned, there still seems to be some optimism within the organization that he might ultimately be the one that backs up starter Le’Veon Bell in 2014. According to Gerry Dulac of the […]

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Is The Tackle-Eligible Doomed To Go The Way Of The Dodo?

In order to stem the tide of injuries that engulfed the tight end position during the early portions of the 2013 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers resolved to use their reserve offensive linemen as tackle-eligible ends last year. During the first four games of the season, that role went to Kelvin Beachum, though his tight end […]

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A Look At What LeGarrette Blount Could Offer The Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are still on the hunt for a complementary back behind their workhorse, Le’Veon Bell, since Jonathan Dwyer chose to join the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the offseason. This is a hole that they would clearly like to fill before the draft rolls around if their recent activity is anything to go by. […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Recent Visitors, Jerricho Cotchery Decision, Kelvin Benjamin & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 87 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I start of this show by talking about the recent free agent visit made by Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and whether or not he would be a perfect compliment to starter Le’Veon Bell. The Steelers reportedly might have […]

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Jaguars Free Agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew Leaves Second Visit With Steelers Unsigned

The Pittsburgh Steelers second visit Thursday with Jacksonville Jaguars free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is over and the veteran remains unsigned, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Jones-Drew had also met with the Steelers on Wednesday. The Steelers search for a backup running back will now continue. They had previously had a […]

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Report: Jaguars Free Agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew Is In “Good Physical Condition”

Jacksonville Jaguars free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is reportedly back at the Pittsburgh Steelers facility for another round of talks on Thursday and by the end of the day, we should know whether or not he’s been signed. The UCLA product has had his share of injuries over the course of the last few […]

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Time To Turn Down The Panic Meter On Depth In March

A great deal of people have expressed their concern over the apparent lack of depth that the Pittsburgh Steelers currently face on their roster in the middle of March. Indeed, the team may well not be quite as deep in many areas as they typically are by this point in the offseason compared to most […]

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