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The Pessimist’s Take – The Tight End Position In 2014

By Matthew Marczi For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of […]

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The Optimist’s Take – The Tight End Position In 2014

By Matthew Marczi For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of […]

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Steelers Early Offseason Positional Draft Needs – Tight End

By Matthew Marczi Ask any Pittsburgh Steelers fan now and he’ll tell you that the offseason began way too early for their team, which even according to team president Art Rooney II should have been in the playoffs. If you asked that same fan at the Bye Week for their mock draft, however, they might […]

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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Review – Season Overview

Every draft class for every team in the National Football League is important. Just about every year feels to some as though it’s the most important draft for their favorite team in recent memory. We hear that already about the 2014 draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers…we also heard that about 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Tight Ends

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. This round, a look at the tight end position. Heath Miller: There are two schools of thought when it comes to evaluating Miller. 1. It was unreasonable for him to look the same only a little over eight […]

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A Look At Matt Spaeth Versus The Browns

By Matthew Marczi Matt Spaeth shored up a critical deficiency as a second true tight end when he returned from injury following the first three months of the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers already started the year without Heath Miller, and it wasn’t too much longer that they also lost David Johnson, who was at the […]

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Steelers 2014 Draft Needs – Offense

The 2014 NFL Draft is a good four months away right now, but  before we begin posting our player draft profiles, it’s important to go over the needs for the Pittsburgh Steelers heading into the offseason. We will start off first with a look at the needs on the offensive side of the football and […]

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Three New Years Resolutions For The Pittsburgh Steelers

By Michael K. Reynolds Not to be lost in the fanfare of the nearly miraculous entry into the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Steelers is the fact the team remains a work in progress when it comes to returning to the elite status it’s enjoyed the past decade. The good news is this is a team on the rise […]

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Matt Spaeth Rewarded With A Pass For His Blocking

By Matthew Marczi Pro Football Focus has not been very charitable in their grading of Matt Spaeth since he made his season debut three games ago. He didn’t see significant time in his first game back, but that has changed over the last two weeks. Based on their grading, this decision to give him so […]

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Steelers TE Matt Spaeth Fined $7,875 For Hit On Packers LB Jamari Lattimore

According to Scott Brown of ESPN.com, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth has been fined $7,875 for an unnecessary roughness penalty that he was called for in the game last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Following the interception by Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk at the end of the third quarter, Spaeth hit Packers linebacker […]

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Inside The Tape: Break Down Of Steelers Versus Packers

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers victory over the Green Bay Packers. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Kickoff coverage to start the game. L-R. Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Chris Carter, Stevenson Sylvester, Shaun Suisham, Antwon Blake, Terence Garvin, Will Allen, Will Johnson, and Markus Wheaton. – […]

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Steelers Versus Packers – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi The fake punt was such a huge momentum shift that it’s hard to quantify. It may have been an even greater momentum shift than the blocked fumble that led to a touchdown on the next play due to the way the Steelers were able to come back quickly from it and then […]

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Steelers Versus Packers – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi The opening kickoff set the tone for what would be another rough day for the kickoff coverage unit—the second week in a row. The unit nearly lost the Steelers the game at the end. That was surprisingly only Lawrence Timmons’s second sack of the season. He normally has around a half-dozen by […]

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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Set Up His Blocks Well Against The Packers

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell registered the first 100-yard rushing performance of his young career Sunday in the win over the Green Bay Packers, so it’s only fair to highlight a few of his successful runs. Numerous times this season, Bell has shown a great ability to press the offensive line and read […]

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Cody Wallace, Ike Taylor Receive Top Grades From PFF For Win Over Packers

Pro Football Focus now has their grades up for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their 38-31 win over the Green Bay Packers and the top two players are sure to surprise you. On offense, center Cody Wallace leads the way with a 2.5 grade. It was his third straight start and easily his best performance of […]

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Steelers Wide Receivers Broke Franchise-Best Mark In Touchdown Receptions

By Matthew Marczi One of the more curious statistical anomalies that I’ve come across when considering the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers is about the way the team has been scoring points this season—more specifically, who is catching the touchdown passes. Of Ben Roethlisberger’s 27 touchdown passes thrown this season—and he is the only one to throw […]

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Karmic Justice Prevailed After Chaos Of Blocked Field Goal

By Matthew Marczi When it comes to the blocked field goal from the victory over the Green Bay Packers, the story has already been covered from just about every angle. That the defense was able to hold the Packers to a field goal attempt in the first place from the five-yard line after Le’Veon Bell’s […]

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Return Of Matt Spaeth Helping Offense Find Identity

By Matthew Marczi For much of the season, the Steelers have by and large stayed away from heavily using multiple tight end sets, especially after losing David Johnson for the season and before Heath Miller was back from his knee injury. That wasn’t exactly the plan entering the season. The Steelers brought back Matt Spaeth […]

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Troy Polamalu, David DeCastro Earn Top Grades From PFF For Play Against Bengals

Pro Football Focus has their initial grades up from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals and this time a defensive player has the top grade. Safety Troy Polamalu, who was allowed to play more safety as opposed to linebacker against the Bengals, graded out as the top Steelers player (4.2). Polamalu […]

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Steelers Offensive And Defensive Snap Counts From Week 15 – Bengals

Below are the snaps counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-20 Sunday night win over the Cincinnati Bengals along with some observations. As far as the offensive snaps go, the only thing that jumps out is the fact that two tight end sets were used at least on 79% of the plays run as Matt Spaeth […]

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Steelers Versus Bengals Week 15 Projected Inactive List

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night at Heinz Field and below is a best guess as to what the inactive list will look like this week. The official list of inactives will be announced 90 minutes before kickoff. Landry Jones – No changes with Jones as this will be his […]

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Will Johnson Made The Most Of Limited Work Against Dolphins

By Matthew Marczi With the Pittsburgh Steelers spending the majority of the game with three wide receivers on the field, there wasn’t exactly ample opportunity for fullback Will Johnson to have much impact on the game. In fact, like Matt Spaeth, in his first game of the season, the majority of snaps for the fullback […]

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Matt Spaeth Knocks The Rust Off In First Action Of The Season

By Matthew Marczi The Steelers were quick to pounce on bringing back tight end Matt Spaeth after the Chicago Bears released him this offseason in a corresponding move that saw them being in Martellus Bennett. The idea was to give Heath Miller a truly complementary piece at tight end that could stay in and block. […]

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Steelers Offensive And Defensive Snap Counts From Week 14 – Dolphins

Below are the snaps counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday 34-28 loss to the Miami Dolphins along with some observations. In his first game back, tight end Matt Spaeth played 15 snaps and for the most part, he looked pretty decent. As expected, LaMarr Woodley was on a pitch count of sorts and he played […]

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Steelers Get NT Steve McLendon Back For Dolphins Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t have the services of defensive end Brett Keisel on Sunday for their home game against the Miami Dolphins, but they will get back an important member of the defensive line. Nose tackle Steve McLendon, who sat out the Thanksgiving night game against the Baltimore Ravens with a left ankle injury suffered […]

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What Matt Spaeth’s Return Means For Today

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers waited until the last minute to do it, but they have finally activated tight end Matt Spaeth from the short-term injured reserve list, just in time for the fourth quarter of the regular season. And just in time for Mike Adams, perhaps. Adams, of course, is set to make […]

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