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Steelers Vs. Panthers Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora My final game notes of the 2014 preseason. Observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 10-0 loss to the hands of the Carolina Panthers. First Half – First team kick coverage unit consisted of backup. Shouldn’t put much stock into it but we’ll note it anyway. The group L-R. Isaiah Green, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Josh […]

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Big Dan Makes Big Progress During Steelers Training Camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their 2014 training camp Thursday with one final scrimmage against the Buffalo Bills and by the sound of things, big Dan McCullers made a big impression on head coach Mike Tomlin during his time in Latrobe. “He’s progressing. He’s doing a nice job of really working the techniques and really […]

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Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – CB William Gay

By Matthew Marczi End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s not generally […]

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Steelers Early Offseason Positional Draft Needs – Inside Linebacker

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 End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – FB Will Johnson

By Matthew Marczi End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s not generally […]

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The Salary Cap And The Fear Of Letting Go

By Matthew Marczi Anybody who follows the Pittsburgh Steelers with any degree of depth is well aware of the fact that they have had salary cap issues for several seasons now, which is generally the territory every team with a franchise quarterback will eventually face. This is not necessarily a major obstacle for a team […]

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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Review – QB Landry Jones

By Matthew Marczi It has been a theme for many years that, aside from the occasional special teams contributions, rookies on the Pittsburgh Steelers, including even first-round draft picks, rarely contribute during their first season. That has been especially true over the years on defense, though less so on offense. That pattern changed somewhat in […]

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Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – TE Heath Miller

By Matthew Marczi End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s not generally […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Free Agents Analysis: WR Emmanuel Sanders – Unrestricted

By Matthew Marczi Player: Emmanuel Sanders Position: Wide Receiver Experience: 4 Years Free Agent Status: Unrestricted 2013 Salary Cap Hit: $2,500,000 2013 Season Breakdown: Emmanuel Sanders was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and bided his time behind Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, and then Antonio Brown before […]

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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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Attitude On Display For Cody Wallace In Season Finale

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers center Cody Wallace has been a nice surprise since an injury to Fernando Velasco thrust him into the starting lineup during the final stretch of the regular season. Nobody really seemed to entirely understand why the team had brought him in after final roster cuts were made, but he’s answered […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers Versus Green Bay Packers – Second Half Recap

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the second half trailing 14-10, but received the opening kickoff. On first down, Ben Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for 11 yards. He dumped a pass off to Brown for 6 yards on the next play. Le’Veon Bell picked up about three on second down to set up third […]

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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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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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Cameron Heyward Puts His Stamp On The Defensive Line

By Matthew Marczi I suspect that I would not be met with much resistance at this point if I were to sing the praises of Cameron Heyward and the growth that he has seen since entering the starting lineup this season. I probably wouldn’t even get much of a fight if I were to claim […]

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No Answer For Le’Veon Bell’s Fast Start, Slow Finish Against The Dolphins

By Matthew Marczi When the Pittsburgh Steelers first broke huddle against the Miami Dolphins, it seemed that the game plan was to ride the young workhorse running back, Le’Veon Bell, in the snowy weather. The first snap of the game was a running back screen that went for five yards. A sack on second down […]

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Poor Tackling Rears Its Ugly Head Once Again For Defense

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Sunday’s game having already tied their season total in missed tackles from last year at 82, according to Pro Football Focus. That was already a far cry from their heyday of recent years. They missed just 69 tackles in 2011, 76 in 2010. In 2009, it was again […]

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Jerricho Cotchery Continues To Be Steelers’ Rock

By Matthew Marczi With such little positivity following a humiliating defeat, wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery did help provide just a sliver of sunshine for sullen Pittsburgh Steelers fans, as he continued to expand upon his excellent third season in the organization. As expected this offseason, Cotchery has taken on a far more prominent role after […]

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Try As They Might, Steelers Unable To Bury Themselves

By Matthew Marczi Sometimes it seems as though the Pittsburgh Steelers are simply powerless to dig their own grave. The rest of the AFC North is digging too, and they are all throwing their dirt into Pittsburgh’s plot. That theme continued last night when the Cincinnati Bengals found yet another new and spectacular way to […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers Versus Oakland Raiders – Second Half Recap

By Matthew Marczi Ramon Foster was ruled out for the Pittsburgh Steelers during halftime after it was determined that he sustained a concussion. It was also confirmed that the rest of the team merely played as though they had sustained concussions, but were actually fine. Despite leading the turnover margin 2-0 (and nearly 3-0), the […]

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Will Johnson Getting More Involved In The Offense

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Will Johnson played his most snaps of the season, and his highest percentage of the team’s total snaps, in the their most recent victory over the Baltimore Ravens. It also just so happened to be the team’s best game on the ground through the first six games of the […]

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Rethinking The OLB Platoon

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, overall perhaps, has been able to acclimate himself reasonably well to a starting role so early on in his career. I have in the past taken a look at his success against the run in the team’s previous game against the Chicago Bears, for example. […]

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Time Is Now To Give Vince Williams The Starter Title To Go Along With Starter Snaps

By Matthew Marczi The writing has been on the wall for the past two weeks, and perhaps this week will be the one that converts words into action. Since the Week One season-ending injury to inside linebacker Larry Foote, the Pittsburgh Steelers have spent the past two weeks deploying their shiny new backup linebackers—Kion Wilson […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers Versus Chicago Bears – Second Half Recap

By Matthew Marczi The slow start to the season for the Pittsburgh Steelers dragged to a crawl early on in the first half of their third game against the Chicago Bears as they quickly fell behind 17-0, and then 24-3. However, a 33-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown helped spark some life into the lethargic […]

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Pleased To Welcome Aboard Alex Kozora

You have probably noticed by now that Alex Kozora has been brought on to contribute to site and he should compliment the tremendous writing that both Matthew Marczi and Jeremy Hritz contribute to the site. Alex really loves the X\’s and O\’s of the game and his primary focus will be individual player and play […]

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Was Ben Roethlisberger On Pace For An MVP-Caliber Season In 2012

By Matthew Marczi In light of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s injury a year ago, many commenters have suggested that the veteran signal caller was having perhaps the best year of his career, and an MVP-caliber one at that. It is no secret that he struggled upon his return in the last four games of […]

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