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Todd Haley Knows You Can\’t Script Improvisation

By Matthew Marczi The fire and bluster that incoming offensive coordinator Todd Haley was supposed to be bringing to the Pittsburgh Steelers was a major storyline within the national media a season ago. Haley was supposed to be yelling at Ben Roethlisberger on the sidelines every time he broke the pocket, regardless of whether or […]

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Le\’Veon Bell Has Stiff Competition To Live Up To As Pass Protector

By Matthew Marczi It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers were not completely satisfied with the performance of their running game in 2012. That is partly why two of the running backs from last year are now gone, and why they spent a second round draft pick this past April to bring in another […]

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Athletes Would Be Well-Advised To Take Heed Of This Weekend\’s Lessons On Public Behavior

By Matthew Marczi If the events of the past two days have not been illuminating for professional athletes, particularly the young adults among them, then perhaps they should have been paying closer attention. On Saturday, a jury of six ruled that George Zimmerman was not guilty of second degree murder nor manslaughter after an altercation […]

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Overcrowding Not A Concern In Steelers\’ Running Back Room

By Matthew Marczi There has been some speculation around the football world, and more particularly within the Pittsburgh Steelers fanbase, that there will only be room for one main backup at running back. This has been suggested for a multitude of reasons, though the main reason is related to salary. Because both Jonathan Dwyer and […]

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Musical Chairs On 2013 Steelers Defense Includes Cornerback Shuffle

By Matthew Marczi With over a third of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive and defensive starting lineups featuring new faces, the 2013 season should be interesting, if nothing else, seeing how the team renowned for its veteran presence adapts to the next generation. We have already covered seven of the eight new starters over the past […]

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Defensive Turnover Includes Steve McLendon Taking Over For Casey Hampton In 2013

By Matthew Marczi After over a decade of watching Casey Hampton anchor the defensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers (with the exception of a long stretch during the 2004 season when Chris Hoke filled in due to injury), it is an unusual feeling picturing the team’s defense without that comically large helmet spearheading the troops. […]

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Somebody Has To Fill Harrison\’s Shoes At Right Outside Linebacker For The Steelers

By Matthew Marczi Even though he may not have been given the biggest contract out of those who left the Pittsburgh Steelers this year via free agency, James Harrison was certainly the greatest. Mike Wallace may have gotten $60 million from the Miami Dolphins—and that is fair market value for his services at his age […]

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Steelers Starting Running Back Battle Will Be Fun To Watch

By Matthew Marczi Of the five new starters—or starters in new positions, as is the case for Marcus Gilbert—that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be bringing to the offensive huddle in Week 1 of the 2013 season, we have already covered four. However, those positions are already all but resolved; the final position legitimately appears to […]

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Steelers Need WR Emmanuel Sanders To Make Deliveries In The Red Zone

By Matthew Marczi The overhaul along the offensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 has already been covered extensively, including by myself, earlier this week. But, of course, there are several other changes to the lineup during the team’s makeover for next season, and the biggest—or at least the most expensive—is replacing wide receiver […]

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Steelers Hope T Mike Adams Gets It \”Right\” In 2013

By Matthew Marczi As with the other two new starters along the offensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Adams already has playing experience. Unlike Marcus Gilbert, however, he will not have to move to a new position—that is, unless, he somehow wins the left tackle job, which seems rather unlikely. The skill set that […]

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Move To Left Side For Marcus Gilbert Just Another Part Of Steelers Offensive Line Shuffle

By Matthew Marczi All five starters along the offensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 earned starting experience in 2012. However, only one of them started more than six games at his position, that being center Maurkice Pouncey. Ramon Foster started every game last season, as previously discussed; however, 13 of his starts came […]

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Musical Chairs Ends With Ramon Foster At Left Guard In 2013

By Matthew Marczi As I wrote last month, the Pittsburgh Steelers have undergone a turnaround among their starters the likes of which have not been seen in this century. In 2013, the Steelers will have a new starting wide receiver, running back, left tackle, right tackle, left guard, cornerback, outside linebacker, and nose tackle. Now, […]

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Marczi: Editorial – Thank You

By Matthew Marczi Having the ability to express one’s thoughts, opinions, and analysis in front of an informed and engaged audience is a wonderful opportunity that should not be taken for granted. Therefore, with this article, I would like to mark the end of my fourth week of writing for Steelers Depot by expressing my […]

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Character Counts – Misbehavior Is Relative In The World Of Professional Sports – Part IV

By Matthew Marczi Despite the organization’s strong reputation, the Pittsburgh Steelers have come across their fair share of public relations hiccups through the years thanks to the behavior of their players. They once stood behind a player who shot at a police helicopter. Then, years later, they unceremoniously dumped one player who sucker punched a […]

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Tolerance And Hypocrisy – Misbehavior Is Relative In The World Of Professional Sports – Part III

By Matthew Marczi As with any professional sports organization that has been around for more than a few years, the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers is not without its shadowy figures from time to time. Of course, with the advent of 24-hour sports networks, social media, and amateur paparazzi, it is all the more difficult […]

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Kindness For Weakness – Misbehavior Is Relative In The World Of Professional Sports – Part II

By Matthew Marczi As intimated in the first part of this article, the Pittsburgh Steelers hold a strong, upstanding reputation based on high character and family values that has served the organization well for the past 80 years. And by professional sports standards, the Rooney family most certainly can hold its collective head high for […]

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\”Time to Die\” – Misbehavior Is Relative In The World Of Professional Sports – Part I

By Matthew Marczi “Time to die” is the text that got former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey in trouble back in 2010. It was a text message to his girlfriend that led to a felony stalking charge that was later knocked down to a misdemeanor after Rainey agreed to take an anger management course […]

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Former Steelers Linebacker James Harrison\’s Game Tough To Replicate

By Matthew Marczi Although former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison is now playing for the division rival Cincinnati Bengals, I think it is still safe to say that, for most fans, Harrison is and will always be a Steeler, having left an indelible mark on the organization and its history. Adding to the love […]

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Pittsburgh One Of Many Fine Cities Deserving Of Chance To Host The NFL Draft

By Matthew Marczi With the National Football League’s recent decision to push back the NFL Draft and also hinting at the possibility that the draft could be hosted in cities other than New York City, Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II was quick to suggest that his team’s city would make a fine host for […]

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Steelers NT Steve McLendon The Focal Point Of New Look Defensive Front

By Matthew Marczi The belief that defensive tackle Steve McLendon’s play over the past two seasons has merited more snaps on defense has become ubiquitous, particularly this offseason. There is little question, of course, that Casey Hampton is the greatest nose tackle in Pittsburgh Steelers history, but McLendon’s rise has most feeling comfortable with saying […]

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Steelers Tight End Matt Spaeth A Bigger Signing Than Many Think

By Matthew Marczi When the Pittsburgh Steelers elected to re-sign tight end Matt Spaeth after his release following a two-year stint with the Chicago Bears, it seemed that the general reaction to the news was, on the positive end of the spectrum, apathetic. However, the reality is that his return to the team should be […]

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Breaking Down The Language Barrier Is Key To Steelers Offensive Success

By Matthew Marczi Whether merited or not, there was quite a bit handwringing in the media last offseason over the Pittsburgh Steelers’ decision to hire Todd Haley as the team’s offensive coordinator, and subsequently how quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would respond to a coach known for a fiery disposition after seeing his good friend Bruce Arians […]

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Stevenson Sylvester Versus Chris Carter Training Camp Battle In The Works?

By Matthew Marczi That fourth-year reserve linebacker Stevenson Sylvester is entering a critical season was no secret long before linebackers coach Keith Butler said so explicitly. Indeed, it was obvious before the Pittsburgh Steelers chose not to give Sylvester a restricted free agent tender. With Pittsburgh Tribune-Review author Mark Kaboly reporting on Wednesday that the […]

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Don\’t Expect A Training Camp Competition Along The Steelers Defensive Line

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Ed Bouchette speculated about it last season. Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider suggests that it will come during this offseason instead. But will it actually take place, and what are the ramifications should it occur? I am talking about a suggestion that has floated around for a few […]

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Second-Term Steelers Offer Unique Perspective On Unique Organization

By Matthew Marczi With the Pittsburgh Steelers’recent reunions with old faces once again this season—courtesy of the returns of cornerback William Gay, tight end Matt Spaeth, and wide receiver Plaxico Burress—it is quite evident that a recent trend is emerging of former Steelers returning to greener pastures after exploring the landscapes of other teams. Beginning […]

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Steelers CB Cortez Allen – Secret Superstar

By Matthew Marczi The football statistics website Pro Football Focus published an article yesterday deeming third year cornerback Cortez Allen the ‘Secret Superstar’ for the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2013 season. Of course, this is a series of articles that the website does for every team, and I think that it is safe to say […]

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