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The Optimist’s Take – Drafting The Tall Wide Receiver

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 the team, both […]

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The Optimist’s Take – Moving On From Ike Taylor

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 Pro Bowlers Deserving, But So Were Others

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers will be sending two constituents this year to the Pro Bowl to represent their team. Considering they’re currently 7-8, that might sound about right, though when one considers that the 2-14 Kansas City Chiefs sent more than that to the Pro Bowl last year, questions might be raised. Certainly, […]

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High Draft Picks Are For Losers

By Michael K. Reynolds Should you cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Cincinnati Bengals or hope they lay down in order to get a better position in the draft? Here’s your clue: High draft picks are for losers. Sure. You might end up with the number one overall draft pick and get winners like Andrew Luck (2012) and Cam Newton (2011). But […]

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Dink And Dunk? Not So Fast

By Matthew Marczi When the Steelers first brought in Todd Haley as the new offensive coordinator, some criticized the decision to install what they pejoratively refer to as a ‘dink and dunk’ offense. As the season progressed and the team started losing games, many more joined in to the chorus. This season has been no […]

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Hritz: Steelers Versus Browns Preview and Prediction – Week Twelve

By Jeremy Hritz 27 points surrendered in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions last week, and the narrative for the remainder of the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers season seemed to be headed back to NFL Draft discussions and potential top ten picks. But when the final seconds of the clock ticked away at Heinz Field, […]

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Jarvis Jones Becoming More Acclimated To The Defense

By Matthew Marczi Jarvis Jones got his first start in a few weeks since being demoted because LaMarr Woodley was forced to sit out the game with an injury. He only played sparsely, and occasionally in specialized roles, in the interim, so it is difficult to draw conclusions about his progress from that. He played […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Lions

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers week 11 victory over the Detroit Lions. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Jarvis Jones getting subpackage reps at ILB. – Detroit uses a “man beater”, Trips Bunch. Reggie Bush with outside stem then bursts inside. Lawrence Timmons can’t stay with him and […]

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Late First-Half Stand Was A Momentum-Builder

By Matthew Marczi After the Pittsburgh Steelers got off to a blistering start against the Detroit Lions, with wide receiver Antonio Brown going for two long touchdowns to finish off Pittsburgh’s first two drives of the game, they were forced to withstand a torrid attack in the second quarter that completely reshaped the game. When […]

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Cameron Heyward Disrupted The Lions In A Variety Of Ways

By Matthew Marczi The Steelers played nearly the entire game without a nose tackle—Steve McLendon and Al Woods both came in as defensive tackles in sub-packages throughout the game—but that didn’t limit Cameron Heyward, who played 66 of the Steelers’ 76 snaps on defense with Brett Keisel sitting out. Though he didn’t register a sack […]

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Steelers Versus Lions Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora Breaking down the sacks allowed and recorded by the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Detroit Lions. 1. 3rd 10, 8:11 2nd. Empty, four man rush vs five blocking. Smash concepts on each side of the field with Ben looking at the top of the screen as his first read. Detroit plays it smartly […]

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Jason Worilds Puts A Positive Spin On His Pass Rush

By Matthew Marczi The Detroit Lions’ offensive line has done well versus the pass this season, despite starting two rookies on the right side of the line. It just so happened that Jason Worilds was lined up over there in place of LaMarr Woodley for this game, and it just so happened that Worilds ended […]

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Steelers Versus Lions – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi The Steelers could not have gotten off to a worse finish in the first half, giving up 27 unanswered points and shooting themselves in the foot on offense. A three-and-out to open the third quarter did not ease the tension. Unlike in the first half, however, Mat McBriar got off an excellent […]

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Steelers Versus Lions – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi I found it interesting that the Steelers opened up in the nickel, which they rarely use these days, favoring six defensive backs over five when not in base. That only lasted one play before Vince Williams was substituted for Will Allen. The Steelers moved their outside linebacker around a lot in this […]

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Dare We Dream…The Impossible Dream?

By Michael K. Reynolds The Pittsburgh Steelers played Motown this Sunday and what began as early game joy shifted dramatically into the same old broken record in the second quarter. It had Steelers Nation singing Marvin Gaye‘s rendition of “What’s Goin’ On?” and Smokey Robinson‘s “Tracks Of My Tears” as the Detroit Lions imposed their will. Offense anemic. Balls overthrown and […]

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Cameron Heyward And Kelvin Beachum Earn Top Grades From PFF In Steelers Win Over Lions

The game grades from Pro Football Focus are in and leading the way on defense this week for the Pittsburgh Steelers are defensive end Cameron Heyward (3.3), cornerback Cortez Allen (2.9) and linebacker Jason Worilds (2.2) for their play Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Worilds good score is a result of him providing pressure on […]

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Optimus Prime Came In A Mental Form In Win Over Lions

After being blistered by Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson for six catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of Sunday’s win, the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary shut out Megatron in the second half. Surely that meant there were adjustments made at halftime, right? Wrong. “Ain’t nothing really changed,” said cornerback Ike […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers Versus Detroit Lions – Second Half Recap

By Matthew Marczi After jumping out to a 14-0 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers finished the rest of the half losing 27-6 to the Detroit Lions. Matthew Stafford’s balls were sailing early, but after they starting hitting, Detroit’s offense was hard to stop. The Steelers are looking to rebound in the second half, starting with the […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers Versus Detroit Lions – First Half Recap

By Matthew Marczi The matchup today between the Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers is truly a pivotal game for the home team. Standing at 3-6 and given where the rest of the division is, a win or a loss could have the team—or at least the fan base—either chasing playoff hopes or diving into […]

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Steelers Versus Lions: Seven Things To Watch For In Week 11

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Detroit Lions Sunday at Heinz Field and below are seven things to watch for in the game. A Boy Named Suh And A Guy Named Whimper – Guy Whimper is expected to make his first career start at left guard for the Steelers with Ramon Foster expected to […]

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Hritz: Lions Versus Steelers Preview And Prediction – Week Eleven

By Jeremy Hritz The Pittsburgh Steelers got a win, and did so in a somewhat convincing way against Buffalo. At least defensively. After last week’s showing, the Steelers aren’t make a great deal of sense, are they? The defensive performance was somewhat dominant, but that should be expected when playing against a rookie quarterback that […]

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Lions In The Den And A Season On The Brink

By Michael K. Reynolds Hail mediocrity! The Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t have picked a better season to be in transition. Err…I mean reloading. How else could you explain a 3-6 team still playing games heavy with playoff implications? In fact, the AFC in general and the AFC North in specific are so weak the Steelers could lose this […]

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Bengals Most Consistent After Six: The State of the AFC North – Week Seven

By Jeremy Hritz After six weeks of play, the Cincinnati Bengals are atop the AFC North standings with a 4-2 record after barely beating a below-average Buffalo Bills team in overtime. And with five more divisional games to go for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as bad as their overall record is, there is still a chance, […]

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Allen’s Procedure Must Be Minor Or Secondary Will Suffer

By Jeremy Hritz Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen recently underwent a procedure to clean up his knee to alleviate the discomfort that he was experiencing. Mike Tomlin was optimistic about Allen’s condition and downplayed its severity. He said, “We wanted him to get the surgery done now so he can begin rehabilitating immediately. This surgery […]

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Now The 15th Highest-Paid Player In The NFL

Despite only winning one playoff game in five attempts, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan received a five-year, $103.75 million contract extension on Thursday that makes him the second-highest paid player in the league. Ryan, who is heading into his sixth season in the league, has $59 million of his new deal guaranteed, and he will […]

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Steelers S Ryan Clark Tabs Lions WR Calvin Johnson & Patriots QB Tom Brady Toughest To Face

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was all over ESPN this past week and during one of the Cold Hard Facts segments that aired, he was asked who he thought was the toughest opposing wide receiver to cover in the league and who the toughest opposing quarterback to face. “Calvin Johnson,” said Clark, about the toughest […]

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