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On The Other Hand…Fernando Velasco And The Vikings

By Matthew Marczi Yesterday, I wrote a piece exposing some of the lowlights in the performance of Pittsburgh Steelers center Fernando Velasco during the team’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week. They were valid, legitimate flaws or errors in his game, but they were by no means unfixable, nor were they the norm. In […]

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Fernando Velasco Struggles On The Move Against The Vikings

By Matthew Marczi When Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey went down in the season opener, the team was lucky that a player such as Fernando Velasco was available to come off the street and play the position just a week later. By no means, however, does that mean that he is not without his warts. […]

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Steelers Versus Vikings – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi Le’Veon Bell runs with vision, turning two-yard gains into six-yard gains, or three-yard losses in to two-yard gains by reading his blockers and knowing where and when to make a cut. David Johnson did a good job of holding off Jared Allen on the bomb to Antonio  Brown that drew a pass […]

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Mike Tomlin Set To Take A Simple Approach To Improve Steelers Running Game

As expected, Felix Jones will get the start Sunday night at running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Chicago Bears, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. “Felix Jones is going to get the start, and then we’re going to supplement him with the others,” Tomlin told Bill Hillgrove during his weekly pre game interview. […]

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Heath Miller Practiced Again On Friday And Wants To Play Sunday Night

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller practiced fully for a third straight day on Friday and now we will wait and see if he is given the green light to make his season debut Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network reported Friday on Twitter that Miller said his knee responded […]

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Steelers Versus Bengals Winners And Losers – Week 2

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost 20-10 Monday night to the Cincinnati Bengals and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Winners: Ike Taylor – Taylor gets the biggest gold star of them all for his play Monday night as held Bengals wide […]

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Steelers Running Game Off To Worst Two Game Start In Franchise History

If you thought the Pittsburgh Steelers got off to a poor start last year running the football, the start of the 2013 season is even worse. In fact, the Steelers 75 yards rushing after two games is the worst it has ever been in the history of the franchise. In 2012, the Steelers had 141 […]

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Steelers Versus Bengals Key Matchup: David DeCastro Versus Geno Atkins

Pittsburgh Steelers right guard David DeCastro will make just the sixth start of his young career Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, and it will mark the second time that he faces defensive tackle Geno Atkins in what figures to be a key matchup to watch in the game. In the Week 16 meeting last […]

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Steelers Still Likely To Dress Only Seven Offfensive Linemen Against Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is notorious for only dressing seven offensive linemen for games, but due to what happened last week in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans; you have to wonder if he is starting to give second thoughts to dressing an eighth. When starting center Maurkice Pouncey went down on […]

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Jerricho Cotchery Shows He Is Reliable As Ever In Opening Day Loss

By Matthew Marczi Jerricho Cotchery is an offensive tool for the Pittsburgh Steelers that has gone somewhat under the radar over the past two years, at least as perceived by the fans. After all, he totaled just 33 catches for 442 yards and two touchdowns in 27 games during his two seasons in Pittsburgh. With […]

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Steelers Offensive Weapon Jammed Up By O-Line

By Jeremy Hritz Nearly a week after the debacle in Pittsburgh against Tennessee, the loss still stings and the uncertainty surrounding the 2013 Steelers is muddier than ever. When the fourth quarter ended last Sunday, an 8-8 season seemed delusional, as if that mark was far beyond the reach of the talent of the Steelers. […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers OL Kelvin Beachum Versus Titans

By Alex Kozora My full breakdown of Pittsburgh Steelers center Kelvin Beachum versus the Tennessee Titans. First Drive Snaps: 7 Run Block/Pass Block: 4/3 Play-by-Play – 1st and 10, 14:51 1st. TE eligible with David Paulson to his right. Pass protection with Paulson releasing. Loses balance, fails to stay square vs inside spin from Derrick […]

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Impact Of Pouncey Injury Difficult To Quantify As Line Adjusts To New Normal

By Matthew Marczi Anybody who watched the Pittsburgh Steelers offense earlier this week will attest to the inefficacy and inefficiency displayed along the offensive line, as well as the tight ends. Even the running backs and wide receivers had a rough day in their off the ball assignments. Obviously, the offensive line was struck a […]

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Inside The Tape: Break Down Of Steelers Versus Titans

By Alex Kozora My game notes from the Week One game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans. First Half – Opening kickoff coverage unit. L1 – Cortez Allen L2 – Robert Golden L3 – Shamarko Thomas L4 – Terence Garvin L5 – Jarvis Jones K – Shaun Suisham R1 – Chris Carter R2 […]

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Steelers Personnel Grouping Stats Versus Titans

Below are the personnel groupings and stats of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense from the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. We will be tracking these once again this season as part of our yearly charting project. As you can see, the offense predominantly used their 11 personnel (1RB/1TE/3WR) grouping against the Titans (35 of 53 […]

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New Steelers C Fernando Velasco Thinks He Can Get Up To Speed By Monday Night

Due to the Tennessee Titans running a lot of similar blocking schemes that the Pittsburgh Steelers are currently using, new center Fernando Velasco said Wednesday he thinks he might have a chance to be ready to start Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. “There’s a little bit difference in terminology,” Velasco said during his talk […]

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Report: Steelers G Ramon Foster To Help With Line Calls Against Bengals

On Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Ramon Foster said he will be in charge of helping the second-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum with the line calls during the Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. As it sounds, Beachum will get start at center but Foster will […]

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Steelers Versus Titans – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi One of the first things that I took notice of early on was just how frequently Todd Haley varied his personnel from play to play. On first down, he went with the 12 personnel with Isaac Redman the lone back and David Paulson lined up to the right of Kelvin Beachum, who […]

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Will Fernando Velasco Be Up To Speed In Time To Start Next Week?

By Matthew Marczi With Monday’s confirmation that Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury after being placed on injured reserve, the immediate question now is this: who is playing center on Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals? The Steelers signed center/guard Fernando Velasco yesterday, who started […]

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Tomlin Says Initial Plan Is To Start Beachum At Center Against The Bengals

With starting center Maurkice Pouncey now out for the season with a knee injury, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday during his press conference that the plan right now is to start second-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum at center Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. “As we prepare right now, Beachum is going […]

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Steelers Injury Update: Miller To Have Work Increased; Allen Not Expected To Work Early In Week

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin held his weekly press conference Tuesday and updated the health of the team following his opening statement. Tomlin said center Maurkice Pouncey (knee) is scheduled for surgery Thursday after tearing both his ACL and MCL in the season opener. Inside linebacker Larry Foote (biceps) had surgery Tuesday morning, while […]

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Steelers Week 2 Depth Chart Has Jarvis Jones Listed As Co-Starter

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their second depth chart of the 2013 season and it includes some notable changes. Rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones, who played nearly half the snaps in the opener against the Tennessee Titans, is now listed as the co-starter at right outside linebacker alongside Jason Worilds. Jones registered one tackle on defense […]

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Knee Injury Might Prevent Steelers From Extending Maurkice Pouncey Next Offseason

The Pittsburgh Steelers were likely hoping to extend the contract of center Maurkice Pouncey next offseason, but now his season ending knee injury that he suffered in the opener against the Tennessee Titans could make for difficult negotiations. Pouncey, whose rookie contract is up following the 2014 season, is set to count $4.639 million against […]

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A Look At New Steelers C Fernando Velasco

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent center Fernando Velasco on Monday to replace injured starter Maurkice Pouncey, who was lost for the season Sunday in the opener against the Tennessee Titans. While we still don’t know what the amount of the one-year deal is that Velasco signed, it appears as though the Steelers got a […]

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Shaun Suisham’s Injury Prevents Steelers From Replenishing ILB Unit

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers have already announced that center Maurkice Pouncey, running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, and linebacker Larry Foote have been placed on season-ending injured reserve. They have also announced their replacements on the roster. In Pouncey’s place, the Steelers have signed center/guard Fernando Velasco, who started 16 games last season for the […]

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Steelers Have Placed Pouncey, Foote And Stephens-Howling On Injured Reserve List

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker Larry Foote and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling on their injured reserve list Monday. Pouncey tore both his ACL and MCL in his right knee early in the Sunday loss to the Tennessee Titans when guard David DeCastro accidentally cut his legs out from underneath him. […]

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