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Envisioning The Wildcat Package For The 2014 Season

Last season, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley surprised those not in the know when he broke out the wildcat formation with running back Le’Veon Bell a few games into his career, after he felt comfortable recovering from injury. While they only ran it at most a handful of times per game, it was an […]

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2014 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Draft

With the 2014 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for my first offseason 53 man roster prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all of these right, but this is where my head is at after the selection of nine players by the Steelers over the course of the […]

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Scat Back 3.0 – How Will Dri Archer Succeed Where Others Had Failed?

I think it’s safe to call it now. Todd Haley likes himself some scat backs. The Pittsburgh Steelers used their third-round compensatory pick to select former Kent State RB/WR/KR Dri Archer, a 5’8”, 170 lbs. bullet with 4.2 speed. Initial opinions on Archer seem to be split down a divide based primarily on whether or […]

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Cameron Heyward, Maurkice Pouncey Making Good On Leadership Roles

Despite the fact that Cameron Heyward will only turn 25 tomorrow, he is already among the veterans of the team—especially along the defensive line after this offseason’s departures—and it’s a fact that he’s quite aware of himself. That’s a 25-year old with only 13 career starts, by the way. But behind him along the defensive […]

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Despite Temptation, Steelers Figure To Stay Put At Tackle During Draft

Though the Pittsburgh Steelers have used two first-round draft selections, with an additional two in the second round, over the past four drafts on the offensive line, they have yet to be able to cobble together the five-man offensive line that they’ve envisioned. Due to a combination of injury and underperformance, the most optimistic future […]

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Antonio Brown Working Into A Leadership Role

After a breakout All-Pro season in his fourth year, now seems the time for the natural evolution of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown to blossom into a team leader. It is a topic that I’ve already touched on earlier this offseason after the departure of Jerricho Cotchery. There were hints of that last year, […]

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Steelers Draft History Under Tomlin – Interior OL

With the 2014 NFL Draft coming up in a bit, and having finished taking stock of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster, it’s now time to look back and see how the team assembled the roster they currently have through the draft. It would be most simple to set a dividing line at 2007, the year Mike […]

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Steelers Draft History Under Tomlin – Offensive Tackle

With the 2014 NFL Draft coming up in a bit, and having finished taking stock of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster, it’s now time to look back and see how the team assembled the roster they currently have through the draft. It would be most simple to set a dividing line at 2007, the year Mike […]

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Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey: “I Wish I Could Say That I’m Fully Back, But I’m Pretty Close”

Phase one of the Pittsburgh Steelers offseason program got underway on Tuesday and a good majority of the players are now back in town getting ready for the upcoming OTA sessions. One player who’s been in Pittsburgh all offseason training is center Maurkice Pouncey and he recently updated the rehab of his surgically repaired knee […]

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Stars Aligning For Steelers To Go Cornerback In Round One

In most recent years, by the time the draft had finally arrived, it seemed more often than not that a near consensus had been reached on who the Pittsburgh Steelers would ultimately draft. At least, that was my reading. This seemed to be the case when they drafted Maurkice Pouncey in 2010, and Cameron Heyward […]

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Steelers Injury Report With Phase One Of Offseason Program About To Begin

The Pittsburgh Steelers will begin the first phase of their offseason program this week and with that process getting underway, it’s time to have a look at the four injured players who are currently under contract for the 2014 season that are coming off of injuries. Maurkice Pouncey – It’s been roughly seven and a […]

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Pro Football Focus Grades The Steelers’ Recent Drafts

Pro Football Focus is preparing for the upcoming draft by revisiting recent drafts from 2009 to 2011 on a team-by-team basis and seeing how those draft picks turned out a few years down the road, assigning a number grade based on performance and draft value. The Pittsburgh Steelers were on deck yesterday, and as one […]

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Mike Munchak Speaks About Outside Zone Blocking

New Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak spoke earlier with the team’s website about why he chose to sign with Pittsburgh. Now he’s speaking about the outside zone blocking scheme and how it affects the running back. The Steelers had hoped to introduce more of the outside zone last season with Jack Bicknell Jr., […]

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Steelers Draft Needs – Interior OL

Earlier in the offseason, we took a position-by-position look at where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand with their roster before the free agency process both ravaged and replenished the talent pool. The Steelers entered the process with 22 free agents. They re-signed six of them, while losing eight more to other teams, with eight remaining unsigned. […]

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How Does Alex Mack’s Contract Impact Negotiations With Maurkice Pouncey?

The Cleveland Browns hardly flinched before agreeing to match the offer sheet that center Alex Mack signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite that offer sheet containing language that gives the player the ability to void the last three years of the five-year contract, which just so happens to contain a front-loaded guaranteed money value. The […]

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DeCastro Acknowledges Pouncey’s Injury Was A Big Mental Hurdle

Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 first-round draft pick David DeCastro had a steep hurdle to climb in his rookie season when he and fellow offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert collided during a preseason game, which resulted in DeCastro tearing his ACL. He ended up missing most of the year, coming back for just the last three games to […]

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Report: Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey Says His Surgically Repaired Knee Is “Great”

It’s been seven months now since Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee during the 2013 season opener against the Tennessee Titans and it appears as though his rehab is going just fine. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday during his online chat that he ran […]

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Steelers Greatest Draft Hits – Fifth Round

By Michael K. Reynolds The Pittsburgh Steelers have two fifth round selections in this year’s 2014 NFL Draft (including an extra compensatory pick). Should you be excited? Not if you are a student of the Steelers draft history. Not since the year 2000 have the scouts pulled a golden rabbit out of the hat in […]

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Contract Extension For Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey Not Guaranteed To Happen This Offseason

Not only is Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey coming off of a serious knee injury that cost him all but eight plays of the 2013 season, he’s also about to enter the final year of his rookie contract. Scott Brown of ESPN.com recently wrote that he believes the Steelers will get a long-term deal done […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Role Of New Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount, Pre Draft Visits, Pouncey Extension & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 92 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I talk about some of the recent comments made in interviews by new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount and linebacker Arthur Moats as it relates to their initial roles with the team in 2014. Both of those topics lead […]

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Steelers Among The Best In Preventing Unblocked Pressure

The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line did not get off to a good start last season. They struggled in both run blocking and pass protection, resulting in poor yards per carry totals for the backs and far too many sacks for Ben Roethlisberger. Losing All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey eight snaps into the season didn’t help matters […]

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Pre-Draft Free Agent Movements: Offensive Line

The vast bulk of the offseason roster moves to be made before the draft are already completed, so now is a good time to start taking a look at how the month of March (and the early portions of April) have affected the depth chart. The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the offseason with 21 unrestricted free […]

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Report: Steelers Still Expected To Re-sign C/G Fernando Velasco Later In The Summer

The Pittsburgh Steelers have already re-signed unrestricted free agent offensive linemen Cody Wallace and Guy Whimper since the start of the new league year and despite those moves, one beat writer still expects another will be re-signed before the start of training camp. According to Monday report by Jim Wexell of Steel City Insiders, the […]

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What Does The Cody Wallace Signing Mean For Fernando Velasco?

After making their big free agency splash on day one by signing safety Mike Mitchell, the Pittsburgh Steelers got back to business as usual yesterday by signing some of their more unheralded reserve players to modest contracts. Among those was interior offensive lineman Cody Wallace, of whom I and most others had many questions when […]

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Steelers Re-sign C/G Cody Wallace

The Pittsburgh Steelers are following up the Tuesday signing of former Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell by re-signing a few of their own unrestricted free agents on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, it was officially announced that both safety Will Allen and long snapper Greg Warren had been re-signed and now the team has just […]

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Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert At Michigan State Pro Day Scouting Darqueze Dennard

While the league currently sits and waits for the 4 PM dinner bell that is the opening of the free agency period, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert are reportedly up north, attending the Michigan State pro day. Translation: Tomlin and Colbert are taking a good, hard look at likely […]

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