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Film Room: Cover 3 Still A Steelers’ Staple

When you think of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense, you probably circle a couple of common concepts: tough, hard-hitting, stellar run defense, and a potent pass rush. That’s been a constant since the 1970s. But the scheme wrapped around those core football values has evolved. Bud Carson’s Cover 2, a 4-3…



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Bengals Bank On S Shawn Williams With 4-Year Extension

I wrote just recently, a short couple of days ago, about the Cincinnati Bengals and their safety tandem, now that veteran Reggie Nelson left in free agency and signed with the Raiders. Fifth-year safety George Iloka also hit free agency this year, but was retained on a five-year, $30 million…



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Ike Taylor Calls Steelers’ Secondary Most Physical In NFL

Ike Taylor saying positive things about his Pittsburgh Steelers certainly isn’t going to lead the topic of conversation, but there’s never a dull moment when asked to give his opinion. That’s what he did the other day on NFL Network where he ranked the top three hardest hitting secondaries. After…


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2016 Steelers Stock Watch – S Will Allen – Stock Down

With the 2016 NFL Draft now over and the bulk of the heavy lifting done with regard to the roster building process now out of the way, it is easier to begin to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand at certain positions, and what the implications might be…


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Young Secondary Facing Learning Curve En Route To Contributing

When the Pittsburgh Steelers field their first defense of the 2016 season, they will be able to do so selecting from a pool of defensive backs that are decidedly more talented, or at least higher in pedigree, than that which was available to them through a somewhat tumultuous year in…


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Steelers Banking On Return After Major Investment On Defense

Over the course of the past four draft classes, the Pittsburgh Steelers have used every one of their first-round picks on a defensive player. The last time that the team devoted four consecutive picks to one side of the ball in the first round was in the 50s, when they…


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The Optimist’s Take: Spare Change For Big Nickel

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…



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Sean Davis’ Physicality A Perfect Fit For Pittsburgh

Artie Burns might have been awarded #25 but it’s second round pick Sean Davis whose play is going to remind you of Ryan Clark the most. There’s a lot of ways to evaluate him and I’d encourage you to check out Luc Polglaze’s report for his full take. Here, we’re…


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2016 Steelers Pre-Draft Movements: Safety

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered this league year with nearly a couple dozen players scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency. They ended up retaining five of those unrestricted free agents, but did not tender their one restricted free agent, who signed elsewhere. Pittsburgh also added help from outside of the organization at tight…



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The Pessimist’s Take: Improved Tackling Efficiency

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…


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The Pessimist’s Take: Impact For Mike Mitchell

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…