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Steelers Taking Safety Precautions With Three DBs Injured

The Pittsburgh Steelers currently have six safeties among their 12 defensive backs on the 53-man roster. Only three of them are fully healthy. Second-year safety Shamarko Thomas spent a few weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, in response to which the Steelers called up Ross Ventrone from the practice squad. The journeyman defensive […]

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Steelers Film Room: CB Brice McCain Guilty Of Poor Technique Early Against Ravens

When Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen was taken out of the starting lineup several weeks ago, he was replaced by Brice McCain in the base defense. While the Steelers have managed to win their last three games with McCain as the starter, I’m sure they can’t wait to get veteran Ike Taylor back on the […]

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Steelers Film Room: Dick LeBeau’s Blitzes Against The Colts

By Alex Kozora The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense was arguably its most aggressive last week against the Indianapolis Colts. Defensively, Dick LeBeau got back to some core blitz concepts to create chaos along the Colts’ offensive line. We’ll look at some of those specific examples. Statistically, the numbers show LeBeau being as aggressive as he’s been all […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Thomas, Gilbert, McLendon All Probable For Ravens Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a healthy team heading into their Sunday night game at Heinz Field against the Baltimore Ravens as only two players have been ruled out on the final injury report of the week released Friday afternoon. Sitting out this weekend, as expected, will be cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) and safety Ross Ventrone […]

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Steelers Vs. Colts Game Rewind – Second Half

By Alex Kozora More game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ thrilling 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Second Half – Poor pass protection from LeGarette Blount early in the second half. Fails to stay square to the blitzer, gets turned, and doesn’t hold up well. – As shown in the broadcast, the two Colts’ defenders […]

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Steelers Vs. Colts Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ thrilling 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. First Half – Kick coverage from left to right: Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Ross Ventrone, Sean Spence, Vince Williams, Will Allen, Shaun Suisham, Will Johnson, Antwon Blake, Darrius Heyward-Bey, William Gay. – Brice McCain with the necessary hustle to […]

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Steelers Injury Report: TE Matt Spaeth Back Practicing Fully On Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday injury report is now out and very little has changed since Wednesday. Remaining sidelined Wednesday was safety Ross Ventrone (hamstring), who is expected to miss the game Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens. Limited once again was cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm), who is continuing to slowly work himself back as he […]

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Steelers vs Colts First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory on Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts. Despite facing a more potent offense, the Steelers opened in their base defense against Andrew Luck, meaning Cam Thomas in at nose tackle. He missed a tackle on Ahmad Bradshaw up the middle on […]

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David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Colts

The Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Indianapolis Colts in a nationally-televised game on a beautiful late afternoon at Heinz Field and delivered one of the greatest offensive performances in franchise history. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns leading the Steelers to a massively-entertaining 51-34 victory over the AFC South leaders. The Steelers […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Gilbert, McLendon, Thomas All Practice Fully Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Wednesday practice as they prepare to play the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night at Heinz Field and the first injury report of the week has now been released. Not practicing Wednesday were tight end Matt Spaeth (hamstring) and safety Ross Ventrone (hamstring). Ventrone is not expected to be […]

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Steelers Ben Roethlisberger, Jason Worilds Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Colts

Pro Football Focus has now released their initial player grades for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their Sunday win over the Indianapolis Colts and it’s not a bit surprising to see quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (10.7) leading the way on offense. Roethlisberger’s 40-of-49 passing performance for a career record 522 yards and six touchdowns won’t soon be […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Thomas Out, Gilbert Doubtful, Shazier Probable

The Pittsburgh Steelers final injury report of the week is now out and it includes three players listed as being out. As expected, nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder), cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) and safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) will all miss the game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. This will be the third straight game that […]

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Steelers Vs. Texans Game Rewind: Second Half

By Alex Kozora Game observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers Week Seven victory against the Houston Texans. Second Half – Kick coverage unit from L-R: Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Ross Ventrone, Terence Garvin, Vince Williams, Shaun Suisham, Will Allen, Will Johnson, Antwon Blake, Darrius Heyward-Bey, B.W. Webb. – Who is this version of Cam Thomas? Crazy […]

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Steelers Injury Report: McLendon, Gilbert Still Unable To Practice Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Thursday practice as they continue to prepare to play the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Heinz Field and the daily injury report has just a few minor changes. Not practicing Thursday were nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (concussion). While it’s not looking like McLendon […]

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Steelers vs Texans Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory over the Houston Texans on Monday night. After a startling swing of momentum to end the first half, the second began promisingly when the defense stopped the Texans on second and one, and then third and one, to first a […]

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Steelers Injury Report: McLendon, Gilbert Unable To Practice Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers first injury report of the week has now been released and it includes a little bit of bad news. Nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) wasn’t able to practice Wednesday and while it’s still early in the week, it doesn’t look like he will make it back for the game Sunday at Heinz […]

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Mike Mitchell’s Time In Pittsburgh Just Beginning

The Pittsburgh Steelers began addressing their impending safety concerns during this offseason when they replaced the aging veteran Ryan Clark with one of the bigger free agent signings in their recent history, free safety Mike Mitchell. Mitchell was immediately injected into the starting lineup opposite Troy Polamalu, who himself may be in his last season […]

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Steelers Rapid Fire Conclusions: Game 7 vs. Texans

By Michael K. Reynolds With a season on the brink, the Pittsburgh Steelers faithful lacking faith and a storm of boos descending upon the home team, Coach Mike Tomlin’s squad pulled a giant sized rabbit out of their hat with a 30-23 victory over the Houston Texans. Is this just another terrible tease in a […]

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David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Texans

By David Todd Coming off three consecutive poor performances the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football at Heinz Field. The first of three consecutive home games versus AFC foes, this one had big ramifications for both teams as they came in with identical 3-3 records. The Texans dominated early and the […]

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Steelers Versus Texans: An All-22 Primer

By Alex Kozora Your weekly All-22 primer before the Coaches Tape comes out for the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-23 victory over the Houston Texans. – The first half will allow a good opportunity to watch Ben Roethlisberger handle a muddy pocket. Not just with his mobility within the pocket or ability to escape out of it […]

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Steelers Defense Must Build Off Of Texans Turnovers

Last night on Twitter, I wrote that the Pittsburgh Steelers had scored 17 points off of turnovers against the Houston Texans, mockingly adding “also, the Steelers have turnovers tonight”. The truth is, however, that the team has forced at least one turnover now in five straight games, reaching a season-high three turnovers last night in […]

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Late Second Quarter Scoring Explosion Propels Steelers To 30-23 Win Over Texans

Down 13-0, the Pittsburgh Steelers scored 24 unanswered points late in the second quarter and they held on to beat the Houston Texans 30-23 Monday night at Heinz Field. The Steelers 24 point scoring explosion started with a 44 yard field goal by kicker Shaun Suisham with 3:13 left in the first half and ended […]

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Steelers vs Texans – What To Watch For On Defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers look to right the ship tonight against the Houston Texans. While two of their division rivals fell yesterday, the Baltimore Ravens continue to win, and now lead the division at 5-2. Should the Steelers manage to get back in the win column—which would fit their trend—they will be in second play at […]

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Steelers Injury Report: S Shamarko Thomas Out For Texans Game, LB Ryan Shazier Questionable

The Pittsburgh Steelers final injury report of the week is now out following Saturday’s practice and it looks like defensive end Brett Keisel (knee) and safety Mike Mitchell (knee) will both be good to go Monday night against the Houston Texans. Keisel and Mitchell both practiced again Saturday and both end the week listed as […]

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Steelers Vs. Browns Game Rewind – Second Half

By Alex Kozora Observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10 loss against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. Second Half – Troy Polamalu appears to be cheating on this route, expecting a corner route. Not sure why though. Saw something on film study? It’s just odd because it’s typical for the Browns to bend their #1, as […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Brett Keisel, Mike Mitchell Both Sidelined Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Houston Texans Monday night at Heinz Field and their first injury report of the week shows that several players were unable to practice fully Thursday. For starters, fullback Will Johnson (illness), defensive end Brett Keisel (knee), safety Mike Mitchell (knee) and safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related) all sat […]

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