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Steelers Put Wraps On 2015 “Football In Shorts” Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their final mandatory minicamp practice of 2015 and with that comes the end of the offseason program that consisted of 12 days worth of on-field practices and one day of team building at the local Dave & Busters. “Great finish, nice energy and…


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William Gay Shows Football IQ In Two Minute Drill

Part of practice is to work on individual fundamentals. But another section, especially when hitting is still outlawed, is dedicated to situational work. The Pittsburgh Steelers dedicated part of today’s first day of minicamp to their two minute drill. The defense prevailed as William Gay intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger on…


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Replacing Ryan Clark Not A One-Year Process For Mike Mitchell

When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell to a big money contract last offseason, they were looking to replace Ryan Clark, who was the team’s primary starting free safety from 2008 to the 2013 season alongside Troy Polamalu. The two combined to form arguably their finest safety…


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Mike Tomlin Wants DBs To Do More Than Just Catch The Ball

The Pittsburgh Steelers have done nothing to hide the fact that they have been actively pursuing ways to improve their ability to take the ball away on defense, which is something that they failed to do with great efficiency last year for about the fourth straight season. It’s become such…


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So Many Safeties But Only So Many Spots Available

As of late, both safety positions for the Pittsburgh Steelers have been given huge question marks. Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu held down those spots until 2014, when Clark became a free agent and signed with the Washington Redskins. The Steelers then signed Mike Mitchell, who came off a productive…


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Steelers Holliman Still Growing Into Relatively New Position

After playing the cornerback position in 2013, Louisville’s Gerod Holliman thought he had found his niche, but when a new coaching staff led by Bobby Petrino took over, including new defensive boss Todd Grantham, Holliman was put at a new position more suited to allow him the freedom to roam….


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Steelers All-22: Pattern Reading

Film room for the second time this week. Looking at one of my favorite, albeit difficult to articulate, concepts. Pattern reading is a concept I’ve mentioned and broken down before and over the summer, I’ve been attempting to learn a little more. Like a matchup zone in basketball, there is…


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Lack Of New Faces Should Mean More Consistency On Steelers Defense

They say that you can estimate a loss or two per season for every rookie that you have in your starting lineup. Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers fielded a defense that contained one rookie starter at the beginning of the year, but the lineup also featured two other players who…


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Secondary Makeover Includes Cutting Down On Penalties

There have been two main themes chasing the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout this offseason. One has been improve the pass rush. The other: improve the pass coverage. The Steelers have tried to address both issues after drafting an outside linebacker in the first round and two cornerbacks in the second and…


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Mike Mitchell Moving Forward From Pains Of Last Season

It seems that for many people, the last thing that they want to hear about is another man’s groin. That apparently applies especially to Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell, who had offseason surgery to repair a pair of groin injuries that he played through during his first season with…


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Steelers 2015 Post-Draft Roster Review: Safety

With the 2015 NFL Draft and rookie minicamp now in the rearview mirror, the Pittsburgh Steelers 90-man offseason roster is getting pretty close to set, although there are always some late movements to balance out positional numbers or replace injured or underperforming players. Now that the rookie class in in-house…


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Five Takeaways From The Steelers First Week Of OTAs

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their first week of OTA practices on Thursday and while we probably didn’t learn a lot of new information about the 2015 team over the course of the last three days as it relates to individual performances and play on the field, there were a…




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Search For Will Allen’s Replacement Starts Now

As we are already amply aware, the Pittsburgh Steelers have an interesting situation going on at the back end of their defense this year thanks to a domino effect related to the retirement of likely future Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu. Their two projected starters for the 2015 season, Mike…


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Kozora: 2015 53 Man Roster Prediction

I’ll follow in Dave Bryan’s footsteps and present my far-too-early 53 man roster predictions. In the spirit, I’ll throw in a wild guess at a ten man practice squad, too. Ours will look similar with there realistically being only 5-7 “open” spots on the roster. But there are still some…


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2015 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction: Post Draft

With the 2015 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for my first offseason 53 man roster prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers. You will see that there are 54 players listed because of the extra spot needed because of running back Le’Veon Bell being suspended. In the comments below, tell me the selections…


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Steelers Secondary Must Stay Healthy After Injured-Riddled Season

Over the course of the offseason, there has been no shortage of criticism aimed toward the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, and in particular the secondary, which was chiefly responsible for surrendering 30 passing touchdowns—the fourth-most in the league—versus only 11 interceptions, which ranked 25th. With that type of ratio, there is…


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Comparing Mike Mitchell’s 2013 Season To 2014

Last offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers did something that’s not very common for the Rooney family, and that’s dip their toes into the free agent pool, when they signed safety Mike Mitchell to a 5-year/$25 million deal. On paper, the signing looked good, as it added an instant replacement for vacated…


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Carnell Lake Has A Full Plate Heading Into 2015

How is Cortez Allen going to bounce back after a horrendous 2014 season? How much playing time will rookies Senquez Golson and Doran Grant receive? Who replaces Troy Polamalu at safety? These are only a few of the mysteries heading into the 2015 season as the Steelers’ secondary looks to rebound, led by defensive backs coach,…


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Best And Worst Case Scenarios of the 2015 Steelers’ Draft Class

For one of our final looks at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2015 NFL Draft class, we’ll go through a best and worst case scenario with each draft pick. Lighter side of the review process and as a preface, this is all just hypothetical and for fun. It’s interesting look at what…


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Steelers Become Better, Closer During Offseason

The few weeks the offseason provides allows players to go their own way. To step aside from football, get out of the city, go home, on vacation, you get the idea. For several Pittsburgh Steelers, this offseason was treated no differently as the regular season. This does edge on offseason…


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Steelers Should Kick The Tires On Safety D.J. Swearinger

Heading into the 2015 NFL Draft, more than any other position except maybe outside linebacker, the Pittsburgh Steelers needed to add talent to the one area sorely lacking in it, and that’s in the secondary, especially the cornerback position. The team grabbed zone extraordinaire Senquez Golson, a 2014 All-American, in the second round. They…



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Carnell Lake Explains Importance Of Having Versatile Safeties

A few weeks ago, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he’s not opposed to playing Mike Mitchell at strong safety moving forward and that one comment created quite a few discussions as it related to the future of veteran Troy Polamalu and the third-year Shamarko Thomas. This past weekend,…