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NFL Apparently Adopts ‘Joey Porter Rule’

You all know Mike Pereira, the former NFL vice president of officiating, who now works as a rules analyst for Fox Sports. You all love Mike Pereira, of course. He is, at least in my estimation, perhaps the best in the business when it comes to correctly making calls and,…


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Shazier Hit On Bernard Still Deemed Legal By Several Analysts

The Pittsburgh Steelers win Saturday night over the Cincinnati Bengals in one of the two AFC Wild Card games included a lot of controversy as it relates to penalties that were and weren’t called on both teams. One of the non-calls came after Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier hit Bengals running…


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David Todd: Quick Thoughts On Steelers Versus Ravens

In a game that will go down as one of the most disappointing in the nine-year tenure of head coach Mike Tomlin, the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday and lost 20-17 to the now 5-10 Baltimore Ravens. This one was a complete team effort. The…



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Steelers Ben Roethlisberger Says Mark Barron’s Tackle Was Illegal, Not Dirty

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t believe that St. Louis Rams safety Mark Barron purposely tried to injure his left knee Sunday. However, he does believe that Barron shouldve been flagged just the same. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger told the media on Tuesday that Barron’s…


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Steelers Film Room: Officiating Calls Vs 49ers

Ordinarily, I am not one to admonish the officiating in a game very often, giving the crew the benefit of the doubt, and understanding that they are under obligations to call plays as the rulebooks state, which is sometimes in contradistinction from common sense. I also acknowledge the human element…




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Steelers vs Panthers First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night. The Steelers opened the game in the 12 personnel, with both Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth lined up off the right side. That’s already different. On second…


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Steelers vs Panthers Film Review: Lawrence Timmons

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons only played on the defense’s opening possession, but it was a long, sustained drive that at one point seemed to have been stopped by Timmons on fourth and one. The officials ruled on the field that Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert’s forward momentum gained…


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New Illegal Contact Emphasis On Display Last Night

Coming into the game, I shared a Tweet from Pittsburgh Steelers multimedia personality Bob Labriola, who wrote that, through the first 13 preseason games heading into yesterday, there were 44 flags thrown for defensive holding, and another 21 for illegal contact. That worked out to an average of five such…


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Day Two Of Officiating Clinic Focuses On Reviews

Yesterday was day two of the annual NFL officiating clinic, with former head of officiating Mike Pereira once again providing a recap of the proceedings. Pereira writes on Twitter that the second day of the clinic was focused on instant replay and the changes in both protocol and procedure coming…


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Pereira: Defensive Holding Will Be Point Of Emphasis This Season

According to former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira, during the NFL officiating clinic that took place yesterday, officials were briefed on various points of emphasis regarding the upcoming season, and the headliner from the event was unquestionably the new emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding. As Pereira Tweeted:…