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Special Teams Of Primary Concern For Steelers Secondary

The Pittsburgh Steelers have rarely benefitted greatly from special teams throughout the organization’s history. Chuck Noll famously refused to employ special teams coaches until late in his tenure, when he shifted responsibilities for both defensive line coach John Kolb and inside linebackers coach Dennis Fitzgerald, requesting that they jointly coach the special teams unit in […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Steelers Turn To Moore Veterans In The Slot

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when the season before already introduced […]

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Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski Calls Team Building Exercise ‘Super Important’

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers took their annual field trip to the local Dave and Busters to take part in a team building exercise. For a backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, this was his second such team-building trip as a member of the Steelers and he took time out to talk about the importance of it […]

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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin In Favor Of New Developmental League

If another NFL developmental league ever comes to fruition, it will have the blessing of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. “I’m in favor of anything that increases opportunities for guys to grow and develop, and ultimately improve the product of our game for our fans, particularly at some positions,” said Tomlin, according to a […]

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Coaches Discuss Schematic Impact Of Ryan Shazier On Defense

During this stage of the offseason, only the team website is allowed to formally interview Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coaches, so getting the chance to hear from them isn’t necessarily such a common occurrence. The website put up some quotes of value from John Mitchell, Carnell Lake, and Keith Butler yesterday, as well as from head […]

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Weighing The Roster Prospects Of Daniel McCullers

During the last ‘Live” segment hosted on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ website late last week, Mike Prisuta and Bob Labriola were discussing the second-year players on the roster and what to expect from them during this summer. As they were discussing the pieces along the defensive line, Labriola said something that at first struck me as […]

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Steelers Offer More Candid Comments On Draft Class For Countdown Series

The Pittsburgh Steelers premiered the fourth episode of their behind-the-scenes “Countdown” series yessterday, telling the story of the draft. This fourth installment takes us through to the end of the draft over the course of days two and three. The episode is interesting because it reveals some more candid takes from the front office and […]

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Steelers Fulfilled The Need For Defensive Speed This Offseason

Once unanimously regarded as the fastest player on the team, even veteran cornerback Ike Taylor was surprised by the collective team speed on display when he returned to Latrobe for the second set of OTAs for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 12th-year veteran believes this team will be “super-duper fast” in 2014 with the combination of […]

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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin Has His Eyes On CB Antwon Blake

During the 2014 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and defensive backs coach CarnellLake both made it a point to mention the name of third-year cornerback Antwon Blake when talking about depth in the secondary. On Tuesday during practice, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin let the former undrafted free agent know that he’s […]

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Steelers LB Jason Worilds Off To An Unlucky Start In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds has had an unlucky start to the 2014 offseason as the fifth-year Virginia Tech product hasn’t been able to practice since the very first OTA practice last because of some sort of leg ailment. While the Steelers are not obligated to give injury report updates, one can only speculate […]

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Steelers Mike Tomlin Doesn’t Want Players On The Ground During OTA Practices

After Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee was lost for the entire 2014 season last week to a knee injury suffered during an OTA practice, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin apparently took notice. The following day, Tomlin reportedly took time out to address his team about how they should be practicing with the hopes that […]

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Kaboly: Heyward-Bey Brings A Nice Mix To The Team

It was understandable that there was less than a celebration upon the signing of wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey by the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason, a sixth-year veteran now with his third team after being selected in the first round by the Oakland Raiders in 2009. The Raiders released the disappointing receiver last season, and […]

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Will Allen Still Ahead Of Shamarko Thomas On Steelers Depth Chart

On Sunday, I wrote about how Pittsburgh Steelers second-year safety Shamarko Thomas might find it tough to see the field in 2014 as much as he did as a rookie and according to a Monday report by Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Syracuse product still has some climbing up the depth chart to […]

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Marczi: Steelers Roster Projections – OTA Edition

It’s now the beginning of June, and we’ve already gotten some of our first glimpses of the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers roster through the first round of OTAs. I don’t expect that the Steelers will add anybody new, but if they do, it will be dealt with then. Now, it’s time to start exploring how the […]

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Antonio Brown Hoping To Focus On Offense This Season

From the sounds of it, Antonio Brown may have been the biggest cheerleader for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ most recent third-round draft selection, Dri Archer. Archer, a 5’8” running back slash wide receiver, is also a skilled return man, having returned four kickoffs for touchdowns over his last two college seasons. While he didn’t return many […]

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Countdown: All Smiles And Handshakes In Steelers War Room

The Pittsburgh Steelers premiered the third episode of their “Countdown” series yesterday, which documents the behind the scenes story of the team’s buildup to the 2014 NFL Draft. This episode takes us through to their first-round selection, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier. Before that, however, Kevin Colbert went into detail about how the team goes about […]

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PFF Names Steelers CB William Gay A Secret Superstar For His Play In 2013

When the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to sign back cornerback William Gay last offseason after he was released by the Arizona Cardinals, you would have thought they signed NBA forward Rudy Gay, judging by the overall reaction by the fan base. While several laughed at the signing, it was William Gay that wound up having the […]

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Debunking Three Myths About The Dri Archer Pick

By Michael K. Reynolds The reaction to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 third round selection of Dri Archer was nearly universal: “Huh?” I’ll admit to the same immediate response myself. My confusion was positional. Why would the Steelers braintrust take a running back with such a high pick? But it only took a little research showcasing […]

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Steelers K Shaun Suisham Hits 60 Yard Kick During First OTA Practice

Sure, it was only the first day of 2014 OTA practices for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, but that first day was chock-full of good news nonetheless. There’s even good news to report about kicker Shaun Suisham. According to Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times, Suisham was good from 60 yards out during the […]

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Steelers Film Room: Breakdown Of New RB LeGarrette Blount

By Alex Kozora We’ll continue our free agency series with former New England Patriot running back LeGarrette Blount, who was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 28th. In the four games I looked at, Blount always lined up in the backfield so there isn’t much to chart pre-snap. Post-snap charting is as follows. The number […]

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Playoff Absence, Coaching Stability Expose Steelers To Reality TV Future

As highlighted in an article posted on the league’s website, there are eight teams this season that are not protected against being featured on the NFL’s “Hard Knocks” reality television show on HBO. The Pittsburgh Steelers are among “The Vulnerable Eight”. The league implemented new rules last season that would provide exemptions from being featured on […]

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Steelers Rookie CB Shaquille Richardson Will Not Miss OTA Practices

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Shaquille Richardson will indeed be able to attend the OTA sessions that get underway on Tuesday. .@steelers DB @Dr4_Richh (Shaq Richardson) is eligible to & will participate in OTAs & minicamp. — Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) May 26, 2014 During the Steelers recent rookie minicamp, head coach Mike Tomlin announced […]

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Mike Tomlin’s 2008 SVC Commencement Speech Named One Of The 300 Best Ever

When Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks, people listen. Not only does he know how to communicate with his players, he’s also good at talking to college graduates. Make that very good. In a recent study done by NPR (National Public Radio) of commencement speeches going back to 1774, Tomlin’s May 2008 address to […]

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Steelers Countdown Series Highlights Importance Of Finding ‘Steelers Players’

The Pittsburgh Steelers website posted the second episode of “Countdown”, their behind the draft series, yesterday, which documents the process the team went through from the conclusion of the season and up to the draft. While the majority of the content is fairly layman in nature that more faithful observers of the sport—like those who […]

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Second Episode Of Steelers 2014 Draft Countdown Now Posted

The second installment featuring a behind the scenes look at the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft is now up on steelers.com and in this episode, the focus is on the scouting process, college Pro Days, pre draft player visits and free agency. During this episode, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert explains the usefulness of BLESTO, the scouting […]

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Sean Spence Calls Finger Injury A Blessing In Disguise

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said a little over a year ago that it would be miraculous if then-second-year linebacker Sean Spence would be able to take the field the following season, let alone during 2013. Spence, of course, suffered a severe knee injury in August of 2012 when his leg bent backward awkwardly […]

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