Pat Kirwan

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Kirwan: Examining Blitz Rate Success

We’ve spent a ton of the offseason discussing Keith Butler’s blitz trends. We’ve concluded he is blitzing more often and generally, playing more aggressively than Dick LeBeau’s later years. But how successful is he? Pat Kirwan examined league-wide trends over at Real Football Network. He looked at the ratio of blitzes…


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Watch: Bill Cowher Breaks Down Cover 1 Defenses

As much as we love breaking down the tape, there is still no substitute for when an NFL coach draws it up. That’s what Bill Cowher does for Real Football Network. Alongside Pat Kirwan, Cowher draws up the basic premise of Cover 1 and a couple of adjustments to it. You can check…




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Video: How Pat Kirwan Likes To Use NFL Combine Numbers

NFL Combine numbers certainly aren’t everything but they sure are fun to play with and especially when you are able to use them as comparisons to other players already playing in the league. As you probably already know by now, I like to work with these numbers much in the…






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Pat Kirwan Has Steelers Winning AFC North In 2014

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports and SiriusXM NFL Radio likes what the Pittsburgh Steelers have done this offseason coming off of back-to-back 8-8 seasons and he believes they will win AFC North in 2014. In his 2014 NFL team-by-team record predictions and playoff picks article that was posted Wednesday, Kirwan…


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Free Agent Pickup Cam Thomas Keeping Ahead Of His DL Competition

Remember back in April, not long after the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to sign Alex Carrington? Back then, I wrote about free agent signing Cam Thomas and speculated that he could be a contingency plan to start at defensive end, if the Steelers weren’t able to find an alternative answer on…


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Steelers Ranked 13th Overall In AP Preseason Power Rankings

On Tuesday, the Associated Press released their preseason NFL power rankings for the upcoming 2014 season and the Pittsburgh Steelers are ranked 13th overall and behind both the Cincinnati Bengals (9th) and Baltimore Ravens (12th). While there aren’t any blurbs listed for each team, the AP does reveal the methodology…