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Previewing The AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers

As training camp fast approaches, I’ve decided to break down the current state of the AFC North heading into the 2015 NFL preseason. A comprehensive Pittsburgh Steelers breakdown is on the slate for today, although I’ll likely revisit the team once the 53-man roster begins to take shape. The Steelers…


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Lack Of Intimidation Something To Fear On Steelers’ Defense

As the NFL continues to tick down the days until the news cycle picks back up when training camps around the league start to open toward the end of this month, every news outlet is attempting to fill the news void with whatever means possible. We covered one of these…


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Breaking Down The Roster By Draft Class Under Mike Tomlin

Yesterday we took a look back at the inaugural draft class of head coach Mike Tomlin during his tenure as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Entering his ninth season, he has now gone through the draft process nine times, and he still has three players from that 2007…



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Steelers All-22: Utilizing Ryan Shazier’s Strengths, Minimizing Weaknesses

Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 first round draftee Ryan Shazier had high expectations heading into last season, but injuries and rookie mistakes marred his initial NFL campaign. Shazier himself has referred to the past year as “kinda disappointing”, but an examination of his tape tells a more detailed story. Today we’ll review…


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2015 Steelers Pre-Training Camp Depth Chart Update: Inside Linebacker

The Pittsburgh Steelers have recently concluded their offseason schedule, complete with nine OTA practices and the three-day minicamp, and are currently off for about five weeks before they re-emerge in Latrobe for the start of training camp. Not much is expected to happen between now and then as far as…


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On What It Means To Be Injury-Prone, And How To Fix It

The term “injury-prone” tends to get thrown around often—perhaps more often than it should—whenever the topic of discussion is players who have suffered multiple injuries in their careers. The term has come to be a pejorative, and is used in that fashion, often hastily, to portray a player in a…


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Steelers Selected 10th-Most Pro Bowlers In Past 10 Drafts

Ever since Chuck Noll took the helm at head coach for a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers franchise in 1969, the organization has placed its focus on building the team primarily through the draft, which has been a more difficult position to maintain in the era of free agency. The Steelers are…


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End of June: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

I’m filling in for The Oracle Dave Bryan this week. A day of progress, indeed. It’s exactly one month until the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field for their first training camp practice. I know it’s a dead time of the year right now, I’m on the verge of writing an…


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Martavis Bryant Selected to NFL.com’s “Making The Leap” List

Yesterday, we wrote about Ryan Shazier being added to the list of breakout candidates in 2015. Today, his teammate joins him one spot ahead. Picked 17th, Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Martavis Bryant was selected by NFL.com’s Kevin Para. Para recaps his rookie season, pointing out Bryant’s NFL leading 21.1 yards…


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Steelers’ Defense Could Hinge On Three 2014 Selections

When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft last year, it was in hopes of making him the long-term running mate to stalwart inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons in the middle of the team’s defense. Sure enough, Shazier was plugged into the…



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Shazier Selected To NFL.com’s “Making The Leap” List

After a rookie year marred by injury, Ryan Shazier hopes to break out in 2015. Today, he made NFL.com Chris Wesseling’s “Making the Leap” list for breakout candidates for next year. Coming in at number 18 out of a list of 20, Wesseling recaps the Pittsburgh Steelers’ praise for Shazier…


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Team Speed Not Among The Many Questions Facing Steelers Defense

With the Pittsburgh Steelers being in a natural state of transition, there isn’t a lot about it that can be said right now with any meaningful clarity, particularly with respect to how successful it might be or how it might differ schematically from teams past. To begin with, the unit…


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Contract, Depth Chart Weigh On Future For Sean Spence

When the Pittsburgh Steelers used their third-round selection of the 2012 NFL Draft on inside linebacker Sean Spence, they did so under the belief that he would become a player, and potentially a starter, in time. That wound up being the case this past season, but it didn’t exactly go…


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PFF Updates Steelers Depth Chart Grades, Complete With Inaccuracy

Back in March, prior to the start of free agency, Pro Football Focus took a stab at measuring each team’s depth chart heading into the 2015 football calendar. The Pittsburgh Steelers did not necessarily receive glowing reviews, and, given the fact that they did not add much in free agency,…


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Predicting First Season Impact of Steelers’ Rookies

Few teams typically bring rookies along as slowly as the Pittsburgh Steelers, but in recent years that has begun to change. Even last season, the team was planning on bringing fourth round pick Martavis Bryant along slowly, but a crying need for an outside threat to bookend Antonio Brown caused…


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Clarity At ILB May Lead To More Defined Roles For Backups

Last offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers were unsure exactly of what they had at the inside linebacker position outside of the veteran of the group, Lawrence Timmons. In two were second-year player Vince Williams and Sean Spence, who, entering his third year, had not played a meaningful down of football due…


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Keith Butler With Big Opportunity As First Year Coordinator

It isn’t often that a first-year defensive coordinator has the chance to accomplish something a long-time legend had struggled to do in recent years, but that is exactly the opportunity in front of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Keith Butler. The former linebackers’ coach has had the honor of being tutored by…



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Steelers Shazier Back Starting Again After Injury-Filled Rookie Season

At this same time last year, then-rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier appeared to be well on his way to playing 1,000 snaps for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2014 season. Injuries suffered in the Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers, however, forced the Ohio State product to miss seven…


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Logjam At Linebacker Could Have Steelers Breaking With Numbers Convention

Last year, the Pittsburgh Steelers threw out a bit of a surprise when they elected to carry only three outside linebackers on their final 53-man roster, and only eight in total, with five being inside linebackers. The coaches have claimed that Terence Garvin has some inside-outside versatility, but he figures…


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Jordan Zumwalt Must Show Versatility To Make Roster

I’m not quite sure how it happened so quickly; injuries and a lack of opportunity obviously contributed, but somehow Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jordan Zumwalt looks like he could be the odd man out of his position group this fall. The team has simply invested time and money and draft picks into…


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Keith Butler’s Defense Will Bring Slightly New Philosophy

That is not exactly a sexy headline. But it shouldn’t surprise any level-headed fan in the least. Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive coordinator Keith Butler made his first public comments to the media since being hired as the heir to Dick LeBeau. Dave Bryan has the details of almost everything Butler said,…


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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…