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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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Steelers All-22: Linebacker False Steps

Let’s start your weekend off right by getting back into some All-22 film. We’re not going to use the whiteboard today. Instead, we’re going to delve into a specific technique that was partially born out of a brief discussion in the comments of our last All-22 article. In it, we…


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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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Howard Jones Looking To Edge His Way Onto Roster

Perhaps no position on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster has received more attention than their linebacking corps, both for their depth at inside ‘backer and the fierce competition that should ensue for the starting spots on the outside. Jarvis Jones, James Harrison, Arthur Moats and even rookie Bud Dupree are considered…


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2015 Steelers Feel Young, Hungry, Driven

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been busy this offseason transforming themselves into what they hope to be a better version of what they were previously. No, I’m not talking about the organization, nor the coaching staff, which has made a change at the defensive coordinator position after more than a decade…


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Steelers All-22: Cover 2 Man

Back at it for another All-22 breakdown, examining some noteworthy plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 season. Today, we’ll look at a simple concept and the consequences when just one player makes a mistake in that scheme. If you’ve ever played Madden, it’s surely a defense you’ve employed. The Steelers’ Cover…


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Senquez Golson Being Flexed Out To Be Prepared To Contribute

Last year, the Pittsburgh Steelers trotted out their shiniest new toy and held it up high for everyone to see when they plugged their first-round draft pick, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier into the starting lineup with the very first OTA session, which is practically unheard of for the team, especially…


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AFC North Draft History Study: Linebackers

On the heels of the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft, I began to realize the need to enhance my understanding of each team’s draft history; what they’ve built or attempted to build over the past ten years and how they’ve went about that process. This may seem tedious to…


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Steelers All-22: Dick LeBeau’s Fire X Blitz

Dick LeBeau’s Fire X blitz: Like Tom Selleck’s mustache, it’s been around forever, everyone loves it, and no one quite understands how it works. We’ve documented the concept several times in the past, including devoting a Chalk Talk to it, but the focus has always been on the blitz itself….


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Steelers 2015 Post-Draft Roster Review: Inside Linebacker

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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Ryan Shazier Right Back Where He Started

A lot has happened in the year since the Pittsburgh Steelers first took the field for OTAs last Spring, particularly when it comes to the team’s 2014 first-round draft pick, Ryan Shazier. But just like last year, he opens up the offseason in the starting lineup, at the mack linebacker…


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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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Steelers Average Age Of Projected Starting Defense Is 26

Remember when the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense was old? Remember all the 30-somethings roaming the field, many of them even lasting to their mid-30s in the starting lineup? Those days are clearly gone. Consider that of the entire 90-man offseason roster, only 11 players are at least 30 years old, and…


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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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Much Like Shazier, Olsavsky Knows All About The “Undersized” Label

Much like their 2014 first round draft choice, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebackers coach Jerry Olsavsky knows all too well about the whispers from the pundits regarding size. The Steelers’ tenth round draft choice in 1989, he was a 6-foot-1, 221-pound demon on special teams his rookie season while backing…


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Steelers All-22: Backside Pursuit vs Wide Zones

Back at the tape today with a small, but important, breakdown of how defenses successfully play the run. Zone blocking schemes are mixed into every team’s playbook. Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans specifically are well accustomed to seeing them as the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Baltimore Ravens use it heavily, though…


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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 2015 Draft Needs: Inside Linebacker

The calendar is quickly flipping through the month of April, and each day brings us closer and closer to the 2015 NFL Draft. By now, teams should have by and large accomplished everything that they have set out to do in terms of free agent roster building, which means that…


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Sean Spence Turned “Why Me” Into “Why Not Me”

Professionally speaking, there is no denying that Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Sean Spence has gone through a lot of turmoil in his young career. A former third-round draft pick, he suffered a devastating knee injury in the final preseason game of his rookie year. The torn ligaments were worrying enough,…


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‘Starter’ May Not Mean Much In ILB Competition

Earlier this offseason, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin basically said that the starting jobs across about half of the defense can be deemed as legitimately up for grabs in training camp and the preseason this year. This is, of course, not exactly the norm for a team who won…


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Sean Spence Familiar With Long Odds In Bid For Starting Job

Earlier this offseason, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin basically said that the starting jobs across about half of the defense can be deemed as legitimately up for grabs in training camp and the preseason this year. This is, of course, not exactly the norm for a team who won…


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Steelers Have Options To Address ILB Next Season

It is true that the Pittsburgh Steelers currently appear to have a plethora of talent at the inside linebacker position, a unit on the defense that is headlined by Pro Bowl buck linebacker Lawrence Timmons. The team had three other inside linebacker play at approximately a quarter of the defensive…


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Despite Rough Start, Tomlin Feels Arrow Is Pointing Up For Shazier

After selecting Ohio State linebacker/playmaker extraordinaire Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, many draft experts and fans alike were wondering the same thing – where does the team play him? After all, Pittsburgh was still struggling to get to the quarterback, and in his…