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Season Of Change – Speed From All Corners

After two straight seasons of equivalent wins and losses, it’s certainly no surprise that the front office of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been busier and more active than usual in their efforts to reshape a middling roster into a true competitor. The past few months could be fairly described as a season of change amid […]

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Numbers Crunch: Turning The Secondary Up To 11

When looking back at the roster during the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one thing that sticks out to me is just how little turnover there is in the secondary. I say this with the awareness of the glaring caveat of longtime starting free safety Ryan Clark being replaced with the rare significant free […]

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Season Of Change – Sub-Package Strategy

After two straight seasons of equivalent wins and losses, it’s certainly no surprise that the front office of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been busier and more active than usual in their efforts to reshape a middling roster into a true competitor. The past few months could be fairly described as a season of change amid […]

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Steelers 2014 Pre Training Camp Roster Polls: Will S Will Allen Make The Final 53?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will begin training camp one week from today, so I thought we would spend these last several days talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do consider as being on […]

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48 Plays That Shaped The Steelers 2013 Season: Week 15 Versus Bengals

By Alex Kozora Before turning out attention to the start of training camp, we’ll revisit 2013 one more time. This is a brand new series that will be recapping each game by highlighting three plays that shaped the final score – and the 2013 season – of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers’ avenge an early season […]

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Steelers S Shamarko Thomas: ‘I’m More Knowledgeable About This Defense’

While Pittsburgh Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas failed to play a defensive snap during the second half of the 2013 season, he played enough in the first eight games to know just how complicated the defense run by Dick LeBeau really is. “I was all over the place last year because I didn’t know the playbook,” […]

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48 Plays That Shaped The Steelers 2013 Season: Week 9 Versus Patriots

By Alex Kozora Before turning out attention to the start of training camp, we’ll revisit 2013 one more time. This is a brand new series that will be recapping each game by highlighting three plays that shaped the final score – and the 2013 season – of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Another sequence, another loss. Perhaps the […]

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Steelers Kickoff Coverage In 2013 Didn’t Match Up To Their Ranking

Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers kickoff coverage team allowed an average of 22.3 yards per return and that was good for a 10th overall ranking. While those raw stats look good on paper, I’m about to show you why those numbers are really just fluff and why Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith has to […]

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Steelers Pre-Camp Depth Chart Update – Safety

With minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Steelers should already have all of the main components of their offseason roster in place, with all draft picks signed and no more free agents projected to be added until further evaluation. It’s possible that a need should arise for further […]

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Steelers Pre-Camp Depth Chart Update – Cornerback

With minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Steelers should already have all of the main components of their offseason roster in place, with all draft picks signed and no more free agents projected to be added until further evaluation. It’s possible that a need should arise for further […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Safeties, 2013 Rushing Results & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 115 of The Terrible Podcast is up and with co-host David Todd still out of action, Alex Kozora and I open this show by talking about Pittsburgh Steelers safeties Troy Polamalu and Shamarko Thomas training together out in California. This leads to us talking about what we expect out of Thomas during his second season in addition to having […]

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Steelers Film Room: Technique In Tight Coverage

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why it happened. […]

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Steelers Safeties Troy Polamalu, Shamarko Thomas Training Together In California

While he might not ever start a game in 2014, Pittsburgh Steelers second-year safety Shamarko Thomas is expected to make a ton of progress this season. The Syracuse product knows it and he’s trying to absorb as much as he can from starter Troy Polamalu, the player he will likely succeed as early as 2015. […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Dimes, Quarters, And Assorted Change

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 Film Room: Defeating Man Coverage

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why it happened. […]

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On Flowers And Fertilizer

First off, apologies to all the gardeners who have stumbled across this article seeking advice of the plant nurturing variety through search engines. Multiple reliable Pittsburgh Steelers beat writers have confirmed the team’s interest in free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers by speaking directly to team personnel. Of course, when a former Pro Bowl cornerback is released in […]

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Steelers Sub-Packages Should See Improvement

Yesterday, ESPN’s John Clayton took a look at how players in sub-packages are beginning to command more respect by front offices, even if many of them are not technically starters, and thus are getting paid more. Of course, the fact that teams are employing sub-packages more and more frequently has a lot to do with […]

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Pro Football Focus Not Impressed With Steelers’ Depth

Earlier this offseason, way back in February, Pro Football Focus projected the starting lineups of each team based on their then-current roster, and the site actually came away with a fairly positive take on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 prospects. There were a few changes from the lineup since then, of course. Notably, at that time […]

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Shamarko Thomas Hoping Better Understanding Of The Defense Leads To Bigger Role

In a sense, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas can be said to be the forgotten man of the 2014 rookie draft class. Not that he’s a rookie, of course. The Steelers drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but they traded away their 2014 third-round pick to get there. Unlike the […]

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Steelers S Shamarko Thomas Admits He’s Comfortable, No Longer Thinking

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year safety Shamarko Thomas didn’t play much during the second half of his rookie season after injuring an ankle in Week 10, but the playing time he received prior to that was invaluable. “I’ve progressed a lot,” Thomas said after Wednesday’s OTA practice. “I just know the whole defense now. Last year I […]

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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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Steelers CB Antwon Blake Looks Back While Focusing On The Future

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake was seemingly just like everybody else this past May, having read all the pre-draft press and speculation. He assumed, as so many did, that the Steelers would draft a wide receiver early in the process. He also assumed that they would make his job much more difficult by taking another […]

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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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Steelers S Shamarko Thomas Might Be Headed For Less Playing Time In 2014

Prior to him suffering an ankle injury in the Week 10 game last season against the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas registered a whopping 193 snaps of playing time on defense. Once he was healthy, however, he never played another snap all season. With less than 100 days to go until the start […]

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Audio: Saturday Morning Interview On TribLive Radio

If you would like for me to keep you company today while you mow your grass or wash your car, you can download my Saturday morning interview with Michael Grau of Trib Live Radio. The interview is nearly 25 minutes long and we talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers first week of OTA practices in addition to several […]

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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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