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Strong Safety One Of Biggest Riddles To Solve This Offseason

For as much hang-wringing as there might be about the cornerback position right now for the Pittsburgh Steelers, I think that the one position most up in the air in the secondary right now is that of the strong safety, where the team continues to look for the replacement for…


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In Secondary, Scouting And Talent Lacking More Than Coaching

Whenever a team has a weakness in one particular area of its personnel, it is the gut reaction to immediately put the position coach under fire. Often, perhaps too often, we see that position coach take the fall when a deeper analysis might show that he wasn’t the problem. The…


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Art Rooney II Acknowledges Mistakes In Personnel Evaluations

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II did his usual post-season media rounds recently, and he certainly gave us all plenty to chew on. We have already dissected much of what he had to say, but there was one thing in particular—an admission of sorts—that I think is notable enough to…


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Steelers 2016 Draft Needs: Defense Overview

With the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 season now firmly behind us, we can now take a good look at the teams 2016 draft needs. In this post, we will look at every defensive position group from a needs standpoint as the team enters the offseason. Defensive End – (Moderate Need) –…



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Direction Steelers Take With Doran Grant Could Impact Draft Plans

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Doran Grant certainly didn’t see the field much during the 2015 season after being promoted to the team’s 53-man roster from the practice squad in early November. The fourth-round draft pick played just one snap on defense during the season and 17 more on special teams. Now that…


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David Todd: Quick Thoughts On Steelers Versus Bengals Wild Card Game

In one of the craziest and most-dramatic games I’ve ever seen, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 18-16 at rain-soaked Paul Brown Stadium Saturday night in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. As a boy I attended the Immaculate Reception game which, for me, will never be…


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Injured Steelers S Robert Golden Expects To Play Against Broncos

Despite suffering a shoulder injury in Saturday night’s Wild Card game win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Robert Golden expects to play Sunday in the Divisional Round game against the Denver Broncos. According to Ray Fittipaldo ‏of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Golden had his injured arm in a sling…


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Steelers Trying To Mask Deficiency With Uncertainty On Defense

As the season has progressed, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has tried to do its best to get less and less predictable, with the goal being to show opposing offenses things that have not been on the game tape throughout the season, or at least not often. To accomplish this, the…



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David Todd: Quick Thoughts On Steelers Versus Ravens

In a game that will go down as one of the most disappointing in the nine-year tenure of head coach Mike Tomlin, the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday and lost 20-17 to the now 5-10 Baltimore Ravens. This one was a complete team effort. The…


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Steelers Vs. Ravens: Player Snap Counts – Week 16

The initial snap counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday loss to the Baltimore Ravens are now in and there are a few things worth noting in the numbers. As you can tell on the offensive side of the football, the Steelers quickly got away from having two or more tight ends…


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Stats Of The Weird: Steelers Vs Ravens

So weird. So sad. So weird and sad. – Ryan Mallett threw for 274 yards today. It’s his most in a game since January 4th, 2011, a bowl game loss to Ohio State. – The Ravens 15 play opening series drive that ended in a touchdown is the first such…


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Steelers Film Room: Robert Golden Vs Broncos

Over the course of the past two weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers have experimented more with their dime, or quarters, defensive package, which includes six defensive backs, among them a third safety. Robert Golden served as the third safety on Sunday against the Broncos, typically on obvious passing situations such as…


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Steelers 2016 Salary Cap: Safety Contracts & Soon-To-Be Free Agents

It’s time to move forward with our position by position look at the Pittsburgh Steelers salary cap situation for 2016 being as the team as starting to wind down their 2015 season. We’ve already looked at the several position groups in this series and today we’ll turn our attention to the safety…