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Steelers 2016 Free Agents Analysis: S Will Allen – Unrestricted

Player: Will Allen Position: Safety Experience: 12 Free Agent Status: Unrestricted 2015 Salary Cap Hit: $665,000 2015 Season Breakdown: For only the second time in his career, and the first time since 2006, veteran safety Will Allen served as a primary starting safety for a team for an entire season,…


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Steelers Should Be In No Rush To Lose Shamarko Thomas

You may have seen a few beat writers recently comment on three-year veteran safety Shamarko Thomas, who of course was projected to be in the starting lineup for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015 before he lost that opportunity courtesy of some disappointing preseason performances that forced the team to rely…


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Success As Jammer Suggests Increased Special Teams Value For Antwon Blake

Yesterday, I began to touch on fourth-year Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake and how his 2015 circumstances—moving into the starting lineup, but dealing with a hand ligament tear—had likely led to the team juggling and reshaping his special teams responsibilities. In spite of the fact that he was the team’s…


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Antwon Blake’s Special Teams Duties Curtailed In 2015

Over the course of the past six months or so, there have probably been about 50 or so heated discussions of varying temperature surrounding the ability, or lack thereof, of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake. Blake, the now four-year veteran slated to hit free agency after starting 18 games including…



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Steelers 2015 Final Defensive Charting Notes

Sorry for putting this off, Steelers’ Nation. Didn’t want to rush our final charting of the year and now that I’ve had a couple days after the Senior Bowl, I could sort through all the data. As you probably know, we chart the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense every game and compile…


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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…