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Numbers Crunch: Cameron Heyward – Left End Or Right End?

By Alex Kozora The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive ends are arguably the team’s biggest question mark heading into 2014. How well will Cam Thomas adjust to playing five tech full time? What can Stephon Tuitt offer the team in his rookie year? Will any of the young pups – Brian Arnfelt,…



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Like it Or Not, Steelers Missed TE Matt Spaeth Last Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost several key players to injuries last season, but one player that’s not talked about a lot as being a big loss is backup tight end Matt Spaeth. Spaeth went down last year in training camp with a Lisfranc injury and as a result he needed surgery…



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Numbers Crunch: Projecting Jarvis Jones’ Sacks In 2014

By Alex Kozora Clearly, there are players that enter each year more under the microscope than others. Ones expected to make that leap and provide a substantial impact from one year to the next. One Pittsburgh Steelers player that will be examined closely in 2014 is outside linebacker Jarvis Jones….


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Newcomer Lance Moore Has A Clutchness Level That Emmanuel Sanders Lacked

The Pittsburgh Steelers allowed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to run off to the Denver Broncos uncontested during the offseason and in all likelihood he won’t be missed one bit. While Sanders is regarded by many as being an above average route runner that managed to catch 67…



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Steelers 2013 Defensive Stats Against No-Huddle

A reader recently emailed and asked if I had the no-huddle stats from last year against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. I do and below are the stats from our charting project. In total, opposing offenses ran 153 no-huddle plays against the Steelers defense in 2013 with 96 of them being drop…


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Relationship Between Touchdown Drives And Explosive Plays

As many of you should know by now, explosive plays of 20 yards or more is a stat that’s always fascinated me when it comes to the NFL. In my latest research that is centered around explosive plays, I wanted to find out just how many offensive drives that culminated…


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Digging Deeper Into Todd Haley’s Magic Rushes Per Game Number

During a recent interview, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley talked about how he learned from Bill Parcells the value of running the football 25 or more times a game, as it usually results in a team winning eight out of 10 games if that goal is achieved. While that…


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Running Against Different Fronts: How The Steelers Matched Up

By Alex Kozora It’s no secret the Pittsburgh Steelers run game struggled in 2014. They tied for 27th in the league in yards per game, a paltry 86.4. Only two teams had a worst yards per carry mark than Pittsburgh. Throughout the season and reviewing game tape, it seemed apparent…


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Steelers No-Huddle Running Game Impressive Last Season

There’s been a lot of talk so far this offseason about how the Pittsburgh Steelers offense will likely be using more no-huddle this season, but all of that talk has been centered around the passing game. While it’s true that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger thrived last season in the no-huddle, the…



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Not A Lot Of Negatives Associated With Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount

In addition to penalties, negative plays can absolutely kill drives for an offense. Just so you know, last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a total of 35 rushing plays that went for negative yards. During the offseason, the Steelers signed free agent running back LeGarrette Blount to compliment starter Le’Veon…


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2012, 2013 NFL Game Opening Drive Study

By Alex Kozora This past weekend, Dave Bryan posted an article containing Ben Roethlisberger’s career numbers on opening drives.  And as he wrote and a reader posted, a more full-fledged idea came out of it. Statistics are all relative. On the surface, it’s difficult to gauge how impressive Roethlisberger’s performance…