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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 sounds good in theory, we […]

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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 the team struggled against 4-3 […]

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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 Steelers running game was equally […]

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Steelers Run Game Improved Late Last Year When TE Matt Spaeth Returned

Thanks to a Lisfranc injury suffered during training camp last year, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth spent most of the 2013 season on the injured reserve list as the designated to return player. However, while he was only able to play in the final four games of the season, Spaeth’s presence certainly helped 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 Bell. We’ve already looked quite […]

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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 (37 touchdowns in 142 drives) […]

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Steelers Hope Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Can Make An ‘Impact’ With His Run Tackles

With Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier already pegged to be a starter in 2014, the team hopes that he will make an immediate impact when it comes to helping stopping the run. Part of stopping the run includes making “impact tackles” and those are defined by NFL Network researcher Matt Hamilton as being […]

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Ryan Shazier Can Do Something In 2014 That Kendrell Bell Couldn’t Do In 2001

Barring something totally unforeseen, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier will start alongside Lawrence Timmons in the 2014 season opener against the Cleveland Browns. When and if that happens, he will be the first Steelers defensive rookie to accomplish that feat since Kendrell Bell last did way back in 2001. Shazier, however, has a […]

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger And Opening Offensive Drives

I’m not quite sure where to go with this stat, but I think it might create a little bit of conversation and perhaps a research idea will come out of it. During his career, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has started 142 games and that means he’s orchestrated 142 opening offensive drives. Of those 142 […]

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Steelers Offense Went To “11” Quite A Bit In 2013

According to a recent post by Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders, teams used “11” personnel (one running back, one tight end, three wideouts) 51.2 percent of the time in 2013 and used three or more receivers on 58.8 percent of plays. Also according to their data, teams used “11” personnel 45.7 percent of the time […]

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Steelers CB Ike Taylor Thinks He Knows How New RB/WR Dri Archer Will Be Used

When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted running back Chris Rainey in the fifth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, many envisioned then-new offensive coordinator Todd Haley using the Florida product much in the same way that he used Dexter McCluster as a rookie in Kansas City in 2010. That didn’t work out so well as Rainey only […]

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QB Tajh Boyd Didn’t Help Out WR Martavis Bryant Much Last Year At Clemson

New Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant might be one of my favorite players in the 2014 draft class as it relates to upside. I’m currently going through and watching every pass thrown his way in 2013 and while he really is raw, he’s super talented and should only get better. Before I get to […]

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Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller Deserves To Be The Steelers First-Round Draft Pick

Is Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller one of the top three at his position in the 2014 draft class? Is he better than both Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard and Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert? More importantly, is Fuller deserving to be the Pittsburgh Steelers first-round selection next Thursday night? The obvious way to answer the above […]

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No Reason To Think Steelers TE Heath Miller Is Close To Being Done

So far during the offseason, there has been a large group of the of the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base that wants the team to draft a tight end early in this year’s draft to begin grooming to take over for veteran Heath Miller. In fact, prior to him getting extended several weeks ago, I even […]

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A True Height Study Of The Top Draft Hopeful Wide Receivers

By Alex Kozora There’s no question wide receiver is being talked about as a position of interest for the Pittsburgh Steelers for this May’s draft. Often times, the discussion centers on tall prospects. 6’4 or taller. In this group, there are plenty of them. But height isn’t the only factor of determining who is tall. […]

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A Look At The 9 Touchdowns Scored In 2013 By Indiana WR Cody Latimer

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer has created quite a buzz over the course of the last few weeks and Friday evening I had a request from a reader that wanted to know if I could find all nine of his touchdowns from last seasons along with his completion percentage. Luckily, I was able to track […]

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2014 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Drop Percentage Rates From Greg Peshek

Greg Peshek of secondroundstats.com does a great job of charting college football metrics and on Wednesday, he released the 2013 drop rate percentages for several of the top wide receivers in the 2014 draft class on Twitter. Peshek also stated on Twitter that he only counts passes that he deemed as easy catches as drops, […]

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Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert Is Not A Player You Can Count On Offering Run Support

One of the big concerns about Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert with the 2014 NFL Draft quickly approaching is his ineffectiveness against the run. When it comes to playing cornerback for Pittsburgh Steelers, being able to offer run support and tackle is a pretty big prime requisite. So how did Gilbert do against the run […]

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News Flash: Big Receivers Score Touchdowns Inside The Red Zone

I have posted several times this offseason about the Pittsburgh Steelers need to find a receiver that can score inside the red zone and especially since the team has now lost wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders during the free agent signing period. I don’t really care if that receiver is a wide out […]

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I Can’t Stop Thinking About FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin

With the 2014 NFL Draft now roughly one month away, there seems to be one player that the Pittsburgh Steelers could potentially draft with the 15th overall selection that causes such a split in opinion as far as the fan base goes and that player is Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. If you follow […]

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New Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount Solid On First And Ten During His Career

While it’s pretty obvious that new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount is not a three down player at the NFL level, there is one down and distance in particular  that he has excelled at since coming into the league in 2010. Dating back to 2010, Blount has averaged 5.47 yards per carry on first […]

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Steelers Could Get Extra Returns On Investment In New RB LeGarrette Blount

Not only will the addition of new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount help with depth in the backfield, the former undrafted free agent also figures to get a shot at being the kickoff returner in 2014 as well. Last season with the New England Patriots, Blount returned 17 kickoffs for 494 yards with a long […]

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Stats: With The Addition Of RB LeGarrette Blount, Steelers Don’t Stand To Lose Much

When looking at the stats that new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount put up last season with the New England Patriots, the first thing that pops out is his 5.05 yards per carry that he registered. In 2013, there were 47 running backs that carried the football 100 or more times and as the […]

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Red Zone Production Of New Steelers WR Lance Moore Over Course Of Career

We have already finished our study of new Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore as it relates to the success he’s had over the course of his career on third downs and play on the road. Today, we will have a look at his production in the red zone. In the sortable table below, I […]

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Did New Steelers WR Lance Moore Only Play Well With The Saints At Home?

Since the Pittsburgh Steelers signed former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore on Friday, I received an email from a reader informing me that he is not very good outside of the Superdome, so I thought I would have a look to see whether or not that is true. As you can see in […]

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Is Lance Moore An Even Better Third Down Wide Receiver Than Jerricho Cotchery Is?

When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery prior to the start of the 2011 season, one of the things that got me excited about him was his ability to move the chains on third downs. Now that he’s gone, the Steelers have signed former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore to assume […]

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