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2013 NFL Week 1 TOX Stats

As usual, I will once again be tracking the TOX stats throughout the 2013 NFL season. This is simple stat, but its 80% win track record is hard to ignore. In case you need a refresher, the TOX stat is a measure of how many explosive plays (20-plus yards) teams create minus how many they […]

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Rankings Be Damned – Steelers Defense Still Lacks Splash

The next time Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor decides to do an interview, I sure hope he leaves defensive rankings and stats out of it. Don’t get me wrong, I like Taylor as both a player and an individual, but the primitive rankings narrative has run its course. When the week one games are completed […]

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Steelers Fantasy Stat Projections Versus Titans – Week 1 – 2013

The Pittsburgh Steelers kickoff their 2013 season Sunday against the Tennessee Titans and below are my fantasy football stat projections for the black and gold offensive players. Feel free to add your own projections in the comments below. Ben Roethlisberger –  32 attempts, 20 completions, 250 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception. Roethlisberger should hit the […]

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Roethlisberger Could Hit 30,000 Passing Yards For His Career Against Titans

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger only needs 156 yards passing yards Sunday in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans to hit 30,000 for his career, but that number is the furthest thing from his mind right now. “You know, I’ve never been one about individual goals,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “It’s more about the team […]

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Should We Be Concerned If The Steelers Go Winless In The Preseason?

If the Pittsburgh Steelers wind up losing their preseason finale Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers, it will mark only the fourth time in the last 48 seasons that have finished winless in their exhibition games. In each of the three previous years that the Steelers have gone winless, they have failed to make the […]

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Steelers Game Against The Chiefs Featured Roethlisberger Going Vertical More

Following the preseason opener against the New York Giants, I posted the pass distances of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In that game, Roethlisberger’s average pass length of the seven passes he threw was 5.57 yards as the offense was clearly working on the shorter passing game. In the game Saturday night against the Kansas […]

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Steelers Versus Giants – Meaningless First Team Offense Personnel Groupings & Stats

Analyzing stats from preseason games is a ludicrous thing to do, but being as I specialize in the ludicrous, below is a look at the personnel groupings the Pittsburgh Steelers starting offense used in their preseason opener against the New York Giants. Of the 18 non penalty plays that the offense ran Saturday night, eight […]

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Steelers Punter Battle Still Tight After First Preseason Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers punting battle figures to last throughout the entire preseason as veteran Brian Moorman is attempting to unseat the second-year Drew Butler. Following the first preseason game Saturday evening against the New York Giants, it\’s still too early to tell who is ahead of who. Butler punted three times in the game for […]

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Was Ben Roethlisberger On Pace For An MVP-Caliber Season In 2012

By Matthew Marczi In light of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s injury a year ago, many commenters have suggested that the veteran signal caller was having perhaps the best year of his career, and an MVP-caliber one at that. It is no secret that he struggled upon his return in the last four games of […]

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Steelers Versus Giants – Pass Distances Of Roethlisberger & Gradkowski

The short passing game of the Pittsburgh Steelers was once again on display Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants as both Ben Roethlisberger and Bruce Gradkowski combined to go 10-of-19 passing for 71 yards. I have charted their passes below and you can see that the longest completed pass thrown […]

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Steelers Versus Giants – Offense, Defense, Special Teams Play Counts

Below are the snap counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers first preseason game against the New York Giants along with a few observations. Of the things that stick out the most, four of the five starting offensive linemen played 31 snaps. Center Maurkice Pouncey was smartly pulled after 19 plays along with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The […]

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Expect Todd Haley To Adjust Personnel Groupings In An Effort To Improve Run Game

One of the things that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said about new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. following his hiring earlier this year, is that he noticed how well the Kansas City Chiefs ran against the teams in the AFC North last season. “They played the AFC North, and they ran the […]

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Before And After – LaMarr Woodley\’s Pass Rushing As It Relates To 2011 Injury

By Matthew Marczi Much has been made of the fact that Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley has only generated four sacks over the past season and a half since he blew out a hamstring running down Tom Brady midway through the team’s Week 8 victory over the New England Patriots in 2011. With that […]

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Steelers Outside Linebackers Rush The Passer Considerably Less Often Than The Average

By Matthew Marczi Last week, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley made the point that, while his being healthy and finally being able to really push off on his oft-injured ankle is key to improving his numbers in 2013, what will also help him get to the quarterback more is simply more opportunities to get […]

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Steelers Backs Topped The League In Pass Protection In 2012

By Matthew Marczi A couple days back, I wrote about the tough road ahead facing rookie running back Le’Veon Bell in terms of living up to the exceptional pass blocking performance turned in by the Pittsburgh Steelers running backs from a season ago. In the article, I mentioned that I had not done a cross-comparison […]

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Steelers Coach Keith Butler Uses Run Direction As Reason Why LaMarr Woodley Stays Put On Left

There were a lot of people suggesting that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley should move over to the right side when James Harrison was let go earlier in the offseason and I have been of the belief that wouldn\’t happen. Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review asked linebackers coach Keith Butler if he considered that […]

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Steelers NT Steve McLendon Is \”Running\” Into His First Season As A Starter

During a recent Q & A session with fans on steelers.com, Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon was asked to compare himself to his predecessor Casey Hampton, and the former undrafted free agent gave a fair assessment of himself in his answer. “The only thing that is similar is power and strength,” replied McLendon. “What […]

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Le\’Veon Bell Has Stiff Competition To Live Up To As Pass Protector

By Matthew Marczi It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers were not completely satisfied with the performance of their running game in 2012. That is partly why two of the running backs from last year are now gone, and why they spent a second round draft pick this past April to bring in another […]

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Steelers Can Relate To Ravens Loss Of TE Dennis Pitta

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost tight end Heath Miller at the end of the 2012 season to a knee injury and while it is still unknown when he will actually be ready to play in 2013, he will play at some point. The Baltimore Ravens incurred the loss of their own star tight end on Saturday […]

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No Brainer: A Healthy Troy Polamalu Equals More Production

By Jeremy Hritz The Pittsburgh Steelers begin training camp today, and the team can finally begin the work of crafting a winning squad. On defense, the Steelers will be aspiring for a return to the dominant style of play that they showcased in 2008 and 2010. If the team is to return to that level […]

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Matt Spaeth Could See Career-High Usage In Pass Protection This Season

By Matthew Marczi After recently writing about the production in the passing game from the reserve tight ends, a reader mentioned in passing that perhaps one of the reasons that former Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth was brought back this offseason was to supplement right tackle Mike Adams, who has had his weaknesses in […]

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Tight End Receiving Numbers Behind Heath Miller Historically Lacking For Steelers

By Matthew Marczi It would be quite a challenge to ignore the recent trend around the league of employing two tight ends in the passing game by teams such as the Baltimore Ravens, the New England Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts, and others—including the Cincinnati Bengals after drafting tight end Tyler Eifert. Yet the Pittsburgh Steelers […]

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Steelers 2013 Reserve Linemen By The Numbers

By Matthew Marczi While the Pittsburgh Steelers have their starting lineup along the offensive line set, the truth of the matter is that they have said goodbye to a lot of pieces that have been part of the core of that unit over the years—namely Max Starks, Willie Colon, and Doug Legursky. Irrespective of their […]

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A Closer Look At The Steelers Defensive End Battle From Pro Football Focus

By Matthew Marczi Much has been made of Cameron Heyward over the last couple of days due to the fact that several different media outlets have begun to cover individual players as training camp quickly approaches. Heyward, of course, is a prime area of focus for the Pittsburgh Steelers because he is the team’s only […]

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Breaking Down The Playing Time Steelers DE Cameron Heyward Received In 2012

With Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward being a talking point today, a reader has asked me via email if I have a breakdown of his snaps last year as it relates to which side that he played on. I have now pulled that data from our game charting from last year and here is […]

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A Look At The Steelers Defense Last Season Against The No Huddle

In previous post about the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line play last season, one of the commenters stated that he couldn\’t stand seeing Casey Hampton being forced to play on obvious passing downs because of the no huddle offenses the team faced. Following that comment, another person stated that once teams saw Hampton and Brett Keisel […]

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