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Steelers vs Titans Film Review: Daniel McCullers

Rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers made his first career start on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans, and fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers were naturally excited about it. He was an intriguing prospect from the beginning if only due to his sheer size, which certainly makes the performance worthy of review, even if it only […]

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Steelers vs Titans First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations from the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. The first observation is obvious: the Steelers may have finally found a return man in Markus Wheaton. I don’t think any other Steelers returner has even been able to bring the ball […]

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Report: Steelers NT Steve McLendon Not Sure He’ll Be Back For Saints Game

While it’s looking like the Pittsburgh Steelers might get cornerback Ike Taylor, safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker Ryan Shazier back on the field for their post-bye week game at home against the New Orleans Saints, it sounds like nose tackle Steve McLendon still might not be ready to return from the shoulder injury that has […]

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Steelers CB Ike Taylor Hopes To Get Green Light From Doctors On Monday

The Pittsburgh Steelers hope to get several injured players on the defensive side of the football back after the bye week and one of those players is veteran cornerback Ike Taylor, who has been sidelined since Week 3 with a broken forearm. According to Missi Matthews of steelers.com, Taylor said Wednesday that he is scheduled […]

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Snap Counts For Steelers Rookie DE Stephon Tuitt Moving In Wrong Direction

As the Pittsburgh Steelers enter their bye week, a quick look at the team snap counts after the first 11 games reveals that rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt has seen the field on defense 143 times. That might be fine if Tuitt’s snap were on the rise over the course of the last four games, […]

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Steelers Rapid Fire Conclusions: Game 11 vs. Titans

By Michael K. Reynolds The Pittsburgh Steelers nearly had to leave Nashville like so many others before them; with nothing more than a worn-out guitar case and a broken heart. Fortunately, with a masterful fourth quarter performance, the team beat the Tennessee Titans 27-24 in Grand Ole Opry style. So before the banjo gets any […]

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Steelers Defense Pending Makeover Following Bye Week

Over the past two weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has allowed an average of 22 points per game on the road, albeit against inferior opponents by record. That is actually an improvement, at least in terms of raw numbers, over what has been a difficult season defensively for an organization traditionally defined by stout play […]

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Despite Inconsistencies Galore, Steelers Enter Bye Week At 7-4

It hasn’t been pretty at times, but the Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to compile a 7-4 record heading into their long-awaited bye week. The Steelers showed a lot of character Monday night in overcoming a 24-13 third quarter deficit as they smartly rode the hot hand of running back Le’Veon Bell in the second half, […]

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Steelers vs Titans Week 11 Inactives

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now announced their seven inactive players for their Week 11 Monday night game against the Tennessee Titans and the list shows no real surprises thanks to several players having been already ruled out with injuries. The Steelers will once again be down two safeties Monday night so Will Allen will once start alongside Mike Mitchell. With […]

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Steelers vs Titans – What To Watch For On Defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers currently find themselves in a three-way tie for last place in the AFC North division after the Cleveland Browns fell to 6-4 and the Cincinnati Bengals advanced to 6-3-1. With the Baltimore Ravens idle and the Steelers set to play tonight, all teams in the division have lost or tied in four […]

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Steelers Versus Titans Week 11 Projected Inactive List

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Tennessee Titans Monday night at LP Field and below is a best guess as to what the inactive list will look like this week. The official list of inactives will be announced 90 minutes before kickoff. Ike Taylor – Taylor will miss his eighth straight game Monday night as he continues to recover from […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Thomas, McLendon Ruled Out, Ventrone Probable

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their final injury report of the week for the game Monday night against the Tennessee Titans and it offers up no real surprises. Ruled out for Monday night’s game are safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring), safety Troy Polamalu (knee), linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle), nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) and cornerback Ike […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Shamarko Thomas, Cortez Allen Limited Friday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Friday practice as they continue to prepare to play the Tennessee Titans Monday night at LP Field and the new injury report shows a few minor changes. Nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder), safety Troy Polamalu (knee) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) all sat out again on Friday […]

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Potential Start Won’t Necessarily Shape The Season For Daniel McCullers

According to David Todd, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to start rookie sixth-round draft pick Daniel McCullers at nose tackle on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans, as previously reported. As I wrote about earlier this week, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean a mountain of playing time for the mountain of a man. Whether or […]

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Steelers vs Jets Film Review: Daniel McCullers

If you follow this site, then you’ve no doubt heard that rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers is reportedly in line to make his first career start—assuming the Pittsburgh Steelers open in their base defense—on Monday night. If he does start, then that means nose tackle Steve McLendon will be sitting out to rest his injured […]

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Losing Al Woods To The Titans Didn’t Turn Out Well For The Steelers

During the offseason, I thought for sure that the Pittsburgh Steelers would re-sign defensive lineman Al Woods. It would have made a lot of sense being as the team was destined to let defensive end Ziggy Hood walk. In addition, there was no guarantee that Brett Keisel would be returning along with no guarantee that […]

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Steelers vs Jets Film Review: Vince Williams

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked like the nickel defense would be their bread and butter entering this season, but it hasn’t exactly worked out that way. Of course, the long-term injury to Ike Taylor and the demotion of Cortez Allen—the team’s two starting cornerbacks—didn’t make that plan any more accessible. But an equally important issue in […]

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Audio: Week 11 Thursday Interview With David Todd On ESPN 970 Radio

Thursday afternoon I joined David Todd for an interview on his show that can be heard on ESPN 970 Radio. We covered several topics concerning the Pittsburgh Steelers as they head into their Monday night game at LP Field against the Tennessee Titans. We also talk about rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers making his first start in […]

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Steelers Injury Report: McLendon Sits Thursday, Thomas Limited

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the 2-7 Tennessee Titans Monday night at LP Field and their first injury report that was released Thursday afternoon shows no real surprises based on what head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Tuesday during weekly his press conference. Sitting out injured Thursday and already ruled out for the game Monday night […]

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Cortez Allen Must Play To Prove He Can Be Trusted

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen has gone from playing every snap on defense for the Steelers to logging some time on special teams. After struggling heavily against the Cleveland Browns, he was demoted to playing in sub-packages the following week. Two weeks later, he had another disastrous showing, and he was benched entirely on defense. […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Polamalu, Shazier, Taylor All Ruled Out For Titans Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without several of their key players on defense for their Monday night game against the Tennessee Titans. During his Tuesday press conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin ruled out cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm), safety Troy Polamalu (knee) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) for the game against the Titans. Safety Shamarko […]

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Big Dan Took A Big Step Sunday Against The Jets

While Pittsburgh Steelers rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers only played 11 snaps on defense Sunday against the New York Jets, I thought you might like to know that the big man out of Tennessee took a big step in that game from a depth chart perspective. For the first time all season, defensive lineman Cam […]

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Steelers Versus Jets: An All-22 Primer

By Alex Kozora An All-22 primer of the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 loss to the New York Jets Sunday afternoon. – Although the four turnovers are a big factor in the loss, it can’t be used as the sole excuse. To do so would just be lazy analysis. The offense sputtered even when discounting the turnovers. […]

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Steelers vs Jets – What To Watch For On Defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently riding a three-game winning streak, with each victory more convincing than the last, against seemingly quality opponents. They are three games over .500 for the first time since the middle of the 2012 season, after which they proceeded to drop 11 out of their subsequent 15 games. But they are […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Cam Thomas

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers defense did manage to hold the Baltimore Ravens offense to just 16 points on Sunday—and one of their two touchdowns came as the result of a fumble recovered at the Steelers’ 33-yard line—I’m still going to take a look at Cam Thomas and his role as a starter, and whether […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Steve McLendon

The Pittsburgh Steelers got nose tackle Steve McLendon back in time for a big primetime matchup against the division rival Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night. Even if he didn’t play his best game, he did make a difference in the running game. Admittedly, the Ravens did have to abandon the run toward the end of […]

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