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Kozora: 2014 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Draft

By Alex Kozora Following Dave Bryan’s lead, here is my first crack at predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 53 man roster. Needless to say, this is subject to change once we hit training camp. Quarterbacks – (3) Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones Analysis: Jones is safe for at least another season. Other than that, […]

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Best And Worst Case Scenarios For Steelers 2014 Draft Class

By Alex Kozora Predictably and understandably, we’ve given a ton of attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft class. But even after giving all of our opinions, no one can deny this is all projection. The measurables, tape study, debates, all now fruitless. What happens on the field is the only thing that matters anymore. […]

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting A Giant Nose Tackle

“They’ve been waiting for him to make a play like that for four years!” This is what the announcer said, excitedly, late in the Tennessee game versus South Carolina last season when Daniel McCullers made a big stop. The center tried to reach block him, but McCullers gave him a shove out of the way […]

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Steelers Offseason Strategy Included Upgrading Defensive Pressure Personnel

Now that the vast majority of the offseason tinkering has finally unfolded, it’s easier to take a step back and start looking at the tapestry that the Pittsburgh Steelers have pieced together through free agency and the draft, including which players they let go. One of the most interesting facets of the grand scheme that […]

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2014 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Draft

With the 2014 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for my first offseason 53 man roster prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all of these right, but this is where my head is at after the selection of nine players by the Steelers over the course of the […]

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Time To Answer The Biggest Question Of 2014

By Michael K. Reynolds A strong argument could be made the Rooneys invested in assembling the finest group of football coaches in the league. It’s time to prove this theory. Following a few seasons of veteran releases and an infusion of youth and speed via the draft and free agency the Pittsburgh Steelers are in […]

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Steelers 2014 Draft Starts Off Sneaky Good

By Michael K. Reynolds Shocked to see Ryan Shazier taken in the first round? Wondering why the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t take a cornerback or receiver in the second? Foaming at the mouth about their selection of a scatback with their third round pick? Before becoming completely apoplectic, consider some of the hidden layers of beauty […]

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Steelers John Mitchell Told NT Steve McLendon To Be Steve McLendon

While he only played 355 snaps last season, Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon played reasonable well in his first full year as a starter. During his Friday evening press conference following the selection of Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, defensive line coach John Mitchell […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 3.0 – Final

By Alex Kozora With the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday, it’s time for my final mock draft. You can check out the first one here and the second one here. Overall, this mock is more about what I think should happen if I was in charge as opposed to what will happen. […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft Version 4.0 – Final Edition

The 2014 NFL Draft will finally get underway in New York City Thursday evening, so it is now time for my final Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft of the year. As I say every year, mock drafts are never satisfying to me as the chance of getting all of the picks correct really doesn’t exist. It’s […]

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Seahawks Brochures, Undrafted Free Agents, And The Steelers

It seems as though Pete Carroll still has the recruitment disease in his blood. Ian Rapoport yesterday obtained a copy of a brochure that the Seattle Seahawks have sent to agents whose clients are on the fringe of going undrafted, in order to make the argument that signing with the Seahawks is a smart business […]

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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin Acknowledges Need Of Hybrid Defensive Linemen

Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to play a lot of sub package football on defense and that figures to be the case once again in 2014 thanks to more and more teams using multiple-receiver formations on early downs in order to spread defenses out. During the Steelers Monday pre draft press conference, head […]

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Mike Tomlin Reminds That Steelers Have Other Defensive Ends

One of the main themes during the course of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pre-draft press conference yesterday was the defensive line position, and whether or not the team is set at defensive end after this offseason’s departures. Head coach Mike Tomlin conceded the fact that “we’ve lost more than we’ve added”, with the notable losses of […]

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Cameron Heyward, Maurkice Pouncey Making Good On Leadership Roles

Despite the fact that Cameron Heyward will only turn 25 tomorrow, he is already among the veterans of the team—especially along the defensive line after this offseason’s departures—and it’s a fact that he’s quite aware of himself. That’s a 25-year old with only 13 career starts, by the way. But behind him along the defensive […]

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Pro Football Focus Tackles Steelers Draft Needs

As the draft at long last approaches, many websites are still striving to fill the last week of dead space with draft coverage. We ourselves are no different in that regard, though we like to think that we keep things informative and useful. Pro Football Focus is one of these many sites, and they are […]

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Steelers NT Steve McLendon Could See More Time In Sub Packages In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon played a career-high 355 snaps in his first full season as a starter last year, but that number figures to increase significantly if what defensive end Cameron Heyward said this past week comes to fruition. “I think our nose tackles have to be ready to play in sub package […]

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Steelers Draft History Under Tomlin – Nose Tackle

With the 2014 NFL Draft coming up in a bit, and having finished taking stock of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster, it’s now time to look back and see how the team assembled the roster they currently have through the draft. It would be most simple to set a dividing line at 2007, the year Mike […]

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Steelers Draft Needs – Nose Tackle

Earlier in the offseason, we took a position-by-position look at where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand with their roster before the free agency process both ravaged and replenished the talent pool. The Steelers entered the process with 22 free agents. They re-signed six of them, while losing eight more to other teams, with eight remaining unsigned. […]

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Steelers Draft Needs – Inside Linebacker

Earlier in the offseason, we took a position-by-position look at where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand with their roster before the free agency process both ravaged and replenished the talent pool. The Steelers entered the process with 22 free agents. They re-signed six of them, while losing eight more to other teams, with eight remaining unsigned. […]

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Is The Lack Of Defensive Linemen Draft Prospects Visiting The Steelers A Sign?

While it’s not advisable to read too much into the pre draft visitors that the Pittsburgh Steelers have hosted so far in the month April, the lack of defensive end prospects on that list that would fit the defensive system is a bit surprising. Could this mean that the Steelers feel more comfortable at the […]

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Pre-Draft Free Agent Movements: Defensive End

The vast bulk of the offseason roster moves to be made before the draft are already completed, so now is a good time to start taking a look at how the month of March (and the early portions of April) have affected the depth chart. The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the offseason with 21 unrestricted free […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 2.0

By Alex Kozora With free agency near its end and more players researched, the draft becomes slightly clearer. A second crack at a mock. Needless to say, still very fluid at this point. Trades aren’t projected in this mock. If you missed it, my first mock draft. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to […]

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Owners’ Meetings Continue To Produce New Rule Changes

A day after two new rule proposals passed during the Owners’ Meetings, we now have some more changes to adjust to after yesterday’s news. The most significant new rule, in my estimation, is the ability to challenge possession on a play involving a loose ball even if the play was blown dead. This was a […]

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Tomlin: Emphasis In Today’s NFL Is Sub-Package Football

We currently find ourselves at the critical mass of the front office’s media exposure during the early portions of the offseason leading up to the draft. Especially this week at the annual Owner’s Meetings, we seem to be hearing from head coach Mike Tomlin, general manager Kevin Colbert, or even owner Art Rooney II on […]

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Breakdown Of New Steelers NT Cam Thomas

By Alex Kozora Using the All-22 Coaches Tape, an evaluation of nose tackle Cam Thomas. Beginning with individual game breakdowns and notes. I watched four games of Thomas in 2013. For each, I did a pre and post snap tally. Looked at the following categories. Pre-Snap Snaps at Zero or One Tech Three Tech Five […]

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A Look At What The Steelers May Have Offered Bills Free Agent DE Alex Carrington

The status of Buffalo Bills free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington currently remains in limbo following his visits with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders, and now one has to wonder what kind of money he is looking for at this point. First, it’s important to remember that Carrington only played in three games last […]

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