Steve McLendon

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Steelers 2016 NFL Draft Watch List: Defense

With training camp right around the corner, most Pittsburgh Steelers fans are eagerly anticipating seeing their team back in action on the fields of Saint Vincent College very soon. While we wait expectantly, I thought it might behoove the Pittsburgh fanbase to highlight some of the key names in college…




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Season Of Change: Time For Stephon Tuitt To Do it

Over the course of the past couple of years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have undergone an uncommon amount of change, which could have been largely correlated with the fact that the team had finished 8-8 in consecutive seasons while failing to advance to the postseason. In deference to general manager Kevin…


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Steelers Film Room: Ryan Shazier Vs Run

There will be several Pittsburgh Steelers under the microscope in 2015, particularly on the defensive side of the football. Ryan Shazier is among that group, a rookie year marred by injury that never let us fully see the type of player he could become. Like any second year player, you’re…



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Depth Remains An Issue At A Few Key Spots For Pittsburgh

We like to talk about competition for starting spots with training camp right around the corner, but the reality is that the majority of the impact from camp battles will be felt in the depth of the roster come September. Most starters are locks to make the team, but discovering…


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2015 Steelers Pre-Training Camp Depth Chart Update: Nose Tackle

The Pittsburgh Steelers have recently concluded their offseason schedule, complete with nine OTA practices and the three-day minicamp, and are currently off for about five weeks before they re-emerge in Latrobe for the start of training camp. Not much is expected to happen between now and then as far as…


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Steelers Defensive Line Depth Could Be A ‘Big’ Deal This Season

Over the course of the past few months during the offseason, we have focused a lot of attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting defensive line, and for good reason, given the combination of talent and potential focused there, in addition to the speculation about how the line might be used…


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Steelers’ Defense Could Hinge On Three 2014 Selections

When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft last year, it was in hopes of making him the long-term running mate to stalwart inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons in the middle of the team’s defense. Sure enough, Shazier was plugged into the…



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Time Is Right To Tweak Thinking On Steelers D-Line

Over the course of this offseason, we have gotten several glimpses of the idea that the Pittsburgh Steelers defense under Keith Butler will be doing away with some of the two-gapping mentality traditionally employed by their defensive line in the base 3-4 alignment, which has become a staple of some…


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Team Speed Not Among The Many Questions Facing Steelers Defense

With the Pittsburgh Steelers being in a natural state of transition, there isn’t a lot about it that can be said right now with any meaningful clarity, particularly with respect to how successful it might be or how it might differ schematically from teams past. To begin with, the unit…