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Add Defensive End Depth, Improve Run Defense

It is apparent to the more than casual observer that the Pittsburgh Steelers have some issues when it comes to the defensive side of the ball. And while many tend to focus on their deficiencies in the passing game—highlighting the need for rush linebackers and cornerbacks, especially—they still have their…


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Steelers 2015 Draft Needs: Nose Tackle

The calendar is quickly flipping through the month of April, and each day brings us closer and closer to the 2015 NFL Draft. By now, teams should have by and large accomplished everything that they have set out to do in terms of free agent roster building, which means that…


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Texas DT Brown Could Be “Hampton 2.0″ For Steelers

If we know anything about Kevin Colbert’s draft tendencies, it’s that the braintrust of the Pittsburgh Steelers values leadership, maturity and, at the same time, youth. Or, as they like to call it, third-year juniors. Enter the University of Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown, the 6-foot-2, 319-pound force of nature…


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Steelers 2015 Pre-Draft Movements: Nose Tackle

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered this league year with 12 players scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency, and another three players who would be restricted free agents. They ended up retaining five of those unrestricted free agents in addition to tendering all three of their restricted free agents. Pittsburgh also added…


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Goldman Could Be The Black And Gold’s Man In The First Round

If you were to ask 10 different Pittsburgh Steelers fans to name the position they believe the team will draft in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, 12 of them would probably tell you it will either be outside linebacker or cornerback. While those two positions are obvious…


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Steelers Have Work To Do In Improving Run Defense

Over the course of the past four seasons, ever since their most recent appearance in the Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense has been on the decline, though it hasn’t always been represented in the base statistics. In 2014, for example, the Steelers actually finished with a top 10 rushing…


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Steelers 2015 Salary Cap Update As Of April 1

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t likely to make many more significant free agent signings prior to the 2015 NFL Draft so now is a perfect time to update the team’s salary cap situation now that the calendar has flipped over to April. Currently, the team has 69 players under contract after…


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Daniel McCullers Has Chance To Expand Role In 2015

Over the course of the past few days, I felt that I was due to write something about Daniel McCullers, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ sixth-round compensatory draft selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. McCullers is a man large enough to garner the nickname “Shade Tree”, and was aptly described as “an…


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AFC North News Watch: Day 15

As the league meetings continue, we still find ourselves in the midst of a key period in terms of getting the opportunity to hear from some of the members of the brain trusts of each team throughout the league, and we have gotten the opportunity to hear plenty of newsworthy…


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Steelers Using Competition As Tool To Improve Defense

If you listen to the recent comments made by Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin, you might get the impression that every single spot in the roster is up in the air right now—at least on the defensive side of the ball. While that observation…


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Steelers Family Loses One Of Their Own

The average Pittsburgh Steelers fan may know who Ben Roethlisberger or Hines Ward is, or that the team owns six Lombardi Trophies, but may not be able to identify a David DeCastro or a Steve McLendon if they ran smack into them in a grocery store. Such is the case…


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Steelers Heyward, Beachum Next In Line For New Contracts

Now that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has his new contract done and we wait for all of the specific numbers to surface, it’s time to look ahead at other deals that are likely to get done between now and the start of the 2015 regular season. While it might…


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The Pessimist’s Take – Daniel McCullers And Playing Time

While the Pittsburgh Steelers may have gained some tangible evidence of improvement, improving their win total by three games and hosting a playoff game as a division champion for the first time in four seasons, there is no doubt that the team is far from a finished product. No team,…


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Steelers 2015 Offseason Priorities – Hedging On Cam Thomas

The 2014 season saw the Pittsburgh Steelers on the rise, finishing with an 11-5 record and a division title following two straight seasons of missing the playoffs with 8-8 records. They finished off the regular season with four straight victories, but suffered a disappointing Wildcard round loss against the Ravens…


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The Optimist’s Take – Daniel McCullers And Playing Time

While the Pittsburgh Steelers may have gained some tangible evidence of improvement, improving their win total by three games and hosting a playoff game as a division champion for the first time in four seasons, there is no doubt that the team is far from a finished product. No team,…




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Steelers 2014 Player Exit Meetings – NT Daniel McCullers

End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s…



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Several Potential Cuts Could Have Steelers’ Attention

Every year, the salary cap purge takes it’s toll prior to the start of free agency. The NFL is a “what have you done for me” league. It’s a business, and oftentimes, can be an emotional one, as fan favorites and beloved teammates are kicked to the curb, with the…



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What To Expect From “Shade Tree” In Year Two?

The theme in the 2014 draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers seemed to center on  getting younger and adding an infusion of speed, but the team added an entity seemingly from the Stone Age in the form of mastodon defensive tackle Daniel McCullers, the heaviest Steeler in franchise history (yes, even…