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Steve McLendon

Steve McLendon’s Value Cannot Be Pigeonholed To Nose Tackle

For Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon, snaps are starting to become increasingly harder to come by. For any nose tackle that might play for the Steelers, really, or most 3-4 teams these days. The Steelers have finally joined the modern era by primarily playing in their nickel package as…


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Steelers Have Much Work To Do As Offseason Begins

The 2015 NFL season is now officially in the books after Emmanuel Sanders and the Denver Broncos emerged victorious to secure the franchise’s third trophy in eight Super Bowl appearances—unfortunately doing so at the expense of Jerricho Cotchery, another former Steeler who admittedly had a rough game, and the Panthers….


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2015 Player Exit Meetings – NT Steve McLendon

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season ended a few weeks earlier that they had planned it to, but now that their 2015 campaign has drawn to a conclusion, it’s time to wrap things up and take stock of where they are and how they got there. Part of that process involves holding…


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Steelers 2015 Final Defensive Charting Notes

Sorry for putting this off, Steelers’ Nation. Didn’t want to rush our final charting of the year and now that I’ve had a couple days after the Senior Bowl, I could sort through all the data. As you probably know, we chart the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense every game and compile…


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Part Of Defensive Line Depth Answer Could Come Internally

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a problem along their defensive line, but the problem doesn’t come from the front line; rather, the issue is that the team has nobody to play behind their two starting defensive ends, Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt. Of course, it needs to be noted that starting…


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In Secondary, Scouting And Talent Lacking More Than Coaching

Whenever a team has a weakness in one particular area of its personnel, it is the gut reaction to immediately put the position coach under fire. Often, perhaps too often, we see that position coach take the fall when a deeper analysis might show that he wasn’t the problem. The…



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Steelers Use Dime Defense To Slow Manning On Third Down

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had an interesting and transformative season on defense under defensive coordinator Keith Butler, taking over after years under Dick LeBeau as the linebackers coach. LeBeau was forever hesitant to rely too much on sub-packages, and that was perhaps one of the sticking points that helped lead…


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Steelers Film Room: Steve McLendon Vs Broncos

Nose tackle Steve McLendon certainly gets talked about an awful lot for a player who, by percentage, doesn’t see a great deal of playing time, given that the Pittsburgh Steelers have resorted to spending most of their time in sub-packages. The veteran nose tackle logged 379 snaps during the regular…


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Steelers 2016 Draft Needs: Defense Overview

With the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 season now firmly behind us, we can now take a good look at the teams 2016 draft needs. In this post, we will look at every defensive position group from a needs standpoint as the team enters the offseason. Defensive End – (Moderate Need) –…


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Steelers DE Cameron Heyward Wants More Help On D-Line Next Season

Including the playoffs, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive ends Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt played 1,116 (88%) and 990 (78.6%) total snaps respectively in 2015. Earlier this week, Heyward indicated in a locker room interview that he wouldn’t mind having a little help on the defensive line next season, according to Trib…


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David Todd: Quick Thoughts On Steelers Versus Broncos Divisional Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers season came to an end Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as they were defeated 23-16 by the AFC’s #1-seeded Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs. The pregame hype focused on the health and capabilities of the two future Hall of…


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My Response To Bill Barnwell’s Annual Slamming Of The Steelers

You know the drill at this time of year, right? The Pittsburgh Steelers get eliminated from the playoffs and one-by-one the major media experts hacks write about how poorly the organization manages their salary cap. The year, Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com is the first one to nationally take a swing…


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Steelers Defense Played Winning Football In Denver

Though the Pittsburgh Steelers defense may have surrendered a seven-minute, 13-play, 65-yard game-winning drive in the fourth quarter against the Broncos, the truth is that they played well throughout the course of the game in spite of a couple of unfortunate, fluke-like plays that helped keep the game close. The…


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Top 10 Questions The Steelers Must Answer This Offseason

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 season has come to an end, the team has several questions that must be answered over the course of the offseason. Below are my 10 questions that must be answered by the team between now and the start of the 2016 regular season and I…