Steve McLendon

Heath Miller

Presence Of Championship ’08ers Fading For Steelers

We often refer to “the ‘05ers”, the small and continually shrinking group of Pittsburgh Steelers who have been a part of both of the team’s championships from the 2000s, an era that began now more than a decade ago. Following the retirement of Heath Miller, just three players remain from…


Steelers 2015 Sack Review: NT Steve McLendon

Over the course of the next several weeks I will be recapping the sacks registered during the 2015 season by the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Each post will be dedicated to one individual player and along the way we’ll document the down and distance, time and number of players sent on each and…

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…


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…


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…

L.T. Walton

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…


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…

Dime Defense

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…

Steve McLendon

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…


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) –…