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Nine Would Be Fine For Steelers New Offensive Line Coach

If new Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak gets his way, the team will keep nine offensive linemen on their final 53 man roster this year as opposed to only eight. “You want to have as many guys as you can,” Munchak said Tuesday, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s hard […]

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Steelers G Ramon Foster Back Wednesday Following Bereavement Leave

Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Ramon Foster has now joined the team at training camp after missing the first three practices because of the death of his mother Wyvonia “Jeanell” Foster-Morgan, who passed away suddenly on July 22 at the young age of 49. According to Missi Matthews of steelers.com, Foster said he’s excited to finally […]

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Steelers Film Room: Path To Success In 2014 – Three Offensive Concepts

By Alex Kozora With training camp just hours away from beginning and preseason games soon to follow, there will be hours of film to pour over, picking out concepts and explaining why they did or didn’t work. As a preview, we’ll pick apart three concepts from each side of the ball that could be used […]

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5 Offseason Changes Primed To Help Steelers Succeed In 2014

Munchak To The Rescue The Steelers wasted no time showing offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. the door after the 2013 season ended. They also smartly jumped at the opportunity to hire former Tennessee Titans head Mike Munchak to replace him after he was fired. Munchak, a Hall of Famer, spent 12 years in the […]

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Panthers Sign Former Steelers C Fernando Velasco

Former Pittsburgh Steelers center Fernando Velasco finally has a new home as it was announced on Wednesday that he has signed with the Carolina Panthers. Velasco, who was signed last year by the Steelers after starting center Maurkice Pouncey was lost for the season in the opener against the Tennessee Titans, started 11 straight games […]

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Ramon Foster Talks Outside Zone

The Pittsburgh Steelers made strides in attempting to install some outside zone concepts into the running game last season under new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. The problem is that it’s hard to say how successful the installation was. The Steelers barely ran the outside zone at all due to a few quite obvious […]

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Steelers 2014 Pre Training Camp Roster Polls: Will NT Hebron Fangupo Make The Final 53?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will report to Latrobe for training camp on Friday, so I thought we would continue to spend these last several days talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do consider […]

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Golf Helps Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons Have The Right Mentality On Game Days

If you’ve ever attempted to play the game of golf on a regular basis, you probably know how frustrating it is to get a little white ball to go exactly where you want it to. However, for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons, the sport of kings has become a “therapeutic obsession” of sorts, according to […]

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Steelers G David DeCastro On Mike Munchak: ‘He Makes The Game Very Simple’

Pittsburgh Steelers right guard David DeCastro is about to partake in his third training camp since being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Stanford and newcomer Mike Munchak will be his third different offensive line coach. Wednesday, DeCastro talked about what it’s like having the Hall of Famer as […]

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Steelers S Shamarko Thomas: ‘I’m More Knowledgeable About This Defense’

While Pittsburgh Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas failed to play a defensive snap during the second half of the 2013 season, he played enough in the first eight games to know just how complicated the defense run by Dick LeBeau really is. “I was all over the place last year because I didn’t know the playbook,” […]

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Steelers LB Vince Williams Might Have Headshot Of The Year

The official 2014 NFL player headshots are now out and thanks to an observation made on Wednesday by Denny Burkholder, the NFL producer/editor for CBSSports.com, Pittsburgh Steelers second-year linebacker Vince Williams might very well have the most entertaining one this year. As you can see by the picture below that Burkholder tweeted out on Wednesday, Williams […]

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Steelers Kickoff Coverage In 2013 Didn’t Match Up To Their Ranking

Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers kickoff coverage team allowed an average of 22.3 yards per return and that was good for a 10th overall ranking. While those raw stats look good on paper, I’m about to show you why those numbers are really just fluff and why Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith has to […]

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48 Plays That Shaped The Steelers 2013 Season: Week 1 Versus Titans

By Alex Kozora Before turning out attention to the start of training camp, we’ll revisit 2013 one more time. This is a brand new series that will be recapping each game by highlighting three plays that shaped the final score – and the 2013 season – of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starting in order, with the […]

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Running Against Different Fronts: How The Steelers Matched Up

By Alex Kozora It’s no secret the Pittsburgh Steelers run game struggled in 2014. They tied for 27th in the league in yards per game, a paltry 86.4. Only two teams had a worst yards per carry mark than Pittsburgh. Throughout the season and reviewing game tape, it seemed apparent the team struggled against 4-3 […]

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2012, 2013 NFL Game Opening Drive Study

By Alex Kozora This past weekend, Dave Bryan posted an article containing Ben Roethlisberger’s career numbers on opening drives.  And as he wrote and a reader posted, a more full-fledged idea came out of it. Statistics are all relative. On the surface, it’s difficult to gauge how impressive Roethlisberger’s performance (37 touchdowns in 142 drives) […]

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Steelers Film Room: Running The Mesh

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why it happened. […]

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A Look Back At The Injury History Of Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey

You knew as soon as Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was signed to a contract extension that there would be people wanting to throw the injury prone tag out as a reason why the team shouldn’t have locked him up. It is true that during his first four seasons in the league that Pouncey has […]

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James Saxon Wants Running Backs, Offensive Line In Harmony

The Pittsburgh Steelers parted with two assistant coaches on the offensive side of the ball during this offseason; one was by choice, the other the choice of the coach. A year after losing offensive line coach Sean Kugler to the college ranks, the Steelers evidently settled on a one-year layover with Jack Bicknell Jr., with […]

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Steelers Film Room: Putting Pressure On Rookies

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why […]

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Steelers T Marcus Gilbert Stands To Gain Most From Mike Munchak Hiring

If there’s one Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman that should be ecstatic that Mike Munchak was hired during the offseason, it’s likely tackle Marcus Gilbert. While he’s nowhere close to being considered a bust since being drafted in the second-round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Steelers, Gilbert certainly hasn’t lived up to expectations just […]

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Steelers Will Travel Fewest Miles In 2014

Due to them having to play one game in London and another out in Oakland last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers traveled more than 15,000 miles in 2013. This season, however, their time in the air will be much, much shorter. According to John Breech of CBS Sports, the Steelers eight road games in 2014 will […]

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Adam Schein Takes Unsubstantiated Shot At 2013 Play Of Steelers G David DeCastro

It’s been a little while since analyst Adam Schein has taken a shot at the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he is now back on schedule thanks to his most recent piece on NFL.com. Schein’s latest offering revolves around eight players and one coordinator that he believes must take the next step forward in 2014 and he includes […]

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Observations On The Steelers’ 2014 Schedule

The NFL is continually stretching out its offseason, despite the new cycle already being 365 days a year, by turning casual news and dates into significant events. From extending the draft to three days, to turning the opening of the free agency period into a circus, to, most absurdly, making the schedule release a spectacle, […]

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NFL Network Draftnik Charles Davis Takes His Turn At Sending OSU CB Justin Gilbert To The Steelers

On Monday, NFL Network draft analyst Charles Davis released another mock of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and he has the Pittsburgh Steelers taking the first cornerback off the board at 15th overall. Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert is Davis’ selection for the Steelers being that two wide receivers, four tackles and […]

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Mike Munchak Makes His Hiring Sound Even Better

There seems to be a general consensus among many that the biggest move the Pittsburgh Steelers made this offseason was replacing offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. with the highly respected Mike Munchak, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman in his own right as well as an accomplished offensive line coach. Even with the re-signing […]

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Steelers Struggled To Register Unblocked Pressure On Defense

Last week, we took a look at how the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line handled pressure, and how much of it came unblocked as a result of missed reads or overloaded blitzes. Pro Football Focus catalogued the data, and it revealed that by the end of the season, the Steelers were among the best at controlling […]

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