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Ryan Clark Blames Talent Development For Secondary Struggles

Training camp is fast approaching now, and soon the offseason chatter will begin to fall always, but I would like to draw attention to an article back in April, in which former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark talked to Chris Bradford for the Beaver County Times, in which he talks…



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Revisiting Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2013 Draft Class

A couple of days ago, I wrote an article about a series of grades evaluating the rookie draft classes of each NFL team following their first seasons, and I talked about the arbitrary nature of the process, in particular the signing of a letter grade for players who have yet…


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Art Rooney II Acknowledges Mistakes In Personnel Evaluations

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II did his usual post-season media rounds recently, and he certainly gave us all plenty to chew on. We have already dissected much of what he had to say, but there was one thing in particular—an admission of sorts—that I think is notable enough to…


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Carnell Lake Not Behind Talent Deficiency In The Secondary

Much has been made of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary recently, a statement that could accurately have been made at virtually any point over the past few years. Recently, however, there seems to have been an increase in the finger pointing over whatever issues might be ailing the unit, with many…


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Steelers Woes Of Evaluating Secondary Continues

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released a rookie defensive back. Stop me if you’ve heard that one before. In an all too familiar pattern, rookie cornerback Doran Grant and safety Gerod Holliman join a long list of recent defensive backs drafted only to fail to make the initial Week One roster….


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Post Week-Two OTA Practices: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of you and congratulations on making it through another week. The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their second week of OTA practices and perhaps the biggest news is that it looks like they made through another week without suffering any significant injuries. Let’s hope things…



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Pre-Draft Visits Often Lead To Draft-Day Selections For Steelers

Each and every year, teams are allowed to host 30 pre-draft visits form players that aren’t considered a “local.” For instance, in this year’s draft crop, Pitt tackle T.J. Clemmings won’t count against the Pittsburgh Steelers because he can probably walk from the Pitt campus to the team facility. However, I’ve went…




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Steelers Vs. Panthers Game Rewind – Second Half

By Alex Kozora My final game notes of the 2014 preseason. Observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 10-0 loss to the hands of the Carolina Panthers. Second Half – Josh Harris knocked aside in pass protection. – Veteran play by Darrius Heyward-Bey on this run block. Safety walks down into the box at the…


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Addition Of CB B.W. Webb Gives Steelers A Draft Mulligan Of Sorts

When the Dallas Cowboys waived cornerback B.W. Webb on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin probably couldn’t wait to fill out a waiver claim for the former fourth-round draft pick, as he certainly knows quite a bit about young player. Webb, who like Tomlin is a former William and Mary player,…


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Numbers Crunch: Recent History Of Steelers Draft Picks Making The Roster

By Alex Kozora At our eternally optimistic core, every Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan believes their yearly group of draft picks can be successful. That even late rounders could become the “diamond in the rough”, their selection lauded about for years to come. But of course, that isn’t always the case. There…


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Special Teams Of Primary Concern For Steelers Secondary

The Pittsburgh Steelers have rarely benefitted greatly from special teams throughout the organization’s history. Chuck Noll famously refused to employ special teams coaches until late in his tenure, when he shifted responsibilities for both defensive line coach John Kolb and inside linebackers coach Dennis Fitzgerald, requesting that they jointly coach…