Tyler Matakevich

Steelers’ Special Teams Unit Ranked 20th At Midseason

I’m pretty sure that not even Danny Smith’s mother liked him as much as Alex Kozora does. That doesn’t hold as true for anybody else, though, so the Pittsburgh Steelers’ special teams play has been a fairly regular source of criticism—often deservedly, in my opinion. The Steelers have gotten some…


Goal-Line Defense An Abject Failure So Far In 2017

One of the most disconcerting aspects of the season for me so far has been the sheer ineptitude of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ goal-line defensive sub-package. They have used it on five plays this season. They have allowed five touchdowns in the package this season. No matter how bad you are…






2017 South Side Questions: How Would Matakevich Fare Starting?

The journey toward the Super Bowl is now well under way with the Pittsburgh Steelers back practicing at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, still informally referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility. With the regular season standing in their way on the path to a Lombardi, there will be questions…


Tyler Matakevich Continues Earning Coaching Staff’s Praise

There have been only a handful of consistent bright spots on the Pittsburgh Steelers this year. Antonio Brown. Javon Hargrave. Tyler Matakevich’s name should be tossed into that conversation. A special teams standout, he’s been rewarded as a captain the past two weeks. Mike Tomlin praised his efforts at today’s…


Tyler Matakevich Showing Third-Phase Pride, Performance

So apparently this special teams stick is a real thing, and apparently Tyler Matakevich is determined to wield the damn thing every week. Which I’m perfectly fine with, because the young man is out there making an impact in the third phase of the game—more than can be said for…


Two Dogs, One Stick For Special Teams Battles

The Pittsburgh Steelers curiously left off a special teams captain for the first time in several years. That may have been a hint that Robert Golden’s roster spot isn’t entirely safe, though for the moment, he’s rock solid, but probably had more to do with the team opening competition. Per…


Steelers 2017 Week 1 Special Teams Report

It seems to me that a good number of people do not find special teams play to be as interesting or as important as we do, ‘we’ being the Steelers Depot staff. It is, to be blunt, the only portion of the average football game is not actually subjected to…


Film Room: Dirty Red Makes Browns Pay For Sloppy Special Teams

Special teams, despite how often they’re overlooked and minimized by new league rules, still starts every game. Every one begins with a kick and their importance shouldn’t be forgotten. If you did, your memory was quickly jogged Sunday afternoon. The Pittsburgh Steelers first points of the season came on Tyler…


Special Teams Provides Margin Of Victory In Steelers’ Opener

I hope the members of our community who were ready and willing to run the Pittsburgh Steelers’ special-teamers out of town in order to preserve their favored member of the 90-man roster were watching yesterday’s game. It is important to understand what sort of impact special play on special teams…


Steelers Training Camp Recap: Inside Linebackers

Now that the 2017 Pittsburgh Steelers training camp has concluded, we’re recapping everything that went down over these past 16 practices. We’ll break down each play, position-by-position, with final winners and losers at the end. Finishing up the linebackers with the inside guys. Inside Linebacker Ryan Shazier: Unfortunately, a similar story with him….