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Steelers Likely To Renew Quarters Defense Against Packers

By Matthew Marczi Even without the services of Aaron Rodgers, the Pittsburgh Steelers must still be cautious of the big play when they face the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Matt Flynn tomorrow evening. Despite lacking arguably the best quarterback in the game, the Packers continue to employ a pass-heavy attack nearly two-thirds of the […]

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Troy Polamalu, David DeCastro Earn Top Grades From PFF For Play Against Bengals

Pro Football Focus has their initial grades up from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals and this time a defensive player has the top grade. Safety Troy Polamalu, who was allowed to play more safety as opposed to linebacker against the Bengals, graded out as the top Steelers player (4.2). Polamalu […]

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Steelers Offensive And Defensive Snap Counts From Week 15 – Bengals

Below are the snaps counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-20 Sunday night win over the Cincinnati Bengals along with some observations. As far as the offensive snaps go, the only thing that jumps out is the fact that two tight end sets were used at least on 79% of the plays run as Matt Spaeth […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Dolphins

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the Miami Dolphins. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE – Kick return unit. No order. Antwon Blake, Terence Garvin, Stevenson Sylvester, Chris Carter, and Vince Williams as the front five. Michael Palmer/David Paulson the next two, Al Woods/Cam Heyward forming the wedge, and Jonathan […]

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2013 A Dud, But Emerging Youngsters A Reason For Optimism Next Year

By Jeremy Hritz The Steelers suffered another defensive collapse yesterday against the Dolphins, but in the end, once again, they were in a position to pull out a close win. However, in what seemed to be a repeat from other losses this year, the Steelers could not squeeze out the win late. While this isn’t […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers LB Terence Garvin Versus Ravens

By Alex Kozora A short breakdown of the five snaps played by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving. First Drive Snaps: 4 Run: 2 Rush/Drop: 0/2 Play-by-Play 1. 1st and 10, 3:011 1st. The new nickel package linebacker, replacing Vince Williams. Ravens run a draw. Right guard Marshal Yanda able […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers LB Vince Williams Versus Ravens

By Alex Kozora A breakdown of Vince Williams’ snaps vs the Baltimore Ravens. *Not including the three kneel downs Baltimore had at the end of the game with Williams on the field. First Drive Snaps: 3 Run: 1 Rush/Drop: 1/1 1. 1st and 10, 12:24 1st. Playaction on the Ravens first play of the game. […]

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The Kids Are Alright

By Michael K. Reynolds Lost in the shuffle of the Tomlin Two-Step, the heart breaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens and the analysis and counter analysis of the Pittsburgh Steelers fading playoffs hopes, there is one startling…and encouraging reality. The kids are alright. Slowly, a new generation of Steelers players are pushing their way to the forefront, establishing themselves […]

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Steelers Rookie LB Terence Garvin Is Quietly Receiving Limited Playing On Defense

Over the years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been notorious for not giving young defensive players much playing time as rookies. However, that has changed this year as linebackers Jarvis Jones and Vince Williams, along with safety Shamarko Thomas, have seen quite a bit of playing time this season as rookies. That trio of draft picks […]

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Steelers Have A Good Problem Deciding When To Play Shamarko Thomas

By Matthew Marczi Over the past four games, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen has re-emerged within the defense due to the injury to rookie safety Shamarko Thomas. Allen started seven games for the team last year due to injury, but has now become a feature in the teams quarters package, which they use frequently. In […]

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Steelers Offensive And Defensive Snap Counts From Week 13 – Ravens

Below are the snaps counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers 22-20 Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens along with some observations. On offense, there really isn’t much to point out. Markus Wheaton only saw the field for three snaps while Mike Adams played 14 snaps in total. He of course played both tight end and […]

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Will Allen Allows Steelers To Get Their Money’s Worth Out Of Quarters Package

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen may have spent the past three seasons on the team, but he has only been there this year for a few weeks. He is not even a starter; in fact, he is a dime back. So if we are writing about him for a second consecutive week, […]

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Steelers Versus Lions – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi I found it interesting that the Steelers opened up in the nickel, which they rarely use these days, favoring six defensive backs over five when not in base. That only lasted one play before Vince Williams was substituted for Will Allen. The Steelers moved their outside linebacker around a lot in this […]

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Steelers Offensive And Defensive Snap Counts From Week 11 – Lions

Below are the snaps counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday 37-27 win over the Detroit Lions along with some observations. On offense, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders played just 19 snaps before leaving the game with an injured foot. Despite being passed on the depth chart last week, tight end David Paulson played five more snaps […]

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Jarvis Jones Building Pass-Rushing Toolkit

By Matthew Marczi As Jarvis Jones’ rookie season continues on, the most recent first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers does seem to be becoming more comfortable in the defense. Jones, of course, was benched a few weeks back for not being on his assignments after returning from a concussion that allowed head coach Mike […]

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Vince Williams Helped Stop The Buffalo Stampede

By Matthew Marczi This past week, the Pittsburgh Steelers got back to using their sub-packages heavily, which obviously translates to fewer snaps for rookie starting inside linebacker Vince Williams. Williams played just 31 snaps this week—as opposed to the 41 played by Cortez Allen or the 36 combined split between Shamarko Thomas and Will Allen. […]

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Steelers Versus Bills – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi The Steelers really made it a point to significantly feature Mike Adams throughout the game, and since he’s been used at tight end. In the four games since his demotion, he’s played 117 snaps, including 28 this week. They broke out the Wildcat early this week, but they did so with a […]

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What Have They Done?

By Matthew Marczi Following last week’s 24-point trouncing by the New England Patriots, a lot of reporters covering the Pittsburgh Steelers suddenly hit the contemplative switch and brainstormed to come up with this most amazing of questions: why hasn’t Mike Tomlin made any changes to make the team better? The most amazing feature of this […]

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Vince Williams Against The New England Patriots

By Matthew Marczi Outside of coming up short on a tackle at the goal line that helped allow a Stevan Ridley touchdown, Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams played a solid game against the New England Patriots. Much of the damage that New England inflicted on the ground—as well as through the air—came against the […]

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Steelers Injury Report: T Mike Adams Added Friday As Questionable; T Marcus Gilbert Also Questionable

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Friday practice and the final injury report of the week is now out and it includes one new player. Tackle Mike Adams (ribs) was added on Friday after not practicing with a rib injury and is listed as questionable. Tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) is also listed as […]

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Steve McLendon Not The Issue In Run Defense

By Matthew Marczi Despite the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers have given up a wealth of yardage on the ground over the course of the past two weeks—nearly 400, in fact—it is my belief that the primary culprit behind this issue is not Steve McLendon and the defensive line. The inside linebackers this season have […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Tackles Kelvin Beachum And Marcus Gilbert Still Limited

The Thursday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers is now in and it includes some good news, as several players that were limited on Wednesday were able to practice fully on day two. Guard David DeCastro (ankle), defensive end Cameron Heyward (knee) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) all practiced fully for a second straight […]

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Failures Of The Secondary Exacerbated Issues In Run Defense

By Matthew Marczi Barring a few incidents here and there, the New England Patriots spent much of this past Sunday having their way with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the ground to the tune of 197 rushing yards on 35 attempts, for 5.6 yards per clip. The workload was democratic, with starting tailback Stevan Ridley accounting […]

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A Look At The Patriots Six Play Surgical Scoring Drive Against The Steelers

When going back through the all-22 tape of the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots, I keep finding myself going back to the Patriots six-play scoring drive early in the second quarter as it really set the tone for the rest of the game. The scariest thing about this drive is […]

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Steelers Injury Report: David DeCastro And Markus Wheaton Both Practice Fully

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now released their first injury report of the week as the prepare to host the Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday and only two players were listed on it as not practicing Wednesday. Cornerback Ike Taylor (concussion) and linebacker Vince Williams (concussion) were both sidelined Wednesday as they continue to undergo testing […]

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Steelers Injury Report: G David DeCastro & WR Markus Wheaton Cleared To Practice

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin updated the injury situation as the team will now prepare to host the Buffalo Bills this Sunday at Heinz Field. Guard David DeCastro (ankle) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) have both been cleared to practice Wednesday, according to Tomlin. DeCastro was inactive this […]

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