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Seahawks Offense Soars Over Steelers In 39-30 Win

Earlier this past week, we talked about five things Pittsburgh needed to improve upon if they hoped to compete for a playoff spot down the stretch this season. The team’s failure to perform acceptably in three of those areas – third downs, red zone touchdown opportunities, and continuing to play…


Quick Hits: Steelers Vs Seahawks Winners/Losers

I hope you didn’t break your television. Out of disgust over this game or being forced to listen to Mike Carey. WINNERS:  Ben Roethlisberger: While he did throw two interceptions, neither were egregious. Antonio Brown and Richard Sherman got, uh, let’s say tangled up, in one and Roethlisberger lost the handle…


2015 Steelers Emerging As Battered, But Battle-Tested Unit

Entering the 12th week of the NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers currently have 17 players on reserve lists of one sort or another, including 15 on the good old injured reserve. Admittedly, only perhaps half-dozen or so of those players were on the 53-man roster, and perhaps another two or…


Steelers Film Room: Seattle Seahawks’ Offensive Scouting Report

This year, Jon Ledyard and I will be collaborating our scouting reports. We’ll play to our strengths – he’ll be focusing on the individuals while I’ll be looking at overall scheme. These reports will be broken down into two articles, one for offense and one for defense. Our reports for…


Steelers Film Room: Fire X Coverage

We’ve written about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Fire X blitz before. It was a staple of Dick LeBeau’s attack, even if it was one phased out towards the end. Our attention usually is on the blitz itself and less on the coverage. We’ll talk about the blitz briefly here but I…

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Steelers Pass Defense Efficient Preventing Explosive Plays

The passing defense has been a source of frustration not just for the fans this season, but for the Pittsburgh Steelers players. I wrote yesterday about safety Will Allen’s challenge to his teammates to cut down significantly on the passing yardage that they surrender over the final six-game stretch. After…


Ranking The Steelers: Defense

We’re having a little bit of fun here on the bye week. From best to worst, I’ll rank every Pittsburgh Steelers who has played at least 10% of the offense’s snaps in 2015. That means you won’t see names like Brandon Boykin, Anthony Chickillo, or L.T. Walton on this list. This…

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Will Allen Not Content With Pass Defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been surprisingly successful this season in a number of areas under first-year defensive coordinator—and longtime linebackers coach—Keith Butler, among them rushing defense, sacks, turnovers, explosive plays, and points allowed. One area that has seriously lagged behind, however, is the passing yardage surrendered per game, which…


Carnell Lake On Mike Mitchell’s Big Improvement

Some wanted him cut in the offseason. Now, he’s on track to make a Pro Bowl. You don’t have to search hard for the reason in Mike Mitchell’s stellar play in 2015. It starts foremost with health. Mitchell played with tears in each of his groins, gutting out the full…

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Steelers Shift Personnel Scheme Along Goal Line Defense

The goal line package is not something that the Pittsburgh Steelers use very often, which should be taken as a good sign. It is a specialize set of personnel designed to best defend against an opponent that is very near the opposite goal line in preparation to score a touchdown….

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Steelers Film Room: Will Allen Vs Browns

Veteran safety Will Allen has clung on with the Pittsburgh Steelers for several years now, entering the starting lineup on a full-time basis this season following the retirement of Troy Polamalu. He missed three games due to an ankle injury, but returned in Week Nine, where he had his ups…


Maurice Jones-Drew Predicts A Steelers vs. Patriots AFC Championship Game

Which teams are in the best position to make a deep playoff run heading into Week 11? Former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew has revealed his picks for the AFC and NFC Championship games and the Pittsburgh Steelers were included. “First, will be the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Jones. “These guys,…


Week 10 Steelers Vs Browns First Half Notes And Observations

The Pittsburgh Steelers notched their first division win of the season thanks to the performance of backup quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Below are my notes and observations from the first half of the game. Of course, it was Landry Jones who started the game at…