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Will Allen Discusses Why Players Retire Early

Earlier this month, we wrote an article on Pittsburgh Steelers’ safety Will Allen announcing he was starring in a video discussing why several NFL players have retired early. Today, Part One of the video has been released. In it, Allen plays more of the role of host, interviewing several former…


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Steelers WR Antonio Brown Busy Training With Randy Moss

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is currently starting to wind down his offseason training program and it appears as though he’s doing so under the watchful eye of former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss. On Monday, Brown posted a picture on his social media account of himself doing some…


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Steelers Retain Veteran Presence At Strategic Roster Spots

I don’t think there’s much doubt that the Pittsburgh Steelers made a concerted effort to get younger this offseason, helping to nudge a couple of aging veterans into retirement while releasing another. In fact, the youth movement has been an ongoing process for several seasons now after the team identified…


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2015 Steelers Pre-Training Camp Depth Chart Update: Safety

The Pittsburgh Steelers have recently concluded their offseason schedule, complete with nine OTA practices and the three-day minicamp, and are currently off for about five weeks before they re-emerge in Latrobe for the start of training camp. Not much is expected to happen between now and then as far as…



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Robert Golden’s Role As Upback An Underrated One

We hear about an emphasis for good special teamers quite a bit these days. Late round draft pick? Better be able to contribute on special teams. Fringe 53 man roster player? Special teams. As the old adage goes, if you’re not a starter on offense or defense, you better be…



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Steelers Defense Nickeled Last Season, But Not Much Dime

During the 2013 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers uncharacteristically turned to the dime defense quite often—or rather the quarters package, most often using three safeties in addition to three cornerbacks—at a rate higher than they likely ever had before. This was done in part by necessity due to the season-ending injury…


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Predicting First Season Impact of Steelers’ Rookies

Few teams typically bring rookies along as slowly as the Pittsburgh Steelers, but in recent years that has begun to change. Even last season, the team was planning on bringing fourth round pick Martavis Bryant along slowly, but a crying need for an outside threat to bookend Antonio Brown caused…


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Shamarko Thomas Preparing For Starting Role In Film Room

Shamarko Thomas got a respectable amount of playing time during the first half of his rookie season in 2013 as a slot defender until he suffered an ankle injury. The missed practice time and the solid play of veteran Will Allen kept him out of the lineup even when he…


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So Many Safeties But Only So Many Spots Available

As of late, both safety positions for the Pittsburgh Steelers have been given huge question marks. Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu held down those spots until 2014, when Clark became a free agent and signed with the Washington Redskins. The Steelers then signed Mike Mitchell, who came off a productive…


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Senquez Golson Taking To William Gay’s Teaching

Earlier this offseason, there were a lot of questions raised about how the Pittsburgh Steelers would be able to replace the leadership that we saw walk out the door with the departures and releases of some stalwart veterans of the defense. Now, we find a unit whose average age of…


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Steelers All-22: Pattern Reading

Film room for the second time this week. Looking at one of my favorite, albeit difficult to articulate, concepts. Pattern reading is a concept I’ve mentioned and broken down before and over the summer, I’ve been attempting to learn a little more. Like a matchup zone in basketball, there is…



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Steelers All-22: Sail Concept vs Cover 3

We’re kicking off this Monday with some more Pittsburgh Steelers’ film study. A staple of the old Air Raid offense is the Sail concept, a combination of a nine, corner, and flat route. Essentially, a levels concept to one side of the field, making it an easier read for the…