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Mike Tomlin’s Focus On Family, Not Just Football

To the outside community, he’s Mike Tomlin, coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But inside his house, he’s still just dad to his three children. That was the focus for Tomlin at this year’s ManUp Pittsburgh, an organization with a mission to “maximize your impact as a godly man in your…


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Steelers All-22: Cover 2 Man

Back at it for another All-22 breakdown, examining some noteworthy plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 season. Today, we’ll look at a simple concept and the consequences when just one player makes a mistake in that scheme. If you’ve ever played Madden, it’s surely a defense you’ve employed. The Steelers’ Cover…


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Steelers All-22: Dick LeBeau’s Fire X Blitz

Dick LeBeau’s Fire X blitz: Like Tom Selleck’s mustache, it’s been around forever, everyone loves it, and no one quite understands how it works. We’ve documented the concept several times in the past, including devoting a Chalk Talk to it, but the focus has always been on the blitz itself….


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Steelers 2015 Post-Draft Roster Review: Safety

With the 2015 NFL Draft and rookie minicamp now in the rearview mirror, the Pittsburgh Steelers 90-man offseason roster is getting pretty close to set, although there are always some late movements to balance out positional numbers or replace injured or underperforming players. Now that the rookie class in in-house…


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2015 A Critical Year For 2013 Draft Class

With the exception of Le’Veon Bell, many have already condemned the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers‘ draft class with the likes of the 2008 group, as prominent draftees like Jarvis Jones, Markus Wheaton, Shamarko Thomas, and Landry Jones have struggled to consistently make their mark in the NFL. While there is no denying…



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Five Takeaways From The Steelers First Week Of OTAs

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their first week of OTA practices on Thursday and while we probably didn’t learn a lot of new information about the 2015 team over the course of the last three days as it relates to individual performances and play on the field, there were a…



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Search For Will Allen’s Replacement Starts Now

As we are already amply aware, the Pittsburgh Steelers have an interesting situation going on at the back end of their defense this year thanks to a domino effect related to the retirement of likely future Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu. Their two projected starters for the 2015 season, Mike…


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Kozora: 2015 53 Man Roster Prediction

I’ll follow in Dave Bryan’s footsteps and present my far-too-early 53 man roster predictions. In the spirit, I’ll throw in a wild guess at a ten man practice squad, too. Ours will look similar with there realistically being only 5-7 “open” spots on the roster. But there are still some…


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Steelers Average Age Of Projected Starting Defense Is 26

Remember when the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense was old? Remember all the 30-somethings roaming the field, many of them even lasting to their mid-30s in the starting lineup? Those days are clearly gone. Consider that of the entire 90-man offseason roster, only 11 players are at least 30 years old, and…


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Numbers, Names At Safety Tied To Special Teams Play For Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers made no bones about wanting to improve their defense during this offseason, as they stated during the draft after coming up with six of eight selections on defense, and three in the first four rounds. With the retirement of Troy Polamalu, the safety position in particular will…


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2015 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction: Post Draft

With the 2015 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for my first offseason 53 man roster prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers. You will see that there are 54 players listed because of the extra spot needed because of running back Le’Veon Bell being suspended. In the comments below, tell me the selections…


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Swearinger Interest May Not Be Much More Than A Failed Waiver Claim

Last week, the Houston Texans released their former 2013 second-round draft pick, D.J. Swearinger, a safety prospect that the Pittsburgh Steelers had shown interest in before selecting safety Shamarko Thomas later in the draft in the fourth round. We also learned that the Steelers were among eight teams that submitted…


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Best And Worst Case Scenarios of the 2015 Steelers’ Draft Class

For one of our final looks at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2015 NFL Draft class, we’ll go through a best and worst case scenario with each draft pick. Lighter side of the review process and as a preface, this is all just hypothetical and for fun. It’s interesting look at what…