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Steelers Free Agent TE/FB David Johnson Signs With Chargers On Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now lost one of their own unrestricted free agents as tight end David Johnson has signed with the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday. Johnson was originally drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Arkansas State and mostly played fullback and on special teams […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 1.0

By Alex Kozora Like Dave Bryan, throughout the draft process I’ll be occasionally posting mock drafts. Needless to say, bear in mind it’s still early and all mocks are fluid. Understandably favored towards the players I’ve already scouted. As I watch more, my opinions will change and the mock will be updated. Round One: Eric […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft Version 2.0 – Post Scouting Combine

With the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine now behind us, it is now time for my second 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft, or as I like to call them, educated guesses to inspire good draft talk about players. I usually do about 5 or 6 mocks prior to the actual NFL draft taking place and you […]

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The Optimist’s Take – James Saxon’s Influence

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both […]

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Pro Football Focus Offers Analysis Of Steelers’ Projected Lineup

By Matthew Marczi The statistics website Pro Football Focus has been running a series early this offseason projecting the starting lineups of each team—sans pending free agents—and grading each player on a sliding scale from “Poor Starter/Gamble” to “Elite Starter”, with “Unknown” also factored into the equation. Yesterday was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ turn to receive […]

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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Review – DE Brian Arnfelt – Undrafted

By Matthew Marczi It has been a theme for many years that, aside from the occasional special teams contributions, rookies on the Pittsburgh Steelers, including even first-round draft picks, rarely contribute during their first season. That has been especially true over the years on defense, though less so on offense. That pattern changed somewhat in […]

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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Review – ILB Terence Garvin – Undrafted

By Matthew Marczi It has been a theme for many years that, aside from the occasional special teams contributions, rookies on the Pittsburgh Steelers, including even first-round draft picks, rarely contribute during their first season. That has been especially true over the years on defense, though less so on offense. That pattern changed somewhat in […]

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Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – FB Will Johnson

By Matthew Marczi End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s not generally […]

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Steelers Short-Yardage And Running Back Usage In 2013

By Matthew Marczi While looking through some data yesterday, I happened upon some interesting observations regarding Pittsburgh Steelers running back usage on short-yardage opportunities on third and fourth down during the 2013 season. The common perception is largely that the Steelers  shifted Jonathan Dwyer into that short-yardage role. It is a perception that is reinforced […]

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A Look At Matt Spaeth Versus The Browns

By Matthew Marczi Matt Spaeth shored up a critical deficiency as a second true tight end when he returned from injury following the first three months of the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers already started the year without Heath Miller, and it wasn’t too much longer that they also lost David Johnson, who was at the […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Running Backs

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. Today, a look at the Steelers’ backfield. Le’Veon Bell: Oh what could have been. Had a foot injury not caused Bell to miss time in the preseason and the first three weeks of the year, he would have […]

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Inside The Tape: Break Down Of Steelers Versus Packers

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers victory over the Green Bay Packers. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Kickoff coverage to start the game. L-R. Cortez Allen, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Chris Carter, Stevenson Sylvester, Shaun Suisham, Antwon Blake, Terence Garvin, Will Allen, Will Johnson, and Markus Wheaton. – […]

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Steelers Versus Packers – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi The fake punt was such a huge momentum shift that it’s hard to quantify. It may have been an even greater momentum shift than the blocked fumble that led to a touchdown on the next play due to the way the Steelers were able to come back quickly from it and then […]

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Steelers Wide Receivers Broke Franchise-Best Mark In Touchdown Receptions

By Matthew Marczi One of the more curious statistical anomalies that I’ve come across when considering the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers is about the way the team has been scoring points this season—more specifically, who is catching the touchdown passes. Of Ben Roethlisberger’s 27 touchdown passes thrown this season—and he is the only one to throw […]

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Steelers Offensive And Defensive Snap Counts From Week 16 – Packers

Below are the snaps counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-31 Sunday win over the Green Bay Packers along with some observations. As far as the offense goes, reserve tackle Mike Adams was actually used on four snaps as an extra tight end. With wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders out of the game for the entire second […]

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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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Will Johnson Made The Most Of Limited Work Against Dolphins

By Matthew Marczi With the Pittsburgh Steelers spending the majority of the game with three wide receivers on the field, there wasn’t exactly ample opportunity for fullback Will Johnson to have much impact on the game. In fact, like Matt Spaeth, in his first game of the season, the majority of snaps for the fullback […]

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Steelers Versus Dolphins: Seven Things To Watch For In Week 14

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Heinz Field and below are seven things to watch for in the game. No Pony Tricks – Mike Wallace makes his long-awaited return to Pittsburgh on Sunday and he’d love nothing more than to add his name to the long last of wide receivers […]

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Steelers Offensive And Defensive Snap Counts From Week 12 – Browns

Below are the snaps counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday 27-11 win over the Cleveland Browns along with some observations. On offense, Mike Adams was on the field for 18 plays as an extra tight end. In addition, fullback Will Johnson only saw 7 snaps while tight end Michael Palmer saw just 10 snaps worth […]

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Steelers Versus Browns Winners And Losers – Week 12

Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat to the Cleveland Browns 27-11 to notch their fifth win of the season and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Winners: Ben Roethlisberger – While he only threw for 217 yards, Roethlisberger completed 22 of […]

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Steelers Red Zone Execution Still Lacking After Lions Game

By Matthew Marczi As much as the offense seemed to get it together this past Sunday against the Detroit Lions—at least in the passing game—when the Pittsburgh Steelers got into the red zone, their season-long struggles reared their ugly head once again On this day, however, the struggles were clearly down to execution, as can […]

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Fourth-Quarter Comeback A Sign Of Things To Come?

By Matthew Marczi If you really think about it, there isn’t all that much that separates this season from many other years in Ben Roethlisberger’s career. The majority of the games end in close scores with the victor decided in the fourth quarter. Sure, the scores may on average be higher, partly due to the […]

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Todd Haley Continuing To Shake Up The Wildcat

By Matthew Marczi As the season goes on, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley continues to tinker with his sparsely-used Wildcat packages. While I am undecided as to the efficacy of even running such plays, they have not as yet been a detriment to the offense. Furthermore, the continued variety of looks that they present […]

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Steelers Should Consider Using FB Will Johnson More In The Passing Game

Heading into the 2013 season, I was pretty sure that Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Will Johnson would be used more in the passing game after registering 15 catches for 137 yards last season. That of course hasn’t happened as Johnson now heads into the Sunday game at Heinz Field against the Detroit Lions with a mere […]

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Roethlisberger Not Big On Using An Extra Offensive Lineman Inside The Red Zone

Earlier this week, I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Steelers offense has struggled inside the red zone this season and on Wednesday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked to give his thoughts on the subject. “We scored twice down there but we kicked field goals,” started Roethlisberger. “That’s why I think I was so disappointed after […]

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Jonathan Dwyer Taking A Liking To Short-Yardage Role

By Matthew Marczi A few weeks back, I observed a certain trend in the way that the Pittsburgh Steelers began using running back Jonathan Dwyer, and speculated that the team was building a role for him as a short-yardage back. That truly came to fruition in the team’s last game against the Buffalo Bills, particularly […]

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