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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 Defense Forced To Overcome Self-Inflicted Wounds

By Matthew Marczi Although the Pittsburgh Steelers never really seemed to be in jeopardy of losing to the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday, there were a number of self-inflicted wounds committed by the Steelers that helped keep the Buffalo competitive, or at least not embarrass themselves further. There were, for example, the two pass interference […]

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Lions In The Den And A Season On The Brink

By Michael K. Reynolds Hail mediocrity! The Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t have picked a better season to be in transition. Err…I mean reloading. How else could you explain a 3-6 team still playing games heavy with playoff implications? In fact, the AFC in general and the AFC North in specific are so weak the Steelers could lose this […]

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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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Mike Adams, Jonathan Dwyer, Ike Taylor, Ryan Clark Earn Top Grades From Pro Football Focus

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense played a heck of game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills so it should be no surprise that several players graded out well on Pro Football Focus. Safety Ryan Clark (2.3), cornerback Ike Taylor (2.3), cornerback William Gay (1.7) and linebacker Lawrence Timmons (1.6) received the top grades on the defensive side […]

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What Can They Do?

By Matthew Marczi Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers have finally come up on the positive end once again after soundly defeating the Buffalo Bills yesterday, the team still sits at 3-6, and no doubt many, including the professional sports writers around the country, can’t get the taste out of their mouths from some of the […]

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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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Steelers Versus Bills Winners And Losers

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat to the Buffalo Bills 23-10 Sunday and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Winners: Antonio Brown – Brown continues to be the Steelers most productive player on offense and he caught another six passes for 104 […]

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Patriots Exploited Coverage Mismatches With Rob Gronkowski

By Matthew Marczi Pretty much every armchair defensive coordinator watching the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the New England Patriots this past Sunday was probably scratching his head watching the Steelers and their attempts to defend All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. For much of the game, it was small defensive backs like William Gay and Shamarko […]

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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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Breaking Down The Breakdown By Polamalu On The Patriots First Touchdown

On the New England Patriots first touchdown of the game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, safety Troy Polamalu was worked over pretty good by quarterback Tom Brady and below is a breakdown of the breakdown. On the first down play, the Patriots are in 11 personnel with two wide receivers to the left and one […]

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Cotchery, Foster, Heyward And Woodley Receive Top Grades From PFF For Play Against Patriots

The grades are in from Pro Football Focus and according to their breakdowns, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and guard Ramon Foster were the top offensive players in the Sunday loss to the New England Patriots while defensive end Cameron Heyward (3.0), linebacker Lamarr Woodley (2.7), defensive end Brett Keisel (2.1), linebacker Vince Williams […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Raiders

By Alex Kozora The weekly breakdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Starting kick coverage in no particular order. Terence Garvin, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Will Johnson, Stevenson Sylvester, Jarvis Jones, Will Allen, Antwon Blake, Cortez Allen, and William Gay. – On kick returns. Garvin, […]

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Steelers Versus Raiders Winners And Losers – Week 8

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Oakland Raiders 21-18 on Sunday and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Winners: Lawrence Timmons – Timmons had eight total tackles and six of them were within three yards of the line of scrimmage. […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Ravens

Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Baltimore Ravens. Apologies for not having anything last week. My Coaches Film and immune system were not cooperating. Please be merciful, Steelers Depot commenters. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Kick return unit. Shamarko Thomas, Vince Williams, Stevenson Sylvester, Terence Garvin, and Antwon […]

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Big Play William Gay Knows He Nearly Allowed One Against The Ravens

For now, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay will remain the starter opposite Ike Taylor and certainly deserves to be. Gay, who has long been the whipping boy for Steelers fans around the world, is currently ranked by Pro Football Focus as the 15th best cornerback in the league seven weeks into the season and if […]

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LaMarr Woodley Contributes To Winning Effort Against Ravens

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is being asked to do more for the team than he ever has, now that he is being counted upon to generate the majority of the team’s pressures, or so it seems. Fellow outside linebackers Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones still have a long way to […]

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Ike Taylor Almost Certain To Be Back In 2014

Now that the contract of cornerback Ike Taylor has been restructured, it will increase his 2014 cap hit by almost $1.5 million and that means he will be nearly a $5 million dead money hit if released prior to next season. Taylor is scheduled to earn a base salary of $7 million in 2014, the […]

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Steelers CB William Gay Listed As Co-Starter On Raiders Game Depth Chart

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay is having a great season thus far and as a result he is currently listed as the co-starter along with Cortez Allen on the latest depth chart released by the team Tuesday. Gay registered three total tackles in the Sunday win over the Baltimore Ravens and allowed just three receptions […]

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Polamalu The Engine Driving Sub-Package Football For Steelers

By Matthew Marczi As the season goes on, Dick LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to implement and deploy small-bodied sub-packages as their go-to defense, rather than the base, or even the nickel, as they had six defensive backs on the field nearly 75 percent of the time against the Baltimore Ravens. Out of 65 […]

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Steelers Versus Ravens Winners And Losers – Week 7

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 19-16 on Sunday and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Winners: Shaun Suisham – Don’t look now, but Suisham has yet to miss this season. His 42-yarder with time running out won the […]

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Steelers Versus Jets – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi Other than the long touchdown pass, there really was not much worth mentioning in the early goings of the second half. But so many facets of that play are worth pointing out on their own. To begin with, the play is set up perfectly after the back-to-back carries beforehand. Not only that, […]

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Steelers Versus Jets – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi As great a game as Heath Miller may have had against the Minnesota Vikings, he struggled some in this one, particularly as a pass blocker. Not just the sack, but failing to get a commanding angle out on a screen on multiple occasions. First play of the game is a perfect example. […]

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William Gay Deserves Some Credit For The Steelers First Takeaway Of The Season

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay has not received enough credit for his play thus far this season and in reality, he deserves a little bit of credit for the first defensive takeaway of the year that was registered Sunday against the New York Jets by safety Ryan Clark. On the play, as Tunch Ilkin pointed […]

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Cortez Allen Will Have To Earn His Starting Job Back, Evidence Suggests

By Matthew Marczi As it currently stands, it sounds as though Cortez Allen will have to prove himself before the Pittsburgh Steelers anoint him as a starter once again, as reports are that William Gay has been taking the first-team reps at outside cornerback, with no change throughout the week. Allen has resumed his old […]

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Dick LeBeau Says William Gay Will ‘Play A Lot’ Against The Jets

While he is not currently listed on the injury report, Pittsburgh Steelers third-year cornerback Cortez Allen is still having problems with the ankle injury that suffered in the season opener that resulted in him missing the next two games. With Allen still trying to get himself back into the form, there’s a possibility that cornerback […]

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