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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…


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Steelers’ All-22: Predictability And Pick Sixes

Football is a mental game. It’s a phrase you’ve undoubtedly heard a hundred times during a broadcast. But the cliché is true. No one wins anymore solely because they’re bigger and faster. If you can’t figure out where the play is going, you don’t stand a chance, no matter how…


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Once The Bane Of Rookie QBs, Dick LeBeau Now Tasked With Prepping One

For years, former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau built up a reputation of befuddling rookie quarterbacks with the complexity of his pressure packages, flummoxing young signal-callers into making foolish mistakes and producing costly turnovers as his defense took over a game. The win-loss record of his units against rookie…


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Gregory Likely To Be Available At 22, If 2014 Draft Is Indication

There were more failed drug tests at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine than any in recent memory, and one of the headliners of that group was Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Viewed by many as an early-to-mid round first round pick, Jernigan suffered a precipitous slide, all the way…


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2014 Season Recap Of The Baltimore Ravens

This is a lighter version of the Baltimore Ravens’ scouting report. A full, more in-depth version will be posted shortly. For this, a week-by-week recap of each Ravens’ game with the notable highlights in each. Week One vs Cincinnati Bengals: 23-16 Loss The Bengals built a 15 point lead off…


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Steelers Film Room: Near Sacks Result in Splash Plays

Splash plays and a lack of sacks. Two components that have made this version of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense difficult to watch and certainly uncharacteristic of seasons past. Those two areas can be separated by inches and fractions of a second. And after combing through some of the recent big…


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Steelers vs Titans Film Review: Cam Thomas

The last time starting nose tackle Steve McLendon missed a game, the Pittsburgh Steelers moved Cam Thomas from left defensive end to nose tackle in the starting lineup. Last week, against the Tennessee Titans, however, they gave rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers the chance to start. He was promptly cut…


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Steelers vs Titans Film Review: James Harrison

As I detailed yesterday morning, James Harrison found himself in the starting lineup at right outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night for the first time since 2012, playing about three quarters of the snaps at the expense of Arthur Moats, and I believe that is how he…


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Steelers vs Titans Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations from the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. The Steelers got the second half off to a positive start after the jarring momentum swing of the last minute of the second quarter, forcing a three…


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Steelers vs Titans First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations from the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. The first observation is obvious: the Steelers may have finally found a return man in Markus Wheaton. I don’t think any other Steelers returner has even been…



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Splash Plays Have Been Even Tougher To Come By On The Road

The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to record a single turnover in either of their first two games. Over the course of the next seven, however, they turned things around and nearly averaged two per game, with a total of 13 interceptions and fumbles recovered. Over the last two games, there’s been…


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Numbers Crunch: Steelers vs Titans

By Alex Kozora A statistical analysis of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans Monday night. – We have to start with the star of the show – Le’Veon Bell. His 33 rushes are the most by a Steeler since Rashard Mendenhall. His 204 yards rushing the most…