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Seven Quarterbacks Better Than Ben?

After the NFL unveiled the remaining spots in their Top 100 Players of 2014, it was revealed that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger ranked 31st overall. The list, which is voted on by players,  has seven quarterbacks placed higher than Big Ben. Are there 7 players who are better than Roethlisberger? We ...

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Are Running Backs De-emphasized?

Running backs are being paid less. Tailbacks are being drafted lower than any point in the NFL Draft's history. But, that doesn't mean running backs have lost their importance in today's league...

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The Dangers of Paying For Performance

On the heels of an independent arbiter ruling that Jimmy Graham is a tight end and not a wide receiver, the topic of discussion has been whether players should be paid for their individual performance. I would argue they already are. NFL athletes are largely paid on what they offer ...

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State of the Steelers: Secondary

The 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers defense was widely criticized for giving up large plays; of the unit, no group had the finger pointed in their direction more than the secondary. Despite the controversy, the secondary accounted for 4 of the team's top 5 players in tackles. Defensive backs also scored all 3 defensive ...

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State of the Steelers: Wide Receivers

Entering the 2013 season, the Steelers had a lot of uncertainty at the WR position. Did the team make the right move in securing a long term contract with Antonio Brown over Mike Wallace? How would Wallace's departure affect the passing game? Would they bring back Emmanuel Sanders? Does Plaxico ...

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State of the Steelers: Running Backs

The look of the Steelers backfield for the 2014 season will look drastically different than the one that entered the 2013 season. In the opening game of the 2013 season, Pittsburgh listed Isaac Redman as the starter at running back. LaRod Stephens-Howling was the first back to carry the ball ...

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State of the Steelers: Specialists

Make no doubt about it: special teams can make or break a team. Several games in the 2013 season came down to critical plays on special teams, such as the annihilation of the Cincinnati Bengals at home, or the famous "assist" by Mike Tomlin on a Jacoby Jones punt return, ...

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Myth Busting: Mike Tomlin Inherited Bill Cowher’s Team

Most of my blog entries come about from debates among fans. One that I commonly hear, season after season, is how Mike Tomlin inherited Bill Cowher's team. I'm sure it's a tagline the head coach largely ignores, but one he can't easily shake. The criticism has been dialed up after ...

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A Tale of Two 8-8 Seasons

For many NFL teams, an 8-8 season would be an achievement; showing progress toward making the playoffs. For Steeler Nation, an 8-8 season is a disappointment: fans have been unusually spoiled by a team that has played in 3 Super Bowls within a decade, and hasn't had a losing record ...

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The Complications Of A Jason Worilds Contract

A lot to do about nothing: that appears to be the result of a "report" which surfaced over a week ago, stating Steeler's linebacker Jason Worilds turned down a contract offer with the team. The report was debunked, per an anonymous team source, who says a contract has not been ...

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Will Brett Keisel Come Back?

With all of the rumors of a potential Brett Keisel return to the Steelers, I've compiled a simple yes/no list of reasons why we may (or may not) "Fear The Beard" in 2014. Will Brett Keisel return? Yes. Cam Heyward is the only player solidified in his position at defensive end. We ...

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Will Steelers Move Away From 3-4 Defense?

A report surfaced yesterday, suggesting the Steelers could move away from their traditional 3-4 defense. Other reports have surfaced in past off-seasons suggesting the same changes, many times to a 4-3 defense, though much hasn't changed through the years. However, the Steelers have already become a hybrid defense, playing more ...

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Could Josh Freeman Land In Pittsburgh?

Josh Freeman appears to be the best free agent quarterback still on the market. Analysts are beginning to question whether his football career is over. No one is linking him to the Pittsburgh Steelers, nor am I suggested the two sides have had talks. However, would signing Freeman make sense ...

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