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Myth Busting: Busted Drafts

I'll admit, 2012 was not a good year. In fact, 2012 was a very, very bad year. However, the recent fire General Manager Kevin Colbert and Head Coach Mike Tomlin have received for under-performing draft picks is unjust. Rather, it's the fair amount of solid draft picks the team has ...

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State of the Steelers: Defensive Line

The day of Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel anchoring the front seven of the Steelers' defense are a distant memory. A new group of linemen will look to fill the large hole left by their predecessors. Returning Players Steve McLendon and Cameron Heyward, are the only remaining linemen from ...

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Myth Busting: Steelers Running Game On Life Support

Yes the Steelers were 27th in rushing yards and 26th in rushing TDs in 2013, but is the running game on life support? In response to a Trib Live article about reviving the running game, I will make the argument that the Steelers' rushing attack was already on the upswing ...

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Ten Numbers You Need To Know

Oh how we love statistics! Despite the biggest number being 8 wins and 8 losses, here are 10 numbers from last season, which provide a bright outlook for 2014:

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NFL Total Access Slights Steelers

With 32 teams to cover, it's not often the Steelers are talked about on NFL Network's flagship program, NFL Total Access. Imagine my excitement when I came across the news that the AFC North would be profiled last night! I set my DVR (since I had yard work to tackle) ...

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State of the Steelers: Offensive Line

For several years the Steelers have boasted about having an improved offensive line. The club, and fans alike, hope 2014 is the fulfillment of the prophecy. Today we take a look at the offensive line, a unit charged with protecting the passer and pushing the pile. Over the last two ...

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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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