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By Matthew Marczi
The Pittsburgh Steelers may have taken a step in the right direction yesterday when they signed Bryce Davis—a long snapper—and Brad Wing—a punter.
That step: diagnosing a problem. Selecting these two special teams players as their first signings from outside the organization could suggest that the Steelers see a need to improve these positions in 2014.
Whether or not these two particular pieces will complete the puzzle that is the special teams is another matter.
It’s been no secret that the Steelers have had their issues successfully punting the ball during the 2013 season. The year began with Pittsburgh releasing their incumbent, second-year punter Drew Butler, which in hindsight may have been a mistake.
They replaced him with a pedigreed name in the form of former New England Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko. The fact that he was replaced mid-season says all that need be said about his performance.
That replacement, Mat McBriar, finished the season having punted in ...
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By Jeremy Hritz
The season is over, and it’s time to reflect on the performance of individual Steelers and their contributions to the team in 2013. Below is an analysis of the performance of the 2013 Steelers draft picks, in addition to a forecast of what type of contribution they can make in their second year.
1. Jarvis Jones, OLB (24 years old)
Prior to the 2013 season, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was signed to an offer sheet by the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Steelers matched the price and kept the young receiver from wearing any other colors besides the back and gold.
It was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who pushed for Sanders to remain on the team. After Mike Wallace left, Big Ben’s arsenal was dwindling...
The Pittsburgh Steelers fired offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. on Friday after just one season with the team, but according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there was writing on the wall for several weeks that the change was coming.
According to Dulac's sources, offensive assistant Shaun Sarrett was more involved with the coaching of the offensive line on...
So much for the prevailing thought that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley would be out very soon after another medicore season with the team.
Its seems the late season surge to right the ship and almost (possibly by a missed call) reach the playoffs keeps Haley in his position for a third season.
The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport told "NFL GameDay...
Free safety Ryan Clark, who probably won’t return for another season with the Pittsburgh, made it clear that Dick LeBeau should remain the Steelers defensive coordinator. LeBeau, 76, has said he wants to return in 2014. “He’s still sharp, he’s able to make the calls and create the defense we need each and every week,” Clark said, via Scott Brown of ESPN.com. “So when...
I will never claim to know everything that goes on inside the offices of the Pittsburgh Steelers and quite frankly I don’t want to either.
I much prefer taking the knowledge I gain and then using it to offer opinions and analysis. Sure it would be great to know everything but then I wouldn’t be any better than Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and that bothers me.
The Steelers fired...
A quick look at an NFL hopeful that deserves your attention. Jordan Sanders is a 23 years old native of Warner Robins, Georgia. Sanders attended Warner Robins High School, and graduated in 2008. Out of high school Sanders signed to North Carolina Central University. Due to grades, Jordan transferred to Butler Community College, and took […]
Dick LeBeau is 76 years old and claims he wants to return in 2014, and all signs point to that happening, even if coach Mike Tomlin did not commit to retaining either coordinator this week. His players are all for him returning, especially Ryan Clark whose status is still uncertain. “He’s still sharp, he’s able […]
With the season now over its time to start preparing for next year. One of the issues facing the Steelers this offseason will be what to do with free-agent wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery.
Odds are they will only be bringing one of them back next year—if either.
Sanders is 26 and is entering what is the prime of most wide receivers careers which means he will...
The offseason officially arrived only hours before, yet Ben Roethlisberger already was eager to talk about the 2014 season with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
The topic: the no-huddle offense.
The idea: to begin next season with the no-huddle as the Steelers' base offense.
“We got to the point (of the season) where it was like, ‘OK, this is where we're at our best...
By Matthew Marczi
When the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock for the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, they may as well have jogged their card up to the podium to select guard David DeCastro, such was their excitement over his availability at their draft spot.
Because of a preseason injury, however, it was only in his second season that the team has finally begun to see...
By Alex Kozora
For the final breakdown of the season, a recap of outside linebacker Chris Carter's performance against the Cleveland Browns.
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1. 3rd and 7, 13:49 1st. LOLB, where he lined up nearly the entire game. Tries to get into right tackle Mitchell Schwartz’s pads but his hands are...
Sure, I am bias. But I defy anyone to name a better D. Coordinator in the NFL over the last 20 years or so than Dick LeBeau. No coach has done more from a coordinator stand point than "Coach Dad" has done for the Steelers.
As long as I have been a football fan, which is essentially since I have been capacble of independent thought some 27 years ago, the Steelers have...
I’m a Steelers fan, so naturally I carry a lot of weight in the opinion world (or at least I’d like to think so, ’cause, you know, we got six, baby!).
Therefore, since my Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs in the 11th hour of the 17th week of the regular season and denied a shot at a seventh Lombardi, the best I can do is, well, root against a lot of teams because...
The Steelers signed a pair of players to ReserveFuture contracts, punterBrad Wingand long-snapperBryce Davis, the team announced today. Wing (6-3, 205, 1) originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Louisiana State University on April 29, 2013. He spent the 2013 training camp with Philadelphia before being released on August 25, 2013. While at L...