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The Pittsburgh Steelers will certainly need improvement on the defensive line in 2014 if they want to get back to being stout against the run. The Steelers’ defense finished an uncharacteristic 21st in the league against the run and 13th in overall defense. The team could also lose veterans Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood and Al Woods to free agency this offseason. That would leave only two defensive linemen on the team with any real experience.
Cameron Heyward looks like he is becoming a star and a potential dominant force at one defensive end spot. Heyward finally got the playing time to show what he could do in 2013 and looks like he’ll live up to the first round pick the Steelers spent on him. That one defensive end spot is the only real spot locked up right now on the line though.
Steve McLendon played well in his first season as a starter but there is no guarantee he starts again in 2014. The team will need to decide if to even keep McLendon at nose tackle or switch him to defensive...
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Any time a player’s name is mentioned in the same sentence as someone like Franco Harris, people are going to take notice.
That’s exactly what Le’Veon Bell did in his rookie season…
He put everyone on notice, and solidified himself as the Steelers feature back, breaking Franco Harris’ rookie record of most yards from scrimmage along the way.
There’s no question that Bell...
Today the Pittsburgh Steelers signed former small school standout Jasper Collins of Mount Union to a futures contract. I spoke with Jasper who was very excited about the opportunity. Collins attended Mount Union from 2009-2012. During his tenure, he played with former purple raiders wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, and played for the same school as Pierre Garcon. As a […...
Steelers president Art Rooney II is excited for 2014 after watching his team right the ship and go 6-2 in the second half of the season.
“As far as I’m concerned we should be in the playoffs," Rooney said as he was intervied by three reporters, presumably one of them being Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“I like the fact we got better as the season went...
The Pittsburgh Steelers will start working on a new deal with QB Ben Roethlisberger this spring or next, but this offseason would be the right time to do it. The salary cap strapped team will have a lot of decisions on veterans, but Roethlisberger's gigantic $18 million cap number is choking the team. However, the Steelers are gambling if they choose to deal with the quarterback...
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There still has been no definite word as to whether or not Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will be back in 2014, but during a Thursday morning interview on DVE Radio, team president Art Rooney II said he believes that he will and doesn't think that the 76 year-old defensive mastermind has lost his touch, even though his unit had problems stopping the run...
By Matthew Marczi
Player: Ryan Clark
Position: Free Safety
Experience: 12 Years
Free Agent Status: Unrestricted
2013 Salary Cap Hit: $4,750,000
2013 Season Breakdown: I doubt many would dispute the fact that free safety Ryan Clark had his worst season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013. But it’s important to remind that that perception is colored by the fact that he has been...
By Alex Kozora
A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. Today, a look at the Steelers’ wide receiver group.
Antonio Brown: It’s safe to say nobody is regretting the Santonio Holmes trade anymore. Brown, the team’s 2013 MVP, became a legitimate #1 wide receiver. He hauled in 110 catches for 1499 yards, both numbers good enough...
Let’s take a moment to relive the top storylines of 2013.
What was the current Steelers situation at the time? What can one say about those storylines now?
As the offseason moves into full tilt, let’s not forget some of the biggest storylines that shaped the 2013 season (and maybe we can learn a thing or two from it).
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By Michael K. Reynolds
This year the Pittsburgh Steelers missed out on their miracle of making the NFL playoffs by the slimmest of margins.
In the end it was a barely missed field goal by Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop that destroyed the 2013 dreams of many a Black and Gold fan.
But now it’s over, the Steelers and their fans should be glad they didn’t make it to...
With draft talk already starting to heat up for Steelers fans, I’ve found myself sounding like a broken record on twitter.
Every time someone brings up this prospect, or that position, it becomes a debate about what the Steelers biggest needs are.
That got me thinking… Why not take a look at the Steelers roster positions by position to help address where the biggest holes lie...
By Matthew Marczi
Matt Spaeth shored up a critical deficiency as a second true tight end when he returned from injury following the first three months of the season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers already started the year without Heath Miller, and it wasn’t too much longer that they also lost David Johnson, who was at the time the only other tight end on the roster with any semblance...
1. Who is the #2 WR?Antonio Brown proved me completely wrong with his play this season, as I thought he was much better suited for a #2 role. However, defenses will adjust next season, so it is more important now than ever before that the Steelers find a quality threat to bookend Brown. Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery certainly have had their moments, but both are free agents...
By Matthew Marczi
Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert had his struggles in pass protection in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns, but he had a better day run blocking.
He was far from perfect, of course—he was lost on Le’Veon Bell’s touchdown run and allowed Billy Winn penetration as a result—but overall he made some noteworthy positive contributions...
Cornerback DeMarcus Van **** never panned out with the Pittsburgh Steelers and on Friday he signed a reserve/futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Van ****, who was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Miami, signed with the Steelers just prior to the start of the 2012 season following him being waived.