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Pro Football Focus has posted the personnel grouping percentages used by all 32 NFL teams through the first four games of the season and the numbers posted for the Pittsburgh Steelers offense are not surprising at all considering what has transpired.
The Steelers have used their 11 personnel grouping (1RB, 1TE, 3WR) 65.63% of the time thus far. The 12 personnel grouping (1RB, 2TE, 2WR) has been used on 13.28% of the offensive plays run while the 21 grouping (2RB, 1TE, 2WR has been used 10.55% of the time.
Why is this not a surprise? Through the first four games of the season, the Steelers offense has been behind on the scoreboard for 126 of 129 offensive plays run this year in the second half of games. 80 of those plays were run in the fourth quarter and on all 80 the Steelers were down seven or more points. That certainly dictates more use of three wide receiver sets.
The Steelers would obviously like to lower their 11 personnel usage down by about 10% a game, but will only be able...
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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, as many coaches have done before, is sending a message to the team that no one's starting job is safe when you go 0-4 to start the season. Mike Adams recently found that out, as he'll be sitting and either Kelvin Beachum or the newly acquired Levi Brown will be taking his spot.
Back in May, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hall of Famer ‘Mean’ Joe Greene officially retired from his duties in the team’s front office. Greene did not leave quietly and had some parting comments as he left the organization he had been with since 1969.
I went back and re-visited some of what I wrote the day after his announcement and I can’t help but wonder if his words shouldn’t...
The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their final practice of the week on Wednesday and will not practice again until Monday. When I posted that earlier this morning, several wanted to know why an 0-4 team wouldn't be practicing again this week.
It's called a CBA, folks and below are the rules related to bye weeks.
Section 2. Bye Weeks: During any regular season bye week period...
By Matthew Marczi
Jeff Reed was once regarded as nearly automatic for the Pittsburgh Steelers—at least for a couple seasons—until he completely fell apart during the 2010 season and was released during the year following a loss to the New England Patriots, which is typically an uncharacteristic move for the team.
He was replaced with a journeyman kicker by the name of Shaun Suisham...
Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon knows the defense has not performed up to its usual standards this season. But seeing the Steelers with a 29 next to their name in one notable category in the NFL's weekly statistics nearly left McLendon speechless.
The category is run defense and that would be 29th out of 32 teams.
"Man that's bad" said McLendon a five-year...
By Brandon Fleming in Corona, CA
This all started on January 7, 2007 when Coach Bill Cowher decided to retire to "spend more time with his family."
The Steelers interviewed former offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, offensive line coach Russ Grimm, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, (both of them were assistant coaches with the Steelers), the Vikings...
Hands and fingers are much needed tools for wide receivers and Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton broke one of his digits this past Sunday in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Wednesday that the Steelers third-round draft pick had surgery preformed on Tuesday to repair the broken pinkie finger, but didn't offer up any...
A few strategies the Steelers could use on defense to help prevent the big gains that have pushed them from a high-end defensive unit into the lower portion of the league.
Keep doing what you're doing and you'll keep getting the results you're getting.
The Steelers defense has simply allowed too many big plays to be considered an outstanding overall unit. They've...
After the loss to the Vikings last Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger made some comments that swept the league that he was aware that people would think the Steelers are the "worst team in the league".
Yesterday, Ed Bouchette reported an update on Big Ben's dislocated finger he suffered throwing a touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery late in the Viking game. In it, Ben...
It's a been a rough go so far, but giving honors to this team is just good practice, highlighting the good parts of a team trying to get their first win on the other side of this bye week. Let's get right into it.
Steelers Offensive MVP Through Four Weeks: Antonio Brown
Brown has delivered repeatedly so far this season, even after he put himself on the...
By Alex Kozora
Sack breakdown of all five sacks allowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Minnesota Vikings.
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1. 2nd and 10, 11:47 2nd. 12 personnel. Five blocking vs a four man rush. Simple breakdown here. Bad first punch from Mike Adams working against Jared Allen. Not strong enough and Allen, who isn’t square and doesn’t let the left...
By Matthew Marczi
The better it sounds, the less optimistic I am that this deal will make much of a difference.
When it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers traded with the Arizona Cardinals for the services of left tackle Levi Brown, I was not entirely sure what to think. Was this a move to acquire a new left tackle? Was Mike Adams doing such a poor job that the team felt he...
By Alex Kozora
Snap-by-snap breakdown of the newest Pittsburgh Steeler left tackle Levi Brown (#75) in his last game with the Arizona Cardinals versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Run Block/Pass Block: 0/3
1. 1st and 10, 15:00 1st. Pass. RB chips to his side. Looks a bit stiff but play ends quickly with DT on right side...
After the Steelers Vikings loss that made this team 0-4, Coach Tomlin was aggressive in his promise that he would change the lineup to bring in better players or at least turn guys away who were not winning. Well so far, that is true. Bringing in Levi Brown from the Cardinals to replace Mike Adams at left tackle is definitely an attempt at an upgrade. How much of an upgrade is yet...
By Matthew Marczi
Le’Veon Bell runs with vision, turning two-yard gains into six-yard gains, or three-yard losses in to two-yard gains by reading his blockers and knowing where and when to make a cut.
David Johnson did a good job of holding off Jared Allen on the bomb to Antonio Brown that drew a pass interference call in the end zone.
The tight ends once again did a nice job...