Steelers defense is younger and faster but not better

The Pittsburgh Steelers franchise reached a turning point at Baltimore in the 2011 season opener. Fresh off their third Super Bowl appearance in six years, they were hammered 35-7 by the Ravens on a sun-splashed afternoon. Hall of Famer Warren Sapp’s words still hang in the air to this day. He said days later the Steelers were “old, slow and it’s over.” In a way, Sapp...
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Scouts are Paying Close Attention to the Steelers’ Secondary

It should come as no surprise that all 32 National Football League teams spend a great deal of time keeping an eye on each other. For every team that needs help at one position, there’s a team with an over-abundance of players at the same spot. Therefore, teams are constantly scouting those positions of need of other teams. For example, despite the nice debut by kicker Garrett...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers position review: Defensive Backs

The Pittsburgh Steelers had one glaring weakness last season, and it was definitely the secondary. The Steelers had the 27th best passing defense in 2014 so it will be a huge area for Pittsburgh to improve upon this year. The Steelers gave up 253.1 yards per game through the air. As a team, Pittsburgh allowed 30 passing touchdowns and they were only able to come down with 11 interceptions...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Steelers’ Vets That Could Be on the Chopping Block in the Preseason

It never comes as a surprise to see veteran players around the NFL get cut during training camp. If a team can save money by employing a younger player who performs at a similar level then why not go that route? Our eyes in the sky in Latrobe told me today that three veterans of the Pittsburgh Steelers may find themselves in just such a position. Matt Spaeth, Will Johnson and William...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers primed for 'Friday Night Lights' practice

The Steelers are bringing back a high school feel to their Friday practice session by going under the lights at nearby Latrobe Memorial Stadium. The players will arrive via school bus, bringing back memories of their high school days.  “Riding the bus, pulling up to the stadium, it takes you back to high school days," said cornerback William Gay via Steelers.com. "It’s a fun...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Card William Gay Trolls John Calipari In Training Camp Photo

Photo: Getty ImagesOnce a Cardinal always a Cardinal, right? We can only assume that most former players live by that motto, but when it comes to former Louisville Cardinal safety William Gay, we have proof. Gay is entering his ninth season in the NFL and recently reported for duty at the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp. For whatever reason, Kentucky head coach John Calipari was...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pittsburgh Steelers DB William Gay Hits Cam Heyward With the 'People's Elbow' During Warm Ups

One of the great things about football is that while a player's body needs to mature and get older the guy in it doesn't necessarily have to (or at least not too much). We saw that recently in an Arena Football game where a player simulated a popular wrestling move on a teammate after scoring a touchdown.We get to see it again as one of the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive back William...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

SCB Steelers 2015 Training Camp Battle Report: Defensive Backs

We know what the expectations of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense will be this coming season and we have a decent idea of what the front seven can provide. If this team is going advance to the playoffs and beyond however, it’s the secondary that may in fact determine this team’s fate. Today we look at the cornerbacks and safeties and who will emerge and who won’t to make...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Steelers Twitter Thursday: Much Ado About the Secondary

View image | gettyimages.com Here, I will be answering the Steelers-related questions people asked me on Twitter.  I will post the embedded tweet and then share my answers. @TheSteelerSix which one do you think it´s the “weaknest” spot on the steelers roster? — Citizen Kane (@Alan_Specter85) July 14, 2015 Answer: I will go ahead and edit this to make it “Which Steelers...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

William Gay Opens Up About His Own Confrontation With Domestic Violence

The story of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay’s adolescent struggle with the murder of his mother at the hands of his stepfather at the age of seven should be pretty well-known to those who follow the team closely by now. It is, obviously, a matter that is very dear to him, and he has since […] William Gay Opens Up About His Own Confrontation With Domestic Violence...
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June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Veterans William Gay, Antwon Blake not ready to concede to young cornerbacks: 'You still have to grind to gain a spot'

Pittsburgh Steelers veteran cornerbacks William Gay and Antwon Blake will not step aside and let new cornerbacks Senquez Golson (second round) and Doran Grant (fourth round) walk right into the starting positions. “That motivates everybody,” said Gay, via the Pittsburg Post-Gazette. “It motivates me, too. Anytime the organization brings in two new people it means two...
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Slot Snaps For William Gay Not A Clear Barometer For State of Secondary

While Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay is scheduled to be in the starting lineup for only the second time on opening day in his career with the team—the other time being in 2009—the interesting thing is that, if things actually go according to plan, he should be spending more time in the slot than he […] Slot Snaps For William Gay Not A Clear Barometer For State...
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June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

William Gay Shows Football IQ In Two Minute Drill

Part of practice is to work on individual fundamentals. But another section, especially when hitting is still outlawed, is dedicated to situational work. The Pittsburgh Steelers dedicated part of today’s first day of minicamp to their two minute drill. The defense prevailed as William Gay intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger on the three,  taking advantage of […] William Gay Shows...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Steelers Extension Candidates: William Gay

For much of the offseason, it was assumed that, at some point before the start of the regular season, the Pittsburgh Steelers would award a couple of young players with lucrative contract extensions, as they did last summer with key pieces of their offensive line and one particularly maligned cornerback. More recently, we’ve heard from […] Steelers Extension Candidates: William...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Senquez Golson Taking To William Gay’s Teaching

Earlier this offseason, there were a lot of questions raised about how the Pittsburgh Steelers would be able to replace the leadership that we saw walk out the door with the departures and releases of some stalwart veterans of the defense. Now, we find a unit whose average age of the starting lineup projected to […] Senquez Golson Taking To William Gay’s Teaching is a post from...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Thursday web roundup: Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers' offensive supporting cast draws raves from Roethlisberger ► PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger sees the 2015 Steelers as "arguably" the best offensive ... Gay stepping into leadership role for revamped secondary ► PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers' cornerback William Gay feels winning will cure the woes of a secondary that gave up plenty of big plays last...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Gay stepping into leadership role for revamped secondary

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay suddenly finds himself as the wise old veteran on a secondary in the midst of a youth movement. The 30-year-old Gay is the longest tenured cornerback on the team following the retirement of Ike Taylor in the offseason. Gay is coming off a career year in which he returned three interceptions for touchdowns as the Steelers...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Football Outsiders Lists William Gay In Top 10 Of No. 1 Corners In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay was a fifth-round draft pick out of Louisville in the 2007 NFL Draft, a 5’10” grinder with decent measureables who projected in the professional realm as a slot corner. When he has been able to actually play in the slot, particularly over the past two seasons, he has been very […] Football Outsiders Lists William Gay In Top 10 Of...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Age, Uncertainty Make William Gay’s 2016 Free Agency Case An Interesting One

Shortly after the conclusion of the 2015 regular season, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay will turn 31. He will also be without a contract the following offseason if everything stands as it is currently. What exactly does that mean? Naturally, the 2015 season will have a tremendous amount to do with what exactly that means, […] Age, Uncertainty Make William Gay’s 2016...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Doran Grant’s Potential Flexibility Reminiscent Of William Gay

As general manager Kevin Colbert revealed following the draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers planned on coming out of the weekend with two new cornerbacks on the roster, and they accomplished that after selecting Doran Grant in the fourth round after previously adding Senquez Golson in the second round, whom they targeted specifically because of his ball […] Doran Grant’s Potential...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

3 Top Prospects Still Available the Steelers Should Target in Round 2

Landon Collins Collins is the best safety in this year’s class.  While a part of me anticipated his slide, I was still shocked that it actually came to fruition.  While the Steelers need help at cornerback, if the talented Collins is available in round two, the Steelers may have to take him to replace the hole Polamalu left us upon his departure, especially if they don’t believe...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

For William Gay, the battle against domestic violence never ends

As NFL teams pool their resources and prepare to add reinforcements in Thursday's NFL Draft, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay is in the midst of a different mission. The eight-year veteran is working tirelessly to end domestic violence. Gay has a very personal and tragic connection to this issue. When he was just 7-years-old, he and his two brothers were left without a...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The top five NFL Draft bargains the Pittsburgh Steelers picked in the 2000s

With the 2015 NFL Draft fast-approaching, let’s continue with part three of a series on all-time Pittsburgh Steelers draft bargains. This time, we’ll delve into great contributors from the previous decade—the 2000′s. You can view Part one—draft bargains from the ’80′s—here. And Part two—draft bargains from the ’90′s—here.. AROUND COVER32 Bold Predictions...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Meeting The Leadership: William Gay

The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with a number of aging talents that epitomized success in the community during the height of their careers. While their on-field assets may have diminished over the years, however, one should not underestimate the ripple effect that their departures could have within the locker room. While the concepts of […] Meeting The Leadership: William...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Lack of Steelers CB Depth Worrisome?

Last season, the Steelers started off with Cortez Allen, William Gay, and Ike Taylor as the top three CBs. They finished with William Gay, Brice McCain, and Antwon Blake. Tragedy struck when Ike broke his forearm early in the season and Cortez failed to live up to his potential. It became clear that the depth behind them was imperative as the season wore on. McCain and Blake stepped...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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