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Miller’s Return Restores Depth, Balance At Tight End Position

By Matthew Marczi With Heath Miller set to make his season debut for the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow night against the Chicago Bears, it is important to remember to keep one’s expectations in check. Miller himself warned the media that he will not be in mid-season form, and head coach Mike Tomlin made it clear that the veteran Pro Bowl tight end is not about to don his cape just...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Cortez Allen’s Transition To Starter Not Going Smoothly

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen is scheduled to miss his second consecutive game after playing just the first half of the season opener. He injured his ankle during the waning minutes of the first half against the Tennessee Titans and was unable to return in the second half after testing it out at halftime. Allen’s transition from situational player...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Bears Friday Injury Report: CB Charles Tillman Listed As Questionable

The final injury report for the week is now out for the Chicago Bears, who will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night at Heinz Field, and only one player is listed as questionable on it. Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) practice on a limited basis Friday after not practicing Wednesday and Thursday. He is listed as questionable. "He worked today," said Bears coach...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Steelers S Troy Polamalu Sniffs Sweat Socks With Elmo

In the latest Sesame Street video, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu sniffs a skunk, an onion and his own sweat sock as he and Elmo attempt to define the word "fragrance." If the Steelers do not win Sunday night against the Chicago Bears, Polamalu might be back next week defining the word "frustrated." Happy Friday, everyone. Video: Steelers S Troy Polamalu...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Injury Report: CB Cortez Allen Ruled Out Friday; TE Heath Miller Listed As Probable

The Pittsburgh Steelers have submitted their final injury report for their Sunday night game against the Chicago Bears and based on what we have heard over the course of the last few days, it does not include any surprises. Cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) failed to practice again Friday and has been ruled out for a second straight game. Allen injured the ankle in the season opener...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Heath Miller Practiced Again On Friday And Wants To Play Sunday Night

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller practiced fully for a third straight day on Friday and now we will wait and see if he is given the green light to make his season debut Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network reported Friday on Twitter that Miller said his knee responded well to practice this week and he will be evaluated Saturday....
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Bears Preview, Heath Miller Return, Young Linebackers & Weekly Picks Episode

Season 4, Episode 23 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I start this show off by talking about the potential return of Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller this week against the Chicago Bears and how many snaps we think he might play if indeed he does suit up. We go over a few key stats heading into this game and focus in the young linebackers making the...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Versus Bengals I – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi Kion Wilson was back out with the defense to start the second half, but he would not see much time after the first drive. LaMarr Woodley showed great backside pursuit on a run going the opposite way after Jarvis Jones and Lawrence Timmons were blocked out of the play. Both Woodley and Jones were able to rush Andy Dalton’s throw on third down to force an incompletion...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Versus Bengals I – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi Isaac Redman pretty visibly got the worst of the action during a collision on the opening kickoff with undrafted rookie linebacker Jayson DiManche. The two both lowered their shoulders, and Redman appeared to get the business end of the shoulder to his head. Remember, Redman was playing the up back because of the season-ending injury to LaRod Stephens-Howling,...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Defensive Rookies Taking Advantage Of Job Openings

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to get any production out of their young offensive draft picks this year. Yet they have a rookie starting at right outside linebacker, a rookie manning the slot corner position, and yet another rookie in a heavy rotation at inside linebacker that saw him play half the team’s defensive snaps in his first career game. Are we living...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Defense Allowed Some Serious YAC Against The Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau always preaches to his defense not to get beat deep and to tackle the catch quickly. While his defense only gave up one deep pass play Monday night to the Cincinnati Bengals, a 61 yard completion to tight end Tyler Eifert, the yards allowed after catch in the game is really what hurt the most. On the 25 passes completed for 280...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

LeBeau Waiting For Wilson Or Williams To Take The Full-Time Buck Job

Inside linebackers Vince Williams and Kion Wilson were by no means perfect Monday night as they filled in for the injured Larry Foote, who was lost for the year in the season opener, but both will continue to split playing time on defense Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. "Both of those players are key players on special teams and I think they’re both going to have to...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Have Only Gone Three Straight Games Without Getting A Turnover Once Since 1992

If the Pittsburgh Steelers fail to come up with a turnover Sunday night against the Chicago Bears it will make three straight games without one. Dating back to the 1992 season, that has only happened once and it was in 2009 during a three game stretch in December. That was the month that they were supposed to unleash hell in. "The turnovers, we definitely have to get the ball...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Bears Thursday Injury Report: WR Brandon Marshall Added Because Of Back Stiffness

The Chicago Bears have released their Thursday injury report and it includes one noticeable addition. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall (back) was added to the injury report Thursday after his back tightened up on him during practice. Bears head coach Marc Trestman said afterwards the receiver was pulled out as a precaution and that he would be limited again on Friday. Cornerback Charles...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Bears WR Brandon Marshall Says He Took Steelers CB Ike Taylor Too Lightly In 2010

The last time Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall faced Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was in 2010 when he played for the Miami Dolphins. In that game, Taylor limited the 6'4" wide receiver to just five catches for 57 yards and no touchdowns. On Thursday, Marshall said he took Taylor too lightly in that game and promises to be more prepared to face him...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

New Steelers Rule: Young Players Can’t Play Pool Or Ping Pong During Business Hours

The veteran Pittsburgh Steelers players have apparently had their meeting following an 0-2 start to the season and as a result, the younger players have a few new rules that they must abide by in the locker room. According to Jory Rand of KDKA, Steelers players with less than four years of NFL experience can no longer play pool or ping pong in the locker room during business hours...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Injury Report: CB Cortez Allen Still Sidelined; TE Heath Miller Wearing Knee Brace

The Pittsburgh Steelers have wrapped up their Thursday practice as they continue to prepare to play the Chicago Bears Sunday night at Heinz Field and the second injury report for the week has now been released. DNP: Cortez Allen LIMITED: Jarvis Jones FULL: Le'Veon Bell, Curtis Brown, Brett Keisel, Steve McLendon and Heath Miller — Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) September...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Troy Polamalu To Honor Veterans By Cutting His Hair

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu announced Thursday that he will be cutting his recognizable mane on Veterans Day as part of an effort to spread awareness of issues facing United States veterans. The Steelers all-everything safety, who hasn't cut his hair since he was in college, is joining up with the VFW and the Nov. 11 event is appropriately called the VFW Mane Event...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Bengals Game The Latest Entry In The Sack Versus Consistent Pressure Debate

By Matthew Marczi On the negative side, the Pittsburgh Steelers total just one sack through two games. On the positive side, they are getting to the quarterbacks and influencing throws. In Week One, the Steelers generated a total of 13 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus, one of which was a sack. This past week, they failed to register a sack, but they drew pressure...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Generating Pressure On Defense – Just Not Enough

By Matthew Marczi Perhaps the internal statistics keepers for the Pittsburgh Steelers were equally disgusted by the team’s performance against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, because they were very harsh in terms of crediting players with defensive pressures. By any reasonable account, it seemed as though the Steelers generated as much, if not more pressure against the...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Defense Losing War Of Attrition Against The Run

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers defense against the run thus far has itself in a somewhat curious predicament. Despite the fact that they have allowed just 3.06 yards on the ground per carry and have not relinquished a single run of ten yards or more, they are still losing the war of attrition. Although opponents have only gained just a fraction more than three yards on...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Dime Defense Did Its Job Against The Bengals

Due to the loss of inside linebacker Larry Foote for the season and the fact that the Cincinnati Bengals have a dangerous 12 personnel grouping consisting of two very talented pass catching tight ends, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense broke out their dime package in the loss Monday night. This dime package was made of four safeties with Shamarko Thomas mostly playing in the slot as...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Versus Bengals Sack Break Down

By Alex Kozora Breaking down both sacks allowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Cincinnati Bengals Monday night. Both of these fairly simple but still worth pointing out as I break down each sack allowed throughout the regular season. 1. 2nd and 10, 12:02 1st. Shotgun, 11 (1 RB, 1 TE) personnel. Four man rush by Cincy with the Steelers blocking with six if you include RB Felix...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Antonio Brown Says Everything Is Good Now Between Him And Todd Haley

According to a Wednesday morning report by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had a confrontation with offensive coordinator Todd Haley during the Monday night loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown admitted Wednesday afternoon that he did indeed confront Haley during the game about his involvement in the offense, but also...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Marcus Gilbert Expects Steelers To Use Outside-Zone Blocking Scheme Against Bears

The Pittsburgh Steelers worked all offseason on the outside-zone run blocking scheme, but through their first two games of the 2013, they have hardly used it. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert, however, said Wednesday that's about to change Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. "We’re going to use that a lot more," Gilbert said Wednesday after practice, according to Ray...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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