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Ranking the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Free Agents by Priority

Free-agent departures have become a rite of spring in recent years for the cap-strapped Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have some hard choices to make, but there are some free agents they can’t afford to lose. We’ve ranked the Steelers’ top 18 unrestricted free agents, as indicated by Spotrac, in order of priority. The higher they …

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Pittsburgh Steelers: 2013 Report Card for Defense, Special Teams and Coaching

No more pencils, no more books for the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers did get some dirty looks from their fans during their second consecutive non-playoff season, and most of them came when they were on defense. These grades for the defensive line, linebackers, defensive backs, special teams, defensive coordinator and head coach won’t be …

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The Steelers Have Decisions To Make On The Defensive Line

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 …

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Pittsburgh Steelers: 2013 Midseason Report Card Grades for Defense, Special Teams

You thought the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense and coaches had bad midseason grades? Wait ’til you see these. If the first half of the 2013 season was a term paper, the one written by the Steelers’ defense would be laced with red ink. DEFENSIVE LINE The Steelers have yielded 131.2 rushing yards per game, 31st in …

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Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down on Pittsburgh Steelers Moves During the Bye Week

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t play a game last week, but that doesn’t mean nothing happened. Multiple lineup changes were made during the bye week in an effort to turn the Steelers’ 2013 season around. The Steelers (0-4) seek their first win of the season Sunday when they play the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. …

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6 Players to Watch in Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2013 Preseason Opener

Several Pittsburgh Steelers will be fighting for jobs tonight as the Steelers open their 2013 preseason against the New York Giants at Heinz Field. Staying healthy matters more than winning in preseason games. The Steelers coaches will focus less on the scoreboard and more on individual performances as they try to sort out who belongs …

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Early Camp Injuries Giving Huge Opportunities To Young Players

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp is in full swing and thankfully the team has not had to deal with any major injuries to this point. As we all collectively keep our fingers crossed after uttering that statement, I have not forgotten about the loss of Nik Embernate for the season. Losing undrafted rookie Nik Embernate …

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Nick Williams Looks To Become The Next Brett Keisel For The Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers love to take defensive ends later in the draft and develop them into starters in their 3-4 defense. The team drafted Aaron Smith in the fourth round of the 1999 draft and then Brett Keisel in the seventh round of the 2002 draft. Both turned into two of the better 3-4 defensive …

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The Future Of The Defensive Line Will Be More Clear After The Draft

Although the Pittsburgh Steelers have spent two first round picks in recent years on defensive linemen in Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward, there is a ton of uncertainty going forward on the defensive line. I have suggested that the team could draft another defensive lineman early in the 2013 NFL Draft and have mostly gotten …

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2012 Grades, Position by Position, Defense

When it’s all said and done, exactly how well did the defense play this last season? How well did DC Dick Le Beau and his staff handle the ups and downs, the pressure of stopping NFL offenses. The strict statistician in me wants to point to the numbers and say, “They did just fine.” But, …

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