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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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Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Round-by-Round Value in the 2011 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers will need some help from their 2011 NFL Draft class if they want to avoid a second straight season that ends in December. It will be a few years before the value grade for this draft is set in stone. Six of the seven players chosen are still with the Steelers. If …

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Six Pittsburgh Steelers Players to Watch in 2012 Season Finale

Wouldn’t taking down the Christmas tree be a better way to spend Sunday afternoon than watching the Steelers? Steelers fans did not get all they wanted for Christmas, because the Steelers won’t be in the playoffs this season. The Steelers’ season finale Sunday against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field will be the first game …

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Ravens-Steelers Will Boil Down to the Defenses

By now you know that Ben Roethlisberger is not going to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens or anytime in the near future for that matter. Antonio Brown is still on the shelf as is Marcus Gilbert. Amazingly, their absences might actually place more emphasis on the defenses for Sunday Night’s match-up. The Ravens and …

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Can We Get Excited About These Steelers? Why the Giants are the Measuring Stick

Anytime you feel you have a good ball club, as a head coach, you are looking for teams on the schedule that you feel will give your team their greatest challenge. I’ve learned with the National Football League that while it’s fun to look at the 16-game schedule before the season starts, it really doesn’t …

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Blitzburgh Radio Steelers Podcast – Week 8 Wrapup

Matt and Marc are back on Blitzburgh Radio as we break down all things related to the Steelers big win over the Redskins this past Sunday, 27-12. There is a multitude of topics to dissect in this one so we jump right into it with the unique fan perspective that you’ve come to expect from …

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Steelers defense vs Bengals, concentrate on the pass or rush?

Normally this would be a no brainer question, the Steelers under Dick Lebeau have always taken the mentality that you stop the run first and make the team one dimensional. This allows you make them more predictable and in theory easier to defend. This year the Steelers defense is ranked 4th overall, allowing 295 yds …

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Steelers and Eagles Prove Their Are Many Ways to Run an Organization

This week, the Philadelphia Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo after six games. Castillo was never really seen as a true defensive coordinator to be honest due to his time as an offensive line coach, but nevertheless was made the scapegoat as the Eagles continue to slide. Never mind the fact that Michael Vick has …

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