Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 11/25/14

Super Bowl X jersey patch

* Good news on the injury front as Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier were all back at practice on Monday. None of these guys is a sure thing to play in the Saints game this weekend, but Polamalu did say he anticipates playing. Jones was taken off of IR and the team has three weeks to play him or he’ll have to go back on IR for the rest of the season. This defense is getting healthy and it’s happening at just the right time. * The Steelers will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of their first Super Bowl victory with this patch, which they’ll wear on their jerseys this weekend. Pretty badass looking patch. I like how the zero is a replica of the Super Bowl ring from the game. * I wrote earlier this week about LeGarrette Blount’s imitation of Antonio Brown‘s TD dance […]

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Jones, Thomas & Shazier Injuries Are More Damaging Than You Might Think

Shamarko Thomas will have a tall order in trying to replace Troy Polamalu, Photo courtesy of Steelers.com

One of the more frustrating aspects of this season, aside from the Steelers’ maddening inconsistency, has been the injuries that have sidelined Jarvis Jones, Shamarko Thomas and Ryan Shazier for a good chunk of the season. The Steelers have invested major draft “currency” in all three of these players and the team desperately needs each of them to play major roles on this defense in the years to come. While the team has felt their immediate loss on the field, the bigger consequence for each is probably the loss of valuable live game experience each is suffering while sitting on the sidelines this season. Of the three, the injury to Jarvis Jones is probably the most damaging. The 3-4 defense is heavily reliant on the outside linebackers getting pressure on the QB and, as we’ve seen the last two seasons, the Steelers have struggled in this area. Jason Worilds is […]

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Even The Butter-Churners Know Where It’s At

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LeGarrette Blount Scores TD, Does Antonio Brown TD Dance

No idea if this is a tribute to Brown, or if he’s mocking Brown. Thing is, I’m pretty sure Blount doesn’t know which it is, either.   Click here and sign up for our free monthly newsletter to receive exclusive content, discounts on Steelers memorabilia and be entered in a drawing to win an awesome framed TROY POLAMALU collage from Pittsburgh artist Chris Nix of Christopher’s Collages.

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Offensive Personnel & Play Calling In The Titans Game: Bangin!

Steelers Titans down & distance

I tried like hell to find a clip of Tomlin in the locker room immediately after the game, but no such luck. He was stomping around the locker room, yelling “THAT’S HOW YOU BANG! THAT’S HOW YOU BANG!”, slappjng guys on the back and shaking hands with the o-line and tight ends. To me, that really personified the performance of the Steelers offense in this game. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t even consistent, but they pounded the rock when they had to and they delivered when it counted. Here’s a closer look at how they got it done…… 00 (0 RB, 0 TE) – this is a 5 wide receiver set (expect pass) 01 – (0 RB , 1 TE) – 4 wide receiver set 02 – (0 RB, 2 TE) – 3 wide receivers 03 – (0 RB, 3 TE) – 2 wide receivers 10 – (1 RB […]

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Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 11/19/14

* The Steelers promoted Josh Harris, a rookie running back out of Wake Forest, from the practice squad to the active roster following you-know-who’s departure. Here’s a cheesy highlight reel with an awful soundtrack that gives you a little idea of what Harris is like as a runner. Looks to have good speed and is a fairly shifty type of back: * Great piece here from the Trib about Joey Porter and LeGarrette Blount and their exchange after the Tennessee game:http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/7177901-74/blount-porter-steelers#axzz3JX7j3pnH * It’s been very telling that none of the Steelers players have been sticking up for Blount in light of his departure. In fact, Maurkice Pouncey went so far as to call his dismissal a “blessing in disguise”. We’ll probably never know which Steeler wanted the team to leave Blount behind in Nashville, but my money is on one of the vets – Keisel, Polamalu or Miller. Any guesses? […]

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Good Riddance

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