Steelers vs Chiefs: Snap Judgements

James Harrison in tunnel

The Good * At this point, I don’t think anyone would dispute the notion that the 2014 Steelers defense is one of the weakest units the team has fielded on that side of the ball in decades. That said, I thought this group showed tremendous heart today in gutting it out and doing what it had to do to in what was obviously a very critical game. They bent, but they didn’t break and they were downright stingy in the redzone. Oh, and they didn’t give up the first TD to a Kansas City receiver this season as I predicted. Glad to eat my words. * Cam Heyward was practically unblockable and had maybe the best game of his career today. Two tackles, two assists and a sack and a half, but that stat line doesn’t do his day justice. He bull-rushed his way into the pocket at will today, caused […]

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Personnel & Play Calling In The Falcons Game: One-Sided, But Effective

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Well, this one wasn’t exactly pretty, but this was a true trap game if ever there was one and the Steelers got the job done. One step closer to the playoffs, which is all that really counts at this stage. This likewise wasn’t the dazzling Le’Veon Bell showcase we’ve seen the three previous weeks, but when a defense sells out to stop the run like Atlanta did, that’s not surprising. As you’ll see, this was more of a one-sided offensive performance that centered on the passing game and, while that’s not usually a winning recipe for this Steelers offense, they did enough to ink the W. 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) – […]

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Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 12/16/14

  * For those wondering, the Steelers can clinch a playoff berth with a win over KC this weekend. They can obviously still win the division by winning out, as well. If the Bengals win this weekend and both Pittsburgh and Baltimore lose, they’ll clinch the division. My dream scenario would be us winning out and Cincy likewise dropping their game against Denver this weekend (which is very possible) and missing the playoffs altogether. * At the risk of jinxing him, Le’Veon Bell has yet to fumble this season. If he manages to not fumble in the Steelers final two games, he’ll become just the third player in league history to record 2,000 yards from scrimmage without fumbling. The other two are Barry Sanders and Marshall Faulk. Not bad company. * Speaking of Bell, Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan this week that he thought Bell was a legit MVP candidate. He’s […]

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Steelers vs Falcons: Snap Judgements

Gay takes it to the house. Image courtesy of Steelers.com

The Good * Great showing by Steelers fans in Atlanta – tons of Terrible Towels and it looked and sounded like a home game. * Impressive two minute drill by Roethlisberger and the offense on that scoring drive to end the half. That was an eighty yard drive, with sixty of those yards coming in the final two minutes and they gave the ball back to Atlanta with just :27 on the clock. Roethlisberger runs the two-minute as well as any quarterback in the league and this was a great example of that. * Solid outing by the o-line in pass protection. This is the third straight game in a row where they’ve only given up one sack and it is showing up in Roethlisberger’s passing numbers. You can see he’s far more confident in the pocket this year. True, they had trouble creating seams in the running game, but […]

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Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 12/12/14

* Le’Veon Bell was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 235 yard 3 TD bonanza against Cincy last week. In a week with a number of huge offensive performances, the fact that Bell won the award says a lot about the kind of week he had. * Ike Taylor (forearm, shoulder) is doubtful, James Harrison (knee) is questionable and Marcus Gilbert is probable for the Atlanta game this weekend. Having Gilbert back should help in pass protection this week. Although I’m not convinced that there’s a corner on the Steelers roster who can stop Julio Jones (even a gimpy Julio), after seeing the games he’s had against Kenny Stills and AJ Green the last two weeks, it’s probably not a bad thing that Ike isn’t playing this week. If Antwon Blake plays well in his absence, I fully expect he’ll take Taylor’s starting job. * In it’s latest […]

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Offensive Personnel & Play Calling In The Bengals Game: The Le’Veon Bell Show

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Am I the only one that feels like I’m about to wake up and the whole Le’Veon Bell thing will end up being just a dream? I mean, seriously, is this kid for real!? As you know, he tied Walter Payton’s record of three consecutive games with 200+ combined yards this week. I’m not foolish enough to compare him to maybe the greatest running back ever, but is it fair to see he’s the most talented back the Steelers have had since Franco Harris? Anyway, he was obviously a monster in this game and, as you’ll see below, there’s maybe no back in the league that’s more critical to his team’s offensive success than Bell. 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 […]

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Steelers vs Bengals: Snap Judgements

LeVeon Bell Bengals game

I’m about to admit something that I’m horribly ashamed of – I was pissed two years ago when the Steelers used a second round pick to take Le’Veon Bell. Not only did the Steelers bypass Eddie Lacy, but they had huge needs at other positions, most notably cornerback. And, as everybody knows, running backs in today’s NFL are dispensable commodities. Guess I missed on that one. Le’Veon Bell, as you may have noticed, is no ordinary running back. I’m still concerned that Tomlin is going to run this kid into the ground, but in the meantime he’s taking us on one hell of a ride. The Good * Umm….Le’Veon Bell. I’m not about to compare him (or anyone else) to the great Walter Payton, but he is now tied with Payton as the only running back to have 200+ total yards in three consecutive games. That’s pretty damn remarkable. THIS […]

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