Steelers Stuff You Need To Know: The Situation At Corner & Some High Praise For Bell

A quick rundown of relevant Steelers news and happenings from the past couple days: Lots of folks have been questioning just how the Steelers will shuffle their cornerbacks to make up for the loss of Ike Taylor. Not surprisingly, William Gay will be taking his spot, but the early read is that Brice McCain will now become the nickel corner in that package. McCain is the most experienced of the Steelers remaining corners, having previously played five years for the Texans. Had a good preseason, as well. Daniel McCullers willingly surrendered his #92 to James Harrison upon his return the other day. Didn’t even try and milk $20k out of him for the number, as is customary among players in the NFL. A sign of respect? Or just didn’t have the cojones to put the squeeze on Harrison? I wouldn’t blame him if it were the latter. Check out this […]


Offensive Personnel & Play Calling Breakdown In The Carolina Game: A MUCH Different Game Plan Here

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Wow – we sure needed a game like this, didn’t we? I’ll be the first to admit I was a little apprehensive about what we would see from this Steelers team on Sunday night, particularly on offense as Carolina has a very stout defense. So I was a bit surprised to see the level of success they had on offense, particularly in the second half. I was even more surprised by the offensive game plan and particularly some of the personnel packages the Steelers used in this game – several of which were unveiled for the first time (with great success) this season. As a reminder, here’s the personnel cheat sheet (# running backs/# tight ends): 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) – […]


A Closer Look At Marcus Gilbert & His Struggles: What’s Going On Here?

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If you’ve been paying any kind of attention to the Steelers’ first two games, you undoubtedly know that Marcus Gilbert has had a very difficult start to the season, giving up four sacks, a holding penalty and a false start. The Steelers just extended Gilbert’s contract this offseason and he was rumored to have made big strides under Mike Munchak during camp, which makes his struggles all the more frustrating and maybe a little puzzling. With that in mind, I thought it might be worthwhile to go back and review some of the game tape to try and get a better idea of why Gilbert is struggling and perhaps get an idea of what, if anything, the team can do to help correct this issue. I should emphasize that I am NOT trying to be overly critical of Gilbert here or to kick him while he’s down, as the saying […]


Personnel & Play Calling Breakdown In The Ravens Game: What Worked And What Didn’t

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Not gonna lie, this one was pretty ugly. How else do you describe an offensive performance that puts just six points on the board? Still, I think there are some important tidbits to glean from this information that tell us a little bit more about the Steelers’ offensive tendencies. Likewise, I think there is some value in comparing their personnel packages and play calling this week relative to last week’s game against the Browns. As always, if you have any suggestions for me in regard to this material…what might be interesting to see….what is confusing, not helpful, etc, etc, please let me know. I’m all ears! As a reminder, here is the cheat sheet on personnel packages I posted last week. If you would like a more detailed description of how to read these personnel codes just click here. 00 (0 RB, 0 TE) – this is a 5 wide […]


Steelers vs Ravens: Picking Up Right Where They Left Off

I think many Steelers fans (myself included) were going in to Thursday night’s Ravens game asking themselves which was the REAL Steelers team? Was it that electrifying group that lit up a respectable Cleveland defense for 27 first half points last Sunday? Or was it the other one? The one that….well, you know what happened in that second half. Sadly, I think we found our answer Thursday night and it wasn’t the one we were hoping for. I don’t have to tell you what a monstrosity this game was, but I’ll share with you some observations I had from this game and maybe they might shed light on why some of this nightmare is happening. The Good This’ll be short. Is “this’ll” even a word? Pretty sure not. 1) Le’Veon Bell – Yep, I was a bit miffed when they spent a second round pick on him last offseason. Yep, I’m […]


The Antonio Brown Karate Kick Is The Gift That Keeps On Givin’

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Offensive Personnel Breakdown In The Cleveland Game: What Worked & What Didn’t

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I thought I would try and provide some more detailed discussion this season on the Steelers offensive performance each week. More specifically, I want to take a closer look at offensive tendencies in terms of personnel groupings, play calling, the no huddle, even offensive line performance. I really hope that you find this informative and that it helps to better your understanding of the game. It takes a fair amount of time and effort to compile this, so I would appreciate any feedback you have as to whether this is helpful or not and what you might like to see added or removed. Before I get in to specifics of the Cleveland game, though, here is a brief tutorial of how personnel groupings are coded. If you are already familiar, feel free to skip this section. Personnel Groupings The personnel grouping codes that I’m presenting here are in the same format that […]

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