Offensive Personnel & Play Calling In The Texans Game: Click-Clacking With Tight End-Heavy Packages

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Apologies for the delay in putting this up, but I think there’s some interesting points to be gleaned below. I feel like this game, as much as any this season, is a good example of how the Steelers made some adjustments at halftime to correct for some issues they were having (primarily with protection) in the first half. As a reminder, here’s the cheatsheet on personnel packages; 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 , 0 TE) – 4 wide receivers 11 – (1 RB, 1 TE) – 3 wide receivers 12 – (1 RB, 2 TE) – 2 wide receivers 13 – (1 RB, 3 […]

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Steelers vs Texans: Snap Judgements

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Well, that was interesting wasn’t it? To say that this game was an emotional roller coaster would be a little like calling Ray Rice’s left hook a “love tap”. I still don’t know what to make of this Steelers team (I don’t think they do, either), but if any game is going to give this team some much-needed confidence, it was this one. Hopefully, it can somehow carry over to the Indy game this weekend. Before that, however, he’s my quick recap of what I liked and didn’t from this game. As always, feel free to chime in yourself. THE GOOD * The sequence. 3 TDs in just 73 seconds. What more do you need to say? I still can’t quite grasp that it happened. Some are saying it could be the catalyst that turns this season around. Don’t know if that’s true, but it was as spectacular a series […]

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Personnel & Play Calling In The Cleveland Game: Some Odd Stats Here

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Going to try and keep my emotions in check here and not bombard you with my frustrations over this team. If you’re like me, you’ve been up to your eyeballs in that all week anyway, so I’m guessing the last thing you want from me is more whining. So let’s try and take an objective look at what I think is a fairly unusual game plan from the Steelers. If you’re a Haley hater or even a supporter, it probably won’t change your mind, but hopefully you’ll find it informative. 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 , 0 TE) – 4 wide receivers 11 – […]

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Some Sage Advice From Rocky Bleier

You could do a lot worse than take life advice from Rocky Bleier: Post by Rocky Bleier – The Official Fan Page. 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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Steelers vs Browns: Snap Judgements

What a train wreck. I try not to get too worked up and keep my emotions in check, but “efforts” like we saw today try my soul. I almost barfed today when I saw this tweet from Max Starks following Jordan Cameron’s 42yd reception early in the second quarter: Kiesel still has jets! — Max Starks IV (@maxstarks78) October 12, 2014 I appreciate the glass-is-half-full perspetive, Max, but that’s a little like relishing the $2 trinket you bought on your trip to Liberia where you caught ebola. Anyway, here are some thoughts on today’s “game”: The Good The Steelers got out of this one with limited injuries. Roethlisberger did not snap his leg Joe Theisman-style in this game, so you have to feel pretty good about that. Penalties – 6 for 42 yards. It’s not the usual 13 for 125 yards, so that’s pretty terrific. The Bad Bad game out […]

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Steelers Stuff You Need To Know: Browns Odds & An Unusual Tomlin Edict

Prior to last week’s game against Jacksonville, the Steelers were -1.5pt favorites over the Browns in the “look-ahead” line. Now, they’re +2pt underdogs. Guess their weak showing against the Jags coupled with Cleveland’s thievery of that game against Tennessee is worth 3.5 points. Anyway, this is only the third time in twenty years that the Steelers are underdogs to the Browns. That’s a pretty amazing stat. The Browns being favored in this game is hardly a stretch. Cleveland has the 9th ranked offense in the league due largely to their running attack which currently ranks 4th best in the league. This is a team that can put points on the board and is averaging just a hair over 26 points a game so far this season. I feel safe in saying this won’t be your father’s 13 – 6 Steelers vs Browns game. Wouldn’t shock me a bit if both […]

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Offensive Personnel & Play Calling In The Jags Game: Plain Vanilla Stuff This Time Around

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A win is a win as they say, but I don’t think any of us are going to point to this Jacksonville game as a sign that this Steelers team is a legit post-season contender. The harsh reality is that this offense only managed one touchdown against one of the worst defenses in the league. As you’ll see, their use of personnel sets and schemes was not particularly inventive or original in this game. Guess they felt they could just line up and beat them. Which they did. Sorta. As a reminder: 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 , 0 TE) – 4 wide receivers […]

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