Yet More Evidence Of Brett Keisel’s All Around Awesomeness

This is a short video clip compliments of WPXI which shows Brett and some kids from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on a fishing expedition. Keisel apparently took a group of them out for a day of fishing and fun. Never met Keisel, but I feel confident in saying this dude might be the coolest guy on the planet….. 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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Lawrence Timmons Is The Rodney Dangerfield Of Inside Linebackers

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As a fan of the Steelers, it’s hard to make an argument for one of the team’s players being underrated without being accused of being biased. So I’ll just preface this piece with an admission – I AM biased when it comes to Lawrence Timmons and his place in the NFL hierarchy of linebackers. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’ll try and be a little more objective and back up my assertion that, although he is one of the better inside linebackers in the league, he gets very little respect league-wide. In order to do that, I selected a group of fifteen of what I consider the best inside linebackers in football and break them down by some basic stat lines (tackles, sacks, interceptions) over a four year period. Yes, that’s a simplistic way of doing it and certainly there is more to properly assessing linebacker […]

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Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

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I saw a tweet earlier this week that I thought was so spot-on about the Steelers’ defense this season that I not only re-tweeted it, but wanted to elaborate on it a bit more here: Now, I’ve said before that the jury is still out on this group of linebackers. Worilds has been inconsistent thoughout much of his career, Jones is unproven and Shazier has yet to take the field in a live game. The only sure thing here is Timmons. With that said, it’s a young and very talented group with enormous upside and there’s good reason to be optimistic. I also have a gut feeling that this d-line will hold it’s own. This group took a big step back last season and it’s clearly not the unit it once was when Casey Hampton and Aaron Smith were in their primes, but I think it’s got potential and I […]

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Martavis Bryant Is The Biggest Wild Card On The Steelers’ Roster

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Like any NFL team with young, unproven talent on it’s roster, the 2014 Steelers have a number of players that can be considered what I call “question marks”. Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt both look very promising, but we really won’t know how good they truly are until they put on the pads against live competition. Likewise, the verdict is still out on Jarvis Jones. All three of those guys are question marks. Martavis Bryant, while unproven at the pro level, is not a question mark. He’s a wild card. What’s the difference? A question mark is a guy that has a proven track record of production against a high level of competition at the collegiate level. Shazier, Tuitt and Jones all played at big time college football powerhouses, all were highly productive and you would tend to think that success will eventually translate well at the pro level. No […]

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Steelers “Flash” Contract At Jermichael Finley

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The Steelers are rumored to be showing serious interest in former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. According to Finley, the team showed him an estimation of contract terms they would be prepared to offer (hence, my use of the word “flashed”) in order to gauge his interest. Thus far, they’ve been the only team to do so. For those unfamiliar with Finley, he spent the first six years of his career in Green Bay where he was a solid, albeit at times very frustrating, tight end in the Packers’ pass-happy scheme. Finley is 6’5″ 245lbs, has well above average athletic ability and fits the profile of your prototypical tight end /wide receiver hybrid that is becoming more commonplace in today’s NFL. As the Steelers don’t have any tight ends that fit that profile, he could be an intriguing addition. As I mentioned, he was solid, but unspectacular at Green Bay […]

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Where Did The Steelers Come In On PFT’s Preseason Power Rankings?

ProFootballTalk, one of my favorite news sites, just ranked the Steelers 15th on its preseason power rankings list. While I do think there’s good reason to feel the team will be markedly improved from last season, it’s truthfully not an outrageous ranking considering the team went 8-8 last season. In terms of strengths, PFT starts with the obvious in Ben Roethlisberger but, oddly, notes that he “continues to be less-than-beloved by the locker room at large”. Really? I personally fell like he’s made a concerted effort to clean his act up in recent years, he’s taken on much more of a leadership role with the team and I think that’s resonated with his teammates. They likewise cite the linebackers as a major strength of the team and, while I agree that there’s tremendous upside there, that may be a tad premature. Worilds has only put together a half a season of […]

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Is A Switch To A 4-3 In The Cards For The Steelers At Some Point?

Will the Steelers ever find the right guy to fill there shoes? Photo courtesy of JD Seibel.

No, I don’t think this is going to happen this season. It clearly won’t. The 3-4 and 4-3 schemes require different personnel, particularly where the front seven is concerned, but there are some signs that suggest it could happen at some point in the future. 1) They don’t have a true nose tackle on the roster. What they do have is a handful of defensive linemen capable of playing both nose tackle and defensive end in the 3-4. According to the coaching staff, they will likely be shuttling Steve McLendon, Stephon Tuitt and Cam Thomas at both spots with the possibility of using two defensive tackles in certain schemes. That’s not a 4-3, but that’s also a far cry from the days of Casey Hampton being a plug-and-play nose tackle in the middle. Will the Steelers ever find the right guy to fill there shoes? Photo courtesy of JD Seibel. 2) […]

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