October, 2011 | Craig Wolfley

    One-Man Tsunami

    On October 29, 2011 By

    Vince Wilfork is a dominant player. Standing just 6’2″ but packing a reported 325 pounds (FYI, i’m guessing he’s closer to 400lbs than his listed weight of 325) of beef-a-lo in his Patriots uniform, the guy is a run-game stuffer. He may look like 10lbs of potatoes packed into a 5lb sack in his uni, [...]

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      Brady Rules of the Game

      On October 28, 2011 By

      The New England Patriots passing game is lethal. Everybody knows it, and everybody tries to do something about it, most ending in futility. I’ve spent a week watching tape on the Patriots

      The rules of the game, so to speak, of beating Tom Brady include;

      1. Possess the football, keep Brady on the bench. (Score [...]

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        Synergy, Chuck Noll Style

        On October 27, 2011 By

        When you look at the Patriots offensive line, some curious observations can be made. They appear to operate opposite of what other lines in the NFL do.

        On pass plays they are very aggressive in their short sets, engaging opposing defenders quickly even when there is no play-action. They “set-short” and make it a phone [...]

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          Get a Stopwatch

          On October 26, 2011 By

          In last years loss to the Patriots 39-26, the Pats blitzed (if the stats compiled by Greg Bedard are accurate) Ben Roethlisberger on average, nearly every other throw. In Ben’s first 6 throws, the Patriots blitzed him 6 times, twice sending 6 guys. This kind’a pressure produced 4 sacks, 12 hurries and 3 knockdowns.

          Maybe [...]

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            Mike Tomlin

            On October 20, 2011 By

            “We are going to remain focused on the minute details of our assignments, we are going to try to play within the scheme, we are going to play real hard.” (Mike Tomlin)

            The Steelers are sitting at 4-2, with a defense that has created just two takeaways. One fumble recovery, one interception. Not exactly where [...]

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              The importance of getting a win on first down for an offense was underscored in the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. A win on first down is a basic building block for having a successful offense.

              In the first half the Steelers had 13 1st and 10 opportunities. Five of those were wins (4-yards or [...]

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                Chris Hoke

                On October 13, 2011 By

                One of the guys that punched in a teriffic gameday performance was Steelers NT Chris Hoke. I gabbed with Hokie after the game, and we started talking about the first play from scrimmage, when Chris Johnson laid a fast 21-yard gain on the Steelers.

                “Bro, i was panicking!” Hokie said laughing, because he got cut [...]

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                  No Sacred Cows

                  On October 12, 2011 By

                  After listening to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talk at his press conference, i came away with the distinct impression that Mike is not a believer in the old adage “A starter can’t lose his job because of injury.”

                  Listening to his words,and his demeanor while discussing Chris Kemoeatu, Rashard Mendenhall and Bryant McFadden left [...]

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                    (Big O’l) Max Starks

                    On October 5, 2011 By

                    Got a gander at Max Starks this afternoon at the Steelers southside practice facility. Big o’l Max (you can’t say Max without saying big o’l) isn’t quite that big anymore. As a matter of fact he looks kind’a…well…lean.

                    Not lean like good corned beef, i tell you, but lean enough as compared to the [...]

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                      Gimme Three Steps

                      On October 1, 2011 By

                      So i’m down at the southside watching the Steelers going through a practice session. I end up in conversation with Aaron Smith, and then Casey Hampton stops by. Then James Farrior and James Harrison.

                      The topic moves to chop blocking and how it’s the technique “Du jour” of the day. All these guys are [...]

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