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Brady Rules of the Game

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…

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Synergy, Chuck Noll Style

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…

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Get a Stopwatch

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…

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Mike Tomlin

“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…

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Chris Hoke

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….

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No Sacred Cows

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…

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(Big O’l) Max Starks

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,…

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Gimme Three Steps

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…

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Frontier Justice and Pile-ups

“They’re trying to cut you and do those things,” Gray told The Tennessean. “You’ve got to make sure you’re doing something that’s hopefully going to hurt them, too. You can’t just be the recipient of everything. You’ve got to start doing something that’s going…

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Defenseless Player?

Today’s NFL is not your dad’s NFL. Because in my era, chop blocking (cutting a man below the waist while he is engaged with another man) and a cut block (cutting a man below the waist while he is not engaged with another man)…

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