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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 12): NFL Week 11 Preview! Plus Nik Previews the NFL Thanksgiving Day Matchups

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 11 matchups. He also breaks down the Saints running game, discusses the race for the #1 pick, and wonders if Pittsburgh has finally figured it out. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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Last Word On Steelers Podcast Week Ten

In the week ten edition of the Last Word on Steelers Podcast Host Patrick Gelesh and Co-Host Brian Harker start off with evaluating the Steelers health coming off the bye. Brian runs through the injury report and with the exception of Jame Harrison, the Steelers, are entering the second half of the season healthy. They touch on the Detroit Lions game briefly before turning their attention to the week 10 match up against the last place Indianapolis Colts.

 

First they touch on the Steelers offense and Ben Roethlisberger's recent success against the Colts. He's amassed 1,107 passing yards 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last three games against the Colts. This years Colts have a diminished secondary as is, and coming off the bye, this looks like the game where the Steelers passing game finally gets going. The Colts have the 31st ranked pass defense, and it will be interesting how the Steelers deploy the JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant. Especially after Bryant was deactivated in week eight and Smith-Schuster having so much success against the Lions in his absence. Ironically this game includes the AFC's last two offensive players of the week; Smith-Schuster and the Colts T.Y. Hilton. After looking at the matchups, Patrick and Brian conclude that if the Steelers can control time of posesssion and make the Colts offense have to string together long drives. There's a good chance the Steelers will walk out of Indianapolis with a win.

 

On the other side of the ball Patrick and Brian breakdown the Steelers defense, who will look to rebound from surrendering over 400 passing yards to the Lions. It's unlikely that Jacoby Brissett and the Colts offense will be able to duplicate that success. But if they do, Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton, who is second in the NFL in receiving yards, would have to have a huge game. Also, the Colts have a banged up offensive line that has surrendered 36 sacks on the year and the Steelers like to bring pressure. Their defense is second in the NFL with 26 sacks. That matchup obviously bodes well for the Steelers who will get Stephon Tuitt, a great pass-rushing defensive lineman, back from injury.

Patrick and Brian then go on to discuss the importance of playing the Colts even though they're not a division rival or playoff contender. This game holds some relevance for the Steelers because the Colts are in the AFC South. Come playoff time, if there's a three way tie, which could happen between three teams like the Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, the tie-breaker will be conference record. Right now the Steelers hold the best conference record of those three teams with a 4-1 record.

Patrick Gelesh–  A third generation Steelers fan with a Masters in sports management and leadership specializing in football. My mom was lucky enough to witness the immaculate reception live. To me, hard hitting defense is “the beautiful game.”

 

Brian Harker- Born and raised in Johnstown, Pa, Brian currently lives in Wheatfield, Indiana with his wife and two kids. He Has been writing about the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2007 for such entities as Pittsburgh Sports Tavern, Pittsburgh Sports Forum, and SteelerZone, which he created in 2015. He believes that Paige and Walter O'Brien make Team Scorpion the best it can be.

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Last Word On Steelers Podcast Week Nine

Host Patrick Gelesh and Cohost Brian Harker begin the week nine podcast by analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-15 victory over the Detroit Lions. They discuss the the gameplan and how the running game suffered with the absence of Vance McDonald. The breakdown continues by analyzing JuJu Smith-Schuster's break-out game and 97-yard touchdown reception. But are quick to point out just how badly Martavis Bryant is needed with the lack-luster performances of Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bey who both dropped easy touchdown receptions.

The defense's hot streak continued. They limited the Lions rushing attack, and had two big stops inside the five yard line to prevent touchdowns but there was still a lot to improve on. The Lions fielded a pair of backup tackles that T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree couldn't beat all night. The Steelers constantly bltized Matthew Stafford, but only sacked him twice. Consistancy in their pass rush is something the defense will need to work on in the second half of the season. Most importantly, Patrick and Brian concluded that the secondary is no where near as elite as it's top pass defense ranking entering week 8 would imply. Stafford is an upper-echolon quarterback who knew his system well and was surrounded by play-makers. As a result, Stafford finished with 411 passing yards and four different Lions receivers had receptions of over 30 yards. Even so, the Steelers didn't surrender a touchdown, which gives the defense something positive to build on.

Next they took a look at the rest of the NFL. Going division by division and discussing teams, records, schedules and trades that occured at the trade deadline. It's hard to believe given the Steelers uneven play but if the playoffs started today, they would have the one seed by way of tie-breaker. They have the ability to cement that home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by continuing to win. Keeping pace with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. So is beating the Patriots when they come to town in week 15.

Lastly, our co-hosts touch on some storylines to watch in the second half of the season. Can Ben Roethlisberger stay healthy for all 16 games? Will Le'Veon Bell wilt under his massive work load? Will the defensive secondary continue to tackle poorly like they did in Detroit? Or was that an abberation? They emphasized the importance of Stephon Tuitt when it comes to the defensive front seven, and his health. How much of James Harrison will we see in the second half of the season? Does Smith-Schuster's breakout game mean that he's going to be targeted more than Bryant? Will that cause more controversy in the media? These are all questions that will play out in the second half of the season. Enjoy!

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Last word on Steelers Podcast Week 7

Host Patrick Gelesh and co-host Brian Harker start out by going through the Pittsburgh Steelers injury report. next, we break down last week's win against the Kansas City Chiefs. We touch on the Steelers defense's ability to shut down the Chiefs offense who entered the game with the NFL's #1 rated offense. They held Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to under 25 rushing yards on the game and showed the potential that this defense has.

 

The podcast continues with Patrick and Brian focusing on the offense. They examine the running game, and Le'Veon Bell's success. As well as his unique running style. As well as the offensive line's progression. They also discuss the Steelers offensive play of the year; Antonio Brown's one-handed catch off of a deflection that he turned into a touchdown pass. They continue by examining the rumors surrounding Martavis Bryant requesting a trade. As well as his future with the Steelers and his value in the trade market. Bryant went out of his way to dispell any rumors about him wanting to be traded.

 

Lastly, Patrick and Brian examine the matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals who have been playing well since switching offensive coordinators. They highlighted players to watch, and that the Steelers are six and one in their last seven games against the Bengals. Patrick identifies the Bengals subpar offensive line and the Steelers front seven that is coming off of a dominate performance against the Chiefs as a key matchup in the game. While Brian touches on Artie Burns matching up with Bengals wide out A.J. Green. The Bengals lead the league by pressuring quarterbacks on 34 percent of their dropbacks. Ben Roethlisberger has only been pressured on 15.2 percent of his dropbacks. There will be a lot of pressure on the Steelers offensive line to continue growing and keep Roethlisberger standing. Perhaps the most important fact of this week seven matchup is whether or not the offensive line can keep Roethlisberger healthy throughout the game.

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 7): NFL Week 6 Preview! Plus a Look at Big Ben’s Alarming Comments

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 6 matchups. He also analyzes Big Ben Roethlisberger’s comments, breaks down the tie atop the AFC East, and calls it a year for the New York Giants. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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Last Word on Steelers Podcast Week 5

This week Patrick Gelesh and my new co-host Brian Harker look at the Steelers offense, defense, their performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars and talk about this coming week's game against the Kanas City Chiefs. We try to find some solutions for what is actually going wrong with the offense. As well as Breakdown Ben Roethlisberger's five interceptions, and try to hold the players that are performing poorly accountable. There is a discussion over whether Todd Haley is the right offensive coordinator for this team and whether his playcalling needs to change. Using ProFootballFocus' player grades we look at how poorly the receiving corps, with the execption of Antonio Brown, is underachieving. Brian and I also look at the Steelers loss to the Jaguars, a team that on paper isn't nearly as talented as the Steelers.

 

On defense we do a similiar breakdown. Specifically we look at the Steelers defense's inability to stop the running game. Five backs in the last four weeks have averaged over 6.0 yards per carry or more. We emphasize that this unit has five first round picks in the front seven yet stopping their run is still a weakness. The Steelers defense has yet to play an above average quarterback through week five so it's hard to accurately grade the seconadary. That will change this week when the Steelers play the Chiefs and their quarterback Alex Smith who has been very impressive this season. On top of that they will face Kareem Hunt, the most productive running back in the league to this point in the year.

 

Patrick Gelesh–  Third generation Steelers fan with a Masters in sports management and leadership specializing in football. My mom was lucky enough to witness the immaculate reception live. To me, hard hitting defense is “the beautiful game.”

 

Brian Harker's profile will be available next week.

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 1): 2017 NFL Season Preview

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic gives his outlook on the upcoming NFL season. He examines the New York Giants with particular care, and makes some not-so bold predictions. Enjoy the show and join us next Friday for the following episode!

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The Last Word on Steelers Podcast Episode 6: Overrated, Underrated and Sleepers

In episode six of the Last Word on Steelers Podcast we focus on nine prospects a piece. Three that are over-rated, three that are under-rated, and three that are sleepers. Not all of these players are necessarily being associated with the Steelers prior to the draft, although some do have visits to Steelers headquarters scheduled. Things can quickly change at the draft, especially if one of these players becomes the best available player at their position or is drafted too early by a team that thinks very highly of the prospect. Some of the players discussed are Kareem Hunt, Tim Williams, Budda Baker, Brad Kaaya, Marlon Humphrey, Montravius Adams, Ryan Anderson, Teez Tabor, Patrick Mahomes II, Derek Rivers, Dwuane Smoot, Nico Siragusa Tanzel Smart, Connor Harris and more! Check out www.lastwordonsports.com for exclusive content. On twitter, you can follow us at @LWOS Steelers.

In episode seven of the Last Word on Steelers Podcast we will reveal our final 7-round mock drafts prior to the 2017 NFL draft. Prospects will have finished their visits to the various teams. This will give us the last hints as to the level of interest teams have in their various prospects.We would love to hear Steelers Nation’s input! If you have any comments, suggestions, messages or thoughts feel free to reach out to us!

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Last Word on Steelers Podcast: Episode 3; 7-round mock draft

In episode three of the Last Word on Steelers podcast, we catch up with the Steelers' latest free agent moves. We discuss both players that departed in free agency, like Marcus Wheaton and Lawrence Timmons as well as players that decided to re-sign with the team like Landry Jones.  Then we reveal our first post-combine seven round mock drafts for the Pittsburgh Steelers. A thorough breakdown of the draft class and the Steelers positional needs follows as we elaborate on the players we feel are a good fit for the Steelers. A lot can change between now and the NFL draft but these are our impressions after the combine. Some of the prospects discussed include Carl Lawson, Tim Williams, Derek Rivers, T.J. Watt, Ahkello Witherspoon, Dawuane Smoot, Jake Butt and many more! A variety of prospects are discussed throughout the mock draft. check out draftbreakdown.com to watch film on these players. On twitter, you can find us @LWOS_Steelers.

In Episode four we will touch on the Steelers activty in free agency over the coming week. Be on the lookout for the Steelers to make some moves as unristricted free agents start running out of teams to sign with. We would love to hear Steelers Nation's input! If you have any comments, suggestions, messages or thoughts feel free to contact us through twitter.

 

Parker Hurley-Pittsburgh native. IUP graduate. Steelers and Pirate critic. Blatant Penguins homer.

Patrick Gelesh–  Third generation Steelers fan with a Masters in sports management and leadership specializing in football. My mom was lucky enough to witness the immaculate reception live. To me, hard hitting defense is “the beautiful game.”

 

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Last Word On Steelers Podcast: Episode 2

The Last Word on Steelers podcast will take a deep dive into the Pittsburgh Steelers. We will look at where they stand in the NFL, player movement, depth chart questions, and the NFL draft. Hosted by Parker Hurley and Pattrick Gelesh. Follow us on Twitter @LWOS_Steelers

Last Word on Steelers podcast: Episode 2, pre-combine draft talk

In episode two of the Last Word on Steelers podcast, we both touch on which positions the Steelers should hit in the NFL draft. Then we look at multiple players from those positions. These will be players to target when watching the combine and see if the Steelers have any interest, with a one on one interview, or to see if they fit the Steelers athletic and physical parameters for most positions. The five positions highlights include outside linebacker, inside linebacker, cornerback, and running back. Some of the players talked about include Kareem Hunt, Jamaal Williams, T.J. Watt, Tim Williams, Adoree Jackson, Jourdan Lewis, Bucky Hodges, Jeremy Sprinkle, Ryan Anderson, Derek Rivers, Charles Harris and more. About 20 players were mentioned in this podcast. Be sure to check out draftbreakdown.com to watch videos of the players. On twitter, you can find us @LWOS_Steelers. 

Episode three will likely feature a wrap-up from the NFL combine and look at some of the winners and losers of the event. Be sure to be on the lookout for our third episode in the next week or so. If you have any suggestions for next episode, send us a message on twitter. 

 

Parker Hurley-Pittsburgh native. IUP graduate. Steelers and Pirate critic. Blatant Penguins homer.

Patrick Gelesh–  Third generation Steelers fan with a Masters in sports management and leadership specializing in football. My mom was lucky enough to witness the immaculate reception live. To me, hard hitting defense is “the beautiful game.”

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