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Atlanta Dan
10-09-2006, 03:59 PM
Five Burning QuestionsESPN.com


1. Are the Steelers done?

Merril Hoge: No. The defense is still excellent, they still have Bill Cowher and the offense is going to get back on track. It's too early in the season for them to be over and done with the talent they have on this team. They have to make minor adjustments in their running game and get Ben Roethlisberger's rhythm back to where it should be. People forget that Roethlisberger is a young guy and not a pure passer like a Carson Palmer. Despite the phenomenal start to his career he's still in the developmental stage of his career and he isn't prepared to lead a team just yet. That's why this team needs the running game to get going. This isn't a team that abandons the run so that shouldn't be a problem for the Steelers down the stretch when the weather is bad and the running game is needed. They'll be in the mix come playoff time.

Mark Schlereth: No. They are behind the eight-ball, but they are a very talented team and will bounce back from these early season woes. They have a terrific defense, and that's going to keep them in games while the offense works out its kinks. It's easy to forget that Ben Roethlisberger had a horrific offseason personally and professionally. He was in a major motorcycle accident and had to undergo emergency appendectomy surgery right before the season started. In addition to that, he had to deal with the loss of Antwaan Randle El to free agency and Hines Ward being hobbled with hamstring issues throughout training camp. It's going to take time, but this team will right the ship by the end of the season and will be in the wild-card race.

Sean Salisbury: We said they were done last year and they ended up winning the Super Bowl, so this isn't a team that I'd lightly kick to the curb. There is no rhyme or reason for what is going on right now in Pittsburgh except for the fact that Ben Roethlisberger isn't 100 percent yet and hasn't done a very good job so far this season. Also, the big plays aren't there right now, and I think that can be attributed to the loss of Antwaan Randle El and Jerome Bettis. Once they are ready, there is no way they are done.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2618549

These guys know far more than me but mid-October is not exactly when a playoff-bound team is working the kinks out. And, contrary to what Merrill Hoge claims, IMHO abandoning the run is exactly what they did last night.

24seven
10-09-2006, 04:11 PM
Deffinitely the run was abandoned .. But Bens running was abandoned as soon as his head hit the windshield of that car.. Post dramatic syndrome is lingering with Ben and I'm 100 percent sure of it.. He needs time to reflect and come to grips with what has happened over the past year and get a handle on things.. It's to much pressure and to little time to put on a 23 year old.. it will come in time..

SteelerFanInCA
10-09-2006, 04:15 PM
I have to agree with some of their takes. This team has too much talent to be counted out already. Although we have all this talent, it's only a matter of playing to their full potential. I can't wait for the KC game Go Steelers!!!!! Work out the kinks and let's get this ball rolling.

wadester47
10-09-2006, 04:36 PM
Wait,

did three guys from espn not say that the steelers were the second class team , holy blip. I have to agree with meril- were not done. ( at least until week 7)

steelfan 92
10-09-2006, 05:28 PM
DONE? you have to be f--king kidding, there is too much talent on this team to be done. there just needs to be better execution and less mistakes. bill needs to remind his qb that it is ok to punt, don't force it. we jhave gotten away from steelers football. pound the rock and play pass. keep giving willie carries wear down the defense, the 4th quarter he will start to break runs, now that they have started to play davenport, i think we have a good one 2 punch. ben is better when we are running alot and not asking him to throw over 30 times. not saying he can't do it, but right now he has not proven he can.
gameplan
1. pound tha rock
2. pound tha rock
3. pound tha rock
or use play pass on first down to set up the run, but have to continue to try and run the rock