PDA

View Full Version : Fact or Fiction - 2007 Pittsburgh Steelers


FastWillieParker39
08-08-2007, 10:36 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

Fill this puppy out and take off the Black and Gold glasses while answering :]

FastWillieParker39
08-08-2007, 10:41 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year - not saying much though
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

C-BusSteeler
08-08-2007, 10:46 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

The Duke
08-08-2007, 10:48 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs


Glasses back on!! :tt02:

Black@Gold Forever32
08-08-2007, 10:55 PM
Everything on that list is a fact and thats my story and I'm sticking to it...lol

Steelersfan4life0655
08-08-2007, 11:09 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

Crushzilla
08-08-2007, 11:20 PM
I feel like Sean Salisbury... Without the jackass demeanor, that is.
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
I am truly hoping. Fact. One of my deepest hopes for the Steelers this season is that the defense is somewhere around 16 PPG, which if going by last year's trends, would put them in the top 5. I am not concerned about the RY/G as we have always excelled in that category. The addition of Lawrence Timmons, hopefully, and The Wood means that we will be able to rotate linebackers to keep them fresh. Our secondary should see a lot of improvement this year with Tomlin at the helm. After all, the guy was a DB coach in the beginning. Ike Taylor WILL return to form and our Smith will develop into a solid player at free safety. If McFadden can pull his game together, our secondary should be very reliable. The utilization of Brett Kiesel as a rover means that quarterbacks will have to audible A LOT at the line of scrimmage, especially if Troy can be unrestricted in his own roving. This confusion is going to cause a lot of headaches for the younger quarterbacks we will be facing: Losman, Frye, Leinart, maybe Quinn, Alex Smith. Lebeau will have these guys clicking and we certainly have the depth to keep fresh legs out there at all time.

Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self

Fact. If Sunday was any indication of the Ben we are going to see this season, there is no reason he shouldn't put up very good numbers. I don't think he will make the Pro Bowl, with Manning, Brady, Palmer, among others in our conference, but I do feel he will be consistent with a healthy touchdown to pick ratio. Our receiving coe is shaping up nicely with Wilson and Holmes proving they are ready to play. Arians new offense is going to have a lot of teams off balance early in the season since they won't be seeing the normal playbook we have been using for years and years. If we can establish a legitimate running threat out of the 4 WR package, then OLBs are going to have trouble playing our guys in the slot, as well as, minding their responsibilities in the box. Roethlisberger has always had a cannon and excluding last year's debacle, is a pretty consistent QB. This new coaching staff is going to take the handcuffs off and let it rip more often.

Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again

Fiction. Willie Parker had an amazing year last year and is gearing up to take more responsibilities. His increased work load was a reflection of the struggles Ben was experiencing last year. He won't have to do as much this year. He wants to be better than L.T. he says, which Arians likes. That doesn't mean the gameplan is going to change. With more and more successful teams moving to the committee style of running and with the depth we are seeing at RB even this early I find it hard to believe that Willie, like Ben, is going to be able to make the Pro Bowl with some of the amazing individual players in this conference. L.T. will probably be a lock. Throw in teams that have one premier runner, Larry Johnson, Willis McGahee, Ronnie Brown, Joseph Addai, among others, it is going to be hard for Willie to find the individual stats in this kind of offense. Arians wants to spread the ball around. That means Willie's stats won't be quite so padded.

Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's

Fiction. It is hard to deny the talent of Ed Reed. The Ravens have a very good defense that is going to put a lot of pressure on the Quarterback causing errant throws. I understand the Steelers run a zone blitz scheme, but I see Troy being involved in the box a lot more this year. Let Reed have the INTS. Polamalu will be recording tackles, stripping the ball, the rushing the Quarterback for his comrades to pick up the INTs in the secondary. Other than the '05 season, where he missed almost half the season, Reed has recorded at least five INTS, which is Polamalu's highest single season number.

Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 receiving yards

Fact. At this point I would have to believe so. Despite Wilson's performance in Canton, Holmes is still listed on the depth chart as the starter opposite Hines. He recorded 824 yards season, despite coming on late. Comparison's have been drawn to a young Torry Holt, and I feel that is going to continue after this season. Holmes is going to show why the Steelers moved up last year to snag him, especially since early indication suggests that the ball is going to be in the air a lot more this year. With Ward losing a step or two in his age, look for Holmes to be the go to go on those 20 yard routes. This milestone should be easily accomplished.

Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 receiving yards

Fact. As long as he stays healthy. From 2001 to 2004 he reached this milestone and fell short by exactly 25 yards the past two years. He missed a game in 2005 and two last year. Ward remains as our best possession receiver and if he can be a 16 game starter he should reach 1,000 yards. Barely. (Possession receivers generally have lower yardage totals).

Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season

Fact. I'd like to believe that Taylor was given that contract for a reason and with Tomlin on board, as mentioned before, he should be able to return to his 2005 form. Ike Taylor isn't going to have many interceptions, but in 2005 he was credited with 20 pass defenses and only 12 last year. He needs to remain focused and create this opportunities again. I believe the same points I observed in the first question apply to this, as well. The entire defense is going to be better.

Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year

Fact. Though this is sort of a skewed comparison. Last year, the offensive line had trouble because of a lot of our run heavy formations. He lost Hartings, true. But Arians new formations are going to take some of the pressure off of these guys. The 4 WR set is going to keep guys out of the box and pit our guys in a lot of one on one matchups. The two TE set is going to see Miller and either Tuman or Speath. Sometimes even Tuman and Spaeth, perhaps. Tuman is a proven run block TE and Spaeth, as I have mentioned before, comes from a run-heavy Minnesota offense. The competition for spots on the starting Offensive Line has kept these guys sharp and one would have to believe that the battle for their jobs will mean that these guys come into the season ready to go, fine tuned, and, essential, MUCH better at pass blocking than a year ago.

Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals

Fiction. In the two years that the Bengals have been respectable we have finished in a regular season stalemate both times. I look for that trend to continue, as do most others, this year. The Bengals certainly have that high powered offense and I'm sure one of the two times we are going to be trapped in a shootout. Another 1-1 draw in the regular season.

Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

Fact. This division is brutal. Probably the most brutal in all of football. This year will likely be a three man foot race to the title. Regardless, I feel the Steelers, at least nab a wild card spot.

RoethlisBURGHer
08-08-2007, 11:20 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

dhosmer
08-08-2007, 11:47 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense - Patriots, Bears, Ravens, Jaguars and the Steelers sneak in at number 5.
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self - If the 3 throws against the Saints can be used as any sort of indication, I say yes. In fact, I'd like to say that he improves. Even when Ben took the Steelers to the Super Bowl he had much to work on in his game. It seems like he's past his distractions now, and has taken a serious approach. Things are looking good.
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again - Willie got the skillies. That was terrible.
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's - He's too active all over the field to be a leader in the int category. If this said Troy is the most valuable defensive player in the AFC North, I'd be more apt to say Fact.
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards - I'm hoping I'm wrong, I love Santonio, but with the spread offense, I really can't make a call on this yet, especially after one preaseason game that showcased great performances from Ced (who would've thunk it?) and Holmes. Still need to see more from these two and Miller, Washington, and Spaeth.
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards - see above.
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season - for sure, he wasn't even as bad as most people think last year if you take another look at his game film.
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year - Yes.
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals - Nope. The Steelers will sweep the other Ohio team though.
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs - I've got a strong feeling about this and I'll just put it in writing now - AFC North title - 11-5 record.

FastWillieParker39
08-08-2007, 11:48 PM
I feel like Sean Salisbury... Without the jackass demeanor, that is.

I am truly hoping. Fact. One of my deepest hopes for the Steelers this season is that the defense is somewhere around 16 PPG, which if going by last year's trends, would put them in the top 5. I am not concerned about the RY/G as we have always excelled in that category. The addition of Lawrence Timmons, hopefully, and The Wood means that we will be able to rotate linebackers to keep them fresh. Our secondary should see a lot of improvement this year with Tomlin at the helm. After all, the guy was a DB coach in the beginning. Ike Taylor WILL return to form and our Smith will develop into a solid player at free safety. If McFadden can pull his game together, our secondary should be very reliable. The utilization of Brett Kiesel as a rover means that quarterbacks will have to audible A LOT at the line of scrimmage, especially if Troy can be unrestricted in his own roving. This confusion is going to cause a lot of headaches for the younger quarterbacks we will be facing: Losman, Frye, Leinart, maybe Quinn, Alex Smith. Lebeau will have these guys clicking and we certainly have the depth to keep fresh legs out there at all time.



Fact. If Sunday was any indication of the Ben we are going to see this season, there is no reason he shouldn't put up very good numbers. I don't think he will make the Pro Bowl, with Manning, Brady, Palmer, among others in our conference, but I do feel he will be consistent with a healthy touchdown to pick ratio. Our receiving coe is shaping up nicely with Wilson and Holmes proving they are ready to play. Arians new offense is going to have a lot of teams off balance early in the season since they won't be seeing the normal playbook we have been using for years and years. If we can establish a legitimate running threat out of the 4 WR package, then OLBs are going to have trouble playing our guys in the slot, as well as, minding their responsibilities in the box. Roethlisberger has always had a cannon and excluding last year's debacle, is a pretty consistent QB. This new coaching staff is going to take the handcuffs off and let it rip more often.



Fiction. Willie Parker had an amazing year last year and is gearing up to take more responsibilities. His increased work load was a reflection of the struggles Ben was experiencing last year. He won't have to do as much this year. He wants to be better than L.T. he says, which Arians likes. That doesn't mean the gameplan is going to change. With more and more successful teams moving to the committee style of running and with the depth we are seeing at RB even this early I find it hard to believe that Willie, like Ben, is going to be able to make the Pro Bowl with some of the amazing individual players in this conference. L.T. will probably be a lock. Throw in teams that have one premier runner, Larry Johnson, Willis McGahee, Ronnie Brown, Joseph Addai, among others, it is going to be hard for Willie to find the individual stats in this kind of offense. Arians wants to spread the ball around. That means Willie's stats won't be quite so padded.



Fiction. It is hard to deny the talent of Ed Reed. The Ravens have a very good defense that is going to put a lot of pressure on the Quarterback causing errant throws. I understand the Steelers run a zone blitz scheme, but I see Troy being involved in the box a lot more this year. Let Reed have the INTS. Polamalu will be recording tackles, stripping the ball, the rushing the Quarterback for his comrades to pick up the INTs in the secondary. Other than the '05 season, where he missed almost half the season, Reed has recorded at least five INTS, which is Polamalu's highest single season number.



Fact. At this point I would have to believe so. Despite Wilson's performance in Canton, Holmes is still listed on the depth chart as the starter opposite Hines. He recorded 824 yards season, despite coming on late. Comparison's have been drawn to a young Torry Holt, and I feel that is going to continue after this season. Holmes is going to show why the Steelers moved up last year to snag him, especially since early indication suggests that the ball is going to be in the air a lot more this year. With Ward losing a step or two in his age, look for Holmes to be the go to go on those 20 yard routes. This milestone should be easily accomplished.



Fact. As long as he stays healthy. From 2001 to 2004 he reached this milestone and fell short by exactly 25 yards the past two years. He missed a game in 2005 and two last year. Ward remains as our best possession receiver and if he can be a 16 game starter he should reach 1,000 yards. Barely. (Possession receivers generally have lower yardage totals).


Fact. I'd like to believe that Taylor was given that contract for a reason and with Tomlin on board, as mentioned before, he should be able to return to his 2005 form. Ike Taylor isn't going to have many interceptions, but in 2005 he was credited with 20 pass defenses and only 12 last year. He needs to remain focused and create this opportunities again. I believe the same points I observed in the first question apply to this, as well. The entire defense is going to be better.



Fact. Though this is sort of a skewed comparison. Last year, the offensive line had trouble because of a lot of our run heavy formations. He lost Hartings, true. But Arians new formations are going to take some of the pressure off of these guys. The 4 WR set is going to keep guys out of the box and pit our guys in a lot of one on one matchups. The two TE set is going to see Miller and either Tuman or Speath. Sometimes even Tuman and Spaeth, perhaps. Tuman is a proven run block TE and Spaeth, as I have mentioned before, comes from a run-heavy Minnesota offense. The competition for spots on the starting Offensive Line has kept these guys sharp and one would have to believe that the battle for their jobs will mean that these guys come into the season ready to go, fine tuned, and, essential, MUCH better at pass blocking than a year ago.



Fiction. In the two years that the Bengals have been respectable we have finished in a regular season stalemate both times. I look for that trend to continue, as do most others, this year. The Bengals certainly have that high powered offense and I'm sure one of the two times we are going to be trapped in a shootout. Another 1-1 draw in the regular season.



Fact. This division is brutal. Probably the most brutal in all of football. This year will likely be a three man foot race to the title. Regardless, I feel the Steelers, at least nab a wild card spot.

Wow, really good post! Very enjoyable to read and well thought out.

BettisFan
08-08-2007, 11:52 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self -
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year
Fact or Fiction......Steelers will sweep the Bengals
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

Preacher
08-09-2007, 12:33 AM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs


I have to agree... the ONLY place I would wonder about is Willie Parker and teh pro bowl. Yeah, he may make it this year... but if Sant. and Holmes get a 1000 yards both, there may not be enough yards for Willie.

BettisFan
08-09-2007, 12:39 AM
do u all think holms is taking over as our main wide out over ward??

FastWillieParker39
08-09-2007, 12:51 AM
Nope, no way. I like the guy but he's in his second year while Ward has been with the Steelers for many, many years.

When Ward leaves though Holmes will be the #1 WR.

BettisFan
08-09-2007, 12:56 AM
yea but not now it seemed like ppl thought that he was now

FourThreeMafia
08-09-2007, 02:11 AM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense

Fiction....Im willing to go a step further and say they wont even be a top 10 defense this year. Its a little far fetched considering we always have a top 10 defense, but there are alot of things that scare me.

Kiesel lost some weight, has had a bad TC and looked awful on Sunday.

James Harrison is only good at one thing. Rushing the passer. Joey lost a step but he is still great in box play, run support and coverage, three things Harrison is below average at.

Lawrence Timmons is hurt and I doubt he make much of an impact on the defense this year.

Woodley looked good, but he got eaten up at the line a few times. He has alot to learn.

If the pass rush isnt improved, I dont see the secondary being much better either.

Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self -

Fact...but he wont have a GREAT year, because the OLine is still pretty bad. Starks was terrible on Sunday and needs to be given the heave ho. He doesnt play with a mean streak and gets humilated on a consistant basis. I know I said I liked him, because he does have a great frame...but after seeing him play this past weekend, I lost what faith I had in him.\

Funny, I was thinking that Simmons was the lost cause and Starks was a keeper...that may have been backwards because Simmons has been excellent. Completely different player.

The center position is a mess.

Faneca is claiming to be injured...hmm.

Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again

Ehh...fiction, IF LJ plays. If not, fact. If LJ plays, him, LDT and Lawrence Maroney will probably be the pro bowlers, Maroney will have a huge year IMO barring injury.

Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's.

Fiction...no chance.

Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards

Holmes may be the best reciever on the team right now. Ward is going downhill. He is still a good possession reciever, but his best days are behind him. Ward will draw double coverage, but Holmes will burn some guys and find the holes in the defense, He is a playmaker.

Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards

Fiction...only chance it will happen is if Ben has a huge year and ward is healthy for all 16 games. Neither will happen.

Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season

Fact...Tomlin knows DB's and their strengths and weaknesses. Tomlin will put Ike in Man to man situations which he excells at.

Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year

I sure the hell hope so, they will determine the success of the 2007 season.

I say fiction. Too many questions. Hartings was a huge loss. Much bigger loss than Porter or even Cowher.

If Starks is on the line, Ben will be on the ground. He has looked terrible.

Marvel Smith is the only sure thing. Faneca is, but I could see him being a bitch and sitting out with a papercut since he didnt get a new contract.

Fact or Fiction......Steelers will sweep the Bengals

I think we will sweep them or they will sweep us. It depends how good our defense is. If our defense plays well, I could see Ben tearing them up twice. I think they will both be shootouts, but it depends. its a push.

Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

Fiction...8-8 again, give or take a win. I coulld see 10-6 if everything goes right. If we come out of the first game with 4 wins, its possible. Those first five games are pretty easy, so if we cant win 4 of them, I dont see us making it.

Livinginthe past
08-09-2007, 04:25 AM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense

Fiction.I guess its depends what you look at to rank your defenses - total yards or points conceded?

Teams with explosive offenses tend to play a little softer on defense when they have a sizeable lead and therefore leak yardage to prevent the quick score.
The Steelers have been consistently good at shutting down the run in recent years but not quite so hot at stopping the pass.
Im sure the run D will remain excellent (top5) but I have my doubts as to how much pressure Pittsburgh can generate without Joey Porter (sure he wasn't great last year but he was still the top sack getter).
The DB's have plenty of question marks that need to be answered and the new coach/scheme is bound to have some teething issues.


Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self

Fact. I think Ben will be alot more composed this year, but I don't think he is going to have the comfort zone of such a punishing running game and defense as he did in 2004/5.

Can he step up? I think he will.

Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again

Fact. I think Willie still possesses tremendous upside despite such a good year last year - he is still learning the subtle nuances of the game.

If the Steelers can be successful at their spread formation offense Willie could run riot.

Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's

Fiction. As the teams SS Troy will be spending alot more time near the LOS than the defensive backfield.

Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards

Fact. I was impressed with Santonio last year I think this is the year he gradually takes away the No.1 slot from Hines.

Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards

Fact. I think that Holmes and Ward will be reponsible for the large majority of the Steelers receiving yardage this year.

I dont particularly rate anyone else below them on the depth chart.
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season

Fact. Ike will play much better than last year because that would probably still only be an average year.

A better question would be - 'Will Ike justify his fat contract?'
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year

Fact. Again. The O-line can't get a great deal worse so an improvement is almost unavoidable.

Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals

Fiction. I love the Bengals/Steelers rivalry - I expect the series to be split again this year.

Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

Fact. I see 10-6 or 11-5 and a wild card slot. Then I see the Steelers putting up a good fight as the away team in the divisional round but being out matched.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-09-2007, 10:13 AM
I have to agree... the ONLY place I would wonder about is Willie Parker and teh pro bowl. Yeah, he may make it this year... but if Sant. and Holmes get a 1000 yards both, there may not be enough yards for Willie.

Preacher......Ward had 975 yards last year...Holmes had over 800.....To go along with Willie's 1494 yards.....So its not crazy or impossible for Willie to rush for 1500 yards this year and make the Pro Bowl...Plus both Hines and Santonio to have over 1000 yards....

HometownGal
08-09-2007, 10:45 AM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self (In fact - I think he will be even better!)
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again (sorry)
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals (I predict a split.....again)Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

4n2t0
08-09-2007, 05:12 PM
I like this thread, surprised it hasn't pulled more participation. Here's what I got:

Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense (Top 5 is hard any year, top 10 yes.)
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again (Not easy to make it there year after year, we'll see)
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's (Not his type of game, unfair question)
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 receiving yards (On the upswing)
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 receiving yards (Opposite of up is down, sorry Ward I still love you)
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season (The whole secondary was to blame, "fall guy")
Fact or Fiction.......O-line will perform better than last year (I hope so)
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals (Split)
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs (This one's too close for me, "or" it is)

SteelDogFan
08-09-2007, 09:57 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense ........................Top 10
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self.............................................. ......No Doubt
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again......................More Passing
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's...............Reid, Baltimore
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards...........More passing
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards......................Dido
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season................Off season work
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year..............................once they gel
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals........................................har d to do
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs..................................Suprise all and win AFC North, Ravens wild card.

SteelCityMan786
08-09-2007, 10:02 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season(need more time with this one)
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals(I'll need to see a few more games first, but right now, I say fact)
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs(and win Super Bowl XLII to.)

Preacher
08-09-2007, 10:41 PM
LITP

Very fair assessment.

I also agree, the bigger question is, "Will Ike Taylor justify his contract?"

Godfather
08-10-2007, 08:21 AM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense --Fiction Top 10 but not top 5.

Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self--Fact. Last year was a fluke.

Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again--Fiction. He'll deserve to make it but there are so many good RBs in the conference he might get overlooked.

Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's--Fiction, it'll be a CB.

Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards--Fiction, Ben hastoo many targets

Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards--Fact

Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season--Fact

Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year--Fact

Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals--Fact

Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs--Fact

stlrtruck
08-10-2007, 12:50 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense - with Tomlin coming in with a new attitude the defense will reflect it on the field. I believe they may even prove to be the #1 or #2 defense in the league.
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self - he showed forms of it last year and I think with the new coach and his input into the offense he'll show great enthusiasm to show his true abilities.
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again - even though people think he's been a flash in the pan, I think that he's proven he can carry the load and he might even have a bigger season this year.
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's - not enough teams throw his way.
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards - both he and Hines will have a 1,000 yards this year. Holmes will get most of his on the RAC.
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards - he's the work horse on the team and the most reliable on 3rd downs. That alone will push him over the 1,000 yard mark.
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season - I think Tomlin will be the motivation factor behind his performance.
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year - It can't get much worse.
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals - although it would be nice, the Bungles as of late have been able to split the season and I think this will continue for the next few years.
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs - we've got the nucleus for this and had Cowher taken his head out of his butt last year, this problem wouldn't have been a question this year.

SCSTILLER
08-10-2007, 01:20 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense --Top 10, not sold on pass D
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self -- If not more improved
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again -- More yards this year Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's-- Too much time at LOS
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards--Not this year, next
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards--route running key to 1000
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season--LITP said it best
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year--can't get any worse than last year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals--both teams win on the road
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs--win AFC North (please,please,please,please)...OK, no rational thinking to that one.

MACH1
08-10-2007, 01:24 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs

rog
08-10-2007, 01:33 PM
Steelers D Top 10 but Run D will def be top 5
Ben is def. back this year
Parker will be a probowler this year
I don't think any steeler will lead the AFC North in picks
Holmes is going to break out this year he will get 1000 yards and I believe he will have more yards but less catches than Ward
Taylor playe better (heres hoping)
oline plays better (heres hoping and praying)
Steelers will split with bengals I have a feeling they are going to sweep the ravens
Steelers def. make the playoffs win the division hard to say it's going to be hard

steelpride12
08-10-2007, 10:10 PM
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers defense will be a top 5 defense-#5
Fact or Fiction.......Ben returns to his old self
Fact or Fiction.......Willie Parker will make the Pro Bowl again-Barely
Fact or Fiction.......Troy Polamalu will lead the AFC North in INT's
Fact or Fiction.......Santonio Holmes will have 1000 recieving yards-Mabey next year
Fact or Fiction.......Hines Ward will have 1000 recieving yards-great year with Ben throwing more
Fact or Fiction.......Ike Taylor plays much better than last season-has to!
Fact or Fiction.......Oline will perform better than last year-Tough year
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers will sweep the Bengals-No doubt
Fact or Fiction.......Steelers make the playoffs-yes with a 10-6 record!