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lamberts-lost-tooth
09-17-2007, 04:14 AM
I know it is early in the season and we have played two very below average teams..but we are leading thee league in point differential....having score 50 more points than our opponants..... I see two things that have me VERY optimistic.

1) In addition to our above average running game, Ben is starting to spread the ball around to a lot of different WR's and TE's, and we are #2 in the league for total time of possession. (total offensive rank #7)
2) Our defense is ranked #4 as of now, ahead of the (somewhat derservingly) media-hyped Bears and Ravens defense...and #3 in fewest yards allowed per play. (4.0)

Looking at the schedule I may have to rethink my pre-season prediction and say that there is a real possibility of winning 12+ games.

Indy_Steelers
09-17-2007, 09:13 AM
Again, at this point in the season. I think after 2 games our running game is doing very well. Again, not the two toughest team on the schedule but...
We are #2 in rushing YPG/ #1 in 3rdDM & 3rdD %/ we have only been penalized 8 time for 54 yards and we are #2 in TOP @ 35:51.
on the defensive side we are #1 in PPG/ #1 in sacks /#1 in FFum & #3 in passing defense. I am optimistic too. Lastly, we have as many wins this year after 2 games as we did last year after 8. And with all due respect to Noll, he went 1-13 his first year.

RoethlisBURGHer
09-17-2007, 09:22 AM
But don't forget what Noll had to work with in his first year. He had a team full of guys who didn't believe he could win. ALmost every single one of those guys were gone when the Steelers started winning Super Bowls. He had nothing to work with, noll had to build it all.

Tomlin is walking into, IMHO, the best situationa rookie HC could walk into.

Indy_Steelers
09-17-2007, 09:46 AM
I do agree but I was a tiny bit nervous that Tomlin's rookie season could wind up like Noll's. Even with the talent we have. I mean look at Norv in SD. Their season was over when they hired him. I have told people that he is going ot leave all that talent in the locker room. So congrats to Mike on 2 solid wins.

Atlanta Dan
09-17-2007, 09:49 AM
The opposition has been pretty sorry but credit to the Steelers for putting teams away by the 3rd quarter. So far so good

IMO the 49ers should be handled and the first real test of the season will be in Arizona in 2 weeks.

onthebus36
09-17-2007, 01:50 PM
One: You can only play the teams on your schedule and a win is a win.

Two: Both games were played like a good team playing a bad team. If we were squeaking by bad teams, I'd be concerned.

HometownGal
09-17-2007, 02:18 PM
I do agree but I was a tiny bit nervous that Tomlin's rookie season could wind up like Noll's. Even with the talent we have. I mean look at Norv in SD. Their season was over when they hired him. I have told people that he is going ot leave all that talent in the locker room. So congrats to Mike on 2 solid wins.

I love it that Tomlin, thus far, is shutting the yaps of the naysayer sportswriters who felt that the Steelers weren't going to be successful with a rookie HC. :thumbsup:

Norv Turner is an excellent OC, but imho, not HC'ing material in the NFL. That is a team with a plethora of talent all the way around, other than Rivers still showing some green. They're going to wish they had Marty back.

atlsteelers
09-17-2007, 02:18 PM
i am also optimistic about the start of the season. tomilin could not have scripted it any better. it feels so much better than last year. i was stoked about the upcoming season. In truth the season had/has to start hot because our schedule is brutal down the homestrech. I am thinking we really have an excellent chance to rattle alex smith. young qbs have a tough time agianst the our D. See you all in the brugh on 10/7 as we continue the win streak!

fansince'76
09-17-2007, 02:22 PM
I love it that Tomlin, thus far, is shutting the yaps of the naysayer sportswriters who felt that the Steelers weren't going to be successful with a rookie HC. :thumbsup:

Norv Turner is an excellent OC, but imho, not HC'ing material in the NFL. That is a team with a plethora of talent all the way around, other than Rivers still showing some green. They're going to wish they had Marty back.

Yep, so far so good, but like I said in another thread, God help Tomlin when this team loses a game.

Couldn't agree more - if the Chargers don't pull it together and soon, I imagine this will be Turner's last go-round as a NFL HC. I could probably coach that team to an 11-5 record - their talent is sick.

noto45
09-17-2007, 02:25 PM
All I can say about the first two weeks no matter who we have played in the most famous words of Ron Simmions.....DAMN!

alittlejazzbird
09-17-2007, 02:58 PM
Yep, so far so good, but like I said in another thread, God help Tomlin when this team loses a game.

It has to happen sometime, but I think the specifics of how the loss happens will determine the reaction. If it's due to shoddy execution and Ben making poor decisions, then I think you're right. If it's a hard fought, well played game where it's close but we come up a little short, maybe not so much outrage.

Depending on how the next few games go for both teams, the Dec. 9th meeting with New England is shaping up as a major marquee game.

fansince'76
09-17-2007, 03:05 PM
It has to happen sometime, but I think the specifics of how the loss happens will determine the reaction. If it's due to shoddy execution and Ben making poor decisions, then I think you're right. If it's a hard fought, well played game where it's close but we come up a little short, maybe not so much outrage.

I wish I could share your feelings on that, but I think in those two cases the reaction will either be bad, or worse, respectively. After all, we blow away our first two opponents, but "we haven't played anybody yet." Let's face it, it's hard being the Steelers' HC - as fans we, by and large, are very stingy with the praise but overgenerous with the criticism, and the same goes with the media. But I hope you're right. Besides, I don't think Tomlin cares what the fans/media think about him, and that's good.

TackleMeBen
09-17-2007, 03:17 PM
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i have to agree with you about that.. i dont think tomlin cares what we or the media thinks about him. he was brought here to win football games and in the words of his mother.. she will be holding an lombardi trophy soon.. (i hope she is right).
it seems that the players want to go out and play for him and give him their all unlike last year where they didnt seem to care and would rather be out partying with the ladies than on a football field

alittlejazzbird
09-17-2007, 03:23 PM
I wish I could share your feelings on that, but I think in those two cases the reaction will either be bad, or worse, respectively. After all, we blow away our first two opponents, but "we haven't played anybody yet." Let's face it, it's hard being the Steelers' HC - as fans we, by and large, are very stingy with the praise but overgenerous with the criticism. But I hope you're right. Besides, I don't think Tomlin cares what the fans/press think about him, and that's good.

I definitely agree with your assessment of how hard we tend to be on the team -- coaches AND players, IMO -- and how critical we are when we don't like their performance. It doesn't help that Tomlin came in after the 2006 "letdown" season, and that after two seemingly dominating performances this season, the expectations are rising exponentially. This team will lose sometime this season. We don't know where and when yet, but they will, unless they plan to replace the '72 Dolphins (hope springs eternal, right?).

Even so, I don't think the fans or the media will slam Tomlin for that first loss, unless as I said before it's a poorly executed game and/or there are obvious coaching errors (clock management, questionable play calling, etc.). If the loss is obviously a result of poor game planning and preparation -- something that already is unthinkable to me given what appears to be Tomlin's amazing organizational and prep skills -- and coaching issues directly cause or contribute to the loss, then he will definitely take the heat, and lots of it.

Not that, as you so astutely noticed, Tomlin will care in the least what any of us think! Come to think of it, that's probably one of the best attributes a Steelers head coach could ever possess -- a VERY thick skin.

FastWillieParker39
09-17-2007, 04:08 PM
Everyone says how we played two weak teams and everything. See thats the thing WE WERE SUPPOSED TO DOMINATE THE BROWNS AND THE BILLS and we did. This Steeler team just looks so different from last year. We struggled against weak teams early on and this team isn't.

Like I said in another thread, the Steelers could take the AFC North.

skinart82
09-17-2007, 04:43 PM
The Bengals were supposed to dominate the browns too, but they didn't and the Steelers did. That gives me a lot of hope against the bengals and the ravens!