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lamberts-lost-tooth
01-04-2009, 10:55 AM
Steelers: Defense isn't memorable yet
By Mike Prisuta, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Steelers, No. 1 in passing, scoring and total defense but No. 2 against the run, allowed 80.2 yards a game on the ground.

Yet, even had they finished No. 1 across the board, the players that comprise the Steelers' defense insist the unit will be defined by what lies ahead rather than the just-completed regular season.

It's not about statistics; it's about Vince.

It's about winning the Super Bowl and the Vince Lombardi trophy.

If the trophy is handed to somebody else, it doesn't really matter what anybody averaged against the Steelers in rushing, passing, yards per game or scoring.

"We're most aware of the fact that, to be a great defense you have to be a championship defense," Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu said.

Aware enough that the Steelers' defensive players have openly discussed winning the Super Bowl as necessary to finishing what their regular season started.

"To make it special with our defense we've been saying, 'Win the Super Bowl, and 23 years from now, they're really going to talk about you,'" Foote said.

The defenses the Steelers most often cite when referencing the best of the best are the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

The '85 Bears finished first in rushing, third in passing, first in total and first in scoring defense, and capped their year of dominance with a 46-10 destruction of New England in Super Bowl XX.

The 2000 Ravens actually finished second in total defense to Tennessee, but were No. 1 in rushing defense, No. 8 in passing defense and No. 1 in scoring defense in a campaign that climaxed with a 34-7 pummeling of the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

The Ravens set an NFL record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game season at 165.

The 1977 Atlanta Falcons hold the 14-game record at 129 points allowed, but didn't win the Super Bowl and have thus faded into obscurity from a reputation standpoint.

Nobody ever seems to talk about the '77 Falcons.

Likewise, little attention will remain fixated on the Steelers' regular-season accomplishments if they fail to win it all.

And finishing No. 1 in total or scoring defense has guaranteed nothing in terms of winning it all over the past 10 seasons.

"Nobody will remember any of that stuff if you don't go all the way," linebacker James Farrior said. "That's been our goal all season, to try to get to that game. We're two games away. ... If that's the goal you want to achieve, you gotta talk about it at least and get it in your mind that that's what we're trying to reach."

Added Polamalu: "We have to play championship-caliber defense. We have to put our team in a position to win the game. We have to make big plays. That's kind of been the key to our success this year.

"But the playoffs are just a whole different ballgame. Those little 3-, 4-yard carries make a big difference in a chess match."

Much as they do in determining who's the toughest against the run.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_605590.html

GodofGridiron
01-04-2009, 11:48 AM
The offense needs to take these comments from the guys on the other side of the ball, to heart and get their sh*t together and put together 3 great games and bring this thing home.

joeyssteelcurtain
01-04-2009, 03:24 PM
100% Right hope ben and the boys can get it together for 3 games

Edman
01-04-2009, 03:30 PM
I can only hope the Steelers O conjures up the ghost of the '06 Colts Defense.

That year the Colts Run D was very bad, if not mediocre. But they got hot and nobody could run on them all the way to XLI.

stillers4me
01-04-2009, 03:32 PM
"To make it special with our defense we've been saying, 'Win the Super Bowl, and 23 years from now, they're really going to talk about you,'" Foote said.


I hope they play with a chip on their shoulder, and a real attitude.

welder4pit
01-04-2009, 03:34 PM
I can only hope the Steelers O conjures up the ghost of the '06 Colts Defense.

That year the Colts Run D was very bad, if not mediocre. But they got hot and nobody could run on them all the way to XLI.cheers to that:drink:

Dr. Steel
01-04-2009, 03:34 PM
Of course winning the Lombardi cements the legacy of a defense and a football team for that matter. Big reason why the 1994 Blitzburgh defense doesn't get their just due is the simple fact they didn't bring home the Lombardi......

OX1947
01-04-2009, 05:56 PM
If Ben doesn't play like Tony Romo, the Steelers will win it all.

lilyoder6
01-04-2009, 06:33 PM
hopefully with the week off this def got there rest and can come out and play lights out 4 3 more games

Dino 6 Rings
01-04-2009, 06:47 PM
Lift the Trophy, and you'll be memorable.

markymarc
01-05-2009, 06:18 AM
I think the week off will really help the defense. Now it's time to play lights out beginning on Sunday.

LetsRock
01-05-2009, 07:02 AM
The media is already disrepecting the Steelers defense. They are saying that the Ravens have the best defense in the playoffs eventhough the Steelers have not even taken the field yet.

markymarc
01-05-2009, 08:50 AM
The media is already disrepecting the Steelers defense. They are saying that the Ravens have the best defense in the playoffs eventhough the Steelers have not even taken the field yet.

Let the media continue to ride the Rats defense. They beat up on the weakest AFC playoff team in the Phins. Everyone will get to witness first hand on Sunday night who the best defense is in the Steelers.

stlrtruck
01-05-2009, 11:18 AM
Let every other remaining team have all the media hype. I'll go in under appreciated and come out smelling like roses!!

steelreserve
01-05-2009, 11:20 AM
The media is already disrepecting the Steelers defense. They are saying that the Ravens have the best defense in the playoffs eventhough the Steelers have not even taken the field yet.

Yeah, who won both those games again?

stlrz fan
01-05-2009, 02:43 PM
Steelers should have a chip on their shoulder-Let Baltimore get all of the attention and quietly go about bringing home a Championship.