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Men of Steel
06-29-2009, 04:41 PM
OK! here we go Steelers!!!

Lets get the IDEAS flowin here.

IF you were a head coach and had to create a team from scratch... but could choose 2 players from the Steelers on your team... one on offense... and one on defense...

who would you chooose... and WHY?

BRING IT ON!!!!

theres soo many to choooose from... thats what makes it fun :tt02:

Sharkissle29
06-29-2009, 04:44 PM
These two are easy for me (age being a factor starting right now)

Big Ben
Woodley

Both young and captains (assuming Woodley will eventually be one for us)

steelreserve
06-29-2009, 04:54 PM
Big Ben and Polamalu. I don't even know what else there is to talk about.

Dino 6 Rings
06-29-2009, 05:02 PM
Big Ben and Polamalu. I don't even know what else there is to talk about.

I agree, Ben and Troy. I could build the rest of the team around those two.

Hapa
06-29-2009, 05:14 PM
Yea, Ben and Troy sounds good to me. Picking Woodley... I dont think is too smart. He's still young and he sure benefits a lot from having Harrison on the other side of him. You can't deny that, anyone in the world would. (except for someone better than Harrison)

Sharkissle29
06-29-2009, 05:15 PM
Big Ben and Polamalu. I don't even know what else there is to talk about.

Troy probably only has 3-4 good years left (could even be retired by then bc of concussions)...hard to build a team around that

Sharkissle29
06-29-2009, 05:19 PM
Yea, Ben and Troy sounds good to me. Picking Woodley... I dont think is too smart. He's still young and he sure benefits a lot from having Harrison on the other side of him. You can't deny that, anyone in the world would. (except for someone better than Harrison)

Maybe true, but keep in mind he has only been a pro 2 years. For all we know, he could be the next james harrison. Im taking my chances and taking him, just my thinking...makes for a good debate anyways

RoethlisBURGHer
06-29-2009, 05:27 PM
I too would take Ben and Woodley.

I would love to take Troy, but the concussion issue keeps me from doing it.

SteelersTilIDie
06-29-2009, 06:31 PM
Ben and Troy

KingofSparta
06-29-2009, 06:43 PM
The concussion issue is certainly a factor worth considering if you were to actually build an entire franchise around just two players, but every time Troy dons his black helmet and #43 jersey we are witnessing history ladies and gentlemen. All things remaining constant, Polamalu will be a first bid Hall of Famer and could be regarded as one of the best Strong Safeties to ever play the game.

With that said, I don't think Woodley is a bad selection either as he is young, had a breakout season last year, and has tremendous upside. He hit a bit of a wall last season as we entered the playoff stretch, but he set an NFL postseason record for consecutive multi-sack games.

Additionally, if we were just basing this off of the "What have you done for me lately" philosophy, then the obvious choice would be James Harrison. Yes, you read that right. Despite his age he does not have a lot of mileage and he is a fiery team leader and locker room presence (two consecutive Team MVP awards, reigning DPOY). Lamarr Woodley would not have had the season he had last year without Harrison's motivation and leadership, plus our entire defensive scheme is built around the OLBs.

Ultimately, a franchise should be built around leaders and people of character, so while Roethlisberger is the obvious choice on the offensive side of the ball (though using my logic and ignoring all other factors you could make a strong case for Hines Ward), an element of youth still needs to be on the side of the player.

So what's my final answer?

Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison. Why Harrison? Because if I were building the Steelers from scratch, James Harrison's intangibles set the tone and the attitude for the entire team for at least a few more years. To me that's a more important ingredient to building a franchise the caliber of the Steelers than anything else. He may be gone in a few more years, but he'll leave a lasting legacy behind.

Men of Steel
06-29-2009, 06:49 PM
The concussion issue is certainly a factor worth considering if you were to actually build an entire franchise around just two players, but every time Troy dons his black helmet and #43 jersey we are witnessing history ladies and gentlemen. All things remaining constant, Polamalu will be a first bid Hall of Famer and could be regarded as one of the best Strong Safeties to ever play the game.

With that said, I don't think Woodley is a bad selection either as he is young, had a breakout season last year, and has tremendous upside. He hit a bit of a wall last season as we entered the playoff stretch, but he set an NFL postseason record for consecutive multi-sack games.

Additionally, if we were just basing this off of the "What have you done for me lately" clause, then the obvious choice would be James Harrison. Yes, you read that right. Despite his age he does not have a lot of mileage and he is a fiery team leader and locker room presence (two consecutive Team MVP awards, reigning DPOY). Lamarr Woodley would not have had the season he had last year without Harrison's motivation and leadership, plus our entire defensive scheme is built around the OLBs.

Ultimately, a franchise should be built around leaders and people of character, so while Roethlisberger is the obvious choice on the offensive side of the ball (though using my logic and ignoring all other factors you could make a strong case for Hines Ward), an element of youth still needs to be on the side of the player.

So what's my final answer?

Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison. Why Harrison? Because if I were building the Steelers from scratch, James Harrison's intangibles set the tone and the attitude for the entire team for at least a few more years. To me that's a more important ingredient to building a franchise the caliber of the Steelers than anything else. He may be gone in a few more years, but he'll leave a lasting legacy behind.

i almost.. almost shed a tear.:crying02:

that was brilliantly put King.... very strong points. now u are thinking like a chairman. why? because u are planning for the future! :tt03:

well done. :thumbsup:

KingofSparta
06-29-2009, 07:24 PM
What?! There's no crying in football.

As long as it was a Black and Gold tear, I'll let it slip...this time.

I replaced the word "clause" with "philosophy" by the way. Fits better. :hatsoff:

ricksteelers55
06-29-2009, 08:23 PM
If I have to build a team with players ''right now'' it would be Ben and Troy,but if the players are on their prime it would be Ben and Big Snack,cause my team would run the 3-4 and a top NT is I think what you need to start a 3-4 D

Men of Steel
06-29-2009, 10:41 PM
If I have to build a team with players ''right now'' it would be Ben and Troy,but if the players are on their prime it would be Ben and Big Snack,cause my team would run the 3-4 and a top NT is I think what you need to start a 3-4 D

ooo throwin big snak into the mix... interesting point :thumbsup:

Steel-Bryan
06-29-2009, 11:40 PM
James Farrior, Hines Ward

FSUBoo
06-30-2009, 01:45 AM
I would go Big Ben and Woodley. You could also take a chance on Timmons for the athletic ability because he can play both the 4-3 and 3-4 so you can have someone for either Defense.

Galax Steeler
06-30-2009, 06:09 AM
Big Ben and Troy I know Troy has had his share of concusions but at the level he is playing now you would have to take a chance on him.

stlrtruck
06-30-2009, 06:51 AM
Wow for me there are so many things to take into consideration. Injuries, years already played, leadership, future value, as well as ability to coach as I'd potentially like two that could turn coach after their careers are done.

With that being said, I'd have to go with Ben on offense. His leadership skills have not been tapped yet and he's got many years of winning ahead of him.

Defensively, as much as I'd love to say Troy I need someone with a little more longevity on the field. So Woodley is my choice. Build that defense around him and pray to God above that I can find a "Troy" in the draft!

HometownGal
06-30-2009, 07:29 AM
Ben and Troy. No brainer.

steel9guy
06-30-2009, 09:09 AM
These two are easy for me (age being a factor starting right now)

Big Ben
Woodley

Both young and captains (assuming Woodley will eventually be one for us)


Same here. Either Woodley or Polomalu. The reason I like Woodley is he's young and I think he's gonna be a premier OLB in coming years. He's fast and he sacks people all the time.