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alittlejazzbird
08-24-2009, 07:25 PM
As a typical Steelers fan who is forever waiting for the hammer to fall, I always cringe when I read things like this. Too much tempting of the football fates, if you ask me, but nice reading nonetheless.
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Steelers are so good they're boring
By Bob Smizik | Monday, 12:15 a.m.

I haven’t done the research, but it’s entirely possible that in the era of NFL free agency no team has been better equipped to repeat as Super Bowl champion than the Steelers.

It’s an NFL tradition that lesser teams regularly pick off the best talent from the better teams. Super Bowl champions frequently suffer the heaviest losses. But here come the Steelers, an organization that is the envy of much of the league, not only having lost just two starters from their championship season but having part-time starters -- almost as good or better -- to replace them.

The Steelers lost solid Larry Foote at inside linebacker and have replaced him with potential all-pro in Lawrence Timmons. They also lost cornerback Bryant McFadden, but replaced him with William Gay. Gay was so good in subbing for an injured McFadden last year that he shared the job the remainder of the season after McFadden got healthy.

The Steelers also return punter Daniel Sepulveda, who missed all of last season and who is significantly superior than the two players who punted last season.

This team is so good it is bordering on boring.

Where’s the hot stories? Where’s the controversy?

They’re buried under a mound of excellence.

I was a panelist on KDKA’s ``Sports Showdown’’ last night and the sexiest Steelers topic they could come up with involved backup running back Rashard Mendenhall. Keep in mind that Mendenhall backs up Willie Parker, a Pro Bowl performer in the prime of his career, and what he does or doesn’t do this season isn’t exactly earth-shattering.

But things are running so smoothly with the Steelers that this passes for a major storyline.

When Max Starks fell on Ben Roethlisberger’s foot in practice last week, it was the biggest news to come out of training camp. And by most reports -- although the Steelers are acting like a hockey team in doling out medical information -- Roethlisberger will be fine after sitting out the team’s exhibition game Saturday night.

Even that game, a loss to the Washington Redskins, failed set off any alarms. What happened to the days when a Steelers exhibition loss was enough to throw the sporting public into an advanced stage of panic?

Fans are too sophisticated today. With Roethlisberger on the sidelines, they know the Steelers aren’t the Steelers and there’s no sense in getting upset. Besides, the game was a good opportunity for Charlie Batch to get more snaps, after missing all of last season. So Roethlisberger’s minor injury was actually a blessing.

Everything is working out perfectly for the Steelers.

Even the much-maligned offensive line has avoided criticism or controversy, as it appears to be shaping up as a worthwhile unit, with Trai Essex, long suspected of having starting potential, getting a chance to be the regular right guard.

The age of the defensive line, once a topic of much concern, doesn’t get much play this year after that group’s stellar showing last season.

There have been the ``hot rookie’’ stories. In the first game it was undrafted running back Isaac Redman of Bowie State, who scored two touchdowns in the win over Arizona. Against the Redskins it was Stefan Logan, a free-agent return specialist who played last year in the Canadian Football League. He had 205 yards of return yardage -- four punts for 48 yards and two kickoff returns for 157 yards. But those kind of stories are typical of every training camp.

With the regular season less than three weeks away, the Steelers are primed and ready to defend their Super Bowl title. Maybe then the football season won’t seem so boring.

Unless they go 16-0.

http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/bobsmizik/archive/2009/08/24/steelers-are-so-good-they-re-boring.aspx

HometownGal
08-25-2009, 07:44 AM
Nice read but I'd hardly call the Steelers "boring". I think if anything, the depth they have on that team at just about every key position is a testament to their draft gurus and how well they do their homework. :thumbsup::hatsoff:

Fire Haley
08-25-2009, 07:58 AM
How dare him try to take away our right to panic.

Indo
08-25-2009, 08:39 AM
I'll start panicking with fear for becoming too complacent...

We have all of the tools, but repeating is VERY difficult these days

Having said that, I know that Tomlin is doing EVERYTHING he can to make the team realize that the rest of the league ain't gonna just hand the Lombardi to us


Hard work and a little luck, 'cause on any given Sunday...

steelwalls
08-25-2009, 08:52 AM
How dare him try to take away our right to panic.

:toofunny:

truesteelerfan
08-25-2009, 09:17 AM
I have no problem with boring....If winning many, many more championships is boring.....its fine with me!

revefsreleets
08-25-2009, 10:06 AM
THIS is a bad karma article! Expect season ending injuries from at least 7 starters in the next two weeks just due to this article...en route to a 6-10 season.

lamberts-lost-tooth
08-25-2009, 10:22 AM
Nice read but I'd hardly call the Steelers "boring". I think if anything, the depth they have on that team at just about every key position is a testament to their draft gurus and how well they do their homework. :thumbsup::hatsoff:

Totally agree...with the depth at so many positions, I have truly enjoyed this off-season. Just trying to figure out who may get cut and who might make this team has been VERY interesting.

I just want to say THANK YOU to the Front Office for giving me an off-season relatively free of anxiety so that I can focus on the "fun" stuff!!!

:thumbsup:

What Smizik calls boring...I call a welcomed relief!!!!!!!!!!!

stlrz fan
08-25-2009, 10:22 AM
Two preseason games does not make a season, there will be plenty of flies in the ointment between now and January. I would bet that there is at least a little bit of panic in our future. The unknowns keep it exciting.

lamberts-lost-tooth
08-25-2009, 10:35 AM
Two preseason games does not make a season, there will be plenty of flies in the ointment between now and January. I would bet that there is at least a little bit of panic in our future. The unknowns keep it exciting.

(with fingers in ears) LALALALA...I cant hear you...LALALALA

Sir, I am going to have to ask you to move out of my line of sight....you are disturbing the view throough my rose colored glasses.


Seriously...you are right on the money...no season will ever be without injuries...bad plays..and disappointing performances of some type. I am just enjoying a relatively deep roster with exciting FA's and young players without the "usual" distractions.

Dino 6 Rings
08-25-2009, 11:35 AM
I need to Refute something about the "Free Agency" Era.

Free Agency began in the NFL in 1993.

Since 1993 here are your Super Bowl teams and winners:

93, Dallas over Buffalo
94, Dallas over Buffalo
95, San Fran over San Diego
96, Dallas over Pittsburgh
97, Packers over Patriots
98, Broncos over Packers
99, Broncos over Falcons
00, Rams over Titans
01, Ravens over Giants
02, Patriots over Rams
03, Bucs over Raiders
04, Patriots over Panthers
05, Patriots over Eagles
06, Steelers over Seahawks
07, Colts over Bears
08, Giants over Patriots
09, Steelers over Cardinals.

Free Agency has Very Little to do with the difficulty in Repeating in my opinion. In fact, if you really dig into some of the Conference Title Games, you see A Lot of the same teams over and over again.

Examples:

Since 93.
Eagles 4 title game losses
9ers 2 title game losses
Panthers 2 title game losses
Vikings 2 title game losses
Packers 2 title game losses

Jaguars 2 title game losses
Colts 2 title game losses
Steelers 4 Title game losses
Titans 1 loss, Broncos 1 loss, Patriots 1 loss, Chargers 1 loss, Jets 1 loss.

What I see are mostly the Same Teams, in the HUNT year in and year out, regardless of the "Free Agency" Era. What is I see is teams with good Front Offices working around any "free agency" problems and being in the Hunt, to me pointing out the fact it isn't that much harder to repeat.

Dino 6 Rings
08-25-2009, 11:41 AM
In fact, in Total in NFL History, here are your "Repeating" Super Bowl winners:

Packers, 67 and 68
Dolphins, 74 and 74
Steelers, 75 and 76
Steelers, 79 and 80
Niners, 89 and 90
Cowboys 93 and 94
Broncos 98 and 99
Patriots 04 and 05

I don't see how its "Tougher" now at all.

OneForTheToe
08-25-2009, 12:06 PM
Dino 6 Rings, you make a good point. The fact is that the many of the teams that were good at running their teams before FA are still the ones that are good after its introduction into the game. Consequently, the same dynamic for many of the teams that did a poor job before FA because they are now, well, still bad at running their teams. The Steelers have been great in the FA period because they know when to sign their own, when to sign reasonably priced FAs, or when to pass on high priced FA that Steelers' Nation would like them to sign, and finally they still know how to draft and occasionally find the RFA gem.

sharkweek
08-25-2009, 12:10 PM
Boring, as in lack of drama.

I'll take it.

WeegiesWarriors
08-25-2009, 07:46 PM
In fact, in Total in NFL History, here are your "Repeating" Super Bowl winners:

Packers, 67 and 68
Dolphins, 74 and 74
Steelers, 75 and 76
Steelers, 79 and 80
Niners, 89 and 90
Cowboys 93 and 94
Broncos 98 and 99
Patriots 04 and 05

I don't see how its "Tougher" now at all.

It seems that the cap goes up a lot every year while player salary doesn't really follow at the same rate. I remember when the cap was around 60 million. What is it now.. doubled? It also seems like teams know how to manipulate the cap in their favor. Teams don't get in "cap hell" like they did back in the 90's. The cap brought down the 49er dynasty along with shaky ownership and poor drafting during the time.

I will say that those who proclaimed that the salary cap would bring to an end dynasties assumed that organizations wouldn't be smart enough to draft well and bring in cheaper talent as they lose guys. The Steelers and a handful of other teams do this better than the rest of the league.