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Bayz101
08-02-2012, 06:27 AM
It's time for the Steelers to turn over -- no, not a new leaf -- but some turnovers

Thursday, August 02, 2012
post-gazette.com


You don't have to spend even an hour on the verdant hillsides of Saint Vincent's natural amphitheater to realize that the 2012 Steelers will be improved substantially in at least one area, mostly because there's at least one area in which it's virtually impossible for them to be worse.

Recovering fumbles.

It's a somewhat arcane football skill partially related to the inevitably capricious bounces of an inflated prolate spheroid, but somebody should be able to fall on the thing once in a great while, don't you think?

Particularly large athletic people trained in the defensive arts.

But no.

The Steelers recovered four fumbles last year.

All year.

Four.

Secondary coach Carnell Lake once recovered five in a season by himself. Jack Lambert seven. Rod Woodson recovered three in one game as did 14 others throughout NFL history.


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BGSU A Dub
08-02-2012, 06:48 AM
I agree. We need to generate more turnovers on defense to help out the offense. It's a HUGE momentum swing and also helps with field position.

Ricco Suavez
08-02-2012, 03:59 PM
I been beating this drum since late last year. But at the same time I think it was an aberration and nothing to be too concerned about. I feel we did not get any "bounces" last year and with a few going our way to even things out we could reap some success for the offense instantly from an improved ball hawking defense.

TRH
08-02-2012, 10:18 PM
Last year was unbelievably frustrating to watch. Its like no one was even TRYING to strip balls out of the opposition's hands.
Then you watch someone like the Patriots and they're clawing, poking, yanking, and pulling to strip balls out of their opponents. As frustrating as it was to watch...at some point i remember thinking "are the coaches even focusing on this at all??? Is this even being mentioned??"
It was that ridiculous.

StainlessStill
08-02-2012, 10:37 PM
Last year was unbelievably frustrating to watch. Its like no one was even TRYING to strip balls out of the opposition's hands.
Then you watch someone like the Patriots and they're clawing, poking, yanking, and pulling to strip balls out of their opponents. As frustrating as it was to watch...at some point i remember thinking "are the coaches even focusing on this at all??? Is this even being mentioned??"
It was that ridiculous.

I agree and thought the same exact thing. Ever since LeBeau took over back in 2004, we were spoiled as the leagues most punishing defense AND one who created turnover after turnover AT WILL.

I always trusted our defense to start coming up with more caused fumbles and pouncing on the ball but it never happened.

The deciding factor to ME where I said "F*ck it, they just aren't getting the bounces and never will this season" was when Troy & Clark, in absolute PERFECT position to intercept Dalton in the endzone, just stood there and WATCHED A.J Green come down with the football for a touchdown in Cincinnati.

That was one of the most frustrating plays of the season to watch. The first? Terrell Suggs' interception as he sniffed out the puke-inducing WR screen.

I was so pissed off at that moment that I should, til this day, go for a checkup to see if my blood vessel's in my brain won't explode.

fastscirocco
08-03-2012, 11:07 PM
Defense wins! Hit hard like Jack Lambert!