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tony hipchest
09-27-2012, 11:24 PM
they wont have to take part in the ball washing, nut hugging, pole polishing, salad tossing, back slapping, welcome back to regular refs tour, that 28 other teams will be engaged in.

after a weeks worth of platitudes are heaved upon them, the steelers can simply and politely greet the zebras before the game, just like they would on any other occasion w/o waving the palm fronds.

steelfury02
09-28-2012, 09:06 AM
didn't think of that - very true

The Baltimorons certainly couldn't have buttered them up any more. You'd think we just watched Roberto Clemente tip his hat one final time . . .sheesh.

Harbaugh's greeting was a bit much - although, he is known for his mid-season gatorade baths, so that shouldn't surprise many. - "It was a man-hug," said Harbaugh.

Talk about kiss ass:chuckle:

grward
09-28-2012, 09:38 AM
And here I was thinking that the best part of the bye week is that we won't lose!! :noidea:

WVABE
09-29-2012, 06:08 PM
They need to figure out how to win after giving up large amount of TD's.

Maybe this will help.

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/colleges/post/_/id/4679824/instant-analysis-west-virginia-70-baylor-63

OX1947
09-30-2012, 12:21 AM
Best part about the Bye is one week where the Steelers do not blow another 4th quarter lead for a loss.

tony hipchest
09-30-2012, 12:39 AM
that just means one extra week of people whining, bitching, complaining, and moaning about last weeks loss.

i dont see anything good (let alone "best") about that.

MACH1
09-30-2012, 01:01 AM
that just means one extra week of people whining, bitching, complaining, and moaning about last weeks loss.

i dont see anything good (let alone "best") about that.

Exactly

LVSteelersfan
09-30-2012, 04:53 PM
I hate Steelers bye week. But at least we get it over with early this year so they will play every week from here on out.

steve314
09-30-2012, 05:50 PM
that just means one extra week of people whining, bitching, complaining, and moaning about last weeks loss.

i dont see anything good (let alone "best") about that.

Good point, but watching the team we just lost to get blown out in their next game doesn't make it seem any better.

Hawaii 5-0
09-30-2012, 06:04 PM
Good point, but watching the team we just lost to get blown out in their next game doesn't make it seem any better.

no kidding, Raiders just lost 37-6, were 1 out of 13 on third down conversions and are now 1-3.

hard to believe we lost to that crappy team...:mad:

rgj
09-30-2012, 06:45 PM
The best part of this bye week?

The Steelers led the league in allowing absolutely ZERO yards rushing and passing and ZERO points.

SoCalFan
09-30-2012, 10:58 PM
Just hoping we get on track soon!

Hawaii 5-0
10-02-2012, 09:45 PM
Bye a good break for Steelers

By F. Dale Lolley,
10/2/12

PITTSBURGH – Taking a few days off during a bye weekend might have been just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Steelers defense.

Literally.

Both Troy Polamalu and James Harrison were back at practice Monday for the Steelers as they returned from their four-day weekend and began preparation for their game Sunday at Heinz Field against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The practice for Polamalu was his third consecutive since the Steelers (1-2) lost, 34-31, at Oakland Sept. 23. The All-Pro strong safety hasn’t played since suffering a calf strain in the Steelers’ Week 1 loss at Denver.

Harrison, meanwhile, returned to practice Monday after working last Tuesday and sitting out Wednesday. The All-Pro linebacker is attempting to return to the field for the first time this season after undergoing minor knee surgery in August to remove loose cartilage.

It’s no secret that having a pair of former NFL defensive players of the year – Harrison won the award in 2008, Polamalu in 2010 – could be a big boost for a defense that has struggled thus far this season. “We will see once we all get on the field together,” said Polamalu, who needs one interception to reach 30 in his career. “There are some other new faces out there that have become starters. It’s about how all 11 guys are playing together.”

With Polamalu sitting out the past two games, Ryan Mundy has started at strong safety. Meanwhile, the Steelers have rotated Chris Carter and Jason Worilds at outside linebacker in place of Harrison.

Without two of their best playmakers on the field, Pittsburgh’s defense has struggled, particularly on the road, where it has allowed opponents to score points in eight of nine second-half drives.

“Getting off the field on third downs is a big issue for us, as well as red zone defense,” said Polamalu. “We just have to make better adjustments on the field in what we see and anticipating what we are going to get from an offense.”

The Steelers rank 30th in the league, permitting opponents to convert 48.5 percent of their third downs, and have given up nine scores on 10 trips by opponents inside their 20.

Part of the reason for the trouble on defense has been a lack of overall pressure. The Steelers have just five sacks in their first three games, putting them on pace for 27. That would be their fewest since they had 19 in 1988, a season that ended with a 5-11 record.

The return of Harrison, who had nine sacks in 11 games in 2011, could certainly help that. “We have to make more plays. We do have to get more pressure,” said defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. “It’s a team situation. In any close games, a play here or a play there makes the difference. We have to be the ones making those plays, which in the two losses we weren’t.”

Odds and end zones

Running back Rashard Mendenhall continues to practice fully and appears to be ready to return to the lineup against the Eagles. Mendenhall hasn’t played since tearing his ACL last Jan. 1 against Cleveland. ... The Steelers play two games in the next 10 days, hosting the Eagles this Sunday and traveling to Tennessee Oct. 11.

http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/sports11/10-02-steelers-bye