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Fire Arians
11-04-2012, 07:03 PM
Sorry guys, I lost faith in the team to be a playoff caliber squad after all the injuries and struggles to win on the road against bad teams (titans loss i thought was the nail in the coffin).

I will be the first to say I was wrong.

I will still predict losses week after week because it seems like whenever I do that we're undefeated :wink02:

Merchant
11-04-2012, 07:04 PM
We should be 7-1. How the hell did we lose to tennessee and oakland for christ sake

Ricco Suavez
11-04-2012, 07:06 PM
Would of loved to have salvaged a split even on those two losses. 6-2 would be nice.

harrison'samonster
11-04-2012, 07:07 PM
I think most steeler fans have had doubts about this years team. Some of us just haven't put those doubts online where they could be recalled at any moment.

austinfrench76
11-04-2012, 07:08 PM
No worries buddy. We should be 6-2. I get down too but we gotta keep the faith baby!!!! Go Steelers!

steelfury02
11-04-2012, 07:25 PM
I ride the emotional roller coaster, and have been pretty p'od at this team this season. It seems like they are really coming together and I got a feeling from this team I haven't had since the last time we beat the Ravens in 10' on their turf.

Gotta take care of business and keep this thing rolling.

Bricks46
11-04-2012, 07:42 PM
We should be 7-1. How the hell did we lose to tennessee and oakland for christ sake

First year offensive coordinator, he's progressing with the squad quite nicely, IMO.

Fire Arians
11-04-2012, 07:44 PM
We should be 7-1. How the hell did we lose to tennessee and oakland for christ sake

oakland = got screwed by the refs, titans = defense was swiss cheese

jjpro11
11-04-2012, 07:49 PM
yeah.. those are two really lousy losses.. especially when the Ravens keep winning close games they should be losing. just gonna have to deal with it and move on. we may not be able to catch the Texans for seeding this year, but a first round bye is still well within reach with the parody in the AFC if we can keep playing inspired football.

Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala
11-04-2012, 07:49 PM
It looked grim early this season, but we're playing great ball right now. Our young replacements who were thrust into the fire with our injury issues are understanding this defense and playing great.

I think 11-5 is definitely within reach along with a division title from sweeping the Ravens, just gotta get healthy

TRH
11-04-2012, 07:53 PM
i was wrong too - i truthfully thought Manning would abuse our secondary with special attention given to Cruz and also abusing Ike Tayler.
We also had to play the refs in the 1st quarter - which made this victory even more impressive than it was in the first place. Those awful calls could have and should have really sealed the deal for them. But they failed to capitalize. I'm pleasantly surprised with the outcome today.
The "next man up" theory that Tomlin lives by really showed today again.

ZoneBlitzer
11-04-2012, 07:58 PM
I'm eating crow as well. There's still work to be done but the way the D played today gives me renewed optimism.

This team overcame SO MUCH today....

They overcame a league directive to ensure a Steelers loss by the worst officiating I may have ever seen. And they overcame their own headcoach with the worst trick special teams play I have ever seen as well.

They also overcame squandering fantastic field position again and again by the return team and key injuries to two great players in Brown and Rainey.

I can only pray that they are not done for the year.

If this offense could ever execute at the high level I think they are capable of, the sky is the limit.

The defense played fantastic ball today...absolutely fantastic. The run game was also excellent.

tony hipchest
11-04-2012, 08:00 PM
i was accused of being a blind homer wearing rose colored glasses for defending this team (far too many times), D-coordinator, ike, wallace, and realisticly pointing out that when we lost to tennessee we lost mendenhall, redman, gilbert, and pouncey, along with having dwyer inactive to ride the pine with troy and woodley.

we still took them to the wire.

i still saw a bright future though. :sun:

Third Rail
11-04-2012, 08:06 PM
I've been a doomsayer quite a bit this season, but they really did a great job overall in this game. Especially considering that they got hosed on quite a few calls and kept fighting.

However, I have to say, if they didn't pull ahead and win it in the end, I would have been screaming "FIRE MIKE TOMLIN" for that horrible Suisham TD attempt, lol.

GoFor7
11-04-2012, 09:46 PM
Switched over to NFLN after the game. Where's Warren Sapp?

ETL
11-04-2012, 09:48 PM
Something I posted on 10/17/12:

We are going to the Super Bowl!!!

( remember, you heard it here first)

We got the rest of the league just where we want them


(just wanted to give a big slap on the back to myself)

StainlessStill
11-04-2012, 09:52 PM
I never wavered from my 10-6 pre-season prediction. I stand by it and always have. I've said numerous times that it is absolute SUICIDAL to Steelers haters to count them out of anything!

SUICIDAL!

Steel_Bus_24
11-04-2012, 09:55 PM
I didn't write them off, but I was very displeased with their attitudes and intensity early on

These past 2 games, Ive seen the fire in their eyes....."The Have To"

We're still in major do do, because all of our losses have been to AFC teams

But at least they look like they want it now.....and if they can get healthy enough toward the end, then who knows

StainlessStill
11-04-2012, 10:00 PM
Nah, we're right where we're at. A win VS KC puts us at 6-3. We MUST TAKE CARE OF BALTIMORE in 2 weeks. Right now, we hold the 6th seed with nobody that remotely scares me behind us. Take care of Balty and we're gunnin for the #2 seed!

Hawaii 5-0
11-04-2012, 10:00 PM
We should be 7-1. How the hell did we lose to tennessee and oakland for christ sake

it is what it is...

Hawaii 5-0
11-04-2012, 10:02 PM
Something I posted on 10/17/12:

We are going to the Super Bowl!!!

( remember, you heard it here first)

We got the rest of the league just where we want them


(just wanted to give a big slap on the back to myself)

:nw:

shovelnose
11-04-2012, 10:08 PM
it is what it is...

The standard is the standard.:tt04:

Fire Arians
11-04-2012, 10:26 PM
I didn't write them off, but I was very displeased with their attitudes and intensity early on

this is exactly why i lost faith after the tennessee game. they had the chance to prove they could beat a lowly team on the road, and didn't just blow it, they typhooned it. lack of intensity really was a cause of concern.

now that they found that 'fire' then i'm optimistic again. it's just maddening when they came out flat and had no sense of urgency even after losing to oakland, that should have been enough of an eye opener.

Hawaii 5-0
11-04-2012, 11:06 PM
The standard is the standard.:tt04:

next man up...:tt02:

3rdandlong
11-04-2012, 11:17 PM
I didn't think we'd beat the Giants either. After today I'm convinced we're a Super Bowl contender and will be predicting them to win every other game this year unless they really collapse.

tanda10506
11-04-2012, 11:28 PM
The next 4 games will likely determin the season. We HAVE to be Baltimore at least once, if we do that and beat the Cheifs and Browns we'll be in contention for a first week bye, if we beat them twice we'll be SB bound, buf if ww loose to them twice or drop the two "easier" games then we'll be fighting for a wild card.

steeltheone
11-05-2012, 12:12 AM
Why do people talk about the Super Bowl halfway through the season? The team is looking awesome, but there is many games to be played. Week 8 will be forgotten in week 12. One game at a time!

VaDave
11-05-2012, 06:54 AM
RE: This season

Much like most of you, I had my doubts about this team early on, but over the last 40 some years since Noll took over the team, most years we don't start out like a house on fire.

But the Axiom is: It isn't how you start, as long as you don't get buried too far, it's how well you play down the stretch that counts. I'm pretty sure most of us realized things were going to be shakey early on with the new offense ( any body missing Arians??), then the injuries to Troy P, Gilbert, Mendenhal's recovery and subsequent injuries, Harrison on the mend, Woodley's hamstring. At the same time, I'm also thinking most of us were faily confident thisgs would get much better as the season wore on.

I think, along with the OL gelling nicely, and our special teams play, the biggest improvement this season is that the secondary has adjusted to life without Troy Palamalu.

Terminator
11-05-2012, 07:05 AM
I have no worries when it comes to Baltimore this season.

I record every one of their games and watch them closely. The only team they beat that was a legit contender was New England, and the manner in which they won was very questionable. Many bad calls to set up their final touchdown and a field goal that looked....odd.

Most of their wins came down to just a couple of points and that was against some not-so-great to downright horrible teams.

They lost Lewis and Webb. Ngata and Reed are playing through injuries. Suggs is not nearly as explosive as he once was. And Cam Cameron is a terrible OC. Not to mention their defense couldn't stop a big wheel, let alone a great offense.

I'm not saying we sweep them, but I would bet money on Pittsburgh pulling out the W at home.

maddog78
11-05-2012, 07:28 AM
Let's not engrave the trophy quite yet. We were 6-2 in 2009 before the bottom fell out. Keep stacking wins, there is still ground to make up.

lardlad
11-05-2012, 11:58 AM
Sorry guys, I lost faith in the team to be a playoff caliber squad after all the injuries and struggles to win on the road against bad teams (titans loss i thought was the nail in the coffin).

I will be the first to say I was wrong.

I will still predict losses week after week because it seems like whenever I do that we're undefeated :wink02:

I will admit I was wrong all the way up to the 4th qtr. While I did think the Steelers would win all week, by halftime I was convinced they would not. Wallace's play changed it all around. I remember saying they needed two td's in the 4th, no way that's going to happen.

Glad to be wrong, but there was A LOT to overcome. – They did it.

Kanata-Steeler
11-05-2012, 12:23 PM
Naa, no worries, maybe just "eating budgie bird" but that would be about it.
Now, if our "O" can finally completely catch up / make up, for our #1 "D" for the last several years, then I will Eat Crow, soon enough ....
;)

steelerchad
11-05-2012, 12:39 PM
oakland = got screwed by the refs, titans = defense was swiss cheese

D was bad, but without a blocked punt that they recovered inside our 1, we run away with that game I think

Kanata-Steeler
11-05-2012, 12:41 PM
D was bad, but without a blocked punt that they recovered inside our 1, we run away with that game I think

Let's NOT go too far back now, aka, remember our SB loss to GB ?, 'cause that was a lot on our "O" for that one.
Our "D" matched theirs, but our "O" didn't. We should have won that SB. -no thanks to Ariens -of course.

jjpro11
11-05-2012, 01:09 PM
Let's NOT go too far back now, aka, remember our SB loss to GB ?, 'cause that was a lot on our "O" for that one.
Our "D" matched theirs, but our "O" didn't. We should have won that SB. -no thanks to Ariens -of course.

The D gave us a chance to win at the end of the game, and I guess that's all you can really ask for against an offense like Green Bay's.. But I recall Green Bay receivers dropping a couple easy long balls. Jordy Nelson specifically dropped an easy bomb that would have put the game away. I think if we had a healthy Polamalu we would have won that game. He was a step late on many throws. Ben's pick 6 was brutal. Any way you cut it, the entire team did not perform up to task.

LgFriess
11-05-2012, 01:40 PM
I swear since Colon put that walrus humping block on that kid from the Bungles, this team has had a completely different, intense attitude. Love it!

SquirrelHillSteelNut
11-06-2012, 10:15 PM
We should be 7-1. How the hell did we lose to tennessee and oakland for christ sake






i'm still trying to figure out these two losses. *shaking my head sadly*

mikegrimey
11-07-2012, 01:01 AM
Let's NOT go too far back now, aka, remember our SB loss to GB ?, 'cause that was a lot on our "O" for that one.
Our "D" matched theirs, but our "O" didn't. We should have won that SB. -no thanks to Ariens -of course.

We must have seen different games. Our offense did turn the ball over 3 times, but our defense forced zero turnovers, and as other posters have mentioned, GB receivers, namely Jordy Nelson and James Jones, dropped several passes that would have been huge. Specifically on GB's first drive, Nelson dropped a sure TD pass, and on their first drive of the 3rd quarter, James Jones dropped another sure-fire long gain, probably TD.

teegre
11-07-2012, 01:14 AM
as other posters have mentioned, GB receivers, namely Jordy Nelson and James Jones, dropped several passes that would have been huge. Specifically on GB's first drive, Nelson dropped a sure TD pass, and on their first drive of the 3rd quarter, James Jones dropped another sure-fire long gain, probably TD.

Similarly, Randall Cobb fumbled the first punt return... but, recovered it. "If" PITT gets that fumble... "If" Nelson catches that pass... "If" Mike Wallace doesn't drop a TD pass... "If" Jones catches that pass... "If" BB doesn't overthrow Wallace, for a TD...

As in: those missed TDs essentially evened out.

Hawaii 5-0
11-08-2012, 11:51 PM
Starkey: How the Steelers stabilized

http://triblive.com/csp/mediapool/sites/dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls?STREAMOID=RjbWL vJwf4CLFygB2RTl18$daE2N3K4ZzOUsqbU5sYv8FUPf$1Cld8x HqpbhBfTbWCsjLu883Ygn4B49Lvm9bPe2QeMKQdVeZmXF$9l$4 uCZ8QDXhaHEp3rvzXRJFdy0KqPHLoMevcTLo3h8xh70Y6N_U_C ryOsw6FTOdKL_jpQ-&CONTENTTYPE=image/jpeg

Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer eludes Washington's Madieau Williams and Reed Doughty during the first quarter Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Heinz Field.

By Joe Starkey
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nobody expected the Steelers’ season to hit a crossroads in the third week of October.

But it did.

Coming off a dreadful loss at Tennessee — two weeks after an equally dreadful loss at Oakland — Mike Tomlin’s depleted crew lugged a 2-3 record into a Sunday night game at Cincinnati.

Among the missing were Troy Polamalu, Maurkice Pouncey, Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Marcus Gilbert and, sadly, Mike Wallace’s hands, which never got off the bus.

Two days before the game, Ben Roethlisberger had referred to Todd Haley’s offense as “dink and dunk,” a phrase that has since become a source of amusement but wasn’t so funny on the heels of a meager outing against Tennessee’s historically hideous defense.

It got less funny as the first quarter wore on. The Bengals on their first drive shoved the ball down the Steelers’ throats. Wallace dropped footballs like they were flying porcupines. Baron Batch somehow lost Antonio Brown’s gorgeous spiral in the lights.

Early in the second quarter, a second Roethlisberger turnover led to a quick Bengals touchdown, a 14-3 Cincinnati lead and mass panic in the Twitter-sphere.

Were the Steelers done?

Quite the opposite: They were just beginning.

What happened next was not just the story of a football game in the middle of October but the story of two franchises.

One, as usual, could not tolerate success.

The other, as usual, could not tolerate failure.

“We come together at those times,” said Doug Legursky, who started at center that night. “I haven’t been in other organizations, but talking to friends around the league, that’s what makes the Pittsburgh Steelers very special. We’re a family here. It’s a job to some point, but it’s something to us to fight for our brothers in the room.”

The Steelers chose a most unusual way to fight their way out of that 14-3 hole — on a drive that started at the 11 after a special teams penalty (imagine that).

Haley — perhaps sensing that none of his players could catch — unexpectedly turned to his 31st-ranked running game and third-string tailback Jonathan Dwyer.

To that point, the Steelers had attempted 16 passes against six runs (for 9 yards). Yet Haley’s play progression went like this:

Dwyer right.

Dwyer left.

Dwyer right.

Dwyer left.

Seems to me that’s the point where the Steelers forged an identity for 2012.

“I appreciated it,” Dwyer said. “And I tried to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Seven consecutive running plays put the ball on the Bengals’ 32. The drive netted only a field goal, but the Steelers had stabilized.

“We had our down moment,” Dwyer said. “We showed how tough we are by flipping it around.”

On Cincinnati’s next possession, something strange and wonderful happened. In football parlance, it’s called a turnover: t-u-r-n-o-v-e-r. The Steelers got a break when Andy Dalton’s flubbed pass attempt banged off a helmet and into the waiting arms of LaMarr Woodley.

A few plays later, Heath Miller made two beautiful catches — one for a touchdown, the other for a two-point conversion — and the Steelers somehow went to the half tied, 14-14.

Since then, they have outscored their opponents, 61-35, and have looked like an entirely different football team.

Wallace is catching passes again — and then running really fast. He looked like the anchor in a 4x100 Olympic relay on his touchdown Sunday, prompting analyst Phil Simms to say, “That might be as fast as I’ve ever seen anyone run on an NFL field.”

The defense, still without Polamalu, now stiffens late in games and sometimes tackles quarterbacks.

The running game, still without Mendenhall, looks more punishing than at any time since the Super Bowl run of 2005.

Give Haley credit for going to the ground in that dire situation in Cincinnati. Give him credit, too, for reducing his menu of running plays since then. He’s shown to be quite adaptable to his new environs. Willie Colon spoke to that when I asked if he’d seen Haley get in anyone’s face yet.

“No, I haven’t, and I’m kinda glad,” Colon said. “I don’t think there’s room for that here. I think there’s a lot of guys who take pride in their work and understand that if you’re not doing a good job, the guy behind you is more than qualified. So I think the competitiveness motivates guys.”

Something does — and the Steelers look plenty motivated with half a season left.

Plenty dangerous, too.

http://triblive.com/sports/joestarkey/2913977-74/steelers-dwyer-game-haley-running-cincinnati-bengals-drive-football-plays#ixzz2BhKn9bCC