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ironcitychef 02-23-2005 12:11 AM

Plax is going, going, ...
Since we didn't franchise him, then he will become a free agent. Someone will pay(BAL?) for him, but do we just stay happy with Randle El? I have two theories.

One, we will be fine because we are only throwing the ball 25 times a game. Why pay for someone who has only caught four-five balls a game on average. Give El a chance to be a game breaker despite his size and save the money. Hand off to Duce and dump off to the TE's(maybe a new one in the draft) to control the clock again.

Second, we are in for a long year. Say Bettis decides to retire leaving us Duce(injuries w/35-40 carries a game)?), and Haynes(FA??) as tested players. No serious deep threat allows teams to not stack the line per say, but use the nickel LB set that NE exposed us on to show that we are one dimentional. Just like when teams used the spread offense to consistently beat us, teams will use a mix of extra LBs to stuff the run while providing enough zone coverage to negate the pass and still confuse Ben.

I am leaning toward the we still need balance theory of a deep threat. We have not gotten the Super Bowl win by running alone. And when we tried just passing with Tommy we were not that hot. I am waiting for traditional PIT free agency to provide us a band aid player(Mathis like?) while we pick a rookie from a deep WR draft. Plus Mays has shown some sparkle last year, but could he progress a little faster?

clevestinks 02-23-2005 02:00 PM

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how about Derrick Mason, he said he wants to play for a team with a chance to win right away

JerseySTEEL 02-23-2005 08:20 PM

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as to the running game i like the kid we picked up parker nice size and great speed. And one thing i love about Duce he carryis ppl to were he wants to be , love it when a player gives it anthior couple yards.i also dont think well be running as much as we did this year bc we need to let ben grow this year , with soem more passing. iam not saying lets pass 35 times a game just more then we did last year.

ironcitychef 02-23-2005 10:05 PM

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Mason is rumored to be on his way to NYJ since Moss is going to OAK. Besides I think that Mason is more of the same. Mays and El could do just as well and deserve the shot.

SteelersFever 02-24-2005 02:06 PM

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Personally, I wish he would have stayed. He's a star WR. It's going to be hard to replace his size, speed and intimidating deep threat presence. Someone is going to pay big bucks for him.

I found this picture... I think it explains it all.

clevestinks 02-24-2005 05:58 PM

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Here in cleveland the rumor is that Kevin Johnson is plannning on visiting the Steelers, please say it isn`t so

ironcitychef 02-25-2005 09:28 AM

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Mike great pic. I don't see the Steelers letting their hand slip unti the rework money on everybody else. By then it may be too late to get Burress back as Baltimore can't go after Moss but may want to keep Coles in the beltway. Then we either draft or buy whats left on the market.

BlitzburghRockCity 02-25-2005 01:13 PM

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Unless Plax has a change of heart, he won't be givng the Steelers a chance to match an offer he'll get from Atlanta, SanDiego, Balt., etc. I wish he would have stayed too. OUr trio was the best in the league. El will fill in nicely, but look for the Steelers to get a WR inthe draft if nothing decent becomes available in FA until then.

ironcitychef 02-26-2005 11:04 PM

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So Moss goes to OAK, and Musin goes to CHI, Coles and Moss don't go anywhere, Mason could go to Baltimore, ...does anyone else get the feeling Plax may just want to come back to us? He does live next door to Ben. They have to be talking about what is going on?

clevestinks 02-27-2005 06:26 AM

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I think he may want to, but at what price, I believe he thinks he`s better than he really is.

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