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bigbensgirl7 05-26-2005 09:38 AM

It's funny how things change in 1 yr.
One year ago, it was easier. The Steelers were still considered a 6-10 team that was judged to have significant offensive line problems and a secondary lacking speed. Their offense had been saddled with a running attack that had been next-to-worst in the whole league the previous season, and their defense went through too many stretches where it made a whole bunch of tackles but too few big plays.

?I think if you look at last year, everyone looked at who we lost the year before,? said Coach Bill Cowher back in March. ?Coming into the (2004) season, a lot of people said no way we were even as good as a 6-10 team.?

Sports Illustrated predicted the Steelers to finish third in the AFC North, behind Baltimore and Cincinnati. The Sporting News? list of the 100 top players in the league included only three Steelers ? Kendrell Bell was No. 56, Hines Ward was No. 71 and Alan Faneca was No. 75. Only one of Pro Football Weekly?s panel of six prognosticators had the Steelers finishing as high as second in their division. Nobody had them making the playoffs.

This was precisely the motivation the Steelers used from the first day of training camp until they had fashioned the 15-1 record that was the best in franchise history. And they did it with the same core of players who were on the team that finished 6-10 the year before, with the only newcomers to the organization among the starting 22 being Duce Staley, Ben Roethlisberger and Willie Williams.

It's so funny how basically the same group of guys went from being a 6-10 team with no respect to a 15-1 team with a little. Just though it was interesting... -here's the rest of the article!!!

RoethlisBURGHer 05-26-2005 10:06 AM

Re: It's funny how things change in 1 yr.
And now everyone is picking the Ratbirdss to win the division,and there are some saying the Steelers won't make the playoffs.

Everything changes,yet everything stays the same.

I hope we lay the Ratbirds out,I hope we lay everyone out and steamroll to a perfect record-with the SB win.I know we'll win our division.I know we'll go deep into the playoffs.Hell,I seriously think were going to go to and win the Super Bowl this year.Everything is in place,and we got rid of some excess baggage.

After this year,when the Steelers prove last year wasn't a fluke,maybe we'll get some respect.Then again,we probally won't...and you know what,I like it that way.

ironcitychef 05-26-2005 10:41 AM

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I think the biggest change in a year is the good news that we have a solid idea what Ben can do. Last year he was going to be a clip board holder for the season and had everyone stayed healthy, maybe we are still asking ourselves today if we missed on Philip Rivers. Good thing it all worked out for us last year. Lets hope we can complete a report card on all our draft picks again and not give them incompletes.

BlitzburghRockCity 05-26-2005 05:23 PM

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Last year everybody picked the ratbirds to win, and the bengals to be 2nd and us 3rd... and look what happens.. we go 15-1 and still dont get picked to do anything.. these ratings are worthless, we all know we rock and thats all that matters.

JerseySTEEL 05-26-2005 06:02 PM

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Thing i hate about theses ranking is there all driven on "HYPE".After a 15-1 year and we still have our core players and a younger talent coming up what the hell are these ppl on hehe.

clevestinks 05-26-2005 08:11 PM

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I heard the Vegas Line was a little high for us also?

SteelProven 05-26-2005 09:56 PM

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I think it's better that the steelers go through adversity as far as being overlooked. It always seems better when the steelers feel they have something to prove. An this year of any year would be the year to feel that way.

clevestinks 05-27-2005 05:58 AM

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Good point! I agee give thenm something to prove instead of being the one everyone is gunning for.

ironcitychef 05-27-2005 11:46 AM

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betting lines have changed...from what I see NE, IND, and PHI are in the 4:1 5:1 6:1 range. PIT was at 12:1 with SD but is now 10:1

Now to educate on how sports betting works...that means more money was going on us to win it all in the view of the average betting man so Vegas had to adjust the odds lower. In SD case they went from 12:1 to about 18:1 so public opinion is fading on them.

clevestinks 05-27-2005 12:28 PM

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Still not good enough , I like teams 25 to 50 to 1 bet a $100, and see what happens

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