Originally Posted by Riddle_Of_Steel
Beg to differ. Who were we missing by the time our playoff game against the Jags rolled around?
That year, Ben had a career season (32 TDs, 7 INTs), Parker was leading the NFL in yards rushing, and our defense was playing LIGHTS OUT from day 1 instead of "playing their way back to shape" midseason.
We did not hit a wall-- Aaron Smith got hurt and we did not have a suitable replacement at he time. Polamalu got hurt (yearly occurance, regardless of conditioning), but we kept our Oline mostly intact throughout the year and didn't have a different set of guys in te esecondary week to week.
We were also missing Parker (our Offensive MVP) and I am almost certain Starks or someone else important on the oline was out too. We were the walking dead heading into that game.