Originally Posted by SteelersCanada
Because he's going to be another year older. The wheels fell off last season, and there are teams that we're going up against this next year like the Falcons, Saints and Houston that possess two quality receivers that I'm not sure Ike will be able to keep up with. Using Houston as an example, even if Cortez does a great job against Andre, on the other side Ike would be matched up one on one against Hopkins. Hopkins has that burner speed, and how often did we see Ike get beat deep this year?
I love the idea of Kony Ealy in the first round, but my head says it has to be Dennard or Gilbert. Ike just can't do it anymore.
It's not a long term fix but if we want to address other needs we'll have to make a sacrifice some place else. Though a lot of teams now have two number one receivers or one number one and one on the cusp of getting there, the majority of them still don't have that versatility. It'll really have to be scheme change depending on who we're playing.