Originally Posted by thumper
Given a completely open-ended question, Herm was asked what
team should be most concerned from everything he has seen so
far. His answer?
The Pgh Steelers and that O-line.
Just what I wanted to hear. We all hoped we were wrong. We hoped
that the front office had a better idea of what they were doing, and we
could trust the OL would be fine, that their lack of addressing the OL,
which missing BOTH best OTs from last year - on a below average OL
to begin with, __with__ Starks and Adams in the line up, was nothing
to worry about. We hoped we were wrong.
Well, we weren't. The OL is a mess. Ben was in for a mere 3 throws and
he already took a hard shot. Did I see him icing his hand on the sidelines?
I believe, it is now safe to say: They aren't addressing the OL because of
arrogance. They hear all the fans and media once again saying the OL
needed help, but they refuse to address it b/c they think they will prove
Well, we went to 2 more SB after 1996 in __SPITE__ of the OL not because
of it. We won one. Lost the other. And I fear we will not be to another b/c
they have to prove how they are smarter than everyone and OL is not
something that needs more attention.
Well F--K that.
Ben will be getting killed, his career shortened, and it all could have been
prevented, except they have to prove smarter than every one, just like
they did when they refused to address the QB position, and we suffered
with Jim Miller, Kent Frankengram, Kordell Stew-suck, Mike Tom-pop, et al.
Oh, you say it's only one preseason game? OK. So, do you think our OL
will not be a weak link? Will that be changing any time soon, like by
the regular season? And if so, how? Why? What is going to happen
between now and then? We have ONE good player out of 5 positions.
The rest are average or below average. Good luck with that. I really am
not looking forward to a season where Ben is going to take a record amount
of hits and sacks. It could have been prevented, but our front office is just
too smart to react to the OL. It reminds me when Tomlin was asked after a
draft, "Why didn't you address the OL?" He said, smuggly, "Because there
are other ways to make Ben's job easier than adding O-line man, like
adding play makers instead." (I am paraphrasing here.) Well, the players
taken instead of OL-men are along the lines of Sweed and Spaeth. Excuse
my while I don't buy into that BULL SHIT.
you are dead wrong. If this was back in 2008, I would probably have agreed with you that our OL was the weak link to our team, but the secondary has gotten progressively worse since that magical defensive season (I will always argue that that was one of the best defensive teams of all-time, but that is for another argument).
I do believe that the OL will always look worse than what it is due to how Ben plays, and that is no slight on him, he just takes alot of sacks for trying to make a big play. Ben getting killed is also part his fault for that very same reason.
I do not think it is because of arrogance either; I mean seriously, the play that Ben got sacked, was an overload blitz were there was one extra man free, the Oline did their job, Ben should have thrown it away, IMO.
Is the offensive line good? of course not, but I do think they are a capable bunch, most times.
And one more thing, LOL HERM EDWARDS!!!