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Old 12-18-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default Both Scenarios - Making and Missing the Playoffs

Let me preface this by saying I don't think our season is over and I do think we're going to win out and make the playoffs. Unfortunately this isn't the popular opinion on this site which I think is a pessimistic view on things. If we win out and go to the playoffs, this season will almost have a 2005 feel to it. But, say that doesn't happen ..

We Make the Playoffs

Let's go with the obvious one here - we're in 'the tournament'. If we're in, we always have a chance to win and I don't care who we're playing. If we sneak in at 6, we'd be the underdog against teams that have a positive record. Whenever that happens, it's almost a certain win for this team. There would be no playing-down-to-the-competition, it would be bringing the best out of this team. I honestly think that if we squeak in at 6, the only team that would even slow us down would be the Patriots. I sincerely hope we go into Houston and show them what a real defense looks like, but maybe that's just me dreaming.

If we're in the playoffs, we are going to be in the conversation for the AFC crown. Here's the thing, though. We'd either have to go into Denver and beat the Broncos or head into Foxboro and beat the Patriots. Pick your poison but personally, I'd rather head into Denver. Knowshon Moreno doesn't strike fear into my heart, and I'm sure Ike wants to make up for his mistakes against Thomas.

Putting it simply, if we get in the playoffs and our defense decides to show up and play football, we can win this thing. We just need to settle down and get in first, though.

We Lose and Miss the Playoffs

So this is the shittier of the two versions of what could happen, but it needs to be addressed none-the-less. So, say we lose and miss the playoffs - what happens? Well, we'd be in a great position to draft for this team and I'm not just talking about the first round. Assuming we go 8-8 or 7-9, we're picking anywhere between 15 - 19. In this range, we're in the Dion Jordan sweepstakes. This kid combined with Woodley would instantaneously improve our pass rush significantly. On top of that, we're in good shape to draft in the later rounds and find talent midway through the second round. I can't stress that point enough, picking midway through the second round and having someone like TJ McDonald still on the board would be huge for this team. We could, essentially, reload this defense in one draft with the amount of defensive talent it holds. However, this can only happen if we miss the playoffs and have picks in the middle of rounds - missing doesn't sound so bad now, does it?

The other scenario is we go 8-8 or 7-9 and that brings change. With all the talk of Haley going to Arizona and coaches being fired, it would give Pittsburgh a very, very good crop of coaches to pick from in terms of coordinators. Say Haley does go off to Arizona, guys like Norv Turner would be there and interested in coaching for a perennial playoff and title contending team with a franchise quarterback.

If LeBeau goes, there would be talk of bringing in a new defensive coordinator as well which could bring this team the changes and facelift it so desperately needs. Physical, attacking corners and using Timmons effectively comes to mind immediately - we need to find someone that uses that scheme. Raheem Morris, anyone? He's a genius with corners and understands talent and recognizes weaknesses. He can't be a head coach to save his life, but by god can he coach defenses.

Finishing in third place would also guarantee a third place schedule. I want you to go and look at who the Bengals played this year and compare that to us - I'd love to have that kind of schedule for next year when we have our reloaded defense and (possibly) a new coordinator that will recognize the talent we have at WR and uses it. If the Steelers reload and refocus for next year playing a third place schedule, you're looking at another 12 - 4, 13 -3 team again. I won't complain about that.

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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If we make it this year- WIN THE DAMN THING IN 2013!!!
If we don't make it this year- YA GOT AN EASY SCHEDULE, WIN THE DAMN THING IN 2014!!!
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Woodley needs to stay on the field for any pairing to be effective. Also - Harrison on last leg. Drafting a mid rounder or two isn't going to fix the lack of edge rush next season. We need RB, Safety in either order IMO. We absolutely must get back to at least 2005 type of running game where teams respect it. We need a top 10 running game again and especially for the playoffs. We need that in our set of cards to take the pressure off Ben. Wallace, Brown, Sanders have not proven to be up to the level of Cruz, Hicks, Manningham or Jennings, Nelson or Jones
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Woodley needs to stay on the field for any pairing to be effective. Also - Harrison on last leg. Drafting a mid rounder or two isn't going to fix the lack of edge rush next season. We need RB, Safety in either order IMO. We absolutely must get back to at least 2005 type of running game where teams respect it. We need a top 10 running game again and especially for the playoffs. We need that in our set of cards to take the pressure off Ben. Wallace, Brown, Sanders have not proven to be up to the level of Cruz, Hicks, Manningham or Jennings, Nelson or Jones
You're right, we can't draft a mid round guy and fix our pass rush but getting Jordan out of Oregon fixes it.

They haven't been given the same opportunity. The Giants and Packers don't play their WRs on underneath routes - they both run vertical offenses and play to the skill of their WRs, not make their receivers adjust to a given gameplan. I think that's where Haley's offense falls apart - adjust to talent, not the other way around.
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You're right, we can't draft a mid round guy and fix our pass rush but getting Jordan out of Oregon fixes it.

They haven't been given the same opportunity. The Giants and Packers don't play their WRs on underneath routes - they both run vertical offenses and play to the skill of their WRs, not make their receivers adjust to a given gameplan. I think that's where Haley's offense falls apart - adjust to talent, not the other way around.
They can't catch anything so I think the type of routes are insignificant. Outside of Nate Washington catching a huge one on occasion - what type of routes do you think the last SB squad ran? They ran routes a helluva lot of the bunch formation and improv once the play broke down. I don't remember too many vertical game plans until Wallace showed up - and then, well, it was getting waaaay too greedy on the yardage when all we needed was a 1st down (ARIANS)
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Default Re: Both Scenarios - Making and Missing the Playoffs

MAKING THE PLAY-OFFS
I agree.

If they get in, they have more than a mere shot: they have BB... and I'll take BB over any other QB.

MISSING THE PLAY-OFFS
Dion Jordan would be the pick at 15-19ish. Followed by a safety (of which there are many).

SUMMATION
I foresee...

Lombardi #7 & Matt Elam at 32.

Also, I agree about Norv. He is a genius as an OC (but, horrible as a HC).
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The Playoffs start Sunday for the Steelers.

Beat Cincy, the door swings open to the postseason.

Lose and it's over, simple as that.

If the Steelers beat Cincy and Cleveland, they're in the playoffs.
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I like your level headed approach Canada. The bottom line is that in this age of free agency we are not going to win it every year. But the good news is that we have more of the trophies than any other team. When is the last time that the Patriots won one?
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If we make it this year- WIN THE DAMN THING IN 2013!!!
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Can't disagree with any of that SC. If getting into the Playoffs, as badly as we've played in some games this season, isn't an indication that something's in the stars for this team, I don't know what is. I'll feel better when some of the injuries heal, but either way, it isn't like we haven't ever done it the hard way before. If we win the wild card round, then we probably end up in Houston, which would be my preference anyway over going to Denver or Foxboro.

If not, well then we draft higher and we'd better make it count. It might be interesting to see, if we don't make the post-season, whether the FO decide to 'pull the band-aid' and make the difficult team personnel choices now given that it might be a while again before we're drafting as high up the board as we would if we went, say 8-8 this season.
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