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Old 02-21-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default Steelers echoing Jets dysfunctional ways

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...unctional-ways

Pittsburgh Steelers echoing New York Jets' dysfunctional ways
By Adam Schein

Anonymous sources blasting teammates. ... Players apparently out of shape and not focused on winning. ... Defensive gurus exhibiting delusional behavior.

Your 2012 New York Jets? Nope. This is a sudden and stunning review of the state of affairs of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Members of this supposed model franchise are bickering, calling each other out, flocking to radio and television shows in a fashion that would make the Jets blush.

It's all pretty revealing and alarming.

An unnamed teammate recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that LaMarr Woodley was "awful" last season, mainly because "he wasn't in shape." Ryan Clark told NFL Network the unnamed commentary was "cowardly." Antonio Brown told ESPN that the Pittsburgh locker room was "divided."

Last season's 8-8 third-place finish in the AFC North was not a fluke. The Pittsburgh Steelers have real problems.

Mike Tomlin is a great coach, but he needs to regain the pulse of the team. Leaders have to step up this offseason.

The 2012 campaign was a topsy-turvy and tumultuous one for the Steelers. Receiver Mike Wallace's selfish and clueless contract dispute -- which didn't result in him gaining one extra penny -- set the tempo. After missing the offseason program, Wallace was ill-prepared for the new offense. He dropped passes and had a miserable -- and likely final -- season in Pittsburgh.

Running back Rashard Mendenhall was suspended for a game for not being a good teammate -- for essentially not giving a damn. After Ben Roethlisberger threw a decisive late-season pick against the Dallas Cowboys, a blame game with combustible offensive coordinator Todd Haley ensued. Troy Polamalu couldn't stay on the field. James Harrison and Woodley couldn't make a dent in the opposition's offensive line, let alone strike fear in opposing quarterbacks like they had in the past.

When they lost at home in Week 16 to the "little brother" Cincinnati Bengals, some thought it was an upset. I thought it was easy to predict.
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Forget the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens; in the AFC North, the Bengals are better than the Steelers. They were better at this time last year, when the Steelers were licking their wounds after Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos beat them in the playoffs; they were better in the preseason, when I picked Pittsburgh to finish third in the division; and they were better in Week 16.

Last season was not a mirage. There are personnel issues, chemistry issues. This team is living in the past.

The New York Giants, who also missed the playoffs, promptly shed three key veterans. Pittsburgh needs to follow suit and remake this team, fast.

Roethlisberger is a future Hall of Famer at quarterback. Now, tell me what else you like about the roster.

Yes, first-round pick David DeCastro, who was injured all year, should come back. But this offensive line had (and has) deeper issues.

General manager Kevin Colbert won't pay Wallace what he wants -- and he shouldn't, not with his ridiculous asking price. However, this means that in consecutive years, Pittsburgh's receiving corps is going to lose Hines Ward and Wallace. Tight end Heath Miller, meanwhile, is coming off a knee injury, carries a high cap number (almost $8 million) and could potentially be cut.

Mendenhall is unreliable on and off the field. I like Jonathan Dwyer, but is he the guy with whom to establish a running identity?

The Steelers' cornerback play has been poor for a while. Polamalu's consistent unavailability is a killer. Harrison is likely -- and rightly -- on his way out. Out of shape or not, Woodley had a miserable season.

As things stand now, Pittsburgh is destined for another frustrating campaign. Colbert must cut the cord on the past and eliminate the dead weight for 2013 and beyond. He shouldn't go into rebuilding mode, but the Steelers do need a bit of a makeover.


In that context, the comments made recently by defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau seem as if they came right out of the hyperbolic Rex Ryan playbook.

LeBeau told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the Steelers could've won the Super Bowl if, like the Ravens, they'd gotten good breaks with their health. That's disrespectful to the Ravens, who never saw cornerback Lardarius Webb return. It's also flat-out wrong.

Pittsburgh was flawed going into the season, with aging stars and a rare lack of talent, and conducted a failed chemistry experiment. Choosing Haley to run the offense while letting Bruce Arians go was a colossal mistake.

Hopefully for the great Steelers fans, Colbert doesn't listen to LeBeau. This team needs to change -- especially if it wants to keep up with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers echoing Jets dysfunctional ways

We do NOT own the North. As of now, the Ravens do. The Bengals are right there with us, NOT at the top. BUT, unlike the Bengals, we HAVE and KNOW how to take down the Ravens.

10-6. I will repeat it over and over. Is it enough to win the North? We'll see.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:05 PM   #3
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Default Re: Steelers echoing Jets dysfunctional ways

I don't know why, but Adam Schein never has anything nice to say about Pittsburgh. I think it's funny that he says he saw the Bengals loss coming in Week 16 but I think it's fair to say that we all saw AJ Green having a big game 'coming'. Ike wasn't in the lineup and it was painfully obvious that Troy was still injured. On top of that, we weren't getting any pressure from either OLB position. However, all of that was true the first time these two met in 2012 except Taylor not being active.

Ike held AJ to one catch for 8 yards. Then, when Ike wasn't in the game, AJ had a big game against a young and still developing Cortez Allen. Geez, that's great insight Adam.

He also says Miller has the potential to be cut. I'm not against this decision per se, but it isn't going to happen - not in a million years. Not when he's (perhaps) the fan favorite of that city. He's talking out of his ass and doing so for headlines. Him and Bouchette should have a beer and talk about how much the Steelers suck.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:06 PM   #4
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Sad but true.

Colbert's got to nail this year's draft.

Tomlin's got to control the locker room.

If we don't get both we're in deep next year.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:06 PM   #5
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Do the steelers need to make changes, you betcha

But that writer can get the f*** outta here with that....Respect the Ravens crap....Im sorry....did they lose Flacco or hell even Ray Rice for an extended period of time???

Don't even try to compare injuries....

Is Baltimore top-dog...sure...are they some unbeatable dynasty that has now made the Steelers their court jesters?????F**** No
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While not everything in the article is spot on, he's mostly right about the Steelers. They need to realize the Haley experiment was bad from the start. They need to realize they cannot hang on to veterans out of sentiment anymore. They need to embrace change instead of stubbornly resisting it.
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Default Re: Steelers echoing Jets dysfunctional ways

there are a couple lines in that article every member of the Steelers should read before they do their workout this off-season.

I do agree with Steel Bus 24 though - we lose our 1st and 3rd round pick to injury before the regular season, our two top defensive players are injured (one of them for almost the whole season). We played the revolving O-line game again, our starting RB wasn't even suppose to be on the field this season, our QB had a life threatening injury week 11, and our iron-man top CB gets injured when the season was on the line. Our #1 WR sat out during camp and played not to get injured. At the beginning of the season Foote said that defensive players weren't buying into the scheme. By the end of the season it seems the locker-room wasn't all together on much. We still missed the playoffs by 3 points against the Bengals.

Whatever's happened has happened. This is the start of the next season and we will see if the Steelers have the players to come back from a bad year.
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The sky is falling after an 8-8 season wow?
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While not everything in the article is spot on, he's mostly right about the Steelers. They need to realize the Haley experiment was bad from the start. They need to realize they cannot hang on to veterans out of sentiment anymore. They need to embrace change instead of stubbornly resisting it.
I don't agree with you on the Haley comment. the Offense was moving along until the KC game. Afterword when the O-line and running game collapsed the offense went to a crawl. Haley didn't turn the ball over 8 times against Cleveland.

I do agree with the mood of the article. The Steelers, including the players, need to be doing everything they can to make this team better this season.
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Choosing Haley to run the offense while letting Bruce Arians go was a colossal mistake.
Agree with everything you wrote except for this ^^^^.

I think you have a very short memory-- showing Bruce Arians the door was the best coaching move they have made in years. I am GLAD as HELL I do not have to see anymore of that 5-wide on 3rd down and 1 crappola anymore. No more refusal to use a Fullback. No more trying for the homerun when a 5 yard pickup would keep the drive going.

We were naive to think there would be no hiccups in implementing an offense that differs so drastically from the previous one, but I think Haley was the right move, BY FAR, for the future and moving forward.

With an extra year of familiarity with the system, the shedding of a contract-hungry showboat, a retooled ground game, an improved Oline, and a hungry attitude, this offense should be a machine by this next season's opener. I have no problems with Bruce Arians and am glad for his success with Indy, but no offense-- I am glad he is NOT on our sidelines anymore.
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