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Old 03-12-2009, 11:49 AM   #21
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The Steelers tagged Starks the day that Gross signed his long term deal and Carey was reportedly signing his deal. I dont like Starks talent, but he was considered by many the #3 OT in free agency, so saying that noGM in the league wanted him is a bit crazy.

You point out that our O line gives up sacks and Ben has no protection, but would rather take Hakeem Nicks in the 1st so he can be the #3 or #4 WR and watch Ben get sacked because we didnt address the O line again. Makes no sense to me other than WR and CB are glamour picks.

Oh yeah......and Alex Mack is soft.

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Old 03-12-2009, 12:41 PM   #22
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The Steelers tagged Starks the day that Gross signed his long term deal and Carey was reportedly signing his deal. I dont like Starks talent, but he was considered by many the #3 OT in free agency, so saying that noGM in the league wanted him is a bit crazy.

You point out that our O line gives up sacks and Ben has no protection, but would rather take Hakeem Nicks in the 1st so he can be the #3 or #4 WR and watch Ben get sacked because we didnt address the O line again. Makes no sense to me other than WR and CB are glamour picks.

Oh yeah......and Alex Mack is soft.
what cracks me up, is in 1 post he implies that olinemen aren't that neccessary for success, so why waste a high pick on one, then he turns around and advocates getting into a bidding war for gross or carey....:
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:53 PM   #23
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what cracks me up, is in 1 post he implies that olinemen aren't that neccessary for success, so why waste a high pick on one, then he turns around and advocates getting into a bidding war for gross or carey....:
Maybe they are "impact O-linemen"?

To me, Carey is a solid RT or guard that can play LT. Still better than Starks, but not somebody I think the Steelers needed to pay $7mil a season to.
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I got no problem with Smith, Butler or Keenan Lewis from Oregon St. The fact that there is a deep class of CB's might mean that we dont need to get one in the 1st round.

As for a big ugly that is a "difference maker". Please tell me if Jake Long, Brandon Albert, Ryan Clady, Joe Thomas, Tony Ugoh or any O lineman has ever been considered a difference maker.

Bottom line is that experienced guys like Parcells know you build a team with a solid base of linemen. That is why he picked Jake Long OT, Philip Merling DT and Kendall Langford DE with his first 3 picks of last years draft. A solid Offensive or Defensive lineman makes much more sense than a CB in round 1, but we will see.
I have to agree with you in principle, but what was it 3,4 years ago? noone could run on us, or stop our run, but we consistantly got beat with long pass plays and a dismal return game.
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I have to agree with you in principle, but what was it 3,4 years ago? noone could run on us, or stop our run, but we consistantly got beat with long pass plays and a dismal return game.
thats the direct result of bad picks like chad scoot,scott shields, hank poteat, and ricardo colclough.....
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thats the direct result of bad picks like chad scoot,scott shields, hank poteat, and ricardo colclough.....
I also dont think we got much push from our down linemen or Clark Haggans. The only guy to rush the passer then was Porter.

I'd love to see a guy that is a 2-gap DE and is athletic enough to get after the passer. Canty might not have been perfect as that, but I think he would have been better than Nick Eason, Kirshke, etc.
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