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Old 08-27-2011, 02:10 PM   #61
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Hey im a realist..

Smith..Keisel, Hampton and Farrior are still good run stoppers...Just super slow....
well, if youre a realist, you can probably admit that is really relative. of course those guys arent going to be as quick as fast willie parker, mike wallace, ike taylor, polamalu or timmons. we have been blessed with som freakishly superb speed with our players.

however if you compare someone like farrior to his peers (other top middle linebackers in the league (lewis, urlacher, fletcher) he is just as fast.

he can still pretty much hang with the majority of RB's and TE's he is assigned to cover (young or old). he rarely over persues, and is seldom caught out of position.

it is important to note that sometimes the player gets beat, but sometimes the scheme is beat as well.

lots of times when james is beat, its usually because of absolute perfect execution of the offense.

i'll take that risk cause it rarely happens for an entire game.

those super slow guys have fielded a top 5 defense for years and 3 sb appearances.

im more of a results oriented guy. until its broke, dont try to fix it.
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:44 PM   #62
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As I recall, Farrior's really only had one subpar year, right? Year before last, I think it was. Otherwise he's been pretty solid the whole while.
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Old 08-27-2011, 03:09 PM   #63
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As I recall, Farrior's really only had one subpar year, right? Year before last, I think it was. Otherwise he's been pretty solid the whole while.
Yep - Farrior came back strong last season after an off 2009 when his poor coverage gave up killer gains in the 4th quarter in the Cincy road loss and the Sunday night loss in Baltimore - Steelers were concerned enough to bring back Foote but Farrior had a solid 2010

We shall see how he holds up if teams decide there is no point in trying to run on the Steelers and just throw every down like teams did in 2002 (that was a bad secondary (Washington/Scott/Flowers/Alexander - yikes)
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he can still pretty much hang with the majority of RB's and TE's he is assigned to cover (young or old). he rarely over persues, and is seldom caught out of position.

Come on...You need to watch his coverage...It's horrible
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I never said the players / coaches were idiots, don't put words in my mouth bro. I'm just saying I'm not confident that Smith will say healthy for the entire year. If he does, then I'll gladly say I was wrong. Hood might go down with a freak injury but come on man, the chances of a younger player like hood getting a season ending injury is much less.
No doubt Aaron is a great DE but he is injury-prone. It would be miracle to see him play at least 12 games during the season and postseason. We do need to develop a couple of good DEs though. I am not sold on Ziggy yet.
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