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Old 09-01-2006, 05:02 AM   #1
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Default Super repeat? Unlikely, says Bettis

Super repeat? Unlikely, says Bettis
Friday, September 01, 2006

By Chuck Finder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Jerome Bettis, television analyst, doubts that the Steelers can repeat as Super Bowl champions because of an unsteady offense that already misses Jerome Bettis, brutish halfback.

"This is a totally different football team now than we had when we went on that run," Bettis said yesterday in an NBC conference call to promote the Miami-Steelers opener that kicks off the network's "Football Night in America" coverage Thursday.

"The question is: Are they capable of repeating? ... That remains to be seen yet. But it's not the same team. It's going to be a work in progress. It's going to be very, very difficult for them to repeat. They've got their hands full.

"They may have to rely on Ben Roethlisberger's arm a lot more than they have the prior two years. ... I'm not certain about the running game, how consistent it will be churning out the tough yards.

"Obviously, with myself not being there, that poses a question."

His retirement, Bettis said, and the lack of a Bus-like halfback could cause the Steelers to alter their style.

"Obviously ... not having that closer in there late in games, that is significant in shortening games," he said. "If they don't have that ability to shorten the game in terms of that physical runner in between the tackles, that's going to be a really big problem. Looking at the roster, you'd say Duce Staley ... would have to fill that role."

"If he makes the team," interjected fellow NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth.

"Exactly," concluded Bettis.

Tilting more toward the pass was a systemic mistake Bill Cowher's Steelers made in 2003, Bettis said.

"When they did go away from [the run], they had one of their worst years, going 6-10," he said. "I don't believe he's going to go to the extreme, but I think he's going to try to open it up a little bit more. Just because the running-back position is a different type of running back now. Willie Parker is not a pounder, 4-yards-and-cloud-of-dust kind of guy. I would hope [Cowher] wouldn't open it up as much as we did back then; that was a bad decision."

Speaking of Cowher, Bettis joked about the coach angrily telephoning him after his Aug. 13 comments on the air about the Steelers' coach potentially retiring at season's end. "He's not confiding in me about it anymore," Bettis said.

"I was just telling what I believe. We have a pretty good relationship about being able to talk through things. He told me how he felt about it. I told him how I felt about it. I don't see it as an issue.

"If I was [still] a player, it might be a problem, though
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Old 09-01-2006, 06:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: Super repeat? Unlikely, says Bettis

I've been a Bettis hater for about 4 years now. We sure as hell aren't going to miss his 2 yards per carry average. The Steelers carried him on the roster simply because oif what he did for them in the past and the fact that he took a SIGNIFICANT pay cut in his final season. I'm sure that he'll receive a BIG OLE JOLLY RECEPTION when he returns for the game Thursday night.

I couldn't care any less about what he has to say. From what I've seen he's not even an average commentator. Screw that fat bozo, I'm glad that he's gone.
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Old 09-01-2006, 07:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: Super repeat? Unlikely, says Bettis

How are the steelers a "totally different team" ?
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Old 09-01-2006, 08:20 AM   #4
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Default Re: Super repeat? Unlikely, says Bettis

I think we will miss Bettis, he was and is a STEELER and wasn't afraid to pound it out. Hate him if you want but his style of play was PITTSBURGH SMASH MOUTH FOOTBALL at its best. Yes, the bus had slowed but the wheels still turned.

I think this is a very different team, I sure feel that. I don't think it means we are not going repeat but I think he is right, there are a lot of things yet to be seen. Nobody thought we had a chance last year until we beat the Colts...6 to 1. HELL YEAH!

Jerome isn't wrong, we don't have the presence in the back field right now. That doesn't mean someone won't step up. I sure don't want to depend on Duce, he has been getting a welfare check since he arrived. Willie can run but we need a pounder, it is STEELER STYLE! That will only compliment our new found passing game.
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Old 09-01-2006, 08:30 AM   #5
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I've been a Bettis hater for about 4 years now. We sure as hell aren't going to miss his 2 yards per carry average. The Steelers carried him on the roster simply because oif what he did for them in the past and the fact that he took a SIGNIFICANT pay cut in his final season. I'm sure that he'll receive a BIG OLE JOLLY RECEPTION when he returns for the game Thursday night.

I couldn't care any less about what he has to say. From what I've seen he's not even an average commentator. Screw that fat bozo, I'm glad that he's gone.
I dont think you'll get alot of support for your stance around here....

Anywho...folks gotta realize...Bussy has a new job now...he has to commentate on a national level...and I believe he is trying to convince people that he is unbiased by "reporting" some of the things he has....

I'm willing to bet you...off the air...he is saying very different things....
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Old 09-01-2006, 08:41 AM   #6
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Default Re: Super repeat? Unlikely, says Bettis

I have to admit, I was expecting to read an article where Bettis told everyone what a huge challenge it would be to repeat, but that he thought the boys would be up to the task.

Instead, we have Bettis basically saying that Pittsburgh can't get it done because of one missing factor......Bettis.

Its pretty obvious that it was preplanned for Collinsworth to throw him a nice slow pitch regarding Staley taking over his duties as the short yardage guy - which he hit out of the park.

There are references to the 6-10 season of 2003 where the balance of attack changed (532 pass , 302 rush) - and this is used as evidence why the Steelers should keep pounding it.

Of course, the Steelers also went 6-10 in 1999 - and the balance there was certainly run heavy - sometimes you just have bad years.

Perhaps the quality of QB should also be factored in.

In 1999 you had Mike Tomczak and Kordell Stewart sharing QB duties.

Tomczak's career stats - 88 TD's, 106 INT's - 69.9 passer rating

Stewart's career stats - 77 TD's, 84 INT's - 70.7 passer rating

In 2003 you had Tommy Maddox.

Maddox career stats - 48 TD's, 54 INT's - 72.4 passer rating

IN 2006 you will have Ben Roethlisberger.

Roeth's career stats - 34 TD's, 20 INT's - 98.3 passer rating

I think we all know that the passing game works best when you have a QB behind centre who is capable of throwing more TD's than interceptions.

To be succesful in this era, it is necessary to evolve - it is more difficult to maintain the same identity if you dont carry the same personnel.

Its going to be very tough to repeat but I dont think all of that hangs on the shoulder of Jerome Bettis retiring.

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Default Re: Super repeat? Unlikely, says Bettis

First off, I don't understand the hatred of Bettis by some...Although I am unhappy about his comments in this facet. Awfully arrogant on his part to infer that they will struggle because he's gone...I do agree that the only reason Bettis stayed on his last two years was out of loyalty from the Steelers and due to his pay decrease. I truly believe that Haynes can get it done. Staley is a lost cause and needs to be wearing a silly hat selling hot dogs. It seems that in retirement...Bettis is pissin' some people off.
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Let's face it BETTIS is no longer THE BUS that we are use to seeing and/or hearing. He's now THE MEDIA BUS. His comments are to create controversy where there is none. He has certainly done that. Although there were times that I doubted his abilities on the field, I will never dislike him for the player he was (even though he almost closed out the Indianapolis playoff game in a different way), I will hold a short leash on his commenting talents and if things like this continue to roll out of his mouth, then I will put him in the same categories as Madden, Theisman, and Collinsworth - useless bumbling idiots wasting my football game!
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How are the steelers a "totally different team" ?
Thats what I`m saying! Keisel is better than Kimo, now that Kimo is older. El wasnt that vital to our succes, and Holmes should be better. Hope was a descent player in a system that made him look good. And Bettis averaged 6.8 carries a game. Big Deal. Bettis shouldnt talk so much!
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I will hold a short leash on his commenting talents and if things like this continue to roll out of his mouth, then I will put him in the same categories as Madden, Theisman, and Collinsworth - useless bumbling idiots wasting my football game![/QUOTE]

EXACTLY!
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