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Old 09-15-2007, 01:41 AM   #51
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Default Re: Steelers Regret Not Taking Posluszny?

Still too early.
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Old 09-15-2007, 01:49 AM   #52
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Default Re: Steelers Regret Not Taking Posluszny?

Timmons was drafted to be groomed into our Defense and inject some youth in the LB core. He and Woodley are the future. Harrison and Haggans are now. Poz on the other hand is a rookie drafted to contribute right away in a not as talented front seven. You know Buffalo cut Takeo Spikes right before Poz was drafted right?

Ask this question in another 3 years. I bet next year the Steelers will draft some ILB's and shore up the defense even more.
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Old 09-15-2007, 02:31 AM   #53
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Default Re: Steelers Regret Not Taking Posluszny?

here's the way i see it.... poz has been a consistent tackling machine lber in college for 3 years. sophmore 104 tackles,junior 116,senior 116. he's set a school record at penn state which, is known as linebacker U.(372 tackles). he's not a shawn merriman pass rush guy. he's more of an urlacher , james farrior type of linebacker.doesn't get the glory , but yet show's up every week. i seen him as being a "safe" pic, and what you seen of him in college is what your gonna get in pro's. a consistent all pro run stopper . he may not have been a top 20 pick, but he will not be a bust.

timmons has 1 year under his belt as a college starter. i can't recall the stats on 1 year college starters moving on to the nfl, but i do remember the % of one year wonder busts was "unsettling". .timmons may turn out to be the next greg lloyd....or he may be the next alonzo jackson.
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timmons has 1 year under his belt as a college starter. i can't recall the stats on 1 year college starters moving on to the nfl, but i do remember the % of one year wonder busts was "unsettling". .timmons may turn out to be the next greg lloyd....or he may be the next alonzo jackson.
Just as long as he isn't the next Huey Richardson!
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Just as long as he isn't the next Huey Richardson!
speaking of old huey....here's a tidbit of info i'm sure most are unaware of...

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05109/490519.stm


Andy Starnes, Post-Gazette

Two years, three teams, 16 games played, no statistics.
He was among the biggest and most mysterious busts in Steelers history, selected with the 15th pick of the 1991 NFL draft and ejected little more than a year later.

An All-America, record-setting pass-rusher from the University of Florida, Richardson was released before the 1992 season, played that year split between the Jets and Redskins and left football without earning an NFL sack.

What he achieved later, though, would put him among rare company. Ten years after his rookie season, Richardson was in the World Trade Center when the first plane struck in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
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I can't believe anyone would make a judgment on this at this point, either way. Hell, let these guys at least play a season or two. We shouldn't have to be reminded of Troy Polamalu in his rookie season. Let it play out and we will know in due time.

Anybody who thinks they know at this point is either trying to set themself up to say "I told you so" or they're just plain mad that we didn't pick the player that they were pimpin.
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Old 09-15-2007, 03:56 AM   #57
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regret?

yeah. posluszny is so great, the steelers regret not trading UP to get him.

the steelers and 31 other teams had him rated below the player they took in the 1st round.

i realize he's from penn state, but the bellyaching over the 1st pick being used on timmons is rediculous. why spend a 1st round pick on a consencus 2nd round graded player when we can go out and try to get 1st round talent?

if anything the steelers woulda traded UP in the 2nd round to draft paul if they wanted him. instead they took woodley.

to answer the question, the steelers have absolutely no regret about not taking paul. not yet anyways. perhaps in 5-10 years they might, but if thats the case so might 31 other teams.
I think you said it all tony I agree 100%.
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Posluszny pays Bills back fast
Tomorrow: Steelers vs. Bufflo Bills

Saturday, September 15, 2007
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After Penn State finishes with its opponent from Buffalo today, some of the Nittany Lions' players will be at Heinz Field tomorrow to watch another team from Buffalo. This time, though, they might be rooting for the team from Buffalo, if only because of Paul Posluszny.

Posluszny, an Aliquippa native, always has been something of a hometown favorite in Western Pennsylvania. He played at Hopewell High School and led the Vikings to WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships in 2002, then became a decorated three-year starter at Penn State and was called the best linebacker to play there by none other than Jack Ham.

That all changes when Posluszny, a rookie middle linebacker with the Buffalo Bills (0-1), tries to stop the team he grew up watching when the Steelers (1-0) open their home season at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Heinz Field.

The Bills moved up in the second round to draft Posluszny with the 34th overall pick, 12 spots ahead of where the Steelers drafted outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley. And they are glad they did.

"We are really happy that we have him," Bills coach Dick Jauron said.

Posluszny is one of two rookie starters with the Bills -- running back Marshawn Lynch, their No. 1 pick, is the other -- being counted on to pump some life into a franchise that has not made the playoffs since 1999.

In his National Football League debut, a 15-14 loss to the Denver Broncos last week, Posluszny had nine tackles, eight of them solo. More important, he never seemed to get stuck in a wash of blockers and was in proper position to make tackles -- a key for a middle linebacker.

"He looked very comfortable out there," Steelers center Sean Mahan said. "And he's got to be a smart guy to make all the calls for their defense."

"The bottom line is getting to the football, and he gets to the football a lot better than I did," former Bills linebacker Shane Conlan, who also played at Penn State, said in an interview with the Niagara (N.Y.) Gazette.

"He's everything as advertised," said Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who coached Posluszny for four seasons with the Nittany Lions. "He's one of the great human beings who have played at Penn State, on and off the field."

Posluszny was the first Penn State player to record 100 tackles three consecutive seasons, won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker as a junior and was one of only two players in college football history to twice win the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's best defensive player. On top of all that, he was named to the dean's list five times and graduated in less than four years with a degree in finance.

"He has it all -- speed, football intelligence, competitiveness," Bradley said. "He's everything you're looking for in a football player. He's one of those guys who keeps getting better and better."

As an example, Bradley referred to Posluszny's senior season at Penn State when he was switched from outside linebacker to middle linebacker in the Lions' defense. Despite not being able to practice at that position in the spring because he was coming off major knee surgery, Posluszny developed into a player who convinced NFL scouts and coaches he could play inside.

And that's where he is in the Bills' 4-3 defense, playing middle linebacker and providing hope for a defense that lost three key players in the offseason -- linebackers London Fletcher and Takeo Spikes, and cornerback Nate Clements.

"We don't feel like that is the only place he can play, but we definitely projected him in the middle for us," Jauron said. "He is an aware player. He is a guy that prepares really well and will work at it constantly. He thinks about it. I think he learns on every snap. I don't think he is a guy that makes the same mistakes over and over."

Posluszny isn't the only Bills rookie who is expected to contribute immediately.

Lynch was drafted 12th overall to replace running back Willis McGahee, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens. Like Posluszny, he started his first NFL game last week and finished with 90 yards on 19 carries against the Broncos, scoring on a 23-yard run.

Lynch also caught two passes for 9 yards, a sign the Bills want him to become an all-purpose back in the mold of one of their former heroes, Thurman Thomas.

"Hopefully, it says that we picked the right guy, and we think we did," Jauron said of his top two draft choices.

"Clearly we liked them enough to pick them at [No.] 1 and 2. They are good, and I think both of them are going to get better and better. They are pretty good now, but they have a long way to go to become real professionals in this league, in terms of understanding and reacting at the speed that they are capable of."

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Default Re: Steelers Regret Not Taking Posluszny?

IMO, it's waaaaay too early to regret anything. We have played one regular season game since drafting Timmons. One. Give the kid time. He looks good on ST's (speed) and he made a nice play against the Browns, chasing Jamal Lewis down and tackling him from behind for a loss. Nice play for a rookie.

Timmons has made the first step....he's back and healthy. I'm going to see what the kid has to bring to the team before I "regret" anything. It's September 15 and it's his rookie year. Deep breath.
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Thanks for your tidbit ToNy...

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