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Old 11-28-2007, 12:27 AM   #1
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Default The ugliest thing on TV Monday was not the field.

Sadly, it was once again our suddenly flacid o-line. I've been poring over some numbers Tony Hipchest style and have found a disturbing trend to report.

Only Detroit (47), St. Louis (39), and San Fran (37), have allowed more sacks than we have (35). These teams have a combined record of 11-22.

16 of our sacks allowed (almost half) have come in the last three games.

Our running game has also suffered considerably. Our in-ability to convert 3rd or 4th and 1's has been painful to watch. Scoring touchdowns via the ground game seems to be a distant memory.

We can talk all we want about coaching, Ben, the receivers, or whatever but the bottom line is if we don't find a way to improve our o-line, we are in for a very dis-appointing stretch. If you look at the numbers we have been able to achieve in spite of that, there is reason for optimism. We are a talented team that is capable of making some noise but this could very well be our achilles heel going forward. In my eyes, the entire rest of the season rests solely on the shoulders of five people. If they get it done, we can shock the world once again. If they don't, it will be just another season to ponder what we could have done "if only".
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: The ugliest thing on TV Monday was not the field.

One could see the cracks in the armour in the Super Bowl year. Rodney King errrrrr Baby Huey errrrrr Max Starks peaked that year.

Marvel Smith is overrated. Simmons' unfortunate battle with diabetes stole his prime years. Kemo isn't getting any better ever. Okobi was as useful on a Sunday as a USPS mailtruck.

And what exactly did Cowher do to help rebuild the line before his expeditious and convenient exit? Nothing. Nothing at all. And more importantly do the Rooney's and KC have a plan to fix this calamity?

The better our record this season the harder it will be to fix.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:55 AM   #3
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Default Re: The ugliest thing on TV Monday was not the field.

i think the fact we are 8-3 magnifies our problems.. we need help via the draft.. i would love to get something in return if faneca leaves.... (maybe a 2nd or 3rd)
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:55 AM   #4
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i think the fact we are 8-3 magnifies our problems.. we need help via the draft.. i would love to get something in return if faneca leaves.... (maybe a 2nd or 3rd)
Agreed this is going to be one of the most important drafts in recent years.
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:10 AM   #5
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i think the fact we are 8-3 magnifies our problems.. we need help via the draft.. i would love to get something in return if faneca leaves.... (maybe a 2nd or 3rd)
Unfortunately, Faneca will be an Unrestricted Free Agent so when his contract is up, it is up. He'll be free to sign with whatever team agrees to give him a ridiculous amount of money in the inflated market. Since he has more than three years of service with the francise, the Steelers will be awarded no compensation at his departure. Just a hand shake and "good luck."
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Default Re: The ugliest thing on TV Monday was not the field.

Just wondering....

Has anyone considered the fact that (and mind you I'm not making excuses) that the fact the Steelers have played, I think, 4 straight games in the rain might have a little to do with the decline of the offensive performance? I know, in the Ravens game they exploded. But mostly because they were given a short field. Maybe they're tired of being wet and cold and aren't getting as up for the games? I don't know. The benefit I see of this stretch is that they will be battle tested come Dec. 9 (especially if the rumor for snow this Sunday is true) and therefore might still have a chance against the Patsies, given they've barely been challenged at all. One can hope, right?
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Default Re: The ugliest thing on TV Monday was not the field.

The OL played better against the Dolphins. Nobody is going to the Pro Bowl, but they were better. A couple of those sacks were coverage sacks, Ben holding the ball too long, etc.
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:19 AM   #8
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YEAH AND ONLY DETROIT, ST. LOUIS AND SAN FRAN HAVE QBS WHO HOLD THE BALL LONGER THAN BEN.
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:46 AM   #9
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Default Re: The ugliest thing on TV Monday was not the field.

The O-Line is clearly our biggest issue right now. But Ben has to take a small part of the blame for those sacks because he sometimes holds onto the ball too long.
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The O-Line is clearly our biggest issue right now. But Ben has to take a small part of the blame for those sacks because he sometimes holds onto the ball too long.
Are you seriously trying to divert blame away from the line and put it on Ben!? BEN!?
The fact that he has been able to put up some great numbers with this line shows his talent level. Check the QB rating of the niners, lions, and rams to see how they have fared in similar situations. It's not pretty.

IMO Ben deserves nothing but kudos for his performance so far.
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