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Old 02-05-2008, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Can we beat the Pats in '08???

I think we can if coach Tomlin can add all the missing elements to the team: better than average OLinemen; two speedy CBs; two defensive ends like Strahan and Osi.
Adding a RB similar to Brandon Jacobs would be nice too.
Of course, the team will have to play at a very hight level without mistakes.
It makes me sick to think we have been 1-5 or 1-6 in the last few years.
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Old 02-05-2008, 02:36 PM   #2
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A bit early....
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Old 02-05-2008, 02:40 PM   #3
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Default Re: Can we beat the Pats in '08???

We have two speedy CB's in Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden. The problem wasn't the speed of the CB's, but the mistakes of FS Anthony Smith. He was to provide help over-the-top on Moss, but bit multiple times on play-action and the pump fake.

Last I checked, we were running the 3-4 and not the 4-3 next year. In the 3-4, the ends tie up blockers so the LB's can slip in and get the sacks. Umenyoria and Strahan would be outside linebackers in our system. We already have a beast at ROLB in Harrison, and next year LaMarr Woodley will be replacing Clark Haggans at LOLB. I think our OLB pass rush will be better next year.

I agree with the o-line situation. We need a center who can physically impose his will upon the defensive line. Mahan is not capable of doing that. Losing Alan Faneca is going to hurt, he was our best o-lineman all year. We are going to lose at least one tackle to free agency also.

I think we can find a guy late in the draft like Brandon Jacobs. Everyone wants to have a guy that's just like Jerome Bettis, but we aren't going to find another Jerome Bettis. We need a guy who can make some holes and punish defenders. A guy who can wear them down. It would be great, take some wear off of Willie Parker and weaken the defense so Parker can get some long runs.

We could have beaten the Patriots this year if Anthony Smith was following his assignment and if we hadn't lost Aaron Smith.
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:44 PM   #4
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yeah, i think we need to cut some carries on willie next yr.. he had the most carries in the league b4 breaking his leg.. it would be nice to get another rb who can run well and give willie more than 1 or 2 play rest.
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This one is too early to call. The Pats* are going to lose a few key players to FA, imho, and the Steelers are going to be restructuring and continuing the rebuilding. I'll put this one on the backburner until after the preseason.
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Old 02-05-2008, 05:34 PM   #6
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It all depends on how the Patriots manage their team during the offseason.
The Pats could lose many key players and have an awful season next year of Brady could surprise everyone and play perfect with a poor team surrounding him so i say its way to early to call!
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This one is too early to call. The Pats* are going to lose a few key players to FA, imho, and the Steelers are going to be restructuring and continuing the rebuilding. I'll put this one on the backburner until after the preseason.
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i dont wanna relive another sticking up for anthony smith thread...
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yeah, i think we need to cut some carries on willie next yr.. he had the most carries in the league b4 breaking his leg.. it would be nice to get another rb who can run well and give willie more than 1 or 2 play rest.
We will just need to get a good back up period, don't get me wrong I am a huge willie fan, but with that broken leg (which I am fairly sure he will recover fine....but just in case...) we need to have a backup option if it doesn't heal right.
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Not for me. I try to pick a road game where I can see them each season. I caught them at Arizona on Sep. 30th this past season. But they aren't coming any further west than St. Louis in 2008. I have a sister-in-law who lives in Massachusetts, so I am waiting for the schedule to come out, so I can take my wife to see her sister- and so I can see the Steelers visit the Patriots.
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