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Old 02-14-2008, 05:50 AM   #1
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Default Steelers Future at DT?

I know I have mentioned this before in other forrums, but I think that something really needs to be done soon. DT Casey Hampton will be 31 before the season starts and the only true back up we have is Chris Hoke and he will be 32 in April. The Steelers must start thinking about this position and it wouldnt suprise me if they address it early in the upcoming draft in April. What do you all think and who might the Steelers consider in the upcoming draft or free agent period?
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What do you all think and who might the Steelers consider in the upcoming draft or free agent period?
Nobody. We are still set at NT for another year

we have bigger fish to fry this year
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:10 AM   #3
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Nobody. We are still set at NT for another year

we have bigger fish to fry this year
Agreed but we can't neglect the position like we did with the o-line.
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Agreed but we can't neglect the position like we did with the o-line.
A bigger concern right now on the defensive line is finding a Defensive End to upgrade over Keisel or to backup/replace Aaron Smith who is older than Hampton and Hoke
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Default Re: Steelers Future at DT?

are steelerfans the only fanbase who automatically think any player over 30 years old is over the hill? agism seems rampant.

we have alot of $$$ tied up in our NT's (as we should being that its such an integral position in our 3-4).

if people like sam adams and keith traylor can still find work, im not too worried about our guys and their age.

30 is the new 20.
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heck toss in a little HGH and 40 can be the new 30...
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heck toss in a little HGH and 40 can be the new 30...
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are steelerfans the only fanbase who automatically think any player over 30 years old is over the hill? agism seems rampant.

we have alot of $$$ tied up in our NT's (as we should being that its such an integral position in our 3-4).

if people like sam adams and keith traylor can still find work, im not too worried about our guys and their age.

30 is the new 20.
In the case of DT, I agree.

I am in no means an expert in "the aging body," but let me take an uneducated stab at this.

There is no doubt that there is a lot of roughing up going on in the trenches, but what is there about Casey Hampton that wouldn't suggest he can go almost another decade.

Casey is a clogger, through and through. Age is going to decrease speed, maybe stamina, but its probably not going to erode his massive frame. 325 pounds is just as hard to hold at bay whether that weight is 31 or 41 years old.

As long as Hampton is strong enough to battle through the center, he's going to be an asset. A man like Sam Adams, though larger, is a tribute to that.

Its not like his game his based on speed. Which is a reason why guys like Simeon Rice and other DEs begin to fall off the deep end at 34.

I'm not going to be the one to tell Big Snack the game has passed him by... and I pity the guy who has to.

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Default Re: Steelers Future at DT?

Casey is also still one of the strongest men and NT in the NFL. There are definatley bigger Nose tackles but not many who are stronger.
At the pro bowl lifting competition for stregnth Big snack usually does quite well...
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why should we worry, according to many people casey sucks cause he has no stats

but I agree with Crush, big snack's game is not based on his speed, so as long as he stays healthy he'll last for a some time, like pat williams

I do believe we need depth at DT, although ryan mcbean may be that guy, and if his not then at least a late pick in the draft should be used, someone like dre moore
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