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Old 05-06-2008, 02:32 PM   #1
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Default Steelers Defense Not Real Young..

This is a look at our proposed Defensive Starters for '08 and their ages or birthdates:

DE Aaron Smith 4/9/76 (32)
NT Casey Hampton 9/3/77 (will be 31 in sept.)
DE Brett Keisel 9/19/78 (will be 30 in sept.)

OLB James Harrison 5/4/78 ( will be 30 this month)
ILB James Farrior 1/6/75 (33)
ILB Larry Foote 6/12/80 (will be 28 in june)
OLB Lamar Woodley 11/3/84 (still young)

DB Ike Taylor 5/15/80 (will be 28 this month) Not bad
DB Deshea Townsend 9/8/75 (will be 33 in sept.)
SS Troy Polomalu 4/19/81 (a youthful 27)
FS Ryan Clark 10/12/79 ( will be 29 in mid october)

Now, we have some youth behind some of these guys especially at LB's and DB's , but DE has been over looked for too many years I think. what ya think about this veteran defense?
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Old 05-06-2008, 02:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers Defense Not Real Young..

The Steelers DL is in major need of a youth movement....The starters are still solid but they're aging...The backups are aging also (except for McBean)......

The LB core has a nice mix of vets and young players.....Timmons, Woodley, Davis, and Humpal all are young...Don't count out this Humpal kid.....Then you have Harrison, Larry Foote, and James Farrior....I think Farrior will be back as long as he has another solid year this year....

The secondary besides Townsend is in good shape from an age standpoint...I think Carter will be gone.....
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Default Re: Steelers Defense Not Real Young..

don't care about their age as long as they tackle and hit hard and destroy the other team...but yeah, we need some youth on the line, eventually we'll get it. There is no guarentee that a 22 year old fresh out of college is going to be worth a dang so I'll take what we got into battle and hope for the best.
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what ya think about this veteran defense?]
year in and year out, its one of the best in the league.

dick lebeau is ancient too.
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year in and year out, its one of the best in the league.

dick lebeau is ancient too.

Ha, well said. Although, I do feel a youth movement on the DL is coming sooner rather than later. As in the next 2 years.
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Default Re: Steelers Defense Not Real Young..

Something that Bettis once said about being a 30+ year old running back comes to mind. He said, in essence, that it wasn't the age itself that slowed you down but rather those little injuries that never quite completely heal compounding on top of each other. So really, it is almost as much about mileage as it is age. Heck, in some sports you reach your athletic prime in your mid 30's. Wasn't there a sprinter from Great Britain in the 90's who owned "the fastest man alive title" at 38?


If you look at the Steelers' D, it would be nice to have some young legs on the line so as too give some of the older one's a break (although there isn't that much mileage on Kiesel's legs). Of course a pair of Booger legs, if healthy, would at the very least add some depth.
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Default Re: Steelers Defense Not Real Young..

As in life, age is just a number. Vet experience, leadership and taking our future starters under their wings and schooling them in what it takes to be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers is more vital, imho.
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Something that Bettis once said about being a 30+ year old running back comes to mind. He said, in essence, that it wasn't the age itself that slowed you down but rather those little injuries that never quite completely heal compounding on top of each other. So really, it is almost as much about mileage as it is age. Heck, in some sports you reach your athletic prime in your mid 30's. Wasn't there a sprinter from Great Britain in the 90's who owned "the fastest man alive title" at 38?


If you look at the Steelers' D, it would be nice to have some young legs on the line so as too give some of the older one's a break (although there isn't that much mileage on Kiesel's legs). Of course a pair of Booger legs, if healthy, would at the very least add some depth.
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Heck...

when I played Rugby... you only were considered getting good when you hit thirty... mainly because of the experience and maturity that came with the game.

The difference of course, is that you are told to only give about 75 percent in teh game... so that you can pace yourself for the entire game. It really is an ENTIRELY different way of thinking.
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The backups are aging also (except for McBean)......
So what you're saying is ... McBean is IMMORTAL!!!!

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