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Old 07-27-2008, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default Are the Steelers going to hit a "down time"?

You know what happened to the 90's...

1992-1997- Perennial Contender. Three AFC Title Game appearances in Four Years, Super Bowl appearance in '95...all of which transpired into...

1998-2000- Times of mediocrity. Three consecutive Playoff-less seasons, two losing seasons among them. While this is going on, Steelers rebuild back up to...

2001-Present- Perennial Contender again. Three AFC Title game appearances in six years. Super Bowl win in '05, one losing season, one Super Bowl Hangover, end the 2007 season on a blue time, losing 4 out of the last 5 games.

So it begs the question, was 2006-07 the beginning of a slow steady decline for the 2000's Steelers? Much like '97 marked the end for the 90's teams? With numerous questions about the O-Line, D-Line, and Special Teams(arguably the most critical facets of the game), will the Steelers succumb to the tough schedule?
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Short and sweet................... NO

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Old 07-27-2008, 10:04 PM   #3
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You know what happened to the 90's...

1992-1997- Perennial Contender. Three AFC Title Game appearances in Four Years, Super Bowl appearance in '95...all of which transpired into...

1998-2000- Times of mediocrity. Three consecutive Playoff-less seasons, two losing seasons among them. While this is going on, Steelers rebuild back up to...

2001-Present- Perennial Contender again. Three AFC Title game appearances in six years. Super Bowl win in '05, one losing season, one Super Bowl Hangover, end the 2007 season on a blue time, losing 4 out of the last 5 games.

So it begs the question, was 2006-07 the beginning of a slow steady decline for the 2000's Steelers? Much like '97 marked the end for the 90's teams? With numerous questions about the O-Line, D-Line, and Special Teams(arguably the most critical facets of the game), will the Steelers succumb to the tough schedule?
I don't think we will hit the depths of the Kordell Stewart lead 1998 and 1999 seasons, but the team is aging and has no depth on both sides of the trenches...which isn't good.

The thing that gives me hope is that we are strong at all the skill positions on offense that may help us mask the OL issues....but then there is the defense...which was pathetic the 2nd half of the season last year.

The Defense is getting old...or just is perenially having injury problems. Woodley can help us in a big way with taking over the LOLB spot and holding it for the next 5 seasons. Woodley's body type reminds me of Kirkland's, so it wouldn't surprise me if his effectiveness lasts about as long as Levon's did.

It's going to be interesting to see what happens with the ownership as well. If Drunkenmiller takes over...even though he would leave Dan and his son running the team...don't think for a minute that a billioinaire would sit by idely while his new investment tanks.
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You know what happened to the 90's...

So it begs the question, was 2006-07 the beginning of a slow steady decline for the 2000's Steelers? Much like '97 marked the end for the 90's teams? With numerous questions about the O-Line, D-Line, and Special Teams(arguably the most critical facets of the game), will the Steelers succumb to the tough schedule?
We lost our best players to FA on a yearly basis through the (literally) revolving door on the clubhouse at the time from '93 until Heinz Field was completed in '01. Completely different circumstances. We would have lost Ben in the '90s. We would have lost Troy in the '90s. Hines would be long gone by now if this were the '90s.
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I think we are in a down-time right now.

2006 and 2007, plus the next couple years all fit. We need to find lineman. Then we are ready for another run. However, if you look, we aren't doing too bad in this down period!
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I think we are in a down-time right now.

2006 and 2007, plus the next couple years all fit. We need to find lineman. Then we are ready for another run. However, if you look, we aren't doing too bad in this down period!
It won't hit as low as it did the last time because we have Ben...instead of the player that won't be mentioned leading the team. As long as we have a healthy Ben, we have a chance.
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It won't hit as low as it did the last time because we have Ben...instead of the player that won't be mentioned leading the team. As long as we have a healthy Ben, we have a chance.
Exactly.

Well, that and we are not a one-dimensional offense like we were last time. While that was partly on Kordell, that was also on the staff... good ole' 3 yards and a cloud of mediocrity.
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It won't hit as low as it did the last time because we have Ben...instead of the player that won't be mentioned leading the team. As long as we have a healthy Ben, we have a chance.
exactly. without ben this team is almost nothing

hopefully the line protects him this season
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It's going to be interesting to see what happens with the ownership as well. If Drunkenmiller takes over...even though he would leave Dan and his son running the team...don't think for a minute that a billioinaire would sit by idely while his new investment tanks.
That's what worries me - I don't want to watch the team play "musical head coaches/GMs" every 2-3 years. There's something to be said for patience. Quick fixes in team management generally don't work.
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That's what worries me - I don't want to watch the team play "musical head coaches/GMs" every 2-3 years. There's something to be said for patience. Quick fixes in team management generally don't work.
Absolutely.

That long term consistency is one of the very things which keeps us winning.
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