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Old 02-11-2009, 11:45 AM   #1
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Default Steelers Will Be Better In 2009

This is just a quick look at the Steelers depth chart as of right now according to Steelers.com

QB
Big Ben- our starter for sure
Byron Leftwich- most likely gone
Charlie Batch- should be back
Dennis Dixon- maybe our future soon than you think (IF the steelers dont protect Ben Better in season's to come)

RB
Willie Parker ( like it or not, he is still the starter )
Rashard Mendenhall- yes, he will be ready for '09 to make an impact
Mewelde Moore- has proven he can get the job done when called upon
Gary Russell- I really dont think he will even be on the team in '09
FB Carey Davis

WR
Hines Ward
Santonio Holmes
Nate Washington- Will he be back in '09?
Limas Sweed- has still got alot to prove in my eyes

TE
Heath Miller- one of the best in the business in my opinion
Matt Spaeth- I hope they find a replacement for this guy soon!!
Sean McHugh- is he a TE or FB?

OT
Max Starks and Willie Colon as our starters
Trai Essex, Tony Hills and Jason Capizzi

OG
Chris Keomateau and Darnell Stapleton as our starters
Kendall Simmons should be back at full health by '09

C
Justin Hartwig earned the spot over the season as he improved all along during the season

ON Defense
DE
Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel as our starters
Travis Kirschke Orpheus Roye and Nick Eason need to be upgraded

DT
Casey Hampton is still one of the best at what he does
Chris Hoke is a great backup

OLB
James Harrison and Lamar Woodley?.. They speak for their selves.
Bruce Davis ( unproven 2nd year player)
Patrick Bailey and Andre Frazier strictly backups and special teamers

ILB
James Farrior
Lawrence Timmons definitely our future great LB
Larry Foote most likely gone, and keyaron Fox is a great special team player

DB
Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden our starters, hoping the Steelers re-ink McFadden
William Gay is ready for more playing time, but when?
Deshea Townsend is a very experienced backup and nickle corner that is worth keeping around.

S
Troy Polomalu, Need I say more?
Ryan Clark - very underrated in our defense
Tyrone Carter a solid backup, but not a starter
Anthony Smith, whatever happened to this guy who had so much promise?

This team should be kept in tact for the most point everywhere except for Off. Line in my opinion. I think with a little help there and this team could be destined for 13 or 14 wins in '09
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:22 PM   #2
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I don't know why they would need to find a replacement for Spaeth anytime soon, he's been very good this season IMO. I think he's got a lot of potential, he's no Miller, but he's good.

I hope we get to see Russell in the lineup as well, though you're right, he's pretty questionable. I think they keep him around though for insurance purposes if nothing else, especially after all the problems they had at RB this past season.

I like BMac, but he will probably find a better deal elsewhere, which is ok with me. Gay has proven to be a capable starter and I like his emotion on the team as well.
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Gary Russell- I really dont think he will even be on the team in '09
i hope he is. he is the only proven power back the steelers have on the roster.

i am hoping they can trade parker or mendenhall to move up in the draft.

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Old 02-11-2009, 01:29 PM   #4
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Larry Foote most likely gone

Why would he be gone? He still has a year left on his contract.
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:51 PM   #5
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Larry Foote most likely gone

Why would he be gone? He still has a year left on his contract.
i have to agree he is gone i dont think the steelers pay him 3 mil to be a back up and timmons has proven he is ready to start. Besides foote wants to go back home to detroit.
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i hope he is. he is the only proven power back the steelers have on the roster.

i am hoping they can trade parker or mendenhall to move up in the draft.
Tell me again why you would trade our first-round draft pick from last year for next to nothing, without even seeing him play? He was supposed to, you know ... be the running back of the future, remember?

On the other hand, I don't really care if we trade Parker for a bag of potato chips. He's always been way too inconsistent and one-dimensional to be a starting running back period, let alone one who you expect to carry the team. That's not getting any better and it never will -- that much was painfully obvious during the playoffs once again. Plus, he's getting old and injury-prone on top of it all. I don't care how many 100-yard games he's had against the Browns and the Bengals; it's time to move on.
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i love our team the way it is. i'm no just saying that because i don't want to see people go. but i'm sure the team will make a few cuts here and there and work out the kinks. but if i had to drop someone and pick up someone else, i couldn't do it because i enjoy our players.

all we need to do is hone our weapons and use them more often. Sweed, Mendenhall...and obviously, tweak out the o-line. but, that's easier said than done.
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Tell me again why you would trade our first-round draft pick from last year for next to nothing, without even seeing him play? He was supposed to, you know ... be the running back of the future, remember?
simple. the steelers are comfortable at the RB position. if the steelers can use mendenhall to move up and get a top tackle then i say go for it.

personally, i felt drafting a RB in the 1st round last april was a waste because it wasn't a need.

i am a strong believer in the O-line making the running game, not the RB.
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Larry Foote most likely gone

Why would he be gone? He still has a year left on his contract.
To pay him the $3 mill that is left on his contract and him be a backup to 2nd year player Lawrence Timmons would be out of character for the Steelers I think.and I really think he is wanting to be somewhere he can be a starter and he deserves that. He has already expressed interest in playing for his hometown Detroit Lions. And I think they could use a good LB like him, why wouldnt the Steelers try to trade him this offseason and get something for him instead of going til next season and just losing him for nothing in exchange.
As far as us trading Rashard Mendenhall, there is no way the Steelers would do that in my opinion. The guy looks like he has some promise as our future starter and the Steelers may not get a chance at another of his caliber in this draft at their position in the draft. I just think the Steelers are set at RB and I dont see them drafting a RB in this draft unless it is late and he is a good return man as well.
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Larry Foote most likely gone

Why would he be gone? He still has a year left on his contract.
they did the same thing to Joey Porter
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