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Old 03-17-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default 2005 champs versus 2008 champs

Long off season so a question crossed my mind that I think would be a good to hear some opinions.
Who would win the superbowl played between the 2005 & 2008 Steelers?
Many of the same players, but some key differences as well.

2005 team had destiny, the Bus, better Oline play and better running game
2008 we had a better defense, better QB play, and LB's were killer.

This is fictional so have some fun.

Oh ya - my prediction would be a last second FG to give last years team the edge.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2005 champs versus 2008 champs

So, what would happen on a change of possession? Would the players who were here for both seasons just switch sides and start playing for the other team? Or are we assuming they have clones so they can get off the field and have a break?

If we're playing without clones, I think the 2005 team would win 75-56 because everyone on defense would be completely gassed from having to play every down, and the 2005 offensive line + Bus would be fresh and they could just run right over them.

With clones, the 2008 team probably wins 17-10. Our offense in 2005 was good but not THAT good, so we should have no problem shutting it down.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:45 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2005 champs versus 2008 champs

The 2008 team had a better QB...I give the nod to them.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:46 PM   #4
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Default Re: 2005 champs versus 2008 champs

I watched the 2005 Superbowl DVD a few months back and said it while watching it that it is night and day when it comes to differences between the '05 team, and the '08 team.. and most of the same players played on that team, esp. veterans.

2005's defense was good.. and good enough to oppose fear in an offense. The 2008 defense completely wipes '05 out of the water and is better ALL around the field with speed, shcemes, and athleticism.

#1 difference between the 2 is obviously the play of the outside linebacker position. Clark Haggans and Porter held the outside down at times, but left many, many, many lanes open and most of it was a lack of bull rushes/strength in leverage. Often there were times where in '05 there were spots for the Quarterback to escape, or step up and throw because of the wide loop rush Porter & Haggan's ran. Woodley/Harrison just reaked of havoc and they simply left no lanes open for the quarterback to escape simply just off of power and used leverage and strength in their bull rushes to get to the Quarterback. This also took pressure off the secondary, which in '05 it struggled at times.

Ben was only in his second year, and relied off a strong running game and a strong unit of veterans, esp on the O-line. Unfortunately for the '05 Ben, the '08 defense would of made him look childish in every sense of the word and forced him into many errant passing downs. I don't see Ben escaping out of a bullrush of Silverback and Woodley, and that's just on the outside, since we were pocket collapsers this year. Another thing, like I said, 05's team mostly relied off of the run, and no way are they running on '08's D, and that would force Ben to do it all by himself in his 2nd season. 2nd year Ben could have done it against his D then, but not '08's.

'08 wins this 24-13.
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Default Re: 2005 champs versus 2008 champs

Actually, you could technically do a Madden simulation if you could create the 05 team...then they can play heads up.
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I know one thing I would root for the steelers
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Default Re: 2005 champs versus 2008 champs

I watched the '05 team faithfully while still living in S.W. Taxylvania, but only saw the '08 version a few times on National TV here in Floriduh, so I am ill-equipped to make comparisons:
the first thing that went thru my mind was 'the '05 Stillers, with Bettis, wouldn't have had so-much trouble punching through for TDs from short-yardage, like the '08 team I saw'

while the '05 team seemed to had destiny on their side, the '08 Stillers were so-resilient, coming from behind in many games, proving their tenacity, that any theoretical head-to-head meeting may go into OT
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Default Re: 2005 champs versus 2008 champs

I've got to give the nod to the 2008 team based on the better equipped QB as well as the vast difference in the quality of defense.

Yes, I think as great as that defense was in 2005, the 2008 Defense blew them out of the water with how they performed.
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Which team gets Ditka?

2008 team was much better.
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All the talk about the D and our WR's win MVP.


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