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Old 09-29-2009, 05:06 AM   #1
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Steelers' start recalls 1995 season
By F. Dale Lolley, Staff writer, dlolley@observer-reporter.com



After losing their star defensive back off their top-rated defense in the first game of the season, the Steelers struggled to find the right mix of players to help cover that deficiency.
Meanwhile, an offense previously built to run the football struggled while adjusting to a more pass-friendly system.

Sounds a lot like the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers.

But, in fact, it was the 1995 Steelers who saw All-Pro cornerback Rod Woodson suffer a torn ACL in a 23-20 win over Detroit before losing four of its next six games - including one to Cincinnati.
The offense, meanwhile, became more wide open, as Neil O'Donnell and company set a team record for passing yards in a season with 4,093 en route to winning the AFC Championship.
Coming off their second consecutive loss, many of the same things could be said about the 2009 Steelers, who are off to a 1-2 start.

With 860 yards passing through three games, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on pace to throw for more than 4,500 yards, which would obliterate individual and team records.

And the Steelers are still trying to figure out a way to play without Troy Polamalu, who missed his second consecutive game in Sunday's 23-20 loss at Cincinnati.

In that respect, the 2009 Steelers have something to look forward to that their 1995 counterparts did not. While Woodson would not play again until the Super Bowl, Polamalu could return as early as two weeks from now from the sprained knee he suffered against Tennessee.

In the meantime, much like the 1995 Steelers finally settled on moving safety Carnell Lake to cornerback to cover for Woodson, the Steelers on Sunday moved cornerbacks Deshea Townsend and Keiwan Ratliff to safety to spell Tyrone Carter against the Bengals.

The bottom line is that the Steelers are looking to do whatever it takes to hold things together until Polamalu returns.

"When they got in passing situations we did that," said Carter, who suffered a thigh contusion against Chicago two weeks ago. "I don't know if it was (because I was injured.) I just went with it."

With San Diego's high-powered passing attack coming to Pittsburgh next Sunday, the Steelers have to figure out two things. First, they need to find ways to turn Roethlisberger's passing yards into points. They also need to find ways to keep opposing offenses from exploiting their weakness at strong safety.

Roethlisberger has accounted for all five of Pittsburgh's touchdowns this season - three passing, two rushing. But he knows the Steelers' offense can do better than the 47 points it has scored in the first three weeks.

"We feel like we beat ourselves a little bit," said Roethlisberger of the loss to the Bengals. "We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times and came away with three points when we should have scored touchdowns. Some of that is my fault for missing receivers. We'll improve and score some more points."

It was something the 1995 team did well. After averaging 21 points in their first seven games, the Steelers averaged 29.4 over their final nine games, winning eight of them to finish 11-5.

"You have to find ways to put up seven points and not three," said wide receiver Hines Ward. "That's how you finish a team off."


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Roethlisberger ranks fifth in the NFL in passing yards. ... Linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who had 11.5 sacks last season, has failed to record a sack in his past seven regular season games. ... After missing just six of 56 field goal attempts in the previous two seasons, placekicker Jeff Reed has already missed three of seven attempts.

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Old 09-29-2009, 09:29 AM   #2
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I don't think there is much of a comparison. In 1995, the Steelers were beaten badly by the Bengals and Vikings. We have beaten ourselves so far this year.

We were 3-4 when Cowher had his "look at yourselves" meeting. This group won't let it get to that point. The turnaround begins this week.
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What's this? An article that doesn't compare this season to 2006? When did I wake up in a parallel universe?

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I'm still mad at Troy's swollen head, if he doesn't try picking up that blocked kick, we're 3-0.
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I'm still mad at Troy's swollen head, if he doesn't try picking up that blocked kick, we're 3-0.
LOL...according to an old poster named "Coach" at SteelerNation, Troy's head was too big. You probably remember him.
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What's this? An article that doesn't compare this season to 2006? When did I wake up in a parallel universe?

It must have happened while you were reading a "naysayers" thread.
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I'm still mad at Troy's swollen head, if he doesn't try picking up that blocked kick, we're 3-0.
You can't be mad at Troy, its his job to pick up the ball when its on the ground, just like anyone else who is on the field. Maybe we are just trying to fill in Troy's spot with the wrong (injured) player. Why can't Mundy or one of the rookies be given the try since Carter is hurt. Obviously the injruy to Carter is worse than they are letting on. If he is missing assignments and tackles, maybe it time for some fresh legs.

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LOL...according to an old poster named "Coach" at SteelerNation, Troy's head was too big. You probably remember him.
He was our Bengalzrule

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