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Old 12-29-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default What 3 Changes Would You Make ?

OK OK - We might still make the playoffs. In any event, this team needs adjustments.

Here are my top 3:

1) Massive changes on the staff. OL, DB, ST coaches need to go. I know Arians won't be going anywhere so I won't waste my breath.

2) The team needs some young legs in the Secondary and at LB. Our defense has appeared slow this season. We need new CB's for sure. Draft, sign whatever - we need some speed and coverage ability.

3) Add a power running phase to the offense. Get rid of Spaeth and add a tough, big blocker of a TE. Add a power runner and a true fullback. Let's make sure we can get a 3rd and 1.

There are many answers...what would you do ?
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:29 AM   #2
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Default Re: What 3 Changes Would You Make ?

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OK OK - We might still make the playoffs. In any event, this team needs adjustments.

Here are my top 3:

1) Massive changes on the staff. OL, DB, ST coaches need to go. I know Arians won't be going anywhere so I won't waste my breath.

2) The team needs some young legs in the Secondary and at LB. Our defense has appeared slow this season. We need new CB's for sure. Draft, sign whatever - we need some speed and coverage ability.

3) Add a power running phase to the offense. Get rid of Spaeth and add a tough, big blocker of a TE. Add a power runner and a true fullback. Let's make sure we can get a 3rd and 1.

There are many answers...what would you do ?
#1 will happen, except maybe the DB coach. That unit suffers more from a lack of talent than poor coaching. Troy makes a world of difference, but when he's injured, there shouldn't be this much of a drop-off. That ties in with #2 - they, along with the rest of the D, definitely needs some youth infused into them. We HAVE to draft a LB to eventually replace Farrior and a S for sure. But since they drafted Burnett and Lewis, I doubt they draft another CB - they'll try to get one or both of those guys ready to start.

Your #3 can possibly be taken care of by one man - Frank Summers. If he impresses in camp next year and shows that he can be counted on, there's your lead blocker at FB, which would allow them to get rid of Spaeth and keep David Johnson as the big, blocking TE. Otherwise, they should look at FA for a FB who can do the job.

I would also bring in another K just for kickoffs, while keeping Jeff Reed for FGs. Like him or not, the man has been money for most of his career and should be re-signed. I don't want another Kris Brown or Mason Crosby here, where you have to hold your breath every time he lines up for a FG.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: What 3 Changes Would You Make ?

New OL, Special Teams, and OC. Maybe a lot of us don't prefer Arian's playcalling style being pass first, but he has gained yards, however when he starts badtalking his boss (Tomlin) to his friends, and now the boss knows about it....I would hope he would be let go.....

Yes, our D has looked slow this year, is it fatigue? Age? Probably a combination of both....I haven't looked yet the potential replacements yet in either FA or the draft, but some more Ziggy motors would be a nice addition, hopefully some that can contribute on special teams, some more draft picks on LB (improve our backups?) and as much as I have defended Carter, we need another option as a back up at S.

I like the last post, and I'm hoping Summers will become our FB and power HB....like LaRon McClain (sp?) from the ratbirds?

Also, I would like to see Hampton work out in the offseason if we resign him. And I would like to keep Reed, but you are right.....need to come up with a new plan for kickoffs.....Sepulveda perhaps?
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Default Re: What 3 Changes Would You Make ?

#1) DB coach. I disagree with the above. It's not a lack of talent, but rather a lack of preparation. Sorry, Ray. You certainly know the game... but I don't think you know how to teach it.
#2) Can we please go back to a power running game with a fullback? More Pro Set would be nice.
#3) More aggressive defense next year, especially on 3rd and long. Go after the QB!
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1) Go to 3 periods instead of 4 quarters.
2) Ties after regulation go to the team with the most Lombardi trophies.
3) Ban the huddle.
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Default Re: What 3 Changes Would You Make ?

1.- Massive secondary changes, including Coach Horton, Gay, Taylor, Townsend. Find some decent personnel in the draft or FA.

2.- Find a MLB to replace Potsie and a NG to sub/replace Big Snack in the near future.

3.- If the FO decides to keep Brucey as OC, at least get him to use a frickin' FB hence, run the ball more !!

I have to mention a 4th change .... ST coach and an extra kicker for KO.
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OK OK - We might still make the playoffs. In any event, this team needs adjustments.

Here are my top 3:

1) Massive changes on the staff. OL, DB, ST coaches need to go. I know Arians won't be going anywhere so I won't waste my breath.

2) The team needs some young legs in the Secondary and at LB. Our defense has appeared slow this season. We need new CB's for sure. Draft, sign whatever - we need some speed and coverage ability.

3) Add a power running phase to the offense. Get rid of Spaeth and add a tough, big blocker of a TE. Add a power runner and a true fullback. Let's make sure we can get a 3rd and 1.

There are many answers...what would you do ?
Well, your wish may come true because the word was Arians, the O-line coach, and ST coach are as good as done come next season.

And I agree with your 3 changes.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:34 PM   #8
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Default Re: What 3 Changes Would You Make ?

Here are the changes I would recommend:

1. There has to be changes in the coaching staff. While I get how the special teams was very good in coverage last season, this season has proven Bob Ligashesky couldn't coach very well. It's time for him and Amos Jones to move on. It's time to get a new OL coach. While we may not have the best talent on the OL, this unit needs an OL coach who can coach them up and get them to play at a high level every single week. Larry Zierlein could now maybe focus on the porn business I realize that losing Troy was horrible, but I still don't think performance in the secondary should drop off that drastically. This secondary is absolutely horrible. You still have some talent back there and Ray Horton wasn't able to improve their play at all this entire season. IMO Ray deserves a lot more blame than he is getting at this point. Troy or no Troy the secondary play has been unacceptable. Now we can discuss Bruce Arians. This was Bruce's 3rd year as OC for the Steelers. At this point, the Steelers offense should be unstoppable. His first year they were still working with another offense. In the 2nd season he started implementing a lot of his plays. Now all of his plays have been implemented and there is no question we have great talent at the RB, WR, TE and QB positions. Of course the Arians supporters will say how the offense is in the top ten for total offense, but even after the past 2 weeks we are still not in the top ten for scoring offense (#13 right now). To me scoring offense is the best indicator how good your offense truly is. I get that turnovers and execution are part of our problem when getting in the red zone, but Arians is our OC and IMO he did not do a very good job this season. The highest our offense has been for scoring was #9 back in 2007. In 2008 we were ranked #20 and as of right now we are #13 this season. I think it's finally time to find the next OC for this organization.

2. We definitely need help defensively. I really believe Joe Burnett and Keenan Lewis can play CB for this team. I would not consider CB a high need right now for the defense. If anything they can bring in a FA to replace Deshea Townsend and then possibly draft one late in 2010. I think Safety, MLB and OLB along with DL our the biggest needs defensively. We really need to start getting younger on defense. I would like to see the FO franchise Hampton and then possibly look to find his replacement in FA or the draft. Right now I would love to see the Steelers get Rolando McClain in the first round and then that addresses the MLB spot. It would be nice to find an OLB that can give Woodley and Harrison a breather on game days. It's hard to say what we have in Ryan Mundy right now. Personally I would prefer for him starting over TC. I think Ryan Mundy can be a backup at the safety spot. Who knows what the Steelers will do with Ryan Clark after the season. If we lose him then FS might become our #1 priority defensively. I would like to see a safety drafted high in 2010 and get him ready to contribute to this defense down the road. And please just let TC walk after the season. There is no reason to bring him back because I am tired of seeing him get exposed each week.

3. The only issues I have on offense is our OL and the #2 TE spot. I think we have plenty of depth for the interior OL and who knows what A.Q. Shipley, Kraig Urbik and Tony Hills can offer. I really hope the FO extends Willie Colon because IMO he is our best OL player with Max Starks behind him. I think a good OL coach can help this unit and I don't think we really need to focus on drafting any OL players unless they let Willie Colon get away. It's time to end the Matt Spaeth experiment. He is a very good receiving TE, but can't play in this offense due to his horrible blocking skills. I want to see David Johnson as our #2 TE and then possibly pick one up in the 2010 draft to groom. I think we should pick up a #2 RB either in the draft or FA especially when FWP walks after this season. And depending on what happens with Limas Sweed we may have to get another WR in the draft or FA.
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1. Replace all the players
2. Replace all the coaches
3. Brain transplants for most of the fans

That outta do it.
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