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Old 01-10-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default Raven and Steelers

Let me preface this by saying that I have always been a huge Steelers fan my entire life. Because what I am saying can be interpreted as heresy:

It is no secret that the Ravens and Steelers are long-lost brothers. Personally, I consider the Ravens as the black sheep of the family, as I'd like to think that the Steelers organization is far classier. However, it cannot be denied that both teams ideologically espouse a stingy and physical defense, a brutal run-game, and a mentality of smashmouth football to punch the other team in the throat till they have their way with the opposing team in the second half.

I was watching the Patriots game, which just ended:

Is it just me, or are the Ravens the epitome of "Steelers football", and the Steelers themselves have digressed from their own ideology?

They had a stingy defense that shut down Randy Moss, they had incredibly big, splash plays on defense that consistently killed Patriot's momentum. Ray Rice was ripping down the middle of the Patriot's D all-game, with his YPC getting wider and wider as the defense got more gassed. By the time the Ravens had a sizeable lead, they just played smash-mouth football and ran out the clock, inadvertently beating a very, very dead horse.

I'm not trying to start a flame war, as I understand that while Ravens and Steeler's respective fanbase have mutual respect for each other, it is underlying a deep-seated hatred.

My question is: do you fellow Steelers fans approve of our slow but steady shift to a pass-first, finesse-oriented play? We won a superbowl that way, and it can't be denied that any team can trust having BB throwing the ball down the field in a two-minute comeback drive.

I just can't help but feel a twinge of nostalgia watching the Ravens play today, like watching a specter of the Steeler's past.

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Old 01-10-2010, 03:38 PM   #2
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I don't know about you, but i miss that fact that our run game isn't as dominate as before. I even miss our dominate defense.

However, I feel that the pass game gives the offense more versatility and BB excels at this type of play calling. We have 3 awesome WRs that can make plays. If Mendenhall can improve on his skills this offseason, i think we could be a well-balanced, more dangerous team.
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:38 PM   #3
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I feel unclean having read this.

Never forget.

And you'll feel pure once again.
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:41 PM   #5
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I don't know about you, but i miss that fact that our run game isn't as dominate as before. I even miss our dominate defense.

However, I feel that the pass game gives the offense more versatility and BB excels at this type of play calling. We have 3 awesome WRs that can make plays. If Mendenhall can improve on his skills this offseason, i think we could be a well-balanced, more dangerous team.
I am thrilled we have a QB and 3 super WR but definitely feel we need more balance on the offense. Different situations call for different weapons. We have them, so why not use them?
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i will never assosciate that scumbag team as our brothers.
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:51 PM   #7
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Over the next 24 hours hair should start growing on your palms.
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to get to the playoffs, first and foremost you gotta get to the playoffs.

the browns went on a 4 game winning streak to close the season with less than 100 passing yards per game, but a runner who had about 600 yds in 3 games alone.

cinci won the division by pounding the rock with a back who averaged almost 100 ypg (2nd in the league to chris johnson).

and then look at what the ravens did today.

teh steelers are now the black sheep of the afc north. we used to own this division, but for some reason we have shifted the philosophy of what it takes to win it.

arians tried to reinvent the wheel and grossly failed.
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Running game?
Who needs a running game when you can pass for 4000 yds and have two 1000 yd receivers.
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to get to the playoffs, first and foremost you gotta get to the playoffs.

the browns went on a 4 game winning streak to close the season with less than 100 passing yards per game, but a runner who had about 600 yds in 3 games alone.

cinci won the division by pounding the rock with a back who averaged almost 100 ypg (2nd in the league to chris johnson).

and then look at what the ravens did today.

teh steelers are now the black sheep of the afc north. we used to own this division, but for some reason we have shifted the philosophy of what it takes to win it.

arians tried to reinvent the wheel and grossly failed.


There's nothing wrong with an offense that can strike like lighting. But we need some thunder on the ground. That's how other teams beat us. We were outsteelered in a big way this year. I don't want to put a leash on Ben, just use him more wisely. There's nothing better than watching Ben air it out and strike for 6. We have the WR's to do it. Just burn up a little turf along the way and manage the clock a little better.

And yes....do something about the daggum secondary. duh.
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