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Old 07-05-2010, 06:41 PM   #1
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Default Pittsburgh columnist thinks Steelers are a six-win team

A Steelers offseason that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons has officially spooked Pittsburgh.

A column by Gene Collier in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that we mentioned in one-liners Sunday details the damage, from Big Ben's suspension to Santonio Holmes' departure to season-ending injuries to Willie Colon and Limas Sweed. And like so much offseason news, there has been an overreaction to this avalanche of negative headlines.


"They were a 9-win team a year ago, with the quarterback generally upright and relatively upstanding," Collier writes. "They were probably an 8-win team with the departure of Santonio Tweeter-dumb Holmes, probably a 7-win team in light of the formerly-upstanding quarterback's four- to six-week suspension. They look like maybe a 6-win team with Colon's Achilles unstrung."

And that's where the madness needs to stop. First of all, the Steelers were no ordinary nine-win team. They didn't lose a game by two scores all season. Luck and special teams knocked them down a few pegs.

Second, it's a fallacy to believe each team starts over where the last group left off. The Steelers are one of the very few organizations that start each season with an edge. They have the talent and system to expect to compete. They've dipped under .500 once since 1999 and still have a great quarterback that should be available for 12 games.

Look, I've been leading the Baltimore bandwagon. The Ravens should be considered division favorites. But they are slight favorites.


Vegas lists Pittsburgh as the sixth-most likely AFC team to make the Super Bowl with an over/under win total of nine, which sounds about right.


I'd still bet the over. (You know, for entertainment purposes.)


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-six-win-team/
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:42 PM   #2
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Collier fails to mention what a healthy Polamalu does to the win total. What a healthy Aaron Smith does to the win total. What a seasoned Mendenhall with one full year of starting under his belt might mean. He just picks the negatives so he can sell papers.
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:18 PM   #3
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6 is too high...at this rate its a 4 win season.....and he is right....we are destroying our team in Pre-season. Jeebus....save a little for the field.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:32 AM   #4
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Default Re: Pittsburgh columnist thinks Steelers are a six-win team

Right now I say we are a 9 win Team even with all the issues we have. I think the Steelers some how find a way to be a competitive team and win at least 9 maybe 10 if we win 4 of the first 6 before Ben comes back.


The defense will be the key to the season not the offense.
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:32 PM   #5
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This team is two years removed from a Super Bowl title with most of the players still in place. Ben's suspension does hurt but hopefully it knocks some sense into his head and he spends the offseason watching game film and learning how to read defenses. It is the normal progression of QBs who have been in the league as long as he has. Losing Santonio hurts but his head wasn't always in the game any way. I say it is a HUGE year for Heath Miller as long as Arians gets his head out. Use the tools you have. The defense will be back to its normal self barring injuries. I say 10 or 11 wins this year. But I am the eternal optimist. Predicting 6 wins is a joke. I hope that fires the players up.
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How do some of these columnists keep their jobs? If our defense returns to anywhere near the form they were in 2008, that is good for 8 wins right there.....
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We are a Super Bowl winning team and I'll be happy to show this thread to you all when the season is over!
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Default Re: Pittsburgh columnist thinks Steelers are a six-win team

Off-season boredom has settled in finally.

It's never too early to try and look like a magic genie. Like a lot of more reasonable columinists are pointing out, if our defense returns to form, we have a shot to make some real noise and get a spot in the playoffs.
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Gene Collier is retarded
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none, the Steelers defense is back...
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