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Old 01-25-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default Steelers, Polamalu Have 25-2 Advantage on Packers in Super Bowl Experience

Steelers, Polamalu Have 25-2 Advantage on Packers in Super Bowl Experience
By Erik Matuszewski - Jan 25, 2011 11:15 AM MT
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...xperience.html


The Pittsburgh Steelers hold a decided advantage over the Green Bay Packers in one important Super Bowl category -- experience.

Fourteen of Pittsburgh’s 22 starters have won a Super Bowl ring with the organization. Ten were members of the Steelers’ championship teams in both 2005 and 2008, a group that includes quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, receiver Hines Ward, linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu.

Overall, 25 Steelers have played in a Super Bowl. Only two players on Green Bay’s 53-man roster -- Ryan Pickett and Charles Woodson -- have appeared in the National Football League’s title game, and both lost.

“They’re a veteran team and an experienced team,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of the Steelers during a news conference yesterday. “This is not their first go around. They’ve definitely been through this experience before, where we have not. We understand that.”

While the Steelers have won a record six Super Bowl titles in seven appearances, oddsmakers have listed them as 2 1/2-point underdogs against the Packers in the Feb. 6 game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Former Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who won four Super Bowl titles in the 1970s and is now an NFL analyst for News Corp.’s Fox, said the Steelers’ pedigree gives them the advantage.

“I can’t tell you how much experience is worth in this game,” Bradshaw said on the FoxSports website. “It’s very valuable, especially when you are dealing with adversity.”

Similar Makeup

Pickett, a defensive end, lost a Super Bowl as a rookie for the St. Louis Rams after the 2001 season, while Woodson, a cornerback, played for the Oakland Raiders team that lost in the title game the following season.

No Green Bay players remain from the last Packers team to reach the Super Bowl 13 years ago.

Super Bowl experience aside, the Steelers and Packers are similar in their makeup, with a reliance on homegrown talent.

Eighteen of Pittsburgh’s 22 offensive and defensive starters were selected in the NFL draft or signed as undrafted free agents. The number would be 20 if not for injuries to offensive linemen Willie Colon and Max Starks.

Of the Packers’ 22 starters, 19 were acquired through the draft or as undrafted free agents out of college.

Only 10 of the Washington Redskins’ 22 starters this season began their careers with the organization, as a comparison.

Team Culture

“It’s how you piece it all together,” McCarthy said. “Everything you do has to be about your culture; making sure you have the right individuals in the locker room.”

McCarthy, in his fifth season as coach, is seeking to bring a record 13th NFL championship to Green Bay. He grew up in Pittsburgh as a Steelers fan, rooting for the teams that won four titles from 1974 to 1980. The 47-year-old coach said he counts the Steelers as his second-favorite NFL team.

“They just have so much consistency how they acquire personnel, how they treat their players, how their organization is run,” McCarthy said. “And I think that’s a huge part of their success.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:17 AM   #2
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Thats a huge advantage for the Steelers. Worries me more than anything about this game.

GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thats a huge advantage for the Steelers. Worries me more than anything about this game.

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Only thing that worries me is how are Woodson and Shields going to get Ben to the ground....Hope they bring a ladder and a axe.
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Only thing that worries me is how are Woodson and Shields going to get Ben to the ground....Hope they bring a ladder and a axe.
worried about clay matthews vs our OTs
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worried about clay matthews vs our OTs
Id be more worried about Pouncey being out and your backup going against Raji....That would be unfair.
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Id be more worried about Pouncey being out and your backup going against Raji....That would be unfair.
I think most likely pouncey will play. I would be surprised if he doesn't. Raji is good but your outside rushers are fast. Adams and Scott are good run blockers but get beaten by speed rushes more than I'd like to see. Matthews could have a suggs-like day if they don't find a way to neutralize him.

running game would be key to stopping that. if we can run the ball effectively we can avoid obvious passing situations and 3rd and longs, and keep the ball away from rodgers
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Only thing that worries me is how are Woodson and Shields going to get Ben to the ground....Hope they bring a ladder and a axe.
I would expect that a veteran QB will be ready for your CB blitz. Since it takes forever for the play to develop. However, the CB blitz is nothing new to us. We've used it for years. It reminds me of the 90's Steelers. Rod Woodson would blitz just as mush as Charles blitzes now. I want Ben to pick you guys apart. If you bring the heat, prepare to be burned! The media is talking about how the GB offense is going to burn the Steelers D.. Funny! We are going to limit your blitz capability by spreading your D out. We've got five receiver sets and all of our receivers can run block. They've learned from the best. Hines Ward. Also, our line is going to maul your under sized defensive line. Our run game is going to keep your QB on the sidelines. Just watch.
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running game would be key to stopping that. if we can run the ball effectively we can avoid obvious passing situations and 3rd and longs, and keep the ball away from rodgers
3rd long ain't nothing.

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Considering how both these defense are pretty much mirror images, the QBs will know what to expect. The difference would be who can come up with more exotic plays.
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Also, our line is going to maul your under sized defensive line.

What? The Packers starting defensive linemen weigh 340 lbs, 337 lbs and 304 lbs (981 lbs). And we've got a rotational guy for running downs that weighs 365 lbs.

If that's undersized, that what would you call the Steelers defensive line?
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