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Old 10-08-2011, 06:54 PM   #21
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We will turn the ship around...imho!!!
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:08 PM   #22
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If the Titans smack the Steelers right in the face tomorrow, we will see how you all feel about this season.

All season long so far I keep hearing "this game was a fluke, we will get it turned around next game". Then next game comes and the same shit and then I hear, "we will get things straightened out next time" and the same shit again. How many games have to go by before we finally accept the fact that it looks like this season is in the can.

Look, I hope to God that the Steelers come out tomorrow and kick ass all over the field and look like an unstoppable force on both sides of the ball but my confidence is shot right now. I would love to eat crow and have this team get things on track and start rolling but I think that too much damage has been done so far.
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:23 PM   #23
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:53 PM   #24
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To me tomorrow is an early season make/break indicator of where I expect this season to go.

So far we're 2-2 and on the precipice. We've lost 2 games already to AFC competition, on the road, but still, looked pretty flaccid in the process. If we can't take care of business against a good, but not great, team at home, then I will have low expectations for facing teh likes of Balt or NE at home.

Playoffs can be tough to get into and a 9-7 record doesn't always guarantee a spot and losing 3 to AFC teams this early in the year could be a bad sign for potential tiebreakers.
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:35 PM   #25
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If the Titans smack the Steelers right in the face tomorrow, we will see how you all feel about this season.

All season long so far I keep hearing "this game was a fluke, we will get it turned around next game". Then next game comes and the same shit and then I hear, "we will get things straightened out next time" and the same shit again. How many games have to go by before we finally accept the fact that it looks like this season is in the can.

Look, I hope to God that the Steelers come out tomorrow and kick ass all over the field and look like an unstoppable force on both sides of the ball but my confidence is shot right now. I would love to eat crow and have this team get things on track and start rolling but I think that too much damage has been done so far.
A true steelers fan will have confidence week in and out...if you dont have confidence in your team then you dont need to be a fan...Im a fan through the good and bad!
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:42 PM   #26
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I'm still a fan buddy. Does anyone have confidence in the Pirates anymore? I mean, c'mon, I love the Steelers to death but I am a realist. I'm not going to sit there and believe that when the Pats come to town that they will sack Brady 7 times and that Ben will throw for 500 yards and 6 TDs. Gotta be realistic.

There was a time that I had confidence that the Steelers would shut down ANY RB and that the offense could move the ball effectively on the ground and through the air. That time has passed now. I still love them but the confidence and swagger is gone, no gas left in the tank.
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:18 PM   #27
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A true steelers fan will have confidence week in and out...if you dont have confidence in your team then you dont need to be a fan...Im a fan through the good and bad!
There's a huge difference between being a fan and having confidence, even if misguided. They are definitely mutually exclusive.

Myself for example. As you have probably surmised from the name, I'm a huge Ravens fan. Born and spent most of my life in Baltimore, etc. Do I think the Ravens are one of the better teams in the NFL this year? Absolutely. Am I confident they could beat the Packers in the SB if they get that far? Nope, not at all. Doesnt make me any less of a fan, I just try to be objective.

Ok, enough of my Ravens fandom. Most of you don't care, and that's fine. As I see the Steeler's situation, most of the criticism this year is completely unjustified. No, your D isn't too old. No, Ben isnt taking a step backwards. Are you serious? Ben is top 5 in the NFL.

The Steeler's performance this year can be summed up in one sentence. Your OLine is beyond bad. Horrible. Atrocious. Your main concern this year should be Ben come through the year without getting maimed. I remember after the Ravens- Steelers game saying to my gf " Anyone with an above average DLine is going to pound the Steelers this year" Then after watching the Colts-Steelers game I thought anyone with an average DLine was going to pound the Steelers this year. After the Texans game Im starting to wonder if 4 Catholic schoolgirls in uniform could overwhelm your OLine.

For a few years now, Ben has been able to overcome a mediocre OLine with his skills. Blame your FO for not upgrading after last year. That was sort of a curious move, IMO (or nonmove, such as it is). You'll be back, no worries, there is too much talent there on both sides of the ball. But this year might be another post SB hangover for ya'all.

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Old 10-08-2011, 09:39 PM   #28
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Sure, Ben is a top 5 QB, Wallace is a top 5 wide out, and Mendenhall is a top 10 back but their success all hinges on the O line play. Right now they look like bottom feeders because the O line is so bad.

IMO, the two most important things on a football team are the O line and the D line. Controlling the line of scrimmage is the key and right now the Steelers are failing miserably in both. ANY NFL caliber QB can be successful when you put him behind a good O line and surround him with talent. Exhibit A-Matt Cassel. Did well in NE and looks like crap in KC.

Protect your QB and pressure the opposing QB, that is the key and the Steelers can't do either.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:15 AM   #29
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Sure, Ben is a top 5 QB, Wallace is a top 5 wide out, and Mendenhall is a top 10 back but their success all hinges on the O line play. Right now they look like bottom feeders because the O line is so bad.

IMO, the two most important things on a football team are the O line and the D line. Controlling the line of scrimmage is the key and right now the Steelers are failing miserably in both. ANY NFL caliber QB can be successful when you put him behind a good O line and surround him with talent. Exhibit A-Matt Cassel. Did well in NE and looks like crap in KC.

Protect your QB and pressure the opposing QB, that is the key and the Steelers can't do either.
Mendenhall is not a top 10 back.
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Who is ahead of him? There may be guys in the league that have better stats then him each year but he has had a bad O line ever since he was a rookie.

Besides Peterson, CJ2K and Foster, who else has loads more talent than Mendy? They may have much better lines but they are not necessarily better talent wise.

I am disappointed with his dancing around this year but he has talent with his speed and size.
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