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Old 05-25-2012, 05:41 AM   #1
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Default Top 5 LB's on NFL Network

So I was watching NFL network and they were doing a bit where they came up with the top 5 NFL LB's. The list and their explanations went like this:

1- Patrick Willis- no explanation, just a great LB
2- T. Suggs- last years best pass rusher according to Derrick Brooks
3- DeMarcus Ware- no explanation given
4- London Fletcher- "he keeps getting better with age"
5- Lance Briggs- no explanation given

Really....there isn't a Steeler LB in the top 5?

P. Willis might be #1, no big argument there. Suggs is good, I am not going to be a homer and say he is not, but the #2 LB in the NFL...no way. He's not even the best LB in the division, for that matter he's not even the best OLB in the division. It's arguable that he's not even the best LB on his team. No big fuss with Ware, he probably is top 5. London Fletcher does not belong on this list, if he is getting better with age that's great for him but he doesn't have enough years left to improve to the point where he is as good as Harrison or Woodley. The argument could be made for Briggs but if the list were being re-made he would be bumped down off the list since Harrion would be at #2 or #3.

After that followed a segment called "Panic in Pittsburgh" where they played up everything Ben has said and showed a highlight reel of basically all the bad offensive plays we ever had. Haters To their credit the commentators were pretty respectful and confident in our team. Unfortunately the age of the defense was brought up again even though we were #1 last year and have got younger since then.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: Top 5 LB's on NFL Network

With the injury bug hitting deebo for most of last year its understandable him being left off. Healthy he is a force....being the homer I am he's number one on my list.

Harrison
Willis
Suggs
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:38 PM   #3
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Default Re: Top 5 LB's on NFL Network

This list is based on what, career performances or last years performance?
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:41 PM   #4
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Default Re: Top 5 LB's on NFL Network

I swore I saw some of these guy's on back of a milk carton a couple years ago
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Default Re: Top 5 LB's on NFL Network

i don't know how you leave Harrison off that list...

As for the "panic in Pittsburgh" thing...thats just comical. Its so ridiculous its laughable. There is no "panic" in or around Pittsburgh. Period. If anything, there's a renewed confidence.
Bens comments mean absolutely nothing...they're nothing out of the ordinary for anyone. I don't know that i've ever seen before, reporters take someone's simple words and twist them, super over-analyze them, study them, then make them into something they are not.
You might expect that from out-of-towners, but when your local writers are doing it to stir up s***, it leaves you embarrassed that this is what you have for local writers.

BTW.....when i seen the "top 5 linebacker" post, i already knew that none of our guys would be on it before i even clicked on it. Its almost as if the NFL network gets some sick satisfaction when they don't compliment us.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:54 PM   #6
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That's okay. I like it when no one takes us seriously. That's when come from under the radar.
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suggs has to thank jonathan scott for padding his stats
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suggs has to thank jonathan scott for padding his stats
Suggs only shows up for Steelers games, just like Gatorade.
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Ask Colt McCoy who he fears most...

I know that Harrison had an off year (due to his broken face), but when he played, he avergaed a sack a game (right)?

In an homage to Andy Samberg as Nicholas Cage:
"How is Harrison now on this list!?!"
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i hate when they lump ILBers' and OLBer's (especially 3-4 OLBers ) together when they make these lists. they are 2 totally different positions with different roles.
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