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tomiesteel08
12-08-2008, 05:40 PM
Winners and losers: Familiar feel to Steelers’ D
By Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports
Dec 7, 11:25 pm EST
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Steelers LB James Harrison hits Cowboys QB Tony Romo during the second quarter on December 7, 2008.
(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
With all due respect to the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s been eight seasons since we’ve seen an NFL defense this good.

You’d have to go back to the 2000 Baltimore Ravens – arguably the best defense in the history of the NFL – to recall something like the Pittsburgh Steelers. Imagine it:

• James Harrison playing the Ray Lewis intimidation role.

• LaMarr Woodley as the lightning fast (and athletically superior) pass rushing Peter Boulware.

• Troy Polamalu as the punishing Rod Woodson.

• James Farrior as the Jamie Sharper tackling machine.

• Casey Hampton as the immovable road block Sam Adams.

Heading into Sunday, Pittsburgh was toting the league’s No. 1 defense in fewest points and yards allowed, sacks, and had the intimidation factor in spades. Then it went out and pulled a win from the fire, forcing the Dallas Cowboys into five turnovers, notching three sacks, and returning an interception for the game-winning touchdown in a 20-13 victory. That makes Pittsburgh the biggest winner of the week. And with the current four-game winning streak – in which it is holding opponents to less than 11 points per game – it revives the question about whether this might be the most dangerous team in football.

Certainly the elements of greatness are there for the defense. Not only for the aforementioned talent, but also with Pittsburgh’s less-heralded players filling the gaps: linebackers Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote, defensive end Aaron Smith and cornerback Ike Taylor. Like the Ravens before them, these Steelers are loaded with talent and can intimidate with the best of them. They also run arguably the most unstoppable pass-rushing scheme in the league, with a defensive coordinator (Dick LeBeau) who is one of the best at his craft in the history of the game.

Are they better than the 2000 Ravens? Not yet. But they’ve got the tools to make a strong argument over the next two months.

if we the Super Bowl I would say yes

papillon
12-08-2008, 05:45 PM
Statistically, they probably won't be, but, if the Steelers can win the Super bowl after playing the toughest schedule in 50 years and the defense finishes what it started it would be difficult to argue against them being at least an equal to the Ravens 2000 defense.

Pappy

SteelerOfDeVille
12-08-2008, 05:48 PM
yes... but, our o-line needs an Ogden...

Jooser
12-08-2008, 05:51 PM
These stats were posted by Vic Carucci on NFL.com:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d ... nfirm=true (http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80d20407&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true)

Fewest yards allowed per play (since 1978)
Team Year Yards per play
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1979 3.89
Philadelphia Eagles 1981 3.92
Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 3.96*
Baltimore Ravens 1999 4.06
Los Angeles Rams 1978 4.09
Minnesota Vikings 1989 4.10
*Through 13 games


I know they're just another stat, but impressive one's at that. -Jooser

agdci981
12-08-2008, 05:53 PM
These stats were posted by Vic Carucci on NFL.com:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d ... nfirm=true (http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80d20407&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true)

Fewest yards allowed per play (since 1978)
Team Year Yards per play
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1979 3.89
Philadelphia Eagles 1981 3.92
Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 3.96*
Baltimore Ravens 1999 4.06
Los Angeles Rams 1978 4.09
Minnesota Vikings 1989 4.10
*Through 13 games


I know they're just another stat, but impressive one's at that. -Jooser
Yep, I posted those same stats here a few days ag.