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BigRob
01-07-2010, 10:50 AM
At this link. I think it is surprisingly good and not really vitriolic at all. He works for the Houston Chronicle.

http://blogs.chron.com/fantasyfootball/ ... _my_1.html (http://blogs.chron.com/fantasyfootball/2010/01/even_though_you_had_to_fire_my_1.html)
"6. As many of you might know, I am deep into the NFL Draft on this site and I thought the addition of Ziggy Hood in the first over Max Unger was a mistake. Last year's draft featured a solid group of 3-4 DEs in rounds 2-4, but Unger was a guy who could play multiple positions on the offensive line and he's tough and smart. The Steelers have proven for years that they can find talent all over the draft when it comes to the defensive side of the ball, but Unger was part of a talented group of interior linemen that included Eric Wood and Alex Mack and I think he would have been a great fit in Pittsburgh."

"7. The Steelers scored a major coup when they drafted Mike Wallace. The rest of the league better get ready because by next year, they will basically be carrying around two of the better vertical threats in the league in Holmes and Wallace."


"8. The Steelers need to put a halt to all of the bunch formation crap they've got going and figure out that they have the personnel to be very effective out of their two-TE sets.... especially with Wallace and Holmes on the field at the same time. Sure, it will piss Hines Ward off, but he's getting up there in years and does his best work against zone coverage rather than against man. With a 2-TE set and with vertical threats like Holmes and Wallace, safeties will be in a tough spot. They will have to worry about run support thanks to the 2 TEs but they will also fear homerun threats outside. To me, this is a way for the Steelers to get back to a more physical brand of football without sacrificing their big play potential. If the Steelers need to upgrade over Spaeth, then have at it."

feltdizz
01-07-2010, 11:02 AM
Great read.. I agree with damn near everything he said. The sack total and Allen Iverson comparison was money... Except AI doesn't have hardware... But In regard to sack vs big play it's a great analogy. Going from 2nd and 3 to 3rd and 9 makes it a pure passing down. I don't thhink Ben minds that though.

bostonsteeler
01-07-2010, 11:04 AM
Very good read!

RuthlessBurgher
01-07-2010, 11:22 AM
I love the pic of the kid wearing a SBXLIII ring that is nearly as large as his fist:

http://blogs.chron.com/fantasyfootball/aa.jpg

(I am assuming is Lance's son and Larry's grandson, but it wasn't labeled)

phillyesq
01-07-2010, 11:38 AM
This was a good, balanced read. I agree with a lot of what he said, especially his call for the Steelers to get back to playing for physical football on offense.

SteelAbility
01-07-2010, 12:15 PM
Yup. Very good read. But he didn't blast D1ck Lebeau. Something was just wrong there. :roll: :stirpot

Oviedo
01-07-2010, 12:40 PM
I have soured over time on Spareth because his best asset as a pass catcher is ignored.

Consider this for an upgrade: Pick #18: Jermaine Gresham, TE, 6'6", 258lbs. 40 yd: 4.80. He would cause serious match up issues with both him and Heath on the field.

Not the way I would go in Round 1 but something to think about.

Pay attention to Earl Thomas tonight if you watch the Alabama-Texas Game.

feltdizz
01-07-2010, 12:43 PM
Yup. Very good read. But he didn't blast D1ck Lebeau. Something was just wrong there. :roll: :stirpot

He was very professional in his assessment and I think it hit home on all points...
I also love his critique of the OL as better run blockers then pass blockers. For some reason a few people have been stating we are a better pass blocking team.. I just think we see more passes.. if we saw more runs the run blocking would gel.
He mentioned both sides of the ball.. and put the spotlight on the DB's.. the clear weakness on our D.

I wish he wrote for the Steelers instead of the Texans.

being Zeirlen's son it's clear he is smart enough to keep the coaches names out of the blogs.

feltdizz
01-07-2010, 12:47 PM
I have soured over time on Spareth because his best asset as a pass catcher is ignored.

Consider this for an upgrade: Pick #18: Jermaine Gresham, TE, 6'6", 258lbs. 40 yd: 4.80. He would cause serious match up issues with both him and Heath on the field.

Not the way I would go in Round 1 but something to think about.

Pay attention to Earl Thomas tonight if you watch the Alabama-Texas Game.

Spaeth's blocking is bad... but we should still use him as a weapon. He filled in nice for Miller in 2008 for a few games.

phillyesq
01-07-2010, 01:31 PM
I have soured over time on Spareth because his best asset as a pass catcher is ignored.

Consider this for an upgrade: Pick #18: Jermaine Gresham, TE, 6'6", 258lbs. 40 yd: 4.80. He would cause serious match up issues with both him and Heath on the field.

Not the way I would go in Round 1 but something to think about.

Pay attention to Earl Thomas tonight if you watch the Alabama-Texas Game.

Spaeth's blocking is bad... but we should still use him as a weapon. He filled in nice for Miller in 2008 for a few games.

Spaeth is absolutely fine as a possession receiver. He just isn't utilized much in that role, which makes sense when you consider all of the other options and weapons that the Steelers have. I'm disappointed that somebody as big as Spaeth has never really materialized into the red zone threat that many of us were hoping for.

McHugh and Johnson are both better blocking options than Spaeth, and since Spaeth is rarely called on to catch passes, might be better fits as the second TE, if the Steelers are going to keep running the two TE sets.

steelblood
01-07-2010, 02:24 PM
I have soured over time on Spareth because his best asset as a pass catcher is ignored.

Consider this for an upgrade: Pick #18: Jermaine Gresham, TE, 6'6", 258lbs. 40 yd: 4.80. He would cause serious match up issues with both him and Heath on the field.

Not the way I would go in Round 1 but something to think about.

Pay attention to Earl Thomas tonight if you watch the Alabama-Texas Game.

Spaeth's blocking is bad... but we should still use him as a weapon. He filled in nice for Miller in 2008 for a few games.

Spaeth catches the ball fine, but his wheels were way overrated by Arians and crew. He is not vertical threat as a TE. He get very little YAC. He isn't as tough as I would like.

There are much better options to be had in this years draft after the first 2 rounds. There are quite a few decent TEs many of whom also block pretty well. Graham from Wisconsin (became a complete TE this season), Quarless from PSU (freakish receiving threat), Jim Dray from Stanford (looks like Heath Miller to me), Tony Moeka from Iowa, Anthony McCoy USC, Michael Hoomanawanui Illinois, Rob Gronkowski Arizona (was injured early in the year, but has exceptional size and great skills), Ed Dickson Oregon (vertical threat, Dallas clark type), Aaron Hernandez Florida, and a few more I'm not thinking of. Most years teams complain that the college game doesn't produce enough NFL type TEs anymore. This year there are so many TEs that you should definitely be able to find value in rounds 3-6. There is so much value that it would be a mistake not to upgrade your TE position this year because you'd likely overpay to do it next season or the season after.

Oviedo
01-07-2010, 02:40 PM
I have soured over time on Spareth because his best asset as a pass catcher is ignored.

Consider this for an upgrade: Pick #18: Jermaine Gresham, TE, 6'6", 258lbs. 40 yd: 4.80. He would cause serious match up issues with both him and Heath on the field.

Not the way I would go in Round 1 but something to think about.

Pay attention to Earl Thomas tonight if you watch the Alabama-Texas Game.

Spaeth's blocking is bad... but we should still use him as a weapon. He filled in nice for Miller in 2008 for a few games.

Spaeth catches the ball fine, but his wheels were way overrated by Arians and crew. He is not vertical threat as a TE. He get very little YAC. He isn't as tough as I would like.

There are much better options to be had in this years draft after the first 2 rounds. There are quite a few decent TEs many of whom also block pretty well. Graham from Wisconsin (became a complete TE this season), Quarless from PSU (freakish receiving threat), Jim Dray from Stanford (looks like Heath Miller to me), Tony Moeka from Iowa, Anthony McCoy USC, Michael Hoomanawanui Illinois, Rob Gronkowski Arizona (was injured early in the year, but has exceptional size and great skills), Ed Dickson Oregon (vertical threat, Dallas clark type), Aaron Hernandez Florida, and a few more I'm not thinking of. Most years teams complain that the college game doesn't produce enough NFL type TEs anymore. This year there are so many TEs that you should definitely be able to find value in rounds 3-6. There is so much value that it would be a mistake not to upgrade your TE position this year because you'd likely overpay to do it next season or the season after.

Good list of TEs. I agre lots in this draft. IMO Hernanadez is really just an H back. he was never really asked to block that much and probably will be worse than Spaeth.

feltdizz
01-07-2010, 03:20 PM
I'll scream LIAR if we draft a TE to do anything other then seal the edge.

ikestops85
01-08-2010, 08:31 PM
Instead of looking for another tight end why don't we utilize the ones we have. It doesn't make sense to waste a draft pick on a player we won't use again. JMHO

papillon
01-09-2010, 09:37 AM
Instead of looking for another tight end why don't we utilize the ones we have. It doesn't make sense to waste a draft pick on a player we won't use again. JMHO

It's not that the Steelers won't use him, they don't need him. Holmes, Ward, Wallace, Miller and the emergence of Mendenhall give the Steelers plenty of options in the passing game. Why design plays to take away touches from any of those guys?

I'm hoping that Tomlin's disappointment with short yardage situations and red zone offense and his conversation with Arians at the end of the year will cause the offense to bring back the fullback as an aspect of this offense. Hopefully, Arians received an ultimatum in return for not being fired and the ultimatum was to install a power package of some sort to rectify the problems mentioned above.

I will be very surprised if we don't see some fundamental changes in the way the offense is designed. The draft should give us a clue as well, if a true fullback or H-back type player is drafted around the 4th or 5th round.

Pappy

pfelix73
01-09-2010, 11:24 AM
WE NEED A FB.....