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PSU_dropout43
01-03-2011, 04:46 PM
We need more players from the SEC.

Agree/disagree?


BREAK. different subject --

Tonight, I'm scouting Andrew Luck. A little of what I've seen of Luck, he reminds me of Philip Rivers (with better throwing mechanic). Stanford vs VA Tech. Should be a good game.

I still think Ryan Mallett should go number 1 overall. ...can't go wrong with an SEC QB with a cannon arm.

Oviedo
01-03-2011, 04:54 PM
How about if we let young players actually play good things can happen!!!!!!

Eddie Spaghetti
01-03-2011, 04:59 PM
no love for Ramon Foster?

mallets arm may be 1st pick, but his brain is more 3rd round.

grotonsteel
01-03-2011, 05:05 PM
no love for Ramon Foster?


+1

Ramon Foster definitely not the worst O-lineman on Steelers O-line.

Oviedo
01-03-2011, 05:12 PM
no love for Ramon Foster?


+1

Ramon Foster definitely not the worst O-lineman on Steelers O-line.


Yet 90% of this board hopes we draft Mike Pouncey to replace him :stirpot

If that is the case how good can Foster really be or is he a necessary evil like Darnell Stapleton?

Eddie Spaghetti
01-03-2011, 05:29 PM
tough question.

if Foster can play(and i think he can) the 1st pick might be better spent on DL or CB.

OTOH, the 2 pounceys lining up next to each other would be extremely formiddable. i trust the FO to weigh the options and make an informed decision.

birtikidis
01-03-2011, 05:49 PM
no love for Ramon Foster?


+1

Ramon Foster definitely not the worst O-lineman on Steelers O-line.


Yet 90% of this board hopes we draft Mike Pouncey to replace him :stirpot

If that is the case how good can Foster really be or is he a necessary evil like Darnell Stapleton?
absolutely. that way foster can go back to tackle where he belongs. I mean the other 10% want us to draft a tackle...

Wolfhound45
01-03-2011, 05:57 PM
We need more players from the SEC.

Agree/disagree?

:Agree

This is a trap, right? SEC homer here all the way!

:stirpot

steelblood
01-03-2011, 06:34 PM
This is a terrible generalization, but I like tough players from the SEC over PAC Ten softies any day. :wink:


Sorry Troy.

Va Steelr
01-03-2011, 09:33 PM
It's hard to argue the point that the SEC is usually the best conference most years.

hawaiiansteel
01-03-2011, 11:50 PM
no love for Ramon Foster?



Ramon Foster is a below-average NFL starting guard. better than Trai Essex, but that's about it.

Eddie Spaghetti
01-04-2011, 12:09 AM
no love for Ramon Foster?



Ramon Foster is a below-average NFL starting guard. better than Trai Essex, but that's about it.

says you.

his play the last month has been very good.

birtikidis
01-04-2011, 12:18 AM
[quote="Eddie Spaghetti":14nmxls6]no love for Ramon Foster?



Ramon Foster is a below-average NFL starting guard. better than Trai Essex, but that's about it.

says you.

his play the last month has been very good.[/quote:14nmxls6]
I haven't really been all that impressed by Foster. I will agree that he's improving. I'd like to see him get a shot at being the starting RT next year. Of course, that would require the drafting of a certain players twin brother...

hawaiiansteel
01-04-2011, 12:23 AM
[quote="Eddie Spaghetti":10oek3v8]no love for Ramon Foster?



Ramon Foster is a below-average NFL starting guard. better than Trai Essex, but that's about it.

says you.

his play the last month has been very good.[/quote:10oek3v8]


I'm not the only one saying that...Mendy rushed 14 times for 36 yards against the Browns, our OL needs an upgrade at LT and both OG positions.

the write-up below is a review of the OL's performance against the Panthers, I'll post the one for the Browns when it comes out.


Analyzing the O-Line: Falling Below the Line

Posted on January 2, 2011 by JJ


If this was a college class, I’d be docked a letter grade or two for tardiness. Sorry everyone, traveling for Christmas meant that I was away from my DVR (and NFL Game Rewind) for a good part of the week. So this week’s offensive line analysis is arriving just in time for the next game.

Or maybe it was a late Christmas gift to avoid rewatching Jonathan Scott’s first series of the game for a couple of days. When I finally got around to it, it was rather shocking to watch. In the live viewing of the game, I was obviously aware of his blown block on Rashard Mendenhall’s tackle for a loss, but it wasn’t until the second viewing that the true magnitude of his failure was apparent.

Scott pulled an 0-for-5.

On the first five plays of the game, the left tackle failed to successfully pull off his block. On the first play he tried and failed on a cut block. On the second play he blocked no one. On the third play he whiffed on blocking his man who made the tackle. On the fourth play he was driven back into Ben Roethlisberger on a pass play. And on the fifth play, he missed on his block down to seal the hole opened when Chris Kemoeatu pulled out to lead a running play in the other direction. After that play Sean Kugler blew a gasket, Scott threw his helmet and Trai Essex jogged into the game.

I’d love to say that after clearing his head with his benching, Scott returned to the game and played remarkably well. It would be more accurate to say that he returned to his normal level of mediocrity — take those five plays out and he graded out at 74 percent

Scott’s awful play made Chris Kemoeatu’s bad game less apparent, but this was one of Kemoeatu’s worst efforts of the year (although not nearly as bad as the baseball bat beating that Kyle Williams gave him). Kemoeatu’s problems came in part because the Steelers asked him to pull numerous times and he struggled to engage his targets. He also had trouble with getting driven back on pass plays and with picking up line twists.

Maurkice Pouncey had no problems in pass protection. But in run blocking, Pouncey had numerous plays where he was either stalemated at the line or driven back by his man. Hopefully this is just a rough game and not a sign he’s hitting the wall 15 games into his rookie season.

Flozell Adams was about as steady as you could hope for. If the rookie may be hitting the wall, the senior citizen of the line responded with one of his best games of the season. Ramon Foster continues to be a below-average starting guard, but that still makes him an upgrade over Trai Essex.

http://www.steelerslounge.com/2011/01/a ... ling-line/ (http://www.steelerslounge.com/2011/01/analyzing-oline-falling-line/)

Eddie Spaghetti
01-04-2011, 11:47 AM
lol.

who the hell is jj?

i have read several reports that say his play is steadily improving, but i trust my own two eyes and they tell me the same thing.

you cannot have pro-bowlers at every position along the OL. we can win with guys like Ramon Foster. this year is proving it all over again.

Stewie
01-04-2011, 02:27 PM
We need more SEC players???? Geez, I'd say Harrison is our best D-player; and Rothlisberger our best O-player. They're both from the MAC. I KNOW that you were just half serious about the SEC, and endorse the idea of judging the individual talent without respect to the conference.

hawaiiansteel
01-06-2011, 11:28 PM
Pouncey ready for next step

By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com


Rookie Maurkice Pouncey finished an impressive rookie season, earning a spot on the Pro Bowl roster and winning the Steelers rookie of the year honors.

Now he is ready to take the next step and play in his first NFL playoff game.

“I can’t complain at all,” said Pouncey. “My rookie year has been the best time of my life. It’s been an honor for me. Things have been going my way and hopefully it will stay that way.

“I am blessed. I am with the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the best teams in the NFL. I smile all of the time and tell my family how crazy it is that I am here.”

Pouncey, who said he plans on watching the Colts-Jets game on Saturday before returning to practice on Sunday, said he is grateful for all of the help and advice he has received from the Steelers veterans this season.

“A lot of good things have happened to me and they tell you to stay humble and focus,” said Pouncey. “It’s a one-game season. Either you win or are at home, you have to focus and prepare the right way.”

* * *

Aaron Smith attended practice this week, but his status for the Steelers AFC Divisional Playoff game isn’t known. Smith has been out since the Miami game on Oct. 24 with a triceps injury and his teammates would love to see him on the field after going through a tough stretch.

“I feel for him very much,” said fellow defensive end Brett Keisel. “He has been struck with a lot of adversity the last few years. He never complains. He just puts his nose to the grindstone and gets to work. What makes him the great player and teammate is everyone sees the work ethic he has and it resonates with all of us.

“I would love it if he played. I love seeing him in the huddle, I love watching him get ready to play.”

If Smith can’t play, he has been impressed with those who have stepped up on the line this season.

“Nick (Eason) and Ziggy (Hood) and the rest of the defensive line have been playing fantastic,” said Smith. “I appreciate them carrying me this far. They have played well. They’ve done a good job all year.”

Hood has stepped in to Smith’s starting role, but Eason and Chris Hokehave also played a major role this year and it’s a benefit to the defense.

“Those guys have done a great job stepping in and playing well,” said Keisel. “It’s only going to make us stronger going in to the post-season having that kind of depth.”

* * *

If you would have told long snapper Greg Warren at the start of the season that he would finish the year working with a different kicker and punter, he probably would have looked at you like you were crazy.

But that has been the case as Jeff Reed was released and Dan Sepulvedasuffered a season-ending knee injury. The Steelers signed kicker Shaun Suisham and punter Jeremy Kapinos and Warren has adjusted just fine to working with both of them.

“It’s not been as big an adjustment as most people think,” said Warren. “Both of these guys are so professional. Shaun is so good at what he does and Jeremy is very good at what he does. After a day we pretty much all just gelled together as if we had been working with each other all year.”

Warren was placed on injured reserve to close out the last two seasons, with the 2008 season ending for him in late October and him missing out on the playoff run. This year, he is enjoying every minute of the post-season.

“I’m loving this,” said Warren, who played in Super Bowl XL, but not Super Bowl XLIII. “My first year in the league we won the Super Bowl. It was such a blur I couldn’t enjoy it like I wanted to. The second time we won the Super Bowl I was hurt. Now I can finally can sit back, and take a deep breath and realize how special it is to be in the playoffs and how hard it is to achieve this. It’s awesome to be a part of it again.”

* * *

Steelers veterans have been giving the rookies plenty of advice about what to expect for the playoffs and they are listening closely.

“It’s going to be high intensity,” said wide receiver Antonio Brown. “It’s a win or go home type of environment. They want to make sure the young guys don’t make any errors and we are on top of our game.”

The rookies know there is no room for error in the playoffs and plan to be on top of their game.

“They tell us there are no such things as small plays in the playoffs,” said Emmanuel Sanders. “I have never been there before, but I can see the attitude of the veterans has changed and they know what’s at stake and it’s helped us younger guys come along.”

* * *

Safety Troy Polamalu’s jersey was the top-selling one from April 1, 2010-January 2, 2011 on NFL.com. Wide receiver Hines Ward’s jersey finished at 25th. Overall the Steelers ranked as the top team in jersey sales.

http://burgh.us/sp