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RussBII
05-23-2012, 01:49 PM
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7961673

I'll take this all day and all night long. Disrespect us, make us the under dogs.

Hah, idiots.

RuthlessBurgher
05-23-2012, 02:43 PM
Spread the word...we are old, slow, and done. :p

Pops8
05-23-2012, 02:59 PM
For years the media has been calling for the Steeler's demise. I guess if you predict the same thing over and over again, sooner or later you will get it right. Last year we were old and slow (good call Ruthless) and now they are saying too much change? Really? The media seems to feel they have to stir up excitement about other teams. I guess they don't want the bungles fans to feel bad or something.

That said, the Ravens are a tough customer this year and will punch it out with us for the division title. Cincy is stronger and will be nipping at our heels. It is true that the Steelers have a new playbook and may have a very new look. yes, they have to learn it. But that also means other teams don't have a Defeat Steelers strategy guide to pull off the shelf anymore either.

oh - yea, new guy here.

hawaiiansteel
05-23-2012, 03:12 PM
For years the media has been calling for the Steeler's demise. I guess if you predict the same thing over and over again, sooner or later you will get it right. Last year we were old and slow (good call Ruthless) and now they are saying too much change? Really? The media seems to feel they have to stir up excitement about other teams. I guess they don't want the bungles fans to feel bad or something.

That said, the Ravens are a tough customer this year and will punch it out with us for the division title. Cincy is stronger and will be nipping at our heels. It is true that the Steelers have a new playbook and may have a very new look. yes, they have to learn it. But that also means other teams don't have a Defeat Steelers strategy guide to pull off the shelf anymore either.

oh - yea, new guy here.


welcome and great first post! :Cheers

RuthlessBurgher
05-23-2012, 03:36 PM
welcome and great first post! :Cheers

Of course it was a great first post...he agreed with me in there! :p

http://www.pittsburgh-steelers-fan.info/wp-content/uploads/pittsburgh%20steelers%20welcome%20mat.jpg

Pops8
05-23-2012, 03:42 PM
Of course it was a great first post...he agreed with me in there! :p

http://www.pittsburgh-steelers-fan.info/wp-content/uploads/pittsburgh steelers welcome mat.jpg


Time will tell if that is a normal state of affairs or the exception. :D

thanks for the welcome (and the welcome mat).

Discipline of Steel
05-23-2012, 05:42 PM
For years the media has been calling for the Steeler's demise.

You wont escape that type of opinion here...guys have been predicting the imminent demise of Richard Lebeau and James Harrison for three years now.

DukieBoy
05-23-2012, 06:39 PM
One of the three of them picked the Bengals to win the division but the Ravens to win the SB. I think the team that slides will be the Ravens. Bengals will be tough. Can't wait to see this underrated Steelers team prove them wrong.

pfelix73
05-23-2012, 07:45 PM
Our Defense concerns me. Hope we can stop people and then get the ball and control the clock... I'd probably put it in the same order, however, maybe have all 3 teams tied with the same record....All 3 teams 11-5.

RuthlessBurgher
05-23-2012, 08:29 PM
My early homer picks...

:tt2:Steel:tt1 14-2
:bungalssuck 11-5
:ratsuck 9-7
:brownssuck 6-10

srk173
05-23-2012, 08:52 PM
Its funny how the same network has us ranked 5th in the power rankings ravens 9th and bengals 10th.

hawaiiansteel
05-23-2012, 09:47 PM
The Nevada bookmakers see it a little differently as they just released the over/under win totals for the upcoming season:

AFC NORTH

Pittsburgh: 10
Baltimore: 10
Cincinnati: 7.5
Cleveland 5.5

http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/

fordfixer
05-23-2012, 10:38 PM
For years the media has been calling for the Steeler's demise. I guess if you predict the same thing over and over again, sooner or later you will get it right. Last year we were old and slow (good call Ruthless) and now they are saying too much change? Really? The media seems to feel they have to stir up excitement about other teams. I guess they don't want the bungles fans to feel bad or something.

That said, the Ravens are a tough customer this year and will punch it out with us for the division title. Cincy is stronger and will be nipping at our heels. It is true that the Steelers have a new playbook and may have a very new look. yes, they have to learn it. But that also means other teams don't have a Defeat Steelers strategy guide to pull off the shelf anymore either.
oh - yea, new guy here.

Welcome to the Planet:tt1

Crash
05-23-2012, 10:41 PM
The demise of this team was going on during 1998-2003. That ERA sucked. 4 of 6 seasons out of the playoffs and two 10 loss seasons in a 5 year span.

Then Dan Rooney pulled rank, and the rest is history.

Someone should remind Art of that.

hawaiiansteel
05-23-2012, 11:08 PM
well, if the ESPN "experts" picked us to come in 3rd in our own division then it must be true...:roll:

Pops8
05-23-2012, 11:11 PM
The demise of this team was going on during 1998-2003. That ERA sucked.

The 80's weren't much fun either.

hawaiiansteel
05-24-2012, 01:52 AM
Analyst Clowns Place Steelers Third In AFC North

May 23rd, 2012 by CraigSteelers

http://nicepickcowher.com/files/2012/05/dm_120522_afc_north_predictions.jpeg?e98d57

Jag’ville is a fairly populated place these days. Well three new citizens signed up for their residency cards today when they decided to place the Steelers as placing third in the AFC North. Who, you may ask, are these lucky clowns? Herman Edwards, Marcellus Wiley and Bill Polian.

ESPN, fishing from a very dry well of analyst talent, brought these three clown on to do predictions – well before any completion of OTA’s or training camp. I have no problems with predictions. We do them here all the time – mainly for fun and to stir conversation. What’s really annoying with these three jags is the air of authority with which they speak – no surprise there. But we should all really know by now the predictive prowess of Edwards, Wiley, and Polian, right? Masters of the crystal ball.

So what was the big reason why they consistently placed the Ravens and the Bengals over the Steelers?

Change.

Yes. That’s right. Change. If you just asked yourself, ‘Of what?’ you, my friend, you are already light years ahead of these three magnificent boneheads. Aside from losing Ward, Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke, James Farrior, Chris Kemoeatu, and Willie Gay, the team is is mainly intact from last season. Let’s look at that for a sec…..

Ward: Retired after team DIDN’T WANT HIM BACK. Production was that of a 3rd or 4th receiver. No big deal

Smith: A fairly big hit to the defensive line.

Hoke: A great backup who, with the combo of losing Smith, makes it a bigger loss.

Farrior: The defensive leader of the team in the locker room. Production wasn’t that great, and is replaceable.

Kemoeatu: Worthless from day one. It was already like he wasn’t playing on the team. So no loss there.

Gay: The #2 corner. Which Gay was going to show up this year, nobody knew.

So in essence, the Steelers lost 2-3 significant contributors to their team. And, that all of a sudden means that they go from 12-4 and placing 2nd (only after losing a tiebreaker to the Ravens) to 3rd in the division? Where in the hell is the logic in that? Where’s the big change they speak of? It’s crazy. If anything, the Steelers went through some huge changes after the draft was over, and it was a change for the better. If anything, the Steelers improved their chances significantly in winning the AFC North. The team addressed some significant needs on the offensive and defensive lines, as well as added depth to linebacker and running back.

I’m no homer, and I always call it the way I see it. Even if that means having to dig into the Black and Gold a bit to prove a point. There’s no way the Steelers have been shaken up in a negative way that causes this team to falter. I think what these ‘boys’ are really banking on is the new offensive schemes of Todd Haley no jiving well with an offense that had visions of bubble screens in their dreams on a nightly basis. Yes, the team will have its bumps and bruises over the course of the season. At times it won’t look pretty. But, the Steelers know how to win and still have a defense mainly in tact that will always give them a chance at winning no matter what the offense is like.

Lastly, there was mention of Tomlin being on the hot seat this season. Excuse me while I grab my list entitled ‘Most Asinine Things People Say.’ Tomlin, as his two predecessors proved before him, has proven to be a strong coach and knows how to run a football team. Seems like Stooges Inc. (Edwards, Wiley and Polian) needs a refresher on their Steelers history. The Steelers just don’t drop coaches after a stumble. Tomlin’s won a Super Bowl since arriving. They’ve made the playoffs 3 out of 4 seasons and Super Bowls twice since Tomlin joined the team. Hot seat? I think not clowns gentlemen. Oh it should also be noted that the Steelers don’t usually can their guys after one bad season. They gave Cowher a contract extension after the team went 6-10 the previous season. So yeah… there’s that.

Quick get these guys some different drugs. I think they just announced that they think Colt McCoy is going to win the league MVP because he ‘deserves’ it after so much adversity.

http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/05/23/analyst-clowns-place-steelers-third-in-afc-north/

DBR96A
05-24-2012, 03:12 AM
The guy's analysis of the players who were cut is a bit off. Aaron Smith and Chris Hoke aren't big losses. Smith has played, what, 12 games in the last three seasons? He was an injury liability. And Chris Hoke was a backup, just like Hines Ward became. That leaves Chris Kemoeatu, James Harrison and William Gay. Kemoeatu was a starter by default; he was never a starting-caliber G. Farrior is the Hines Ward of the defense, and Gay was inconsistent. He could continue to play well in Arizona, but Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen made him replaceable nonetheless.

Pops8
05-25-2012, 12:26 PM
A better look at the AFC North (although no predictions on standings):

http://footballoutsiders.com/four-downs/2012/four-downs-afc-north-0 (http://footballoutsiders.com/four-downs/2012/four-downs-afc-north-0)

The section on the Ravens OL is pretty good but he doesn't mention T-Sizzles injury nor the aging Reed and Lewis. Much of their season may fall on the backs of Flacco and Rice. I still don't think Flacco is the guy who can carry it on his shoulders. One injury to Rice and they could be toast in a hurry. I found it interesting he mentions Max Starks as a possible phone call away to shore up their OL.

He does a decent job with the Steelers review. He correctly points out a healthy JH and LW should result in more sacks and pocket pressure. I am not as concerned with the Cb as I am the NT situation although the writer makes a good point on us being in nickle 40% of the time.

anyway, I thought this was a better review of the Steelers and the division than the bs about "too much change" in the video. Enjoy.