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NorthCoast
11-27-2012, 08:07 PM
Ranked No. 1 in the league for passes defensed.... talk about taking the next step. I know I was doggin him last season, especially for some of his bonehead penalties. He is a big part of the reason the Steelers are No. 1 in pass defense. Between him and Ike, it's tough sledding. But time to give the guy his due. He has elevated his play to possibly being the number one target for contract negotiation next season.

ROLROC
11-27-2012, 08:18 PM
Several guys have really stepped on D this season. Lewis for sure.

Timmons, Clark, and Allen have had good seasons as well. McClendon and Heyward could be the next guys to 'step' up on D. They just need more reps. Worilds is on his way as well.

Chadman
11-27-2012, 08:25 PM
Just putting it out there, but Ike gets beat more often than Lewis this season..

Mister Pittsburgh
11-27-2012, 08:36 PM
Maybe his pro bowl prediction could come true.

hawaiiansteel
11-27-2012, 08:39 PM
Maybe his pro bowl prediction could come true.

very doubtful, Keenan Lewis has zero interceptions so far this season.

BigRob
11-27-2012, 08:58 PM
Gotta say, if he keeps ballin, we may have seen the last of him.

One other potential scenario I could see, is cutting Taylor for cap reasons and trying to sign Lewis to an extension.

They should have tried to do an extension in the off-season before he blew-up. He played pretty decent last year too.

Chadman
11-27-2012, 09:49 PM
And if they cut Ike, who starts next season? Allen? Brown? Not so inspiring..

BigRob
11-27-2012, 10:59 PM
And if they cut Ike, who starts next season? Allen? Brown? Not so inspiring..

Cap situation may dictate a lot next year. You risk losing Lewis if you keep Taylor. Then your looking at Taylor/Allen/Brown.

That may work as a one year stop gap, but the Steelers have to look younger at some point and reload.

Allen/Lewis/Brown may not be as good as Taylor/Lewis/Allen, but is it really worse than Taylor/Allen/Brown?

There's going to be a lot that is not that inspiring next year with the salary cap constraints.

I see a very real scenario where the following players do not return: Polamalu, Harrison, Taylor.

Chadman
11-27-2012, 11:34 PM
Cap situation may dictate a lot next year. You risk losing Lewis if you keep Taylor. Then your looking at Taylor/Allen/Brown.

That may be as a one year stop gap, but the Steelers have to look younger at some point and reload.

Allen/Lewis/Brown may not be as good as Taylor/Lewis/Allen, but is it really worse than Taylor/Allen/Brown?

There's going to be a lot that is not that inspiring next year with the salary cap constraints.

I see a very real scenario where the following players do not return: Polamalu, Harrison, Taylor.

Do you realise you have depressed Chadman now?

On a positive note- passed the 4000 post mark! Obviously there's too much time on Chadman's hands...

BigRob
11-28-2012, 12:13 AM
Do you realise you have depressed Chadman now?

On a positive note- passed the 4000 post mark! Obviously there's too much time on Chadman's hands...

Ha ha. Sorry to depress Chadman. Now I'm depressed.

feltdizz
11-28-2012, 10:13 AM
Lewis is a beast... we finally have a CB who knocks the ball down... hell, we finally have a CB who see's the ball.

Djfan
11-28-2012, 10:15 AM
On a positive note- passed the 4000 post mark! Obviously there's too much time on Chadman's hands...

Congrats. 17 of those posts rank in my all time favorite PS posts.

phillyesq
11-28-2012, 11:11 AM
very doubtful, Keenan Lewis has zero interceptions so far this season.

If he had held onto the ball that hit him in the chest late in the Titans game, there is a chance that he could be closer to his pro-bowl aspirations, as that would likely have netted him a lot of attention.

flippy
11-28-2012, 11:15 AM
Congrats. 17 of those posts rank in my all time favorite PS posts.

In your top 17 or your top 1M?

Djfan
11-28-2012, 11:28 AM
In your top 17 or your top 1M?

"All time favorite" is a very personal thing. I don't feel comfortable disclosing the range.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
11-28-2012, 11:29 AM
Just putting it out there, but Ike gets beat more often than Lewis this season..

Of course, Ike is also covering the opponent's #1 target. Both are having outstanding seasons. Considering that we are getting less pressure on the QB than in years past (other than last year), it is amazing how well the secondary has played.

Iron Shiek
11-28-2012, 04:37 PM
Lewis is a beast... we finally have a CB who knocks the ball down... hell, we finally have a CB who see's the ball.

Ummm...Ike always knocks the ball down because he has freaking stonehands.

lloydroid
11-28-2012, 04:56 PM
Just putting it out there, but Ike gets beat more often than Lewis this season..

Ike also takes on the opponents #1 WR every week. That does make a difference. Usually the #1 is fairly more talented than the #2.

RuthlessBurgher
11-28-2012, 05:19 PM
Ranked No. 1 in the league for passes defensed.... talk about taking the next step. I know I was doggin him last season, especially for some of his bonehead penalties. He is a big part of the reason the Steelers are No. 1 in pass defense. Between him and Ike, it's tough sledding. But time to give the guy his due. He has elevated his play to possibly being the number one target for contract negotiation next season.

Lewis is tied for the league lead with Chicago's Tim Jennings at 18 passes defensed each. Interesting that both of those guys play opposite of a 10th year CB from Louisiana-LaFayette. Now if only Ike could learn to force fumbles like Peanut Tillman (who leads the league in forced fumbles with 7) and Lewis could learn to pick off passes like Jennings (who leads the league in interceptions with 8), then we might just have something.

Speaking of passes defensed, how insane is it that DE J.J. Watt (13 passes defensed; tied for 6th in the NFL) has one more pass defensed than Ike Taylor (12 passes defensed; tied for 9th in the NFL). Batt those balls down, big fella!

Chadman
11-28-2012, 06:19 PM
Congrats. 17 of those posts rank in my all time favorite PS posts.


Hahaha! Thank you very much! Never realised that Chadman would have such impact!! :)

Chadman
11-28-2012, 06:37 PM
Of course, Ike is also covering the opponent's #1 target. Both are having outstanding seasons. Considering that we are getting less pressure on the QB than in years past (other than last year), it is amazing how well the secondary has played.

A few people have mentioned this, so instead of individually agreeing with all of you- consider this Chadman agreeing with this point.

phillyesq
11-28-2012, 07:05 PM
Speaking of passes defensed, how insane is it that DE J.J. Watt (13 passes defensed; tied for 6th in the NFL) has one more pass defensed than Ike Taylor (12 passes defensed; tied for 9th in the NFL). Batt those balls down, big fella!

That is really amazing. He is fun to watch.

Before this season started, if I could have added any defensive player in the league to the Steelers, Watt would have been on my short list. Now, that list is even shorter and likely starts and ends with Watt.

hawaiiansteel
11-28-2012, 07:09 PM
That is really amazing. He is fun to watch.

Before this season started, if I could have added any defensive player in the league to the Steelers, Watt would have been on my short list. Now, that list is even shorter and likely starts and ends with Watt.

I could probably find room somewhere in my starting lineup for Patrick Willis also.

RuthlessBurgher
11-28-2012, 09:24 PM
I could probably find room somewhere in my starting lineup for Patrick Willis also.

This sounds like a fun exercise. Watt and Willis would make my squad as well. Build the best possible team you can by poaching one player from each team (but not the Steelers). I should start a new thread. May be a better offseason exercise, though. Hmmm...I'll ponder it.