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lloydroid
12-03-2012, 08:42 PM
.....Remember when it seemed like we couldn't find good DBs to save our lives? It seemed like every year, anyone we put out there other than Ike, Troy or Clark, all stunk big time, whether at safety or CB.

And low and behold?

Not only has Lewis emerged as a legit, solid as hell CB, but even when we lost Ike, Allen stepped in and was as tight as a drum.

Did we just get lucky or what? We find a way to have the #1 passing D while missing Troy all season long. And, although he looks a little chubby now, if he stays in one piece, he will be back to amazing within 2 more games. Even if we lose Ike for a while, we STILL might be in solid shape. In year's past, we could afford to lose ANY starters, as whoever we put on the field just stunk beyond belief. What has changed? Simple luck? Schemes? Experience?

Oh, and, also, it looks like we finally found depth at LB in Worilds. We haven't really missed Woodely as much as we probably thought we would. And Harrison is definitely rounding into form. And that is HUGE.

By the way, is everyone still griping about Hood? It looks like he is playing pretty well to me. But please, give McClendon more playing time, for Betsy's sake. Hampton is actually playing pretty well, but he needs more rest and McClendon needs more playing time.

SidSmythe
12-03-2012, 09:01 PM
Remember when we couldn't put an O-Line together for the life of us???

Now we a pretty darn good O-Line with some depth.

BigRob
12-03-2012, 09:05 PM
Two words: Carnell Lake

Coaching makes a bigger difference than anyone could believe. He he's the biggest difference maker in turning around our secondary.

lloydroid
12-03-2012, 09:08 PM
Remember when we couldn't put an O-Line together for the life of us???

Now we a pretty darn good O-Line with some depth.

And just wait until we get healthy. As far as I know, DeCastro, Gilbert and Adams should all be coming back soon, right? I know you guys don't think Gilbert is any good, but I am not throwing him out with the trash just yet. And, he could end up just being a back up any how.

hawaiiansteel
12-03-2012, 09:08 PM
Two words: Carnell Lake

Coaching makes a bigger difference than anyone could believe. He he's the biggest difference maker in turning around our secondary.

The Lake Effect

Iím not talking snow. Iím talking about Steelers secondary coach, Carnell Lake. Lake signed on with the team last season as the coach, and I think he is working wonders with the new guys like Cortez Allen. How else can you explain Keenan Lewisí ability to FINALLY cover guys at least 75% of the game? How else can you explain that both Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown are impacting the secondary and special teams at the same time?

How else can you explain that Will Allen and Ryan Clark have been a force in the safety positions during Troy Polamaluís absence almost all season? How is it that this defense has been #1 in pass defense two seasons in a row? Sure the secondary is full of talented players, but itís Lakeís coaching that has gelled it all together. What a stroke of brilliance by the Front Office to get Lake on board.

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lloydroid
12-03-2012, 09:18 PM
I don't know. Lake was an outstanding player, mostly because of his physical gifts and good attitude. How much of that translates to being able to offer that to other players? None have the physical abilities that Lake had, other than Troy. Lake had a tremendous size to speed ratio. Remember, he is a safety who played CB for us - and did it well - for that one season. But, something is working. Maybe it all just came together. Even Phil Simms comments that the theory used to be to beat Pgh you did so by passing, as their coverage was loose. "But not anymore. The Steelers have DBs who can cover and they are the #1 passing D."

SidSmythe
12-03-2012, 09:25 PM
Maybe Gilbert has the same problem that Starks had.....being a natural LT that is and struggling with RT.

hawaiiansteel
12-03-2012, 09:27 PM
Maybe Gilbert has the same problem that Starks had.....being a natural LT that is and struggling with RT.

but Gilbert looked good playing RT last season...

BigRob
12-03-2012, 09:30 PM
I don't know. Lake was an outstanding player, mostly because of his physical gifts and good attitude. How much of that translates to being able to offer that to other players? None have the physical abilities that Lake had, other than Troy. Lake had a tremendous size to speed ratio. Remember, he is a safety who played CB for us - and did it well - for that one season. But, something is working. Maybe it all just came together. Even Phil Simms comments that the theory used to be to beat Pgh you did so by passing, as their coverage was loose. "But not anymore. The Steelers have DBs who can cover and they are the #1 passing D."

Keenan Lewis has consistently credited Lakes coaching for why he is the player he is fast becoming.

SidSmythe
12-03-2012, 09:41 PM
but Gilbert looked good playing RT last season...

We won the SuperBowl with Max at RT in his rookie season.....weird huh!!

They say GILBERT is a natural LT. Who knows

hawaiiansteel
12-03-2012, 09:44 PM
We won the SuperBowl with Max at RT in his rookie season.....weird huh!!

They say GILBERT is a natural LT. Who knows

Gilbert has publicly stated that he prefers and feels more comfortable at LT.

NJ-STEELER
12-03-2012, 10:43 PM
Gilbert has publicly stated that he prefers and feels more comfortable at LT.


strange, cause for except for half his senior season, he's played RT for the most part

BradshawsHairdresser
12-03-2012, 11:00 PM
Hampton is actually playing pretty well

Are you talking about the Ravens game? I thought he was an embarrassment.

hawaiiansteel
12-03-2012, 11:04 PM
strange, cause for except for half his senior season, he's played RT for the most part

he played RT at Florida in order to protect the left-handed Tim Tebow's blind side, only after Tebow graduated did Gilbert move to his more natural LT position.

pfelix73
12-03-2012, 11:19 PM
I think I heard somewhere that Gilbert was going on IR. Could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I heard that. How about that. The OL is coming along and DD isn't even playing. The Pouncey switch to LG might be a good long term idea. He played well at G last night. I'd rather have him there than Colon, to be honest....

Mister Pittsburgh
12-03-2012, 11:35 PM
The Lake Effect

I’m not talking snow. I’m talking about Steelers secondary coach, Carnell Lake. Lake signed on with the team last season as the coach, and I think he is working wonders with the new guys like Cortez Allen. How else can you explain Keenan Lewis’ ability to FINALLY cover guys at least 75% of the game? How else can you explain that both Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown are impacting the secondary and special teams at the same time?

How else can you explain that Will Allen and Ryan Clark have been a force in the safety positions during Troy Polamalu’s absence almost all season? How is it that this defense has been #1 in pass defense two seasons in a row? Sure the secondary is full of talented players, but it’s Lake’s coaching that has gelled it all together. What a stroke of brilliance by the Front Office to get Lake on board.

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hawaiiansteel
12-03-2012, 11:49 PM
I think I heard somewhere that Gilbert was going on IR. Could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I heard that.

yes, Gilbert has already been placed on IR and his season is over.

RuthlessBurgher
12-04-2012, 11:11 AM
But please, give McClendon more playing time, for Betsy's sake.

Betsy? Whatever happened to Pete? :p

ikestops85
12-04-2012, 01:01 PM
Leech putting Hampton on his back was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. He just trucked Casey.

Captain Lemming
12-04-2012, 01:20 PM
Gilbert has publicly stated that he prefers and feels more comfortable at LT.

Yeah, twice the pay for a good young left tackle.....I'm not shocked he is "more comfortable" there.

By "more comfortable" he means standard of living.