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lloydroid
12-05-2012, 08:09 PM
There have been certain events, or lack there of, that have made me pull my hair out, that have finally been addressed this season. Correct or not, I chalk up these changes to Art 2, much more than I attribute them to Tomlin. Why? Because Tomlin could have made these changes but just didn't. I think the two recent rings also happened because Art 2 became the final decision maker instead of Dan, who was at an age where one really shouldn't be running a billion $ company. Art 2 saw what was needed, and took action, as opposed to Dan, who was more in the "don't rock the boat" mode, where sometimes the boat needs rocked a little. Any now, these are the changes that make me smile.

1.) Emphasis on making sure the O line is solid. How many years was the OL neglected? I assumed, after the 2005 season, we would be seeing the draft emphasize the OL since it was obvious that it needed addressed. But draft after draft, and in free agency, the OL was not emphasized as a need. Every draft and free agency I was p-ssed off that they didn't do enough to build the OL. But, finally, this year, the team obviously gave the OL a more appropriate, higher priority. Not only did we use a #1 on Pouncy, a #1 on DeCastro, a #2 on Adams, but also signed back Starks, which has been a Godsend. Prior to this season, they would not have put that much emphasis on it and it was stupid.

2.) Using a legit FB. It killed me that they either used no one, or a TE to fill that role. A legit FB is relatively short. You can't get leverage to block as a FB if your center of gravity is too high. Finally, they were FORCED into getting this right.

3.) Not allowing a game plan of "lets let our game plan consist of Ben having to work miracles, buy time and end up getting killed." Yes, we still need/use Ben's ability to buy time, but at least it's not as heavily relied on, as it never should have been. Between a better OL, a better rushing game and better play calling, Ben isn't being asked to be super man so often. They should have changed this years ago.

4.) A D not so reliant on Polamalu. Yea, they were forced into it, but the end results is the #1 D without even having TP, and now we have him back. It was so depressing when they would flash the stat of win-loss with and without him. Now they figured out how to play without him. I love that.

5.) A real commitment to the power rushing game. Up until now, it has all been mere lip service with how much they were committed to the run; finally, this year, there is a true commitment to it, and it is finally showing.

6.) No longer assuming Mendenhall is the main running back. I thought they should have looked for alternatives years ago. But they FINALLY WOKE THE F UP and realized he wasn't getting the job done. F n A, hallelujah.

It's frustrating, when, we, as fans, can see these areas needed addressed and the team just didn't figure it out for so much longer than the rest of us. But, what is that saying? Better late than never.

hawaiiansteel
12-05-2012, 08:18 PM
good post...:Clap

http://chasekraynickpayitforward.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/keep-smiling-keep-smiling-8001329-386-480.jpg

msp26505
12-05-2012, 10:02 PM
Numbers 2,3,5, and 6 are directly related to the departure of Bruce Arians, whether they were the cause for his "retirement", or the result of it.

lloydroid
12-05-2012, 10:49 PM
Numbers 2,3,5, and 6 are directly related to the departure of Bruce Arians, whether they were the cause for his "retirement", or the result of it.

Totally agree and that's why I am glad he is gone, which was from Art 2 seeing that was needed, not Tomlin.

flippy
12-05-2012, 11:16 PM
There's definitely a lot of good stuff around here. I especially like seeing the young guys play so well.

This team transitioned from Ben, Troy, James determining how we do to becoming a real team. I'm doubly impressed they did it within a season of losing Farrior and Hines. Losing their team leader and hardest worker seemed like a recipe for disaster.

Looking back, I think the lack of an offseason a year back hurt the development of some of the young guys. All of a sudden, Lewis, Worilds, Allen, Hood, Heyward, Sanders are budding stars out of nowhere.

The more I think about all of this, the more I think an offseason with Lake is the difference on the D. Lewis is night and day good all of a sudden. I wasn't even sure he was gonna be on the team after this year, but he's a stud. Allen's got it too. And Brown even looked good last week after seeming lost.

Not to mention Clark's playing the best he's ever played. Allen has been better than usual as well.

The way all the DBs are playing, I'm expecting Lake might even help make Troy better once he has his legs back. The way he's helped everyone else improve, I'm thinking Troy could have the best run ever of any defender in the history of the game the rest of this year.

lloydroid
12-06-2012, 03:31 PM
Looking back, I think the lack of an offseason a year back hurt the development of some of the young guys. All of a sudden, Lewis, Worilds, Allen, Hood, Heyward, Sanders are budding stars out of nowhere.



Just a few weeks ago we were all groaning about how our weak drafts have us screwed. So many were saying how we have no young guys with any talent. And once our stars fade away the team is shot. Still could be some truth to it but certainly not as much. Yea, and even Brown at CB seems like he is getting decent. Wow.

ikestops85
12-06-2012, 05:58 PM
Just a few weeks ago we were all groaning about how our weak drafts have us screwed. So many were saying how we have no young guys with any talent. And once our stars fade away the team is shot. Still could be some truth to it but certainly not as much. Yea, and even Brown at CB seems like he is getting decent. Wow.

We are a fickle bunch, aren't we? :lol:

lloydroid
12-06-2012, 06:15 PM
We are a fickle bunch, aren't we? :lol:

Steeler fans are a spoiled bunch. I've seen fans stomp off stark mad, after a WIN. I too have felt some what ticked even after a win, if it is ugly enough, but not to the point that I have seen some. At least we have a franchise that reacts to our high demands :tt2

hawaiiansteel
12-06-2012, 06:25 PM
Steeler fans are a spoiled bunch. I've seen fans stomp off stark mad, after a WIN. I too have felt some what ticked even after a win, if it is ugly enough, but not to the point that I have seen some. :tt2

no such thing as an ugly win, they are all beautiful in my eyes.

Sugar
12-06-2012, 07:23 PM
Steeler fans are a spoiled bunch. I've seen fans stomp off stark mad, after a WIN. I too have felt some what ticked even after a win, if it is ugly enough, but not to the point that I have seen some. At least we have a franchise that reacts to our high demands :tt2

I had a friend who did nothing but complain after we beat the Seahawks in the SB. We just won the freaking SB for the first time in ages and he just complained on and on...

DBR96A
12-06-2012, 07:48 PM
I had a friend who did nothing but complain after we beat the Seahawks in the SB. We just won the freaking SB for the first time in ages and he just complained on and on...
Did he write for Stillers.com by any chance?

That website lost me after they refused to give Bill Cowher any credit for winning the Super Bowl. Their agenda became crystal clear at that point. They'd rather be anti-Cowher than pro-Steelers.

lloydroid
12-06-2012, 07:56 PM
Did he write for Stillers.com by any chance?

That website lost me after they refused to give Bill Cowher any credit for winning the Super Bowl. Their agenda became crystal clear at that point. They'd rather be anti-Cowher than pro-Steelers.

Then we have the polar opposite in Steelers' Digest. They would never ever bring up anything negative no matter how badly the situation screamed for it. I saw no one ragging after the SB win in 2005. All us transported Steeler fans here in FL were in absolute joy. We were wondering the streets in total bliss. Yes, it wasn't easy, and Ben played like garbage, but our D held the highest scoring offense that year to peanuts and all we needed were the 4 plays or so on offense to win the thing. But, have to admit, the int. call on Seattle that one TD was way ticky tack. Hawk fans have a point there.