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supersteeler
01-04-2013, 09:23 AM
Please try and be honest in your thoughts so we can get a feel on what our new season will look like, and if the Steelers can rebound from the 2012 disappointing season.

Supers Take:

I wonder if the window is closing on our steelers, or if we add some players to the roster that can make the difference in the up coming season. The feedback form posts on Steelers planet says the Steelers have their work cut out in order to have a successful 2013. and the main issues must be resolved so they can achieve their goal.
I'll take a crack at what those main issues are, and look forward to your opinions on this matter as we move forward.

Main issues and objectives:

1. First and formost the Steelers need to stay healthy especially on the offensive line in order to maximize continuity with the same 5 starters. We all know injuries will happen, but if they limit them, the team as a whole should see improvement.

2. QB Play. Lets face it, we only can go as far as Ben Takes us, we need the Ben of the first half of 2012. For whatever reason he wasn't the Ben we could count on in the last quarter of this season and it impacted our playoff hopes.

3. Pressure and pass rush from our front seven, too often we didn't have that in the course of this season and it left our secondary on an Island. Our secondary wasn't playing well in the beginning of the season, but Keenan Lewis, Cortez made big improvements even with the absense of Troy for the majority of the season. We need a dominate NT that can take on blockers to free our ends up, that combination alone will make our LB's better, and if they are healthy and in shape ( Woodley) it would make a big difference.

4. Special teams. This unit has to get better not only in coverage, but discipline by not committing penalty's that kill good field position and returns for TD"S. Our Punter isn't up to snuff as well as our Special teams coach, we'll need changes there or at least change what they are doing that hurts the unit.

Obviously, there are more but these IMHO are valid and need addressed. We have to count on health of the team, getting the right pieces in the draft, and fix the areas' above I mentioned. This no easy task.
I feel we have a core of really good players to get to the next level, but we still have to find a few impact players in the draft and our coaching staff outside of LeBeau has to improve their decisions on the field.

Overall:
As Steelers fans, our expectations are high. Anything less than a playoff appearance is an incomplete season, the team goal is the SB as it should be. However, the reality is our Steelers can't meet their expectations or ours unless they fix the issues at hand.
I'm confident we'll be better in 2013 but will better be enough? I don't really know, other teams are getting better too so we have to take it up a notch or two to stay ahead of the game.
When we hit rock bottom we'll know it, we ain't there yet and don't want to be there. Playing 500 ball won't do it folks for them or us, but great teams can't last forever we have to see that reality. Lets hope thay have another one in them in the near future, getting #7 would be sweet and keep us King of the NFL!

Oviedo
01-04-2013, 09:29 AM
You items #1 and #3 are the keys and may be mutually exclusive in the short term. If we really commit to fixing the OL that will likely require us to use our #1 pick for another OL. That would then mean we aren't getting one of the top NTs or pass rushing OLBs.

Alot of what we fix depends on who stays and who goes. If Harrison goes then a OLB is top priority. If they can't resign Starks then an OL is a top priority. If they lose both we will probably be about 8-8 again next season.

D Rock
01-04-2013, 10:24 AM
I can't believe this is happening, but I'm about to agree with Oviedo for my third straight post of the morning. Crazy.

Oviedo
01-04-2013, 11:01 AM
I can't believe this is happening, but I'm about to agree with Oviedo for my third straight post of the morning. Crazy.

Obviously, you have gotten smarter in 2013:D

papillon
01-04-2013, 11:44 AM
Unlike a lot of fans I do not believe the sky is falling. The Steelers have started the process of rebuilding (getting younger) this past season with the departure of a few old reliable Steelers and inserted draft picks that have been developing. Injuries aside, at different points in the season each unit was the bright spot of the team with the exception of the special teams. The offense was not overwhelming teams the first half of the year, however, Ben was playing MVP style football and winning the TOP battle. The defense was struggling to get off the field in critical situations early in the season. The second half of the season the defense found its footing and played inspired football and as Troy and James actually got healthy takeaways became the norm the final two games (it was good to see). The offense struggled down the stretch while the defense was playing very good football.

The special teams were atrocious all year and consistently put the offense or defense in bad situations and for a unit that is on the field for only 10-15 plays per game the play of the special teams should be unacceptable to the Steelers' brain trust. There has got to be a way to have a special teams unit that is actually special. Suisham is excluding from this take on the special teams as he was the lone consistent bright spot.

My take...

Ben is a great quarterback (unconvential, but great) and should still have 5-6 years of great football left in him.
Troy is still one of the best SS in the game when healthy
James is still a force that needs to be accounted for every play when healthy
Dick Lebeau is still one of the best DCs in the league
Mike Tomlin is still a good coach, but struggled this year with some in game decisions
Todd Haley knows how to coach an offense
The salary cap is going to force a change in player personnel for the Steelers

Moving forward...

As much as I would like to say that the Steelers need to stay healthy moving forward this simply isn't possible in the NFL. Every team will get banged up over the course of a season. It was unfortunate for the Steelers that their 3 main players missed significant time with injuries this year, Ben (3 games), James (3 or 4 games) and Troy (9 games), two defensive MVPs and an elite quarterback. I don't believe that any of the playoff teams had their quarterback miss any games except for RGIII (1 game). I wonder what the playoff field would like like if any of the teams that didn't get a bye week would have had their quarterback miss 3 games?

Special teams has to get fixed, this unit was so far below the line that over the course of this past year I am certain that they were responsible for at a bare minimum 1 loss and probably a lot more. This has to be fixed and for my money this is the one place that a coach can really make a difference. Playing special teams is more about heart, the will to succeed and taking pride in your job than any other position on the team. You do not have to be a great football player to play special teams and be successful. You have to want to do the job and take ownership of the job and that's it. This has got to be fixed.

Personnel is going to be huge this off season. The deaths of James and Troy are greatly exaggerated in my opinion. The final quarter of the year James was getting leverage and his legs looked strong again and Troy was all over the field making plays to which we have become accustomed. I don't know how they keep them, but they need to find a way to keep them. Obviously, the cap situation is dire and this off season will complete the overhaul (or as much of an overhaul as the Steelers will ever do). There will still be a few other long time vets to be let go in the future, but I think this off season will see the largest turnover in some old favorites, unfortunately.

The running back committeee needs to have one of the committee stand up and take the job. I hope Mendenhall stays he has the most complete package of NFL skills for a running back on the team. The others have specific skills that can be utilized, but I don't believe any of them can be the main back in the offense.

The coaches aren't idiots, the front office is steady (thankfully) and the players are on par with many of this years playoff teams. The future is bright; Timmons was very good all year, Lewis and Ike make a formidable duo of corners (C. Allen makes a third), Miller had a great season (save for the ACL late), the offensive line showed flashes of brilliance, but never at the same time (probably due to the fact that the makeup of the line changed almost weekly) and the WRs will be good with or without Mike Wallace. Ben has shown that he can lose a good #1 WR and help the team be successful, he's lost Burress and Holmes in the past and Wallace isn't any better than either of them when they left. Save for two stinking plays at the worst possible time Ben had a very good year as well, completion percentage was high, TD to INT ratio was excellent, and very few fumbles and I wouldn't expect anything less moving forward.

As of right now, James is healthy, Troy is healthy, Ben is healthy (and should be 100% by training camp), Woodley is healthy, Timmons is healthy, A. Brown is healthy, DeCastro is healthy, Pouncey is healthy, Clark is healthy, and hopefully, the offensive linemen get healthy by training camp. The Steelers should be going into camp very healthy and ready to compete for the AFCN title and the playoffs.

Pappy

Oviedo
01-04-2013, 11:57 AM
Unlike a lot of fans I do not believe the sky is falling. The Steelers have started the process of rebuilding (getting younger) this past season with the departure of a few old reliable Steelers and inserted draft picks that have been developing. Injuries aside, at different points in the season each unit was the bright spot of the team with the exception of the special teams. The offense was not overwhelming teams the first half of the year, however, Ben was playing MVP style football and winning the TOP battle. The defense was struggling to get off the field in critical situations early in the season. The second half of the season the defense found its footing and played inspired football and as Troy and James actually got healthy takeaways became the norm the final two games (it was good to see). The offense struggled down the stretch while the defense was playing very good football.

The special teams were atrocious all year and consistently put the offense or defense in bad situations and for a unit that is on the field for only 10-15 plays per game the play of the special teams should be unacceptable to the Steelers' brain trust. There has got to be a way to have a special teams unit that is actually special. Suisham is excluding from this take on the special teams as he was the lone consistent bright spot.

My take...

Ben is a great quarterback (unconvential, but great) and should still have 5-6 years of great football left in him.
Troy is still one of the best SS in the game when healthy
James is still a force that needs to be accounted for every play when healthy
Dick Lebeau is still one of the best DCs in the league
Mike Tomlin is still a good coach, but struggled this year with some in game decisions
Todd Haley knows how to coach an offense
The salary cap is going to force a change in player personnel for the Steelers

Moving forward...

As much as I would like to say that the Steelers need to stay healthy moving forward this simply isn't possible in the NFL. Every team will get banged up over the course of a season. It was unfortunate for the Steelers that their 3 main players missed significant time with injuries this year, Ben (3 games), James (3 or 4 games) and Troy (9 games), two defensive MVPs and an elite quarterback. I don't believe that any of the playoff teams had their quarterback miss any games except for RGIII (1 game). I wonder what the playoff field would like like if any of the teams that didn't get a bye week would have had their quarterback miss 3 games?

Special teams has to get fixed, this unit was so far below the line that over the course of this past year I am certain that they were responsible for at a bare minimum 1 loss and probably a lot more. This has to be fixed and for my money this is the one place that a coach can really make a difference. Playing special teams is more about heart, the will to succeed and taking pride in your job than any other position on the team. You do not have to be a great football player to play special teams and be successful. You have to want to do the job and take ownership of the job and that's it. This has got to be fixed.

Personnel is going to be huge this off season. The deaths of James and Troy are greatly exaggerated in my opinion. The final quarter of the year James was getting leverage and his legs looked strong again and Troy was all over the field making plays to which we have become accustomed. I don't know how they keep them, but they need to find a way to keep them. Obviously, the cap situation is dire and this off season will complete the overhaul (or as much of an overhaul as the Steelers will ever do). There will still be a few other long time vets to be let go in the future, but I think this off season will see the largest turnover in some old favorites, unfortunately.

The running back committeee needs to have one of the committee stand up and take the job. I hope Mendenhall stays he has the most complete package of NFL skills for a running back on the team. The others have specific skills that can be utilized, but I don't believe any of them can be the main back in the offense.

The coaches aren't idiots, the front office is steady (thankfully) and the players are on par with many of this years playoff teams. The future is bright; Timmons was very good all year, Lewis and Ike make a formidable duo of corners (C. Allen makes a third), Miller had a great season (save for the ACL late), the offensive line showed flashes of brilliance, but never at the same time (probably due to the fact that the makeup of the line changed almost weekly) and the WRs will be good with or without Mike Wallace. Ben has shown that he can lose a good #1 WR and help the team be successful, he's lost Burress and Holmes in the past and Wallace isn't any better than either of them when they left. Save for two stinking plays at the worst possible time Ben had a very good year as well, completion percentage was high, TD to INT ratio was excellent, and very few fumbles and I wouldn't expect anything less moving forward.

As of right now, James is healthy, Troy is healthy, Ben is healthy (and should be 100% by training camp), Woodley is healthy, Timmons is healthy, A. Brown is healthy, DeCastro is healthy, Pouncey is healthy, Clark is healthy, and hopefully, the offensive linemen get healthy by training camp. The Steelers should be going into camp very healthy and ready to compete for the AFCN title and the playoffs.

Pappy

The James and Troy staying healthy is the biggest concern we have because it is unlikely that at 34 and 31 respectively you can count on that. The situation is complicated becase Harrison is a huge cap hit in 2013 and he will have to take a cut to stay. Will he? I'm not so sure he will.

Our defense is lacking something that we took for granted just two seasons ago. We can't sack the QB anymore and we don't get turnovers. Are will wiiling to count on a 34 and 31 year old to turn that around. That is a risk. Factor in the "Great Vanishing" Lamarr Woodley and I am not optimistic that the defense is better next year in the important areas of sacks and INTs.

focosteeler
01-04-2013, 11:57 AM
I honestly think we are 1 good off season away from contending. If everyone gets healthy, we keep the guys that we need to and we have a good draft I think we will be ok.

papillon
01-04-2013, 01:02 PM
The James and Troy staying healthy is the biggest concern we have because it is unlikely that at 34 and 31 respectively you can count on that. The situation is complicated becase Harrison is a huge cap hit in 2013 and he will have to take a cut to stay. Will he? I'm not so sure he will.

Our defense is lacking something that we took for granted just two seasons ago. We can't sack the QB anymore and we don't get turnovers. Are will wiiling to count on a 34 and 31 year old to turn that around. That is a risk. Factor in the "Great Vanishing" Lamarr Woodley and I am not optimistic that the defense is better next year in the important areas of sacks and INTs.

As I mentioned regardless of health because players are going to get injured during a football season I was putting my take on the year. I realize the reality of the cap and salaries of these guys will be an issue, that's for Colbert, Khan and the players to work out. I went at this based on what I saw over the course of the year and the last 4 games with very healthy 43 and 92 the defense was getting a lot of pressure and turnovers. Which to means if contracts can be worked out bringing back James and Troy should be done they still have good football in them, IMO.

Woodley is interesting because he doesn't really say a whole lot, so I'm guessing that his injuries or dings were more substantial than he let on. I'm looking for him to get back to the business of rushing the passer next year at a high level.

This is just my take, two halves to the season, the first half the defense was bad and the offense good enough to be 6-2 or 5-3, the second half, the defense was good and the offense was bad, good enough to go 2-6 or 3-5 for a final of 8-8 and out of the playoffs. And, still had the special teams shown up in either half of the season I think the Steelers would be playing a football game this weekend. They were awful in almost every game this year with the exception of Suisham.

Pappy

flippy
01-04-2013, 01:13 PM
I'm gonna keep it real simple - 19-0 and #7 baby.

I think we're 1 defender and a Carnell Lake like coaching up of the OLine we've got to be great.

flippy
01-04-2013, 01:15 PM
You items #1 and #3 are the keys and may be mutually exclusive in the short term. If we really commit to fixing the OL that will likely require us to use our #1 pick for another OL. That would then mean we aren't getting one of the top NTs or pass rushing OLBs.

Alot of what we fix depends on who stays and who goes. If Harrison goes then a OLB is top priority. If they can't resign Starks then an OL is a top priority. If they lose both we will probably be about 8-8 again next season.

I think 1 and 3 are the key to this whole thing. And we should absolutely fix #3 thru the draft. At the end of the day, we know the formula is QB + D = Lombardis.

Oviedo
01-04-2013, 01:27 PM
I think 1 and 3 are the key to this whole thing. And we should absolutely fix #3 thru the draft. At the end of the day, we know the formula is QB + D = Lombardis.

But you won't have the QB if you don't improve the OL. We saw what happened after Ben got drill into the turf and missed 3 games. He was never the same coming back therefore fixing #1 is the priority!

Oviedo
01-04-2013, 01:31 PM
As I mentioned regardless of health because players are going to get injured during a football season I was putting my take on the year. I realize the reality of the cap and salaries of these guys will be an issue, that's for Colbert, Khan and the players to work out. I went at this based on what I saw over the course of the year and the last 4 games with very healthy 43 and 92 the defense was getting a lot of pressure and turnovers. Which to means if contracts can be worked out bringing back James and Troy should be done they still have good football in them, IMO.

Woodley is interesting because he doesn't really say a whole lot, so I'm guessing that his injuries or dings were more substantial than he let on. I'm looking for him to get back to the business of rushing the passer next year at a high level.

This is just my take, two halves to the season, the first half the defense was bad and the offense good enough to be 6-2 or 5-3, the second half, the defense was good and the offense was bad, good enough to go 2-6 or 3-5 for a final of 8-8 and out of the playoffs. And, still had the special teams shown up in either half of the season I think the Steelers would be playing a football game this weekend. They were awful in almost every game this year with the exception of Suisham.

Pappy

Pappy,

You may have hit on a spark of genius in the two quotes below that captures the essence of the current NFL and provides a guide to success.


the first half the defense was bad and the offense good enough to be 6-2 or 5-3


the second half, the defense was good and the offense was bad, good enough to go 2-6 or 3-5

Pretty clear that the offense being its best gets us more wins than the defense being its best! Make the offense better and we will roll to #7.

lloydroid
01-04-2013, 01:32 PM
It's way too early to even guess at this point. We don't even know if Haley is staying - although I read local Pgh radio is saying he is. We don't know which free agents are coming or going. We don't know if Starks, Harrison, Lewis, Woodley, Wallace, Mendenhall will be back. It's just a total crap shoot. But I will say this: Typically, when this team comes off a disappointing year, they come back stronger than the media thinks. Chances are, without any other knowledge or insight at this point, they will come back to win the division next year. Right now, that is the only info. we can use in trying to determine what is in store for 2013. That being said, if they don't fix the obvious chemistry and coaching problems, they could do even worse than 2012. They MUST address whatever it is that is wrong with this team.

flippy
01-04-2013, 01:34 PM
But you won't have the QB if you don't improve the OL. We saw what happened after Ben got drill into the turf and missed 3 games. He was never the same coming back therefore fixing #1 is the priority!

I say that's on Ben. The better the OLine, the longer he'll hold the ball. I think we need a clever coach for Ben. Someone that will let him think he's getting his way but will subtly encourage him to make better presnap reads/decisions and get rid of the ball faster.

And to this end, I think Ben has actually been lobbying for what he really needs since Plax left originally - a big WR. That gives him more room for error. Do you think he still holds the ball forever if we get him a Megatron or Fitz?

MeetJoeGreene
01-04-2013, 01:36 PM
I bring you all tidings of great joy!! Rejoice!

For I am pessimistic about next season.

And the opposite of what I feel usually happens.

So Rejoice Ye Steelers fans!

Eddie Spaghetti
01-04-2013, 01:42 PM
I say that's on Ben. The better the OLine, the longer he'll hold the ball. I think we need a clever coach for Ben. Someone that will let him think he's getting his way but will subtly encourage him to make better presnap reads/decisions and get rid of the ball faster.

And to this end, I think Ben has actually been lobbying for what he really needs since Plax left originally - a big WR. That gives him more room for error. Do you think he still holds the ball forever if we get him a Megatron or Fitz?

agreed flip.

bens injury this year was on ben and not the OL.

flippy
01-04-2013, 01:44 PM
agreed flip.

bens injury this year was on ben and not the OL.

maybe it's on God for taking Adam's rib out and giving it to Eve. If we had different ribs, maybe Ben doesn't have one pressing on his aorta afterall :)

Sugar
01-04-2013, 02:33 PM
I honestly think we are 1 good off season away from contending. If everyone gets healthy, we keep the guys that we need to and we have a good draft I think we will be ok.

I agree. It's good that both Troy and James are going into the offseason healthy and not banged up. I also think that many teams will sleep on the Steelers a bit and this team seems to play better with a chip on it's shoulder for some reason.

Captain Lemming
01-04-2013, 03:46 PM
Obviously, you have gotten smarter in 2013:D

He DID stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night :).

Ghost
01-04-2013, 04:17 PM
What do you think the chances are the Steelers think they have the O line set with Gilbert, DeCastro, Pouncey, Colon, Adams? That's a lot of 1st and 2nd round picks, it should be good (injuries notwithstanding). Like to see Starks back but even Max has publicly said he thinks he's played his last game as a Steeler.

I think the Miller injury can not be overstated. Maybe he's a fast healer, and certainly no on questions his heart or work ethic but I think it's something they have to preare for - him not being ready to go at the start and not getting back to true form until after half way through the season. There's NO ONE to take his place. No one currently on the team can even carry his shoulder pads.

The QB pressure is the biggest concern for me. Guys were throwing down blankets, eating chips and a sandwich, with a nice Cabernet, before they had to throw the ball.

papillon
01-04-2013, 04:25 PM
What do you think the chances are the Steelers think they have the O line set with Gilbert, DeCastro, Pouncey, Colon, Adams? That's a lot of 1st and 2nd round picks, it should be good (injuries notwithstanding). Like to see Starks back but even Max has publicly said he thinks he's played his last game as a Steeler.

I think the Miller injury can not be overstated. Maybe he's a fast healer, and certainly no on questions his heart or work ethic but I think it's something they have to preare for - him not being ready to go at the start and not getting back to true form until after half way through the season. There's NO ONE to take his place. No one currently on the team can even carry his shoulder pads.

The QB pressure is the biggest concern for me. Guys were throwing down blankets, eating chips and a sandwich, with a nice Cabernet, before they had to throw the ball.

Not the last 5 games of the season. The pressure on the quarterback was coming the sacks may not have been there, but the pressures forcing errant throws were there. The defense was dominating games at the end of the year and getting timely stops.

I'd have no problem drafting #92s replacement, because I don't believe that player is on the roster, maybe Worilds, maybe not.

Pappy

supersteeler
01-04-2013, 04:59 PM
Hey guys and gals,

Good feedback by all of us here, I believe most of us feel the Steelers are a better team than their record of 8-8, but some might disagree, thats ok. Remember, no matter what your opinions are or mine, we want the same thing as we offer our thoughts looking ahead.
For me, if we had 5 starting O-linemen most of the year, a safety(Troy) LB (Harrison( QB Ben we could of overcome the other issues.

I really don't see a dominate team in the AFC, sure Denver is consistent and N.E. has a great offense but I don't see any team that we couldn't of beat when all our troops are healthy. From my prospective and maybe yours, our offense needs the most work to get back to being a championship team. We can't be New England, we have the most success when we balance the pass with the run. Beside our shuffling of the line most of the year we simply couldn't run the ball consistently and thats on tape. Fix the run game in combination with the best 5 linemen we can start it should make a difference. WR's dropping the ball can be fixed, our receivers were very good before this year so we know they can perform at a higher level.
The reality is, we probably can't solve all the issues because of the finacial status. We would love to keep most of our productive players, add a FA if possible and get some help in the draft, thats a tall order in our unfriendly cap situation. As someone mentioned here, it was like two sides of a coin describing our 2012 season, one where the O was working but the D- struggled, then the opposite down the stretch.

Considering what transpired in 2012, I believe the entire organization is going to work that much harder from the top down to achieve a playoff contending team. Our team ownership provides stability, as we move torwards the 2013 season we can count on that, it will be up to the players to go the extra mile in training, preparing, and conditioning...hear that Lamar?


Next year at this time, I want to be screaming like a madman.... in a good way, cheering our Steelers on!!!


HERE WE GO STEELERS :tt2 HERE WE GO :tt2

Oviedo
01-05-2013, 12:23 AM
Not the last 5 games of the season. The pressure on the quarterback was coming the sacks may not have been there, but the pressures forcing errant throws were there. The defense was dominating games at the end of the year and getting timely stops.

I'd have no problem drafting #92s replacement, because I don't believe that player is on the roster, maybe Worilds, maybe not.

Pappy


There was a lot less pressure than you remember. Rivers wasn't pressured. Dalton wasn't pressured. Was Romo really pressured? Nothing like what we could do three years ago. The pass rush is a shell of its former self and has been for two seasons running now with 35 sacks last season and 37 this season.

Dee Dub
01-05-2013, 01:33 AM
I honestly think we are 1 good off season away from contending. If everyone gets healthy, we keep the guys that we need to and we have a good draft I think we will be ok.

Agreed. The Steelers lost 5 games by 3 points or less. A little luck (staying healthy), and a good addition or two and this team is competing for championship again.

Dee Dub
01-05-2013, 01:40 AM
I honestly think we are 1 good off season away from contending. If everyone gets healthy, we keep the guys that we need to and we have a good draft I think we will be ok.

By the way, I like your draft in your signature. It would take some balls to draft Minter 17th overall, but I believe years down the line no one would question it. He is a really solid 3 down LB. He hardly ever came off the field at LSU and he out performed most of his more hyped teammates when they had big games. Swearinger is a little bit of a reach at 2 but I get it. Now what really impress me is the pick of Kruger. He is a true 5 technique 3-4 D-lineman. I think his better days are ahead of him. Chase Thomas is another solid football player. Already has played in a 3-4.

1 Kevin Minter ILB LSU --- 6-2/245
2 D.J. Swearinger FS South Carolina --- 6-0/210
3 Chase Thomas OLB Stanford --- 6-4/245
4 Joe Kruger DE Utah --- 6-7/285
5 Shamarko Thomas SS Syracuse --- 5-10/210
6 Jake Stoneburner TE Ohio State ---6-5/245
7 Duron Carter WR FAU --- 6-5/20

Slapstick
01-05-2013, 10:32 AM
There was a lot less pressure than you remember. Rivers wasn't pressured. Dalton wasn't pressured. Was Romo really pressured? Nothing like what we could do three years ago. The pass rush is a shell of its former self and has been for two seasons running now with 35 sacks last season and 37 this season.

Dalton was pressured enough that his offense scored only 6 points...

I don't think the offense needs a great deal of improvement besides health and ball security...

As Pappy said, something must be done with Special Teams...they were the difference in the Titans and Ravens game in Pittsburgh...they didn't help in the San Diego loss...