I read the site fairly regularly. The guy who wrote the article does, in fact, obsess on certain players/ coaches/ points excessively, but is both passionate and knowledgeable. He has capably broken down and accurately predicted numerous Steeler playoff games over the years, both wins and losses. In terms of those predictions, he's rarely ever been wrong, and has earned himself more respect from me than nearly any of the ESPN type sock puppets who can be as wrong as the day is long and still collect hundreds of thousands of dollars and do it all again next week.
On the other hand, I take it with a grain of salt... passionate expectation of Super Bowl titles every year is bound to be met with disappointment. The other guy is on scholarship, too, so to speak - there are talented people in place doing their jobs all over the NFL, and even in the best circumstances, you've got to have a great deal of luck on your side to go with your talent in order to win. To get angry about this sort of thing and vent your fury in your writing reduces your credibility... but to dismiss the guy out of hand because of it is also a mistake.
I love the Steelers but a lot of Steelers fans just flat out beitch and moan too much.
We've been carried by a handful of super star players in Troy, James, Casey, and Aaron for years. I don' think it's a coincidence that these guys disappear and our results are what they are.
It remains to be seen if any new stars emerge on this D. As of right now, we've got Troy. Who on the roster is ready to step up to help him be a consistent dominant force? Timmons and Woodley have shown flashes, but they've never been consistent. JJ might be the logical candidate. Allen seems to have something special about him. And if Shark can ever get on the field, I think he's got "it".
Everyone else is just a cog. There's solid performers. But we need super stars to emerge to carry the unit.
We've won our recent SuperBowls on the backs of Ben, Troy, James, and Casey. Now we only have Ben and Troy. Probably the 2 most important pieces. But they can use a little support.
The Steelers last year were a defense of mediocre talent that overachieved. 1 or 2 studs can make all the difference in the world when it comes to sacks and turnovers. At the end of the season, I think the results showed the system works. But if you don't have the talent on the field to make the game changing plays, it makes the system all for naught.
Look at it this way, when we had Casey and Aaron up front, the took on 3 guys every play. Sometime 4. That changes the dynamic for everyone. Now our front 3 gets blocked by 3 guys. Thats not freeing anyone up to make splash plays. Throw in a missing Troy and Timmons is in coverage and our entire front 7 is pedestrian without a healthy James and Woodley. Then you have QBs that don't have to worry about Ike, Lewis, Clark, Allen/Mundy intercepting anything and this defense should be easy to pick apart.
Fast forward to now with a healthy Troy. That means Timmons can attack in the box. And teams have to account for him because he's a legit threat to kill a QB any time he gets a clean shot. A healthy Woodley creates problems. And so does Jarvis if he becomes what I think he can. And QBs have to be a little more careful with Allen and Troy in the secondary cause those 2 can play the ball in the air. It's all a domino effect that comes from Troy being on the field. And the pressure and turnovers will come.
Just look at how guys played in December of last season once Troy was back and James was healthy and Allen started playing. It changed everything. Even guys like Hood starting making plays. At the end of the day, we need players that are difference makers and last year we didn't have them.