You can start by reading my posts.Originally Posted by phillyesq
Itís almost expected of a former championship team that the older players would form an old-guard clique of leadership. Casey Hampton is one example.
ē At the core of team leadership, Hampton is well liked and respected by his teammates. Heís a teddy bear off the field and a grizzly bear on it. But players at his position tend to lose it quickly, and the fading run defense last year must not be blamed solely on the loss of Aaron Smith. My guess is Hampton wasnít his old self, and the lack of conditioning this offseason might only exacerbate the situation. Thatís why it was critical for Mike Tomlin to intervene.
dec 25, 2007
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ē My guess is the reason Tomlin has been so assertive ó even ruthless ó this camp is itís an attempt to knock the malaise from the ranks of the core of that Super Bowl team.
Aug 4th 2008 I said This team needs to forget about 2005. They need to get the hunger back. Faneca, Hampton, Porter, were all from the old guard
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ē Cohesion is the No. 1 worry here. No. 2, once again, is the offensive line. Itís getting hammered early in camp.
ē It must be remembered, though, that cohesion takes longer than a week to accomplish, whether itís with the O-line or The Men as a whole.
Aug 17, 2007 I said The offensive line is not something that can be easily built
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ē With one day ó and not even a full day at that ó to watch Eddie Drummond, I came away unimpressed. And if the rest of the return men are so lackluster that Drummond
was needed, it appears this area is concern No. 3 right now. I canít see an average return man, who doesnít play another position, taking a roster spot away from a Ryan McBean or a Darnell Stapleton just because he can catch the thing. Thatís not enough.
July 13,2008 I said Steelers allow Randle El to beome a free agent 3 years ago. To my knowledge they still have not found a return man.
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ē No one works harder every play of every practice than Chris Hoke. So Iím thinking this ordeal with Mighty Casey just might prove to be a blessing in disguise, considering the improvement that must be made at center this season.
dec 30,2007 I said hoke should play more
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ē Itís become obvious that Rashard Mendenhall and Limas Sweed can play this game
Aug 4th, 2008 I said "The word is that Mendenhall looks like a superstar (despite the goaline drill) in practice"
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ē Not much else needs to be said about LaMarr Woodley. Itís obvious to even sportswriters that this guyís as powerful a strongside OLB as this team has had. Ever.
july 31st I said If Lamar Woodley were a video poker game, I would advise you to "Double up" on your expectations of him. You can already place Woodley into the pro football hall of fame barring injury. This is so easy to predict that I won't even take credit for it when it happens. He will be the best linebacker that ever played in Pittsburgh
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ē As for Dennis Dixon and Ryan Mundy, step up now or settle for a practice squad check later.
april 27,2008 I said "That's why we draft punters, Soft Tight Ends, and 5th round QB's who end up playing over seas."
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Good to see Wexell and I are on the same page.