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    Re: Tomlin doesn't believe defense has gotten too old

    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser
    Tomlin is in denial. The defense is certainly getting old, and he needs to come up with
    a way to get more youth on the field more of the time this season.
    I don't think Tomlin is in denial. He picks and chooses his words carefully.

    But I do think he wants to keep his veterans in denial about being too old.

    At the end of the day, everyone knows these guys are getting old, but why say it? Keep them believing in themselves.

    I think we won XLIII cause we believed.

    Belief makes everybody confident they can win any game at any time.

    I think that can carry us through 2010.

    We really just need Troy to cover for all 10 other guys.

    And Smitty helps too.

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    Re: Tomlin doesn't believe defense has gotten too old

    At DE: Ziggy Hood, Sonny Harris, and Doug Worthington are all young.

    At LB: LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Jason Worilds, Thaddeus Gibson, and Stevenson Sylvester are all young.

    At CB: William Gay, Keenan Lewis, Joe Burnett, and Crezdon Butler are all young.

    We could use some young prospects at nose tackle and safety in the next draft, but other than that, we appear to have reasonable youth throughout the rest of our defense.

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    Re: Tomlin doesn't believe defense has gotten too old

    Players 30-33 years old are not too old to play sports. That is the age that most of the guys are that people are saying are too old. The question is the injury factor. Unless a player has been supernaturally fortunate, by the time the player in that age range makes it to 30-33, they've had a significant injury or so, and the effects tend to linger.

    So, I think that makes them a little more susceptible to injury or wearing down during the season. That is the main reason I strongly dislike the idea of an expanded season.
    But I don't think Tomlin is in denial at all. The Steelers have been adding young players to the roster, but some of them do need to see the field a little faster.

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    Re: Tomlin doesn't believe defense has gotten too old

    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher
    At DE: Ziggy Hood, Sonny Harris, and Doug Worthington are all young.

    At LB: LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Jason Worilds, Thaddeus Gibson, and Stevenson Sylvester are all young.

    At CB: William Gay, Keenan Lewis, Joe Burnett, and Crezdon Butler are all young.

    We could use some young prospects at nose tackle and safety in the next draft, but other than that, we appear to have reasonable youth throughout the rest of our defense.
    Hopefully we see a little more of these guys in the rotation. The only ones of those listed who saw much significant action on defense last season were Woodley, Timmons, and Gay (and Gay saw more action than I would have liked). We hear that Hood will be on the field more. I hope so. Do you really expect Harris, Worthington, Worilds, Gibson, Sylvester, and all of those CBs to get much playing time (barring injuries to starters)?
    That hasn't been LeBeau's M.O., but maybe Tomlin can persuade him to change.

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    Re: Tomlin doesn't believe defense has gotten too old

    You peeps need to chill about the D.

    I am not concerned in the least. I think they had some communication breakdowns and I seriously think they had some conditioning issues and looked tired. I think that comes from the physical (and mental) toll the previous super bowl season had.

    They will be the #1 D all of the 2010 season.

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    Re: Tomlin doesn't believe defense has gotten too old

    Quote Originally Posted by Steelerphile
    Players 30-33 years old are not too old to play sports. That is the age that most of the guys are that people are saying are too old. The question is the injury factor. Unless a player has been supernaturally fortunate, by the time the player in that age range makes it to 30-33, they've had a significant injury or so, and the effects tend to linger.

    So, I think that makes them a little more susceptible to injury or wearing down during the season. That is the main reason I strongly dislike the idea of an expanded season.
    But I don't think Tomlin is in denial at all. The Steelers have been adding young players to the roster, but some of them do need to see the field a little faster.
    Farrior sure looked like he slowed down last season to me. And Harrison had a significant performance drop in the second half of the season. Perhaps both of them had injuries we didn't know about. But both are in their 30s. Can we expect players like Aaron Smith and Troy to have fewer injuries at this point in their careers--or more?

    Players 30-33 may not be too old to play, but they're too old to be on the field as much as LeBeau has them on the field. I think that was a major factor in last season's fourth-quarter collapses.

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    Re: Tomlin doesn't believe defense has gotten too old

    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser
    Quote Originally Posted by Steelerphile
    Players 30-33 years old are not too old to play sports. That is the age that most of the guys are that people are saying are too old. The question is the injury factor. Unless a player has been supernaturally fortunate, by the time the player in that age range makes it to 30-33, they've had a significant injury or so, and the effects tend to linger.

    So, I think that makes them a little more susceptible to injury or wearing down during the season. That is the main reason I strongly dislike the idea of an expanded season.
    But I don't think Tomlin is in denial at all. The Steelers have been adding young players to the roster, but some of them do need to see the field a little faster.
    Farrior sure looked like he slowed down last season to me. And Harrison had a significant performance drop in the second half of the season. Perhaps both of them had injuries we didn't know about. But both are in their 30s. Can we expect players like Aaron Smith and Troy to have fewer injuries at this point in their careers--or more?

    Players 30-33 may not be too old to play, but they're too old to be on the field as much as LeBeau has them on the field. I think that was a major factor in last season's fourth-quarter collapses.
    Farrior certainly looked like he was losing a step last season- lets hope it was a reflection of him trying to do too much- that caused him to be out of position & a step behind.

    In respect to Harrison, I read in a couple different places that he was playing with a serious arm injury (I want to say torn bicep-) but that was never confirmed by him or the team. If he was actually injured, that would definitely impact his performance- and we can only assume, once healthy, he'll be back to form.

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