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    Thursday, August 05, 2010
    What's going on
    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was in Latrobe today, just in case you've been living under a rock, and there was a lot of hoopla surrounding Goodell not emphatically saying that he would not reduct Ben Roethlisberger's suspension below four games.

    People have to realize that Goodell's a pretty smart guy and he's never going to paint himself into a corner on any issue.

    In fact, Goodell did say when asked to clarify if the suspension could go below four games, "No, I said we'll make a decision on what the suspension is going to be at the end of the month."

    That seems pretty clear to me.

    That did not, however, stop some people from running off half-cocked to go live with news that Roethlisberger's suspension could be lowered even more than two games.

    The league office later made the statement that there is no way the suspension will be less than four games.

    For the Steelers, that's actually a good thing.

    The way their schedule is set up this season, they play their first four games and then have a bye week.

    A four-game suspension would allow Roethlisberger two weeks to prepare to start the team's next game, Oct. 17 at Heinz Field against Cleveland.

    That's a perfect scenario for the team, considering Roethlisberger cannot have any contact with it during his suspension.

    In regards to that, if I were Roethlisberger, I'd hire a receiver or two who is among the team's final cuts to be my workout partner once the season begins.

    Teams often tell players among their final cuts to hang loose and stay in shape in case there is an injury. That would be a perfect opportunity for, say, Tyler Grisham and I'm just throwing that name out there to stay in shape, work out with Roethlisberger, and perhaps make some money.
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    Re: Lolley On The Commish's Comments Made Today ON Ben

    If we should happen to go 0-4 before Ben's return, does Ben have the game to run the table for a play-off spot? It's more than Ben, this team has questions around a lot of issues, OL, defensive backfield, WR. Yes, every team has questions, but we are an aging team with questions. Behind Mendy, no proven RB. Behind Harrison, no proven LB...etc.

    Age works against us in this case. Not sure we can overcome any significant injuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast
    If we should happen to go 0-4 before Ben's return, does Ben have the game to run the table for a play-off spot? It's more than Ben, this team has questions around a lot of issues, OL, defensive backfield, WR. Yes, every team has questions, but we are an aging team with questions. Behind Mendy, no proven RB. Behind Harrison, no proven LB...etc.

    Age works against us in this case. Not sure we can overcome any significant injuries.
    What about Woodley? I hear he's pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast
    this team has questions around a lot of issues, OL, defensive backfield, WR.
    So do the rats and bungles. The stains aren't even in the NFL this year.

    We'll be fine. Give me a rested Ben with something to prove and I'll predict the playoffs.

    I guess I just did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lolley
    The league office later made the statement that there is no way the suspension will be less than four games.

    For the Steelers, that's actually a good thing.
    Ben on the bench is a good thing? I don't care how the schedule plays out with the bye week, etc, Ben Roethlisberger on the bench is a bad thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papillon
    Quote Originally Posted by Lolley
    The league office later made the statement that there is no way the suspension will be less than four games.

    For the Steelers, that's actually a good thing.
    Ben on the bench is a good thing? I don't care how the schedule plays out with the bye week, etc, Ben Roethlisberger on the bench is a bad thing.

    Pappy
    I thought the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stlrz d
    Quote Originally Posted by papillon
    Quote Originally Posted by Lolley
    The league office later made the statement that there is no way the suspension will be less than four games.

    For the Steelers, that's actually a good thing.
    Ben on the bench is a good thing? I don't care how the schedule plays out with the bye week, etc, Ben Roethlisberger on the bench is a bad thing.

    Pappy
    I thought the same thing.

    me too...Ben is much better than Leftwich, anyone who disagrees with that statement is about to get reminded these first four games.

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    I think what the poster is trying to say is that if he came back in less then 4 he'd come back with only a week to prepare but if he comes back after 4 he has 2 weeks to prepare for his first game.
    I personally don't think it matters. i think they could tell be the saturday before the game that he could play and he'd do a better job then leftwhich.. and i'm a supporter of BL


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    Quote Originally Posted by Djfan
    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast
    this team has questions around a lot of issues, OL, defensive backfield, WR.
    So do the rats and bungles. The stains aren't even in the NFL this year.

    We'll be fine. Give me a rested Ben with something to prove and I'll predict the playoffs.

    I guess I just did.
    the ravens are beat up in the secondary but other than that i dont think they have all that many question marks. the bungles improved there offense with TO and last year their defense was better than the steelers. the afc north could easily be the best division in football this season. we will be lucky to make the playoffs this season imo, especially with ben missing 4 games

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankthetank1
    Quote Originally Posted by Djfan
    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast
    this team has questions around a lot of issues, OL, defensive backfield, WR.
    So do the rats and bungles. The stains aren't even in the NFL this year.

    We'll be fine. Give me a rested Ben with something to prove and I'll predict the playoffs.

    I guess I just did.
    the ravens are beat up in the secondary but other than that i dont think they have all that many question marks. the bungles improved there offense with TO and last year their defense was better than the steelers. the afc north could easily be the best division in football this season. we will be lucky to make the playoffs this season imo, especially with ben missing 4 games
    FTT is right. The gloom and doom season starts again where only the Steelers have problems and none of our opponents do. Same story different year for the glass half-empty crowd.

    The hype that the Ravens are getting is similar to that which the Browns got two years ago. How did that work out. The Ravens defense is as old as ours (but never gets criticized) plus they have essentially already lost 3/4 of their secondary. Flacco is far from a sure thing and no way close to the QB that Ben is. The Bumgals have OL issues and getting two good seasons out of Cedric Benson is far from a sure thing. Their running game and RBs are not as good as ours.

    Don't forget that the Ravens and Bumgals are playing tougher rated schedules than us. The reality is that the Steelers, Ravens and Bumgals are all probably 10-6 teams and the team that gets a break in a game or two will win the AFC North. That could just as easily be us as wither of them.

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