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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    Dwyer had a lot to prove and IMO he has too many WTF moments in his short career. Everyone fumbles but I think his nagging injuries when barely getting hit, the weight issues, waving for a sub anytime he runs more than 3 yards, etc are making it hard for the coaches to trust him.
    And he was a workhorse in college. Oh well. Can't fix an inferior brain, in terms of just being lazy and soft.

  2. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Steelers D wilts without Polamalu

    Pittsburgh needs to get injured star safety back on the field

    Updated: September 25, 2012
    By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders

    Despite four touchdowns from Ben Roethlisberger and a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the Oakland Raiders 34-31 on Sunday. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin looked on helplessly as his defense allowed the Raiders to score three touchdowns and two field goals on their final five drives.

    It was so bad that Tomlin ordered his offense to go for it on fourth-and-1 with less than four minutes to go in a tie game at his own 29-yard line. Failure would have handed the ball to Oakland in field goal range, but Tomlin apparently felt that if he punted, he couldn't trust his defense to get a stop. The Steelers picked up the first down, but the drive later stalled and Pittsburgh punted on fourth-and-9.

    Oakland promptly drove 49 yards for the winning field goal as time expired, proving that Tomlin's lack of faith in his defense was justified. While the loss was obviously disappointing for Tomlin and the Steelers, it shouldn't have been terribly surprising, because Troy Polamalu was in street clothes. When Polamalu is on the field, the Steelers play defense as well as any team in football. Without him, they suddenly become very vulnerable.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story...-troy-polamalu

    Wasn't Troy on the field vs. the Broncos? Steelers' D didn't look so good in that one, either...Sorry, but I don't think it's true any longer that that just getting Troy back will be the magic elixir that turns this defense around.

    #1, we need a D-coordinator who can actually make the necessary adjustments based on what the other team is doing.

    #2, team loyalty is nice, but we need to get some low-production players off the field. Sure, some of their replacements are unproven, but in some cases, it's hard to see how they could perform any worse than the guy that's been playing.

    #3, we need to send the message that, just because you got a big contract, doesn't mean your job is safe. Woodley, Timmons, Hampton, Ike, and yes, even Troy and Harrison, all underperforming relative to the big $$$ they're getting paid. Cut one of 'em and send a message. I'd start with Hampton.

  3. #33
    Steeler fans have been openly critical of Wallace and have repeatedly stated that AB is better. They are hush hush on the AB fumble because it hurts their agenda. The Defense has a few bad outing and all hell breaks loose. How long has our D carried our inconsistent offense? How many 13-10 games has our D pulled out? Stop

  4. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser View Post
    Wasn't Troy on the field vs. the Broncos? Steelers' D didn't look so good in that one, either...Sorry, but I don't think it's true any longer that that just getting Troy back will be the magic elixir that turns this defense around.

    #1, we need a D-coordinator who can actually make the necessary adjustments based on what the other team is doing.

    #2, team loyalty is nice, but we need to get some low-production players off the field. Sure, some of their replacements are unproven, but in some cases, it's hard to see how they could perform any worse than the guy that's been playing.

    #3, we need to send the message that, just because you got a big contract, doesn't mean your job is safe. Woodley, Timmons, Hampton, Ike, and yes, even Troy and Harrison, all underperforming relative to the big $$$ they're getting paid. Cut one of 'em and send a message. I'd start with Hampton.
    Troy and the D put us in position to win the game. Did you forget about the pick6? Is that on the D? You mentioned guys not playing up to their contracts so how come you didnt mention the qb? Didnt Ben throw for 32 Td in 07? He got rewarded with a 100 million dollar contract as a result. How many times has he thrown for 30 since? NONE. 20 and 17 TD passes???? I think we can get that from Leftwich. If you're going to call out the D, then to be fair, you must call out the inconsistent offense too. Our offense is inconsistent and has been for over 10 years

  5. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by stopplayn View Post
    Steeler fans have been openly critical of Wallace and have repeatedly stated that AB is better. They are hush hush on the AB fumble because it hurts their agenda. The Defense has a few bad outing and all hell breaks loose. How long has our D carried our inconsistent offense? How many 13-10 games has our D pulled out? Stop
    Nobody is hush-hush on AB's fumble...it was a bone headed play that cost the team dearly...

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