I love how there would be 20 anti-Arians threads or threads complaining about how bad the offense was and how they were hanging the defense out on this site and never a complaint. When we have to address the failings on defense, we hear there is too much of it being discussed. Well IMO given that the defense is the reason we lost two games out of three I think we should be talking about it...a whole bunch.
Last edited by Oviedo; 10-01-2012 at 01:26 PM.
While certainly different teams match up with others better or worse and each week is it's own entity; I believe it's reasonable to be concerned when a team such as the Raiders has looked like one of the worst teams in the entire league (bottom 3 to 5) 3 out of 4 games with the 1 exception being them tearing up the Steelers D as if it was not even on the field. They gave the Steelers D an a$$ whuppin' and they are terrible. It's also a little disconcerting to realize the one solid performance was against a QB who's not even as good as the Steelers' 2nd string QB, and it's not that close.
Let's see what they come up with after having 2 weeks and hopefully a more healthy Troy coming back. Are they taking a realistic view of what kind of talent they really have to put on the field? If they can beat the Eagles and then they have a decent shot at betating the Titans and Bengals, they may still right the ship. I hope it's that scenario because right now, becasue right now, not only are teams not intimidated, they are not even worried. Redskin and Chiefs fans are putting this down as "wins" on their schedules.
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2 DT Austin Johnson Penn State 6-4 314
3 SS Jeremy Cash Duke 6-0 212
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We just need to find ways to win in the end. A 1 pt victory is as good as a 50 pt victory. There's 3 phases - O, ST, and D. Win the battle in all 3 and squeak out victories. Just get it together over the last couple of games heading into the playoffs.
Here's something to consider about Lebeau's age. In his day, managers were taught a different management style. Lead by fear. Micromanage. Get people to do what you do the way you want to do it.
In the modern era, management is all about managing to strengths. Some people will never be good at some things. So ignore those things. And focus on developing their strengths.
I can think of a few players the Steelers didn't develop their strengths. Best examples is Timmons and Keisel. Timmons was lightning fast, so they beefed him up. Same with Keisel. He was one of the quickest guys his size I've ever seen. So we beefed him up to handle the run. Both were budding superstars in the making. And we asked both to get bigger to handle the run. And as a result they both got slower and less effective. Remember when Keisel was a 3rd down replacement for Kimo. He was a QB pressure/sacking machine. That left when he added some pounds to stop the run and consume blockers. Timmons was lightning fast. I've seen him run by Troy over a short distance to make a tackle. Now he looks like Casey Hampton Jr.
This system makes some guys. And it ruins others. I do wish we'd stop trying to make square pegs round all the time. Since the D is so complex, maybe we should draft D later when we can't mess up a guy with great potential. Unless it's a DB?
at the end of the day, I don't put much weight into what happens in September.
Do I have my concerns??? YES!! Absolutely. Just as I did after the Eagles thrashed us in Week 3 a few years back.
But I also remember a few years back the Steelers starting off hot, destroying Brett Favre and the Vikings and then falling off the face of the earth.
When we get into October I will start passing my judgement.
Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...!!!