I continue to be baffled by those that think the Steelers approach has to change. History shows that their methods work. They are consistently in the hunt every season. And yet some here think that the Steelers need to change their ways even though there is no evidence that plugging in rookies every season produces a consistent winner. In fact, show me a team using that approach and I would suspect their record is nothing close to what the Steelers have done in the last decade.
More than anything else, I point to last season as an aberration due to injury to key contributors. It happens sometimes, and there is not a lot the FO or staff can do about it.
Steelers are full of sh*t.
2004 Ben - Started year one -AFCCG
2005 Heath - 6 TD catches
2006 Santonio - 824 yds receiving - would of been 10 yards shy of leading our team this past season
2007 Timmons - extremely young and inexperienced linebacker...athletic enough to start over Foote but Lebeau's system would not allow it. Our second rounder Woodley played though with 4 sacks.
2008 Mendenhall - day one starter till Ray broke his shoulder
2009 Hood - retarded draft pick...3/4 DE in first round is moronic
2010 Pouncey - day one starter
2011 Heyward - retarded draft pick....3/4 DE in first round is moronic
2012 DeCastro - day one starter prior to injury
6 impact rookies and 3 non factors. All non factors were defensive players. Colbert is a douchebag for trying to revise their own history. Stating they don't expect an impact rookie is jibberish when 75% of their last 9 drafts procured impact rookies and really there is no reason Heyward or Hood couldn't have started day one considering their job is to 'eat up blocks'.
I am finding more and more that the Steelers like to 'talk' about who they are and what they do, but it doesn't match the reality of what they do. Remember when we didn't negotiate contracts during the season, until we did? Remember when we didn't sign vets to their 3rd contract or sign players over 30, until we did? And now Colbert says rookies rarely contribute, but the fact of the matter is out of their last 9 first round picks Timmons is the only player that wasn't truly capable of starting. Hood and Heyward BOTH could of started year one if it wasn't for a vet already being on the roster starting in front of them.
Mendenhall never started on day one... It was game 4 and only due to an injury to Parker. Mendenhall had 4 fumbles in 2 preseason games.
We had a few guys play on day 1 but when that happens you can tell the coaches are stubborn about it and players damn near have to force the coaches to play them. IMO Colbert isn't lying... I wish he was but he isn't. I would prefer to go young early and often but this is how we operate and it works more times than not.
Last edited by feltdizz; 04-23-2013 at 09:13 AM.
We usually draft players and expect them to sit behind a vet and learn how it's done vs drafting a hole and plugging in day 1 with a rookie.