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    What am I missing?

    The Steelers are supposed to go under 500, will be lucky to come in 3rd in the AFC North...and this is predicted by most. Maybe I'm just a homer. But, even last season with all the injuries we had a shot of making the playoffs up until the end. What I see is (at least on paper) an improved team.

    1) DD is back, and the OL has young high round talent throughout. It should only get better, and I have seen glimpses of dominance in run blocking.

    2) Ben is healthy.

    3) If Bell can get on the field he should add a spark to the running game.

    4) Troy is healthy

    5) Jarvis Jones

    6) Heyward starting to come into his own (per coaches)

    7) Wheaton should soften the blow of losing Wallace

    Sanders is healthy

    9) Young defensive talent in Thomas, Golden, Jones, Allen, Heyward.

    I don't know...I think even with Millers injury and the departure of Wallace...this team should be better...not worse.

    11-5, playoffs and Steelers once again play best when being disrespected.

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    Shawn, it's not even week 1. being healthy is one thing now, but what happens if a few key players go down. I don't think we have enough depth on the O-Line, Linebacker or Cornerback. Come December and we lose a few players I don't think this team can handle it
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    Quote Originally Posted by SidSmythe View Post
    Shawn, it's not even week 1. being healthy is one thing now, but what happens if a few key players go down. I don't think we have enough depth on the O-Line, Linebacker or Cornerback. Come December and we lose a few players I don't think this team can handle it
    So what you are saying is the bad press is because of Steeler depth? That isn't what I'm hearing. It's old D, and not enough playmakers on O.

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    I think the key is the offensive line. I go between excited at the potential of this high drafted young talent and worry that we might have missed on a pick or two specifically the tackles.

    IF our two tackles prove worthy of their high draft pick I have no doubt you are absolutely correct.
    If our oline struggles it may not go so well for us.
    Ironically, if I recall correctly you are one of the people here who was most negative of Mike Adams for having watched him alot in college?
    I respect your observations and that kinda worries me as I am sure Gilbert is the worse of the two.

    I hope they do come around, I feel very confident if we can see even "average" play from our tackles and are relatively healthy for the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Lemming View Post
    I think the key is the offensive line. I go between excited at the potential of this high drafted young talent and worry that we might have missed on a pick or two specifically the tackles.

    IF our two tackles prove worthy of their high draft pick I have no doubt you are absolutely correct.
    If our oline struggles it may not go so well for us.
    Ironically, if I recall correctly you are one of the people here who was most negative of Mike Adams for having watched him alot in college?
    I respect your observations and that kinda worries me as I am sure Gilbert is the worse of the two.

    I hope they do come around, I feel very confident if we can see even "average" play from our tackles and are relatively healthy for the year.
    So spot on.

    And overall (on topic), take homerism out of play and look at the team from an outsider's perspective - spelled out below. (Names removed for their protection - lol)

    Take a typical 8-8 team, take away their starting left tackle, best WR, start the season with an injured pro bowl TE, lose all their RBs except the 3rd stringer, the one they drafted early is injured.

    Move to the other side of the ball - you take away their run-stuffing, pocket pushing nose tackle AND the perceived toughness and heart-and-soul and best pass rusher of the defense.

    Now, if this were the carolina panthers from a few years back who had gone 8-8 and you filled those names in with Steve Smith, Julius Peppers, DeAngelo Williams, DeShaun Foster, Kris Jenkins, Wesley Walls and Jordan Gross, you'd say, "those Panthers fans are CRAZY for thinking they'd make the playoffs!"

    I'm with you and hoping for a good season because I (like you) REALLY believe in Ben (more than I would have Jake Delhomme on those panthers teams).... HOWEVER, I cannot blame others for being skeptical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Lemming View Post
    I think the key is the offensive line. I go between excited at the potential of this high drafted young talent and worry that we might have missed on a pick or two specifically the tackles.

    IF our two tackles prove worthy of their high draft pick I have no doubt you are absolutely correct.
    If our oline struggles it may not go so well for us.
    Ironically, if I recall correctly you are one of the people here who was most negative of Mike Adams for having watched him alot in college?
    I respect your observations and that kinda worries me as I am sure Gilbert is the worse of the two.

    I hope they do come around, I feel very confident if we can see even "average" play from our tackles and are relatively healthy for the year.
    I have been very critical of Mike. And I think he will continue to struggle. I believe he will show what he has always shown...dominance one game, turnstyle play the next. He is the weakest link on the OL in pass blocking, and having him at LT is a problem no doubt. But, in the running game...he is a bulldozer.

    He CAN be dominant when his head is in the game, and being friends with DD will help.

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    I think the season could go either way. There are some good young players here. But, this is still the third oldest team in football. Injuries could destroy this team and expose our lack of quality depth at OL, QB, etc. I truly look forward to this season. I don't have grand expectations. I like that. It makes it easier for me to enjoy the games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelblood View Post
    I think the season could go either way. There are some good young players here. But, this is still the third oldest team in football. Injuries could destroy this team and expose our lack of quality depth at OL, QB, etc. I truly look forward to this season. I don't have grand expectations. I like that. It makes it easier for me to enjoy the games.
    I totally agree. When I analyze the schedule I swing between 8-8 and 12-4. It will all come down to whether we have some breaks go our way and most importantly Ben stays healthy. If the latter happens, I think the offense will take off.
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    All of the predictions tend to be based almost entirely on perceptions created by what people saw last year. The Steelers went 8 - 8 last year, lost 5 of their last 7 ballgames, and didn't get appreciably better in the offseason - that would be the view from the casual observer on the outside. People's imaginations are heavily influenced by what they most recently saw. Things we see as day to day fans and followers are different. However, as a close day to day follower, my imagination is filled with visions of the God awful blocking done in the preseason, leading me to agree with many of the prognosticators in that I'll be pleasantly surprised if we hit double digit W's.

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    I believe the Niners were able to start the same 5 guys on the OL throughout the entire regular season and the playoffs, and they made the Super Bowl. Imagine if we had that kind of health in the trenches? There were several occassions last year where multiple o-linemen were getting hurt in the same game. If we are healthy, we are a contender. If not, then it could be a rough go, because we do not seem to have the depth that we used to have at a few different positions.

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