PLEASE DON'T FEED THE TROLLS
Instead, they Lewis and Worilds play out the final year of their contract--and they priced themselves out of the dealings. TBH, I have no problem with them doing that (it does hurt seeing young talent develop and move on)... but they have to stick to their guns. They did that with Lewis (not even offering a contract).
What you can't do now, is drive the market up on yourself, forcing yourself to pay more. It is like going shopping for pants... seeing a great pair of pants on sale... instead of buying it then, waiting for it to go back to regular price... and then buying.
This was the first year DL's defense was not top 10 in scoring defense..... so yeah, let's scrap something that has worked over the last decade and actually was very good last year (#5). Guess where those great Seahawks were in 2011? Behind the Steelers. And how about 2010?? yeah, that great Seahawk defense was 26 in scoring defense.
Bottomline, no matter how much fans complain, it won't change and doesn't need to. Point is all teams go through cycles. The Steelers are in a restocking mode but it is no reason to change what works.
The quicker the FO realizes that, the sooner we start keeping guys like K. Lewis and letting guys like Ike Taylor go.
I see a Seahawk D improving and a Steeler D falling off.
The CBA and new rules changed.... we were forced to change due to our cap. Moving forward we need to continue changing along with the NFL.
You said yourself its a passing league now, bigger WR and TEs, new rules that favor the O.... yet you want us to remain the same while witnessing our D fall off. If all that changed.... why not our philosophy when it comes to developing players?
We were forced to do it this year.... might as well accept reality and continue to adjust the D so youth continues to see the field earlier so we can make better moves retaining talent.
Anyway... why are you so hung up on one stat? When I say falling off I'm talking about:
The number of sacks and pressures diminishing.
The number of TO's diminishing.
The number of missed tackles exploding.
The number of 100 yard rushers increasing
The number of rushing TD's increasing
The number of 20, 40 and 50 yard plays increasing
Giving up 55 points to the Pats
No longer being feared or respected D
Onside kicking because we have no faith in our D
All of thos things... I dont give a crap about a few stats that can look good on paper because we shut out Cleveland or spanked the Bills. I'm talking about the eye test, the obvious things that anyone who knows a thing or 2 about football are willing to admit.
I know we used to have a great D... we used to be feared and respected but these last few years we have watched Tim Tebow shread us. Tennessee march down out throats on the ground, Da Raidas b!tch slap us... that is called falling off.
Calling JJ a bust is different than calling Troy a bust as an example. Even with Troy's mistakes, you could see flashes of brilliance early on. JJ, not so much. Even though he doesn't know the D, I woulda expect some sort of flashes as a pass rusher. He was supposed to be one of the premiere rushers in the draft and so far he's shown almost nothing.
While he hasn't shown any explosion or speed, I do think he's a hustler and can get stronger. And I'd seriously consider looking to move him inside a la Timmons who was also supposed to be a ROLB and a flop at that position, but still a solid ball player.