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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    When it comes to the most pessimistic fans in the AFC North, the Steelers take the cake

    Gauging fans’ confidence shows the Steelers have the least amount of faith compared to their divisional peers.

    By Jeff.Hartman May 16, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Steelers fan base is a fickle bunch. While there are some realistic fans in the group, the majority of the fan base have a ‘Championship or Bust’ mentality. There is nothing wrong with this thought process, after all, the team has won six Super Bowls and is now tied with the New England Patriots atop the Super Bowl list.

    Feeling the heat a bit from another NFL franchise for the first time in a long time, it makes sense the Steelers’ fan base might be a bit more pessimistic than most. Again, the team is coming off a one-and-done playoff departure in 2017, and missing the playoffs altogether in 2018.

    The fans were frustrated, and rightfully so. But how frustrated? Take a look at the SB Nation Fan Pulse survey results below. At the end of the 2018 season less than 25% of the fan base was confident in the team’s direction. That number jumped significantly in free agency and the signings of Steven Nelson, Mark Barron and Donte Moncrief, but even after trading up to select Devin Bush in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft didn’t move the needle too much. Still, less than 75% of the fans were happy with the direction of the team.

    But how do these compare to the rest of the AFC North?

    As I’m sure this comes as a shock to no one, the Cleveland Browns are more than happy to win the offseason. At the end of the season nearly 100% of the fan base was confident in the direction of the team. And somehow that number continued to go up after trading for Odell Bekham Jr. and throughout the draft.

    In Baltimore, things were a little different than Cleveland. At the end of the season fans were all about Lamar Jackson and the direction of the team — then free agency hit. Gone is C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, Joe Flacco (via trade) and Eric Weddle. While they did sign Earl Thomas, the confidence slipped, but started to gain momentum after the draft. More than 75% of the Ravens fans like the direction of the team.

    Then there are the Bengals. After a horrible, and injury plagued, 2018 season, their confidence level mirrored that of the Steelers, but they still had more confidence than Pittsburgh’s fans. Little by little, the Bengals fans are starting to believe again. Gone is Marvin Lewis, gone is Vontaze Burfict and the new coach seems to have this team headed in a direction the fans can get behind.

    When I see these charts, the one thing I can’t get out of my mind is how pessimistic Steelers fans can be. After being the editor of this establishment for 4 seasons, I realize there are fans, many who comment regularly here, who would complain about a Steelers Super Bowl win.

    They would say something to the effect of...

    “Yeah, they won the Super Bowl, but the secondary got shredded...AGAIN!”

    “Sure, they won, but they threw the ball 55 times and only ran it 15 times! Fire Fichtner!”

    “The Steelers won, but should have blown this team out...typical Tomlin. Fire Tomlin!”

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.co...cake-fan-pulse

    The pessimism might have something to do with the head coach. He and Colbert did a good job so far leading up to this point in 2019.

    Had a good FA period, dropped some dead weight in a few players, had a good draft- well, we will find out here soon enough- so things are looking good for 2019. We'll see if that 25% gets better, or drops by December.
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    I consider myself a realist. Do I believe we have a championship caliber team? No. Do I believe we have a competitive team? Yes. I mean without knowing how the rookies and FAs will play out I think that’s a realistic stance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh wow View Post
    It’s definitely unrealistic to expect a dozen SB trophies.

    I get complaining about years when it looked like we had SB contending teams but c’mon son... a dozen?
    Why not? The way I figure it the Steelers coulda/woulda/shoulda won additional Super Bowls in 1994, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2016. Sure it’s unrealistic to think that but what the hell, why not?

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    I remember having to be at a work event during Super Bowl XL. My employer put on a Super Bowl party and I got to watch with some colleagues that I didn't normally watch games with that were also Steelers fans. After the game it was crazy. One guy did nothing but complain about how terrible Ben was and how FWP got lucky and Cowher this and that. I'm thinking, "we just won the Super Bowl!!" Crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Steel View Post
    Why not? The way I figure it the Steelers coulda/woulda/shoulda won additional Super Bowls in 1994, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2016. Sure it’s unrealistic to think that but what the hell, why not?
    While I think we should’ve beat San Diego I don’t know if there is any other year where we were head and shoulders above the rest of the league.

    2004 it definitely looked like we were a lock but you have to remember Ben played terrible in both playoff games. He admitted he was scared as hell and we needed 2 missed FG’s by the Jets to even get to the AFCCG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugar View Post
    I remember having to be at a work event during Super Bowl XL. My employer put on a Super Bowl party and I got to watch with some colleagues that I didn't normally watch games with that were also Steelers fans. After the game it was crazy. One guy did nothing but complain about how terrible Ben was and how FWP got lucky and Cowher this and that. I'm thinking, "we just won the Super Bowl!!" Crazy.

    I mean.. it was one of the worst performances by a SB winning QB.

    But yeah, at the time I didn’t care at all about how ugly that game played out. I was in Detroit partying hard.

    I think all teams have fans who are pessimistic. I think it’s to protect themselves from disappointment.

    Not sure how anyone can complain after a SB victory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh wow View Post
    By any means necessary.

    Honest to goodness I have never seen a franchise get this many calls and lucky breaks in my 30 years of NFL.
    Agree. And every year I think that somehow, the luck will end. And it hasn't yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    I consider myself a realist. Do I believe we have a championship caliber team? No. Do I believe we have a competitive team? Yes. I mean without knowing how the rookies and FAs will play out I think that’s a realistic stance.
    Ill stand with you on this corner Shawn.
    From the 2010-2019 season, (An 9 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    My official proclamation: WE WILL NOT WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WITH MIKE TOMLIN AS OUR HEAD COACH. So why delay the inevitable?

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh wow View Post
    It’s definitely unrealistic to expect a dozen SB trophies.

    I get complaining about years when it looked like we had SB contending teams but c’mon son... a dozen?

    One thing that’s always cracked me up is the “we wasted Ben’s years” like Ben has been this super awesome QB and the rest of the team and FO has screwed him over. He makes mistakes just like everyone else. It’s not easy to win a SB let alone make one.
    I'm sure Phillip Rivers would LOVE to have landed here instead of poor Ben who's a good coach away from having a dozen rings.

    You have to really have some luck on your side most years.
    You mean like the ZERO SB WINS Cowher would have if the most accurate kicker in the league did not choke away a Colts victory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Steel View Post
    Why not? The way I figure it the Steelers coulda/woulda/shoulda won additional Super Bowls in 1994, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2016. Sure it’s unrealistic to think that but what the hell, why not?
    I believe we were favored in ONE of those games. But you are not unrealistic.

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