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 Post subject: Steelers defense
PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:58 pm 
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No intensity; No play makers; no balls.

They have been resting on their laurels this season and they look like crap.

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 Post subject: Re: Steelers defense
PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:06 pm 
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Yes, they do. And unless they wake the %#&! up -- and soon -- they're going to cost the team a spot in the playoffs.

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 Post subject: Not To Worry
PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:53 pm 
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They are 3-2. Will be 4-2 after next week. Offense looks good. They miss Troy. James Harrison came a bit alive today. They will be fine!

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 Post subject: Re: Steelers defense
PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:29 am 
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We had the ball on the Steelers 21 at the end of the game, with a chance to tie. Because we dressed only four WR we had to use three the whole game after losing CJ. Still, I was impressed with the effort by the Lions, a team full of borderline NFL players, with four starters out.

I'm more disappointed in the play of 1st round pick Brandon Pettigrew than I am with the loss.


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 Post subject: Question For You Ollie
PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:38 am 
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I was impressed by Culpepper. I thought he played very well. Really looked trimmed down and fast.

As a Lions fan, do you think that Culpepper or Stafford gives the Lions a better chance to win.

And would you rather see Culpepper or Stafford starting?

To be honest with you, I was hoping that Stafford could have played. I was a little worried about Culpepper and thought the Steeler D would have done better against Stafford.

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 Post subject: Re: Steelers defense
PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:18 am 
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As Bill Cowher would always say there is a fine line between winning and losing. If Jeff Reed makes a couple FGs, the Steelers beat the Bears. If Limas Sweed does not drop a TD pass betwenn the 1 & 4 on his jersey, they beat Cincy. They could very well be 5-0 too and the defense would not be looked down upon as much as it has been. That being said, there is an arlaming trend that every team they have played can move the ball against the D near the end of halfs, particularly in the 4rth quarter. They miss #43!

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 Post subject: Re: Steelers defense
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Yes, and they could easily be 0-5 as well with the way they have let teams hang around and then let them back in the game in the 4th quarter. The Steelers have allowed 55 points in the 4th quarter, by far the most in the NFL. If that's not worrisome, I don't what is.

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 Post subject: Re: Steelers defense
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Yes, and they could also easily be 5-0. Both of their losses were very close, were fluky in my opinion, and could easily have gone the other way, and would have had Polamalu been in there.


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 Post subject: Re: Question For You Ollie
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:46 am 
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Animal wrote:
As a Lions fan, do you think that Culpepper or Stafford gives the Lions a better chance to win.

And would you rather see Culpepper or Stafford starting?


I wanted to sit Stafford for a year, only because I thought he'd get sacked 60 times. But he supposedly won the job in pre-season. He has a very strong arm, never gets rattled, and isn't afraid to take chances. He can make the throws and he is a tough kid! I do not see any chance of Matthew Stafford becoming another Joey Harrington, and there is no way he will lose his job to Culpepper. Stafford has the potential to be very good.

I felt sorry for Daunte because he worked hard to get back in shape and he's reuniting with his former OC. He probably gives us a better chance of winning games this season but Coach Schwartz is realistic. This season isn't about wins and losses. (I love that Schwartz is playing rookies.. none of them would be on the field if we still had Rod Marinelli as head coach.) I'm OK with playing Stafford now that I've seen him.. though I wouldn't mind him missing a game or two to mend from the dislocated knee cap.

Anyway isn't 2011 the year we may not have football? I wonder if the reality of that may have influenced the decision to start him. It was Coach Schwartz' decision, but I can imagine the front office was pushing for Stafford in order to put more fannies in the seats.

Every Lions fan fully anticipated Harrison having a huge game. LT Jeff Backus has had his troubles over the years (silly Millen franchised him!!)


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 Post subject: Re: Steelers defense
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:31 am 
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That's kind of how I figured it. Culpepper would probably give you more wins this year, but playing Stafford is better for the future.

Don't feel sorry for Duante. He worked hard to stay in the league and he has accomplished that. There are lots of good quarterbacks who have to take a #2 spot. He still gets to play.


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 Post subject: Re: Question For You Ollie
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:16 am 
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Ollie wrote:
Animal wrote:
As a Lions fan, do you think that Culpepper or Stafford gives the Lions a better chance to win.

And would you rather see Culpepper or Stafford starting?


I wanted to sit Stafford for a year, only because I thought he'd get sacked 60 times. But he supposedly won the job in pre-season. He has a very strong arm, never gets rattled, and isn't afraid to take chances. He can make the throws and he is a tough kid! I do not see any chance of Matthew Stafford becoming another Joey Harrington, and there is no way he will lose his job to Culpepper. Stafford has the potential to be very good.

I felt sorry for Daunte because he worked hard to get back in shape and he's reuniting with his former OC. He probably gives us a better chance of winning games this season but Coach Schwartz is realistic. This season isn't about wins and losses. (I love that Schwartz is playing rookies.. none of them would be on the field if we still had Rod Marinelli as head coach.) I'm OK with playing Stafford now that I've seen him.. though I wouldn't mind him missing a game or two to mend from the dislocated knee cap.

Anyway isn't 2011 the year we may not have football? I wonder if the reality of that may have influenced the decision to start him. It was Coach Schwartz' decision, but I can imagine the front office was pushing for Stafford in order to put more fannies in the seats.

Every Lions fan fully anticipated Harrison having a huge game. LT Jeff Backus has had his troubles over the years (silly Millen franchised him!!)



Good Analysis. Thanks. I just wanted your take. That's always a fine line between giving a guy experience now with less of a chance to win. It can go both ways. Then there are teams like Atlanta and Baltimore that luck out with Rookies doing great. Then there is Jamarcus Russell!

There are a lot of backup QBs in this league who can play. Then there are few teams with dismal QBs.

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 Post subject: Re: Steelers defense
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 Post subject: Re: Steelers defense
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 11:37 pm 
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I've been as critical as anyone on the board of the Steelers' defense. So it's time for me to acknowledge that it played much better today against probably the toughest team on the schedule so far. Polamalu's return seems to have reenergized it -- happily.

Still, had Minnesota relied more on Adrian Peterson, especially in the red zone, the final outcome probably would have been different.

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