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It's hardly 'over' for Steelers

Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:45 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 4:29 pm
I see where Warren Sapp says the Pittsburgh Steelers are "old, slow and it's over." Well, he got two thirds of that right. I already said they're old and slow. Anyone who watched their defense in Baltimore would've come to the same conclusion. But "over?" Try again, Warren.

It's not over, and I'll tell you why: The Steelers draw Seattle this weekend. That's a win. Then it's on to Indianapolis. That's another win. Their non-division schedule includes the NFC West and the AFC South, and tell me the Steelers don't get fat on those opponents because they will.

Yes, their offensive line is a problem. But it's always been a problem. It's just one the Steelers were able to overcome because of Ben Roethlisberger and the plays he's able to make.

Only he couldn't last weekend ... but that was Baltimore. Now he draws Seattle, an opponent that surrendered 33 or more points in eight of its last 10 starts and lost its last four road games. Not only was Seattle 2-7 away from home last season (including the playoffs); it was outscored 269-158 -- an average margin of 12.3 points per game.

So that's going to change because the Steelers stunk last weekend? I don't think so. Nor do I think Pittsburgh commits another seven turnovers.

It's one thing to get buried by Joe Flacco and Ray Rice, but this is Tarvaris Jackson and ... Tarvaris Jackson. Pittsburgh will look a lot better this weekend than it did last, one reason it is a 14-1/2-point favorite.

But that doesn't mean there aren't long-term concerns here. I was struck by how slow the Steelers' defense seemed, particularly safety Troy Polamalu, who was out of position too many times ... just as he was in Super Bowl XLV. The defense has eight starters 30 or older, and that will change in November when cornerback Bryant McFadden joins the club. Old legs tire as the season progresses, which is a troubling sign for these guys.

But the schedule might be their ally. Not only are three of their last five starts at home, but look at their last seven opponents: The only one with a winning record last year was Kansas City, and we just got a glimpse of what the Chiefs might look like. They draw Cincinnati and Cleveland twice each; San Francisco and St. Louis, and tell me that won't help Pittsburgh.

Over? Check the schedule, Warren, and you might want to reconsider.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:20 pm

It's hardly 'over' for Steelers

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 3:30 pm

It's hardly 'over' for Steelers

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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 10:13 am

It's hardly 'over' for Steelers

It is not over for the Steelers, but the defence is getting found out and is nowhere as intimidating as it used to be. Personally Troy Polamalu scares the crap out of me, however, against the Ravens and before that the Packers, dare I say, he looked almost ordinary and inefectual. And as someone has already stated, 7 turnovers does not help!

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:38 pm

It's hardly 'over' for Steelers

Seven turnovers might have had something to do with a defense getting a bit gassed and looking a bit slow, I'm just saying...

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:05 am

It's hardly 'over' for Steelers

You don't go from being the #1 NFL defense to being past it in just one year.  The Steelers had an awful game against the Ravens in week 1.  They were also humiliated in both games the they played against the Ravens in McNair's first year with the Ravens.  That didn't end the Steelers habit of excellent defensive play then and it won't do so now.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:16 pm

It's hardly 'over' for Steelers

I agree the Steelers looked slow and are old but it is hard to completely judge a team in week 1.  The offense which is not old or slow with the exception of Hinz Ward also looked extremely poor also.  Remember, eventhough these players worked out in the off season, it wasn't the same as it would normally have been.  It could be, like Harrison, the players, barring injury, will work themselves into shape as the season progresses.  As you age, you need to work harder and it takes longer to get into playing shape.

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