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12-24-2012, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by JTG View Post
This may be the year where the Steelers just liquidate all the highly priced, aged contracts they have. Just do what they have to do to get them off the books. Bring in younger fresh talent on similar deals.

There's no possible way this team can be rebuilt organically unless the organization and fanbase is cool with taking the next 2 or 3 years as being "down" years.
This is what I was thinking. If they couldn't contend this year, there's no way they can contend next.

However, it is possible that this is a fluke season if you think about it. The defense is rated #1 in the WHOLE LEAGUE. They just couldn't come up with some big plays. Also they kept getting burned at the start due to Ike Taylor's slow start. Who could predict one of the best corners in the league would play so bad for a few games? And yes, Ike is easily an elite corner. He consistently shuts down #1 WR's. He doesn't get recognition because he can't catch the ball. But that's a topic for a different day.
The D was also dominant without Polamalu. Has to count for something.

The offense also scored more points than last season.

Some of the losses were real flukes. 8 turnovers vs the Browns??? Steelers gave Cleveland the ball every possession and still lost by only a TD. And how many games were lost because Sanders and Brown can't hold on to the ball or just plain incompetent?

IMO these things that can (should) be fixed. Unfortunately, most of the core players on D are getting way too old to wait around.

Still, the Steelers are in better shape than most teams in the NFL. I don't see them slipping below 8 wins in the near future as long as Lebeau and Ben are with the team.

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