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 21 
 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 12:54 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Merman1983
So if both the Steelers and Ravens win out, we get round 3 in the wild card game at Heinz field.  That sounds like that could be fun.

 22 
 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 12:52 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Finnegans Wake
This incarnation of the PS is like a big-assed bowl of soup that you take right from the fridge to the microwave.  You nuke it, stir it, nuke it, stick a finger in: it's warm!  Then you spoon around, and from one bite to the next it will either be lukewarm, stone cold, or fucking lava.

Still think this team's best is ahead of it, some combo of 3B brilliance and a suddenly stouter defense.  This year, next?  Who knows. 

 23 
 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 12:45 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Finnegans Wake
Promising start to the season, killed.  Do you go back to Hoyer, who as mentioned is a short-timer in Cleveland, to try to salvage the season?  And in so doing, basically relegating Johnny Arena League Football to Charlie Frye status (one start and shit-canned)? 

Or do you just throw Manziel back into it and see if & how much he improves, before shit-canning the idea and starting over in the 2015 draft?

Tres fucking adorbs seeing the Browns play well over the first half the season.  Fucking midnight, pumpkin time, douchebags.  You know it had to happen all along, didn't you?

 24 
 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 12:21 
Started by Preacherman0 - Last post by Preacherman0
It's amusing when you see that one oddball name in a list of the "Only player to ever _______."

This one caught my eye. Probably 5 hall-of-famers; and...

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Roethlisberger put another notch in his belt, beating Atlanta for the first time in his career. He became one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to earn wins against at least 31 teams (Brett Favre: 32, Peyton Manning: 32, Tom Brady: 31, Drew Brees: 31, Kerry Collins: 31 and Roethlisberger: 31).

Kinda cheapens the whole thing, doesn't it?

 25 
 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 12:12 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Preacherman0
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While I understand the gist of both Pensod's and preach's posts, I'm fine with my macro criticisms of the team.  While up and downs appear to have been par for the course for the first 3/4 of the season, the scope of my criticism encompasses the past 3+ seasons, where the Steelers have routinely underwhelmed in key games.  They aren't the only team to have done so but it does put them in the middle-of-the-pack, 8-8 teams.  The standard is the standard. 

I don't disagree with that, and I would add that losing to >mediocre teams has been a major problem since 2009. The answer for that falls back to coaching IMO--how can you lose to the Jets or Bucs unless you're underprepared, mentally or otherwise?

Still, I have to remind myself that I expected the Steelers would be fortunate to reach .500 this season, so maybe I should back off my gripe sessions. Just acknowledging that some things I thought of as disasters are turning out to not be so bad.

As for Bell, I still like the way Marshawn Lynch runs. But he can be a bit of a head case, and while he can catch the ball, he's not close to LBell as a receiver. 

 26 
 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 12:02 
Started by aj_law - Last post by SCacalaki
Only caught glimpses of the game.  Got caught up doing other things and forgot to record it.  Managed to watch some of the second half when the wife recorded that part for me.

Nice win.

I'm curious...does it count as a "quality win" since Atlanta is below .500, but they are fighting for the division title and the playoffs.  Just goes to show that you can't simply look at records.  Lotta variables come into play.  Week 15 Falcon team isn't the same as the team that was getting stomped regularly around the midpoint of the season.

This doesn't change anything though.  As I said a few weeks ago, Pittsburgh could win out or lose out and I wouldn't be surprised.  After two wins, there's a lot of playoff talk by the networks, but that's far from a given.  They could easily lose next week to KC and/or Cincy in Week 17 and be on the outside looking in...again.  Gotta take care of business.  Just.  Win.

It didn't hurt having Julio Jones out. Ike either

Seriously I do think it a quality win against a team better than their record

Agree with the just win notion.  Feels good to have control over whether we get in

 27 
 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 11:38 
Started by aj_law - Last post by aj_law
I'd just like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Cleveland Browns and their management for choosing to piss away a winning season and a shot at the playoffs in Week 15.

Makes tiebreak scenarios just a little easier.

 28 
 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 11:34 
Started by aj_law - Last post by aj_law
Only caught glimpses of the game.  Got caught up doing other things and forgot to record it.  Managed to watch some of the second half when the wife recorded that part for me.

Nice win.

I'm curious...does it count as a "quality win" since Atlanta is below .500, but they are fighting for the division title and the playoffs.  Just goes to show that you can't simply look at records.  Lotta variables come into play.  Week 15 Falcon team isn't the same as the team that was getting stomped regularly around the midpoint of the season.

This doesn't change anything though.  As I said a few weeks ago, Pittsburgh could win out or lose out and I wouldn't be surprised.  After two wins, there's a lot of playoff talk by the networks, but that's far from a given.  They could easily lose next week to KC and/or Cincy in Week 17 and be on the outside looking in...again.  Gotta take care of business.  Just.  Win.

 29 
 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 10:34 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Merman1983
William Gay with 3 pick 6s is having a pretty good year.  Yes, he gets burned, but if Mitchell had his back it wouldn't matter as much.  We need turnovers, because we don't have size DBs.  Hoping the DL with Tuitt gels into something monstrous and causes more errant throws for Gay and the others to go after.  Not saying Gay is our new Townshend, but he's the new veteran leader.

What's it gonna take to get Shamarko on anything besides STs? 

Saw Shazier flashing the speed on a few plays.  I'm actually pleased with how Spence and Williams have played, so Shazier having to win back the job is a good problem to have. 

Ben breaks his own/Steelers 1-season passing yardage record, and joins the 31 club.  Don't want him to make the 32 club.

Obviously I'm not watching game film, but Tuitt looks like he's passing the eye test.  Not getting pushed at the POA and getting some much needed QB pressure. 

Gay's return was awesome,  noticed Timmons make a block on the tight end, get back up, and get downfield to look for someone else.   Gay has gotten beaten badly but his three pick 6's (and Mcclains against Jax) have basically been the difference in those respective games.  I'm actually not going to badmouth Mitchell this week, as he was obviously hurting and gutted it out in the second half.  He still sucks at FS, but maybe he's an answer at SS post-Troy.

Had a few Shaz spottings myself.  Been really impressed with Williams lately.  Kind of a Larry Foote type that wasn't blessed with the best athleticism but a smart player who hustles and makes the most of it, and he knows how to hit.  Yesterday was probably Spence's best game too, outside of his hesitation on Hester's long screen pass.

I'm curious about Shamarko as well.  Seems like a guy who should be in the rotation by now.  He is really good on ST's though, so he's contributing there at least.





 30 
 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 09:30 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Finnegans Wake
William Gay with 3 pick 6s is having a pretty good year.  Yes, he gets burned, but if Mitchell had his back it wouldn't matter as much.  We need turnovers, because we don't have size DBs.  Hoping the DL with Tuitt gels into something monstrous and causes more errant throws for Gay and the others to go after.  Not saying Gay is our new Townshend, but he's the new veteran leader.

What's it gonna take to get Shamarko on anything besides STs? 

Saw Shazier flashing the speed on a few plays.  I'm actually pleased with how Spence and Williams have played, so Shazier having to win back the job is a good problem to have. 

Ben breaks his own/Steelers 1-season passing yardage record, and joins the 31 club.  Don't want him to make the 32 club.

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