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« on: Oct 02, 2007 at 13:03 »

http://www.postgazette.com/pg/07275/822273-100.stm

Hampton Spaeth, and Troy Probabable.

Hines questionable day-to day.

McFadden out possibly 4 weeks.
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 02, 2007 at 14:00 »

Yuck.  The dreaded "high ankle sprain?"  That could be 4 weeks to the rest of the season.  Good to hear about the rest of the crew though.  Gay should do a decent job in McFadden's place.  Hopefully, Bryant will be back by Week 8 (Cincy) or Week 9 (Baltimore).

The Steelers play the Seahawks at 1 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field in a Super Bowl XL rematch.

Pittsburgh played Seattle in the SB??  Hadn't heard.
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 02, 2007 at 14:07 »

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The Steelers play the Seahawks at 1 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field in a Super Bowl XL rematch.

Pittsburgh played Seattle in the SB??  Hadn't heard.
It's a "rematch"?  Does that mean we get the refs "on our side" again?
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 02, 2007 at 14:19 »

If Gay does well, he could be one of the better 6th round picks we've had in a while, unless I'm missing someone.

And, if Baker makes the team this year or next off of the practice squad (I always liked him), that could be some very nice production out of the back end of Tomlin's first draft.


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« Reply #4 on: Oct 02, 2007 at 18:03 »

I'm not happy aboput McFadden being out especially considering that DeShea has been a bit banged up this year.  Gay though has been impressive so maybe the drop won't be as big.
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 03, 2007 at 07:50 »

Nothing against Gay, but I don't like any scenario that keeps Bryant McFadden off the field.  High ankle sprain = not good.  Kendrell Bell is still recovering from that injury in 2002.
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 05, 2007 at 19:53 »

Wow what a difference a few days makes!  Now we are out four of our starters.

From PG:  "The Steelers will be without Pro Bowl receiver Hines Ward and cornerback Bryant McFadden for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Seattle Seahawks at Heinz Field, Coach Mike Tomlin said today.

It the second game in a row Ward will miss with a sprained knee. He has not practiced since sustaining the injury Sept. 23 against San Francisco.

Tomlin said he will list safety Troy Polamalu (rib cartilage) and nose tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring) as questionable, even though neither player practiced this week and are not expected to play."
 
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« Reply #7 on: Oct 06, 2007 at 00:07 »

Ugh.  If Troy, Snack, and McFadden are all out on D, we're gonna have some problems.  If Snack is out, we'll probably see more of the two DL looks like we showed last week.  I think we could do some interesting things from that formation.

As for McFadden, I think he's played well this year.  In fact, all of our CBs have looked decent.  Hopefully they'll hold up against some better QBs as well.
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« Reply #8 on: Oct 06, 2007 at 19:12 »

I think Gay for McFadden will be OK, at least short term.  High ankler concerns me, a la Bell of yore.  Will need McFadden down the stretch.

Sans Ward, the Craptastic Duo (80, 85) have gotten more reps and can hopefully acquit themselves.  

The losses on D are huge.  By necessity, we'll see more of Eason and Kirschke and Hoke.  Hoke had that good fill in for Snack some years ago, but I don't know if it's relevant now.  The Eason and Kirschke packages have, IMO, looked weak.  Bottom line, without Hamp, we will give up rushing yards, simple as that.  I have no good suggestions.  98 is one of a kind.

So is Troy, but I think you can be creative as DC in his absence, if brief.  Insert Carter at SS, and do a LOT of switching around with Smith in the dime.  If they go multi and line the receivers close to the box, safety blitz, corner blitz.  If the spread wide, stunt the ILBs on a one Mississippi blitz.

And, ya know, this might actually be a FUN game for LeBeau to try out the rookies more, since no one has any film on them.  Turn em loose to run on instincts.  
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« Reply #9 on: Oct 06, 2007 at 20:47 »

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Hoke had that good fill in for Snack some years ago, but I don't know if it's relevant now.  The Eason and Kirschke packages have, IMO, looked weak.  Bottom line, without Hamp, we will give up rushing yards, simple as that.  I have no good suggestions.  98 is one of a
yeah, Hoke has not impressed me as of late. Losing Snack really hurts, especially since Spencer is a smaller center and would be totally dominated by Casey. He would command a double team all game....losing Troy is obviuosly not good. Although Townsend, Taylor, Clark, and Smith isn't all that bad with Carter, Gay, and Coke also available.
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« Reply #10 on: Oct 07, 2007 at 10:02 »

We'll be lucky to lose by less than 10 without those guys.  This sucks
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« Reply #11 on: Oct 07, 2007 at 11:24 »

for those of you who aren't exactly Pirate board frequents don't read too much into zimm's entirely pessimistic approach sports, life, and well it seems like anything..

after years and years of losing and lying he has caught what i like to call the "Drag" virus..

It's a nasty, nasty thing.. it completely devours ppl, in particular devout Pirate fans..

and i fear the only cure may be the Pirates winning..



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« Reply #12 on: Oct 08, 2007 at 10:21 »

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...Bottom line, without Hamp, we will give up rushing yards, simple as that.  I have no good suggestions.  98 is one of a kind.

...And, ya know, this might actually be a FUN game for LeBeau to try out the rookies more, since no one has any film on them.  Turn em loose to run on instincts.
Agreed with you yesterday, Finny, I thought Seattle could get 400 yards offense yesterday, but didn't mind being dead wrong.

Also as you note, fun game plan and execution.  I would have liked to have seen the end zone view of this game to see what LeBeau had out there as a scheme.  Whatever that was, it had Holmgren and Hasselbeck flummoxed.
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« Reply #13 on: Oct 08, 2007 at 10:38 »

When it became known that Holmes was out, it might have been overheard in my house that the Steelers had no chance. But wow, I was happily wrong about that one. People stepped it up. Keisel and Smith totally stepped up the DL play without Snacks. Clark and Smith, and even that POS Carter stepped up for Troy. Ike and Deshea played great as well. We finally saw something out of #80, right when we needed it. And when BR plays lights out like that, the Steelers are pretty hard to beat.
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« Reply #14 on: Oct 08, 2007 at 17:06 »

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...Bottom line, without Hamp, we will give up rushing yards, simple as that.  I have no good suggestions.  98 is one of a kind.

...And, ya know, this might actually be a FUN game for LeBeau to try out the rookies more, since no one has any film on them.  Turn em loose to run on instincts.
Agreed with you yesterday, Finny, I thought Seattle could get 400 yards offense yesterday, but didn't mind being dead wrong.

Also as you note, fun game plan and execution.  I would have liked to have seen the end zone view of this game to see what LeBeau had out there as a scheme.  Whatever that was, it had Holmgren and Hasselbeck flummoxed.
I don't mind being dead wrong, either.  Alexander looked like a soggy puppy, and Hasselbeck looked like Charlie Frye.

Hoke did fine, but I think the real difference was a coverage scheme approach by LeBeau.

I thought Gay, in what I saw of him, was super.  Ike had a great game.  

Looks like a good approach to rest the injured, now.  Damn, I really am surprised at both the Cards and Seahawks game outcomes.  Figured we might lose one game before the bye, but, hey, I can live with this.  Embarassing Holmgren is more satisfying than whupping Whiz.
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