But the fact that other teams don't get fucked over with the regularity that we do means the solution is out there. We just need to find it.
My counter to that is that while this may be true, we're in something around Year 6 of trying to find the solution. It's been better, it's been worse during the past six years, but I would not say we've found a solution during that time.
Other than swapping coaches or rumaging the bargain bin for a STs ace, I'm not sure what else can be done. Tomlin made STs a point of emphasis this year. Probably moreso than at any time during Cowher's tenure; extensive time during camp devoted to STs, new coaches, and new personnel.
It failed many times this year.
I'm not as yet thrilled with Timmons, but then again, how can you say he was the wrong pick? At least until we've seen him in meaningful play.
I'm concerned about ever getting to the point Timmons playing a meaningful down.
Plenty of projects to be had in later rounds. It appears to me that Woodley has surpassed Timmons on the depth chart. Woodley, despite injury, had quite a bit of meaningful playing time in 2007-08.
Maybe the FO has changed their minds and believes Timmons to be best suited at ILB, creating an apples to oranges scenario for Woodley and Timmons. I can only hope so.
Timmons isn't fast or big enough to play OLB in a 34. That's the bottom line for my opinion.
I feel uncomfortable with the pick due to the fact the Steelers knew their two starting guards were up for new contracts in 2008 and didn't plan accordingly. They extended Simmons but gave themselves little alternative. I think the Simmons deal was a bad one and believe selecting a guard like Ben Grubbs (and then a OLB like Woodley) would have put the Steelers into a better position in 2008 when Faneca/Simmons and Haggans were gone.
The foresight is what bothers me. Timmons may become the next Larry Foote (and that's no ringing endorsement) but it'll come at an expense to the offense next year.
Maybe there is always an expense to some other area of the team.
Right now, it looks to me as though we drafted one OLB last year.
The elephant in the room isn't DE, it's both lines
In "both lines," are you saying DL and OL?
If so, I don't think the OL is an unnoticed elephant in the room. I thought that was one of the premises of this thread....we knew OL would be a problem heading into the season.
I'd prefer we plan for the future better.
Neither Keisel nor Aaron Smith are young guys. Why wait until something breaks, as it did this year? I know you're not a huge fan of Kirschke and I can't believe you were happy with Eason's play.
I'm not sure the prudent draft has us with two OL on Day One.
But I think Ron Cook describes what many Steelers fans want..."It's pretty obvious how the first three rounds should go for the Steelers: Offensive lineman, offensive lineman, offensive lineman."
I hope he's kidding, even if it's just two OL, because while it may improve the OL, it will undoubtedly hinder other areas of the team.
And with my view of the talent on this team, the Steelers can't afford that type of hinderance.
You don't think Hines Ward is still a top player? You don't think Aaron Smith is? You write off Townshend and Taylor? I can't agree. I even think Nate Washington has shown better than most #3 WRs league-wide.
To respond to the specific players, I left Ward out for sure.
I have no idea how Aaron Smith will return. I have a difficult time believing that losing DE caused the defense to go to shit but maybe it was the cause. If so, I feel more confident in my assessment of the remaining talent on defense.
I don't have the same opinion of Ike and Deshea that you do.
Definitely don't share the same opinion for Nate Washington.
It's not about having 53 A-list players, it's about having talented starters. There are some but IMO, there are more of the Larry Footes and Kendall Simmons than the Ben Roethlisbergers and Casey Hamptons.
You and I share many of the same ideas re: what we expected coming into the season, and how, now that it's over, the deficiencies aren't that surprising.
I agree with jcharding that it won't be 2008 that reaps the benefits of a good draft or FA signing session. Maybe 2009.
I am optimistic that we have a playmaker in Woodley at LB. I really think we were playing with "one arm" at OLB this year with Hags opposite James Harrison.
I pray for a speedy recovery for Ryan Clark 'cause Ant. Smith might be a reasonable #4 safety but he's not the future FS.
Glad to hear you're optimistic 'cause I need to hear that side.