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Author Topic: Dec. 14 - Week 15 - Steelers @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.  (Read 1246 times)
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« Reply #60 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 12:52 »

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. 
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« Reply #61 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 12:54 »

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.
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« Reply #62 on: Dec 15, 2014 at 20:19 »

Secondary is still awful, as Gene Collier continues to point out in his own eloquent way. But I get this feeling that the defense is a step away from being pretty damn good. Secondary looks better without Ike. They've made some big plays and, at times, look competent.

Still need massive upgrade at safety. But Gay, Blake, McCain look decent and getting better. Front line has made a tone of progress. Moats is no replacement for Silverback, but he's an upgrade over Jones and can hold his own until a replacement can be found. Williams, Spence, Shazier, Timmons look solid in the middle.

The Dline has a long way to go and The Beard will be missed--sorely--for the rest of the year (which may well be his last). But it seems like his influence has really taken hold on this group, as they seem to be playing progressively better. Heyward is a pleasant surprise to me.

Plus, our definition of good defense may need to adjust. We're not the Seahawks and I doubt we'll see many such defenses every again, outside of some insanely lucky drafts. Holding a team to 20 points and high 300s in yardage may be the new standard, particularly if they can hang on to the Killer Bs for a while.

If the D can continue to gel over the next two weeks? Who the heck knows? As we've seen, if you can make the tournament, anything could happen. So raise a glass to 2005 II. Hey, we can always hope...and at least we have a shot at some meaningful football in Jan.
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« Reply #63 on: Dec 16, 2014 at 07:18 »

If Mike Mitchell could ever get his sh!t straight....

Decastro and that OL.   Best group since the '05 Super Bowl crew. Decastro living up to the history of #66
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