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Author Topic: PG article: A.R. II wants younger players developed faster  (Read 1524 times)
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« on: Jan 18, 2010 at 10:40 »

I thought this was a pretty good article with a lot of quotes from Art Rooney, II on the need for Steelers coaches to develop younger players more quickly and a host of other topics.

While it's hard to question the Steelers model for building and reloading through the draft and seemingly having a never-ending pipeline of youthful players to fill the gap of departed/ing veterans, I would like to see more young players be used - or at least be fully capable of being used - in important situations.

We've got six rings and no other team can boast of that. However, I do like how many other teams use - nay, rely upon - younger players in key positions. (Really the Jets are coming to mind as the posterboy of this with the use of game-ready players likes Revis, Ferguson, Mangold, Sanchez (yes, I know the Steelers used rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger quite well)). Experience is great, but it would also be great to enhance the experience earlier in the career if possible.
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 18, 2010 at 16:38 »

Wallace, Mendenhall, Holmes, Woodley, to a lesser extent Timmons and to an even much lesser extent Hood have all made mjor contibutions within their first 2 years in the league.

I think we've had a luxury the last few years of veterans (Troy, Clark, Smith, Farrior, Ward, Harrison) performing at very high levels that's given us he time to develop a project or two.  I guess Art part deux maybe sees the writing on the wall.

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« Reply #2 on: Jan 19, 2010 at 06:11 »

It also helps when you have high draft picks for a few years in a row.  The only way to accomplish that is to suck for a few years in a row.

Sanchez - 2009 5th overall pick
Revis - 2007 14th overall pick
Ferguson - 2006 4th overall pick

Personally, I'd rather be selecting at the bottom of the first round.  Preferably 32nd.

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 19, 2010 at 09:30 »

Regardless of how Timmons' career develops, it still sickens me that the Jets jumped ahead of the Steelers and drafted Revis.

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 19, 2010 at 09:51 »

With more age and injury to the defense, expect to see 1st and 2nd year players getting more starting time. 

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