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« Reply #70 on: Sep 12, 2011 at 13:29 »

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Despite a 54 percent completion percentage and throwing three interceptions, QB Ben Roethlisberger said he wasn't rattled in the pocket. "This might sound strange, with the result, but I felt more comfortable today against them than I have in the past," he said. "It just didn't go our way."

Dude has definitely had his gourd cracked a few too many times.
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« Reply #71 on: Sep 12, 2011 at 14:01 »

Two good quotes from Football Outsiders:

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Mike Tanier: You know, if they flashed a shot of shirtless Cal Ripken eating a crabcake, this would qualify as pornography in Baltimore.

J.J. Cooper: Wow, as a Steelers fan that's the most depressing start to a season since the 51-0 loss to the Browns in the 1989 opener (the Steelers lost the next week 41-10 also but did make the playoffs). But as I was watching the Ravens destroy Pittsburgh, I couldn't help but think back even farther. The 1979 Steelers had a similar feel to this year's team -- an aging team trying to grab another title before the defense got too old to compete. Midway through that season, Pittsburgh lost to the Chargers 35-7 in a game where Terry Bradshaw threw five interceptions and the Steelers turned the ball over eight times. This felt a whole lot like that. That team did end up winning the Super Bowl, but they showed signs of their age on defense all year. In the opener today, you saw some age from the Steelers' defense as well.

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« Reply #72 on: Sep 12, 2011 at 14:38 »

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Despite a 54 percent completion percentage and throwing three interceptions, QB Ben Roethlisberger said he wasn't rattled in the pocket. "This might sound strange, with the result, but I felt more comfortable today against them than I have in the past," he said. "It just didn't go our way."

Dude has definitely had his gourd cracked a few too many times.

When you've got an IDGAF attitude, you don't generally feel rattled.


J.J. Cooper: ...The 1979 Steelers had a similar feel to this year's team -- an aging team trying to grab another title before the defense got too old to compete. Midway through that season, Pittsburgh lost to the Chargers 35-7 in a game where Terry Bradshaw threw five interceptions and the Steelers turned the ball over eight times. This felt a whole lot like that...

Not totally buying it.  I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I'd be willing to bet that Pittsburgh's average age on defense is pretty damn close to Baltimore's.  They didn't seem to have that hard of a time dealing with age or weather conditions yesterday.

Fact is, they looked out of shape, unprepared and fucking lazy.  Half of those guys were still too busy counting their Benjamins, while the other half was in a daze dreaming about how much they're going to get.

Like I said, too much fucking fresh money.  Add to that the fact (as I've read in a couple places, but haven't confirmed) that with all these new deals, they're way over the cap next year?  Something like 20 million??

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« Reply #73 on: Sep 12, 2011 at 18:12 »

Worst Steelers game ever.

I cannot express the depth of my rage today.

Ditto that.  Seriously, I haven't seen the Steelers play like this since they started broadcasting games in color.  Shades of the 60's Steelers.
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« Reply #74 on: Sep 12, 2011 at 19:47 »

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Quote from: msdmnr2002 on Yesterday at 18:19
Hopefully that's the worst it can possibly get.


Yeah, that's what I said after the first half...

The first half was bad, but not unprecedented.  The second half was a fugliness beyond compare.  If you hadn't gotten any action in two years and met Second Half in a bar, you couldn't drink enough to convince yourself it was worth taking home.
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