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Captcoolhand
07-21-2008, 10:46 AM
The countdown to the start of Camp Tomlin has reached seven. Next Sunday the Steelers must report to St. Vincent College.

Since the Super Bowl era of the 1970s, fans have greeted the start of training camp with high anticipation, and this year is no different.

And due to recent negotiations regarding the ownership of this 76-year old franchise that has always been ruled by Rooney family, interest in the start of another Steelers’ season has intensified.

Coming off a 10-7 record in Mike Tomlin’s first season as coach — the wild-card playoff loss to the Jaguars included — the Steelers have plenty of question marks as 2008 gets under way.

Among them are these 10 issues:

* Now that Ben Roethlisberger has his eight-year, $102 million contract, will he continue to develop as a franchise quarterback?

* Will Troy Polamalu fully recover from off-season knee surgery and regain his reputation as one of the NFL’s most feared defenders?

* What will become of Max Starks now that he’ll be paid close to $7 million this season? Will he win back his starting job at right tackle, or will he be the highest-paid backup in team history?

* Will the running game dazzle now that Willie Parker has two new backfield mates in No. 1 draft pick Rashard Mendenhall and free-agent acquisition Mewelde Moore?

* Can Lawrence Timmons, last year’s No. 1 draft pick, bounce back from a frustrating, injury-plagued rookie season and beat out Larry Foote at right inside linebacker?

* Will left outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, last year’s second-round pick, blossom into the Steelers’ most dynamic pass rusher?

* Can James Harrison back up last year’s team MVP performance with another strong season and prove he’s a consistent performer at outside linebacker?

* Can the Steelers offensive line make up for the loss of Alan Faneca, the perennial All-Pro guard who signed with the New York Jets via free agency?

* Will the special teams bounce back from last year’s disastrous performance and save the job of beleaguered special teams coach Bob Ligashesky?

* Will the addition of a big wide receiver — second-round draft pick Limas Sweed, who’s 6-foot-4 — add punch to the Steelers’ passing game?Interesting issues here.

I know I'll be on my way to camp by this time next week. Can't wait! :tt02: :tt02: :tt02:

BlitzburghRockCity
07-21-2008, 11:21 AM
* Will the running game dazzle now that Willie Parker has two new backfield mates in No. 1 draft pick Rashard Mendenhall and free-agent acquisition Mewelde Moore?

If the offensive line comes together then yes; but if they don't it's going to be a sub par year for the running game. If defenders continue to blow up plays before they even get started we'll be going nowhere fast and Ben will himself on the short end of the record for getting sacked.

AZ_Steeler
07-21-2008, 01:05 PM
When you go down the list and read the concerns, a majority of them relate to the new guys that have been taken in the draft within the last 3 years. This just goes to show how well the Steelers do use the draft to their advantage and that this Steelers team is starting to go through sort of a rebuilding process. I know rebuilding isn't the right word what I'm trying to get across is how the veterans are starting to retire all the knew talent is their waiting to take over that spot for the next however many years. It's exciting to see the youth and how they will impact the game! :cope:

BlitzburghRockCity
07-21-2008, 02:36 PM
These upcoming years will be big for the team; Tomlin came in while a lot of the players that Cowher drafted are starting to get into the last 3 years or so of their contracts so it's absolutely imperative that the players we picked up last year, this year and the ones upcoming in the next few drafts pan out in a big way. We can't afford many flops if this team wants to stay competitive. So far guys like Timmons, Woodley, Spaeth, and the like are working out well and this years class has a lot of talent too.

K Train
07-21-2008, 02:55 PM
If the offensive line comes together then yes; but if they don't it's going to be a sub par year for the running game. If defenders continue to blow up plays before they even get started we'll be going nowhere fast and Ben will himself on the short end of the record for getting sacked.

with the way the offense is looking the offensive line will be much better, high powered air attack and a dangerous run game makes the oline look alot better....not to mention if theres one thing they can do good its run block

Captcoolhand
07-21-2008, 03:05 PM
* Can Lawrence Timmons, last year’s No. 1 draft pick, bounce back from a frustrating, injury-plagued rookie season and beat out Larry Foote at right inside linebacker?I surely want to see more of an impact from Timmons this year. IMO (Even though he didn't see much of the field other than ST) He still hasn't shown enough on the field to convince me that he was the 1st rounder everyone was hoping for, but I got faith....:crossfingers:

K Train
07-21-2008, 03:08 PM
he definitely was, hes a freak of an athlete and didnt have to step it up last year...sitting last year was good for him, FSU players are usually scheme retarded at first anyway

Captcoolhand
07-21-2008, 03:19 PM
he definitely was, hes a freak of an athlete and didnt have to step it up last year...sitting last year was good for him, FSU players are usually scheme retarded at first anyway
:lol: ya You're right, plus who does he really have to come in and play for alot like Woodley did.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-21-2008, 03:25 PM
he definitely was, hes a freak of an athlete and didnt have to step it up last year...sitting last year was good for him, FSU players are usually scheme retarded at first anyway

too bad another FSU player who shall remain nameless ending up being scheme retarded and every other kind of retarded when it was all said and done. coughcough Zo coughcough ... and so far Timmons has shown more than he ever did :D

Captcoolhand
07-21-2008, 03:44 PM
you guy are probably right about Timmons :haha:

Maybe spend more time watching games this season and less :shots::beerfunnel::drunk:

SteelersWoman
07-21-2008, 04:22 PM
The countdown to the start of Camp Tomlin has reached seven. Next Sunday the Steelers must report to St. Vincent College.
:greenbounce2::banana::tt02::cabbagepatch::clap:


* Now that Ben Roethlisberger has his eight-year, $102 million contract, will he continue to develop as a franchise quarterback?


Hey, it's Big Ben--of course he will! He WANTS to be the best, and last year he was thiiiiiiiiiis close to accomplishing it. Plus, he'll be even more comfortable with what the OC put in place last yr.


* Will Troy Polamalu fully recover from off-season knee surgery and regain his reputation as one of the NFL’s most feared defenders?


I am a big Troy fan, but last yr (and the yr before) kind of took the bloom off the rose for me. I still like him, and have hopes that he'll return to his previous type of play, but he's got a different body style. He'll have to play even smarter and faster than he ever did before to become "feared" again. And the man has GOT to learn to wrap up to earn that big paycheck--that was always my biggest issue with him. Too many guys got away because he failed to finish the job.


* What will become of Max Starks now that he’ll be paid close to $7 million this season? Will he win back his starting job at right tackle, or will he be the highest-paid backup in team history?


Not really a Max fan--but I think he'll be starting (and I hope he can change my opinion of him this yr). At his size he should be able to push ANYbody around, but too many times he was the one being pushed (before last season). He played at pretty good level at LT when called on last yr--now he needs to do the same at RT!


* Will the running game dazzle now that Willie Parker has two new backfield mates in No. 1 draft pick Rashard Mendenhall and free-agent acquisition Mewelde Moore?


I'm optimistic--I think that it CAN happen. RB is an easier position to get "right" right outta the starting gate.



* Can Lawrence Timmons, last year’s No. 1 draft pick, bounce back from a frustrating, injury-plagued rookie season and beat out Larry Foote at right inside linebacker?


Even Larry seems to think this'll happen. I'm just glad it'll be Larry backing him up--it's great to have someone as capable as he is ready and waiting to go if need be.


* Will left outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, last year’s second-round pick, blossom into the Steelers’ most dynamic pass rusher?


Yes. There's not a doubt in my mind that this kid will be special.


* Can James Harrison back up last year’s team MVP performance with another strong season and prove he’s a consistent performer at outside linebacker?


Even last yr he was inconsistent at times. There's almost no in-between with James--he's either blowin' things up, or you don't even know he's on the field. So perhaps if he'd just fall somewhere in the middle (like Deshea) and just be always steady, always dependable--that would be ok with me.



* Can the Steelers offensive line make up for the loss of Alan Faneca, the perennial All-Pro guard who signed with the New York Jets via free agency?


He's a tough act to follow. But my laws of logic state that if the center plays better, the rest of the line will have a better chance :greengrin:



* Will the special teams bounce back from last year’s disastrous performance and save the job of beleaguered special teams coach Bob Ligashesky?


STs have been bad for us for awhile now. Even though they'll do better than last season (after you hit bottom, there's only one direction you CAN go in) that doesn't mean that I think Bob should retain his job.


* Will the addition of a big wide receiver — second-round draft pick Limas Sweed, who’s 6-foot-4 — add punch to the Steelers’ passing game?

I'm optimistic, but realistic enough to know that it may take half the season (or more) to be as good as he's gonna be capable of. But hey--if he wants to have a breakout rookie season, that'd be ok with me :yellowthumb:

Black@Gold Forever32
07-21-2008, 07:10 PM
Mendenhall will help the OL and that will make our running game period.....Mendenhall can break tackles better then and is more physical with a nice combination of speed.......Its not a knock on Parker but with his frame he just can't break tackles like Mendenhall........Rashard isn't a huge like Jerome but there will be a physical element to our run game again.....Mendenhall will be more physical then Dookie's soft ***.....lol

STEEL CITY TANK
07-22-2008, 04:15 AM
I want to see how many sacks Woodley and Harrison get this season. I think Woodley is going to destroy QB's. :tt02: QB's will be on :crutches: when Wood and Silverback attack.

steelerschick1220
07-22-2008, 12:09 PM
They were very valid questions, I felt. I think that Ben will be just as good as he was last year, I think our offensive line will be okay, and I think that Timmons and Woodley are going to really ramp up our defense. Six days until camp!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!

Iron City South
07-22-2008, 01:00 PM
you guy are probably right about Timmons :haha:

Maybe spend more time watching games this season and less :shots::beerfunnel::drunk:

I don't know, the man looks pretty "READY" to me .... That's the look of a man with something to prove. :helmet:

http://vmedia.rivals.com/uploads/1061/F181102.jpg

BlitzburghRockCity
07-22-2008, 02:47 PM
Yeah I'd say he's definitely been doing his part to stay in shape during the offseason. Timmons has a lot to prove and he's got a prime opportunity to show up. Foote won't just roll over and give him the job so he'll have to earn it and we make out either way with some solid depth at the ILB position for once.