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LatrobePA
08-03-2011, 09:33 AM
May be the smartest move made by any club this offseason.

Think about it, the guys they've kept and brought back know the system and with NO offseason OTA's and a soft TC it would make it tough for a new guy to get completely settled until mid season.

Other teams making all these moves will struggle to find chemistry out of the gate..


This isn't the year to go crazy making changes!!:cope:

BlitzburghRockCity
08-03-2011, 10:41 AM
Very valid point, the Steelers traditionally like to bring back their own as often as possible as it is but this year having a veteran team together is going to be an advantage. Everybody knows each other but there's enough youth that will be infused at some key positions to help the team continue to grow and not just get old and out of date.

It's a system that has served them well for decades, so why mess with success? I know we all sometimes wish the Steelers would make some huge free agency splash by signing a big time player but to quote The Replacements, "that just wouldn't be our style" ;)

coldrolled
08-03-2011, 10:50 AM
May be the smartest move made by any club this offseason.

Think about it, the guys they've kept and brought back know the system and with NO offseason OTA's and a soft TC it would make it tough for a new guy to get completely settled until mid season.

Other teams making all these moves will struggle to find chemistry out of the gate..


This isn't the year to go crazy making changes!!:cope:

hopefully the same logic was used keeping arians one more year.. :lol:

--- Added 8/3/2011 at 08:50 AM ---


Very valid point, the Steelers traditionally like to bring back their own as often as possible as it is but this year having a veteran team together is going to be an advantage. Everybody knows each other but there's enough youth that will be infused at some key positions to help the team continue to grow and not just get old and out of date.

It's a system that has served them well for decades, so why mess with success? I know we all sometimes wish the Steelers would make some huge free agency splash by signing a big time player but to quote The Replacements, "that just wouldn't be our style" ;)

but geez.... sometimes when there is a gaping hole like at CB and now maybe LT you need to pull the trigger... just sayin..

i think we will be alot tougher than last year. hopefully sly gets more time and farrior sits a bit more. we need to upgrade the speed of our blitzing ILB's

TampaSteelGirl
08-03-2011, 10:54 AM
Im pretty ok with not shopping too much in the FA market IF and I say IF Tomlin and LeBeau are really confident about the rookie CBs they acquired....im not really happy about the resigning of Willie Gay but I'm hoping one of the 2 new CBs are brilliant and we don't need Gay..otherwise the lack of not shopping for a CB in the FA is the only that would would upset me. I think we are good for the most part...

LatrobePA
08-03-2011, 10:55 AM
No comment on BA! lol

I've heard the coaches are pretty impressed with some of the young DB's so maybe it isn't as glaring as we think...

cmerrifield
08-03-2011, 10:56 AM
I think this was a great move and bringing back Gay as an insurance policy was a good idea too. If Butler and the rookies, or Lewis for that matter, show that they can play, Gay will be either the dime back or cut. Sometimes I wish we would sign some big names, but in reality, this isnt the year for it. In fact, I will go on record and say that even with all their free agents, Philly will not make the Super Bowl.

LatrobePA
08-03-2011, 11:02 AM
I think this was a great move and bringing back Gay as an insurance policy was a good idea too. If Butler and the rookies, or Lewis for that matter, show that they can play, Gay will be either the dime back or cut. Sometimes I wish we would sign some big names, but in reality, this isnt the year for it. In fact, I will go on record and say that even with all their free agents, Philly will not make the Super Bowl.

I read this AM that the remaining FA's all want to go to Philly, lol I hope they fall hard!

TampaSteelGirl
08-03-2011, 11:05 AM
I think this was a great move and bringing back Gay as an insurance policy was a good idea too. If Butler and the rookies, or Lewis for that matter, show that they can play, Gay will be either the dime back or cut. Sometimes I wish we would sign some big names, but in reality, this isnt the year for it. In fact, I will go on record and say that even with all their free agents, Philly will not make the Super Bowl.

I don't feel that bringing in big names is necessarily the way to go..looking in the past alot of times it backfires so i'm glad the Steelers don't do that. I love that we bring a young and talented unknown in and groom him....Just disappointed in Gay...at bit.

coldrolled
08-03-2011, 11:43 AM
I read this AM that the remaining FA's all want to go to Philly, lol I hope they fall hard!

if the first 8 games go bad in philly, the wheels will come off fast.. no team chemistry.. just a lot of big egos...

the steelers could afford one big FA.. that wouldnt ruin the team chemistry here....

there are a few LT's out there. but the list is dwindling.

TampaSteelGirl
08-03-2011, 11:45 AM
I was going to say if Sanders injury was worse or if there is a chance he may have issues down the road during the season I would bring in Steve Smith fromthe Giants...

connecticutsteel
08-03-2011, 12:06 PM
Why would anyone want live in that steaming pile of crap they call philadelphia? Andy Reid is like Marty Schottenheimer great during the regular season and horrible in the post season. Anyway i agree that resigning players that know the system is key this year but also there were some big names that came with reasonable price tags that could have solved the o-line issues for years to come . the same could be said for the secondary however im not as concerned with the secondary .

coach
08-03-2011, 09:13 PM
I don't know about the secondary. Perhaps they will benefit from depth at the D front 7. I hope so, because those games where we get spread out and they throw on us all day sure are hard to take. Let's hope the D plays this year like they did when they were all healthy in the early part of last year.
I hate NE and I have never been an Albert H fan, but what a steal for NE. They give up a 5th in 2013. I think they improved as much as anyone in free agency.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-04-2011, 12:48 PM
If the Steelers even attempted to pull off the type of moves that teams like Philadelphia made, or Arizona, or even New England, I think the world would come to an end. It's just not how it works in Pittsburgh, never has, and probably never will. Build from the ground up, promote from within, build through the draft, and don't bring in too many problem children. Keep the distractions to a minimum and make sure nobody gets bigger than the team.

Thisoneguy555
08-04-2011, 03:27 PM
Steelers really don't need any free agents. They seem content with their starters who got them to the superbowl last season, plus I'm sure they are confident in their draft choices and younger players.

LarryNJ
08-04-2011, 04:45 PM
I like your thinking Latrobe! :)

It's not at all surprising that they handled it like they did. I'm also not surprised the Eagles handled it the way they did. Andy Reid and his staff are running out of time. Will he do what only Cowher was able to do? Maybe but I doubt it.

DBR96A
08-05-2011, 07:09 AM
Andy Reid actually has a winning record in the playoffs.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-05-2011, 02:20 PM
You can't buy a championship, no matter how hard you try. Every year teams go crazy in free agency trying to sign the next best thing in hopes of that "putting them over the top".

Even teams like the Patriots, they make splashes in FA every year and while they are always competitive, it hasn't yielded any more championships.

On paper there are a lot of teams you'd pencil in for the super bowl, but we all know it doesn't play out that way.

Nolrog
08-05-2011, 03:13 PM
I'm OK with the team we have. There's a lot of really good players here that we should be OK. I just hope more than anything guys like Kiesel, Smith and Troy (guys who've been injured the last few years) stay healthy (and of course the OL!!)