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Real Deal Steel
01-08-2012, 09:09 PM
We have O-line problems, we have D-line (no pass rush) problems and we have cornerback
problems. We can't solve them all with the draft. It's time the FO join the 21st century
and use free agency. I"m not saying they have to go and get a ton of guys but using it
just a bit will go along way with this team.

And we need to add depth at safety too. Our secondary was lost with out Ryan Clark today. It is not a coincidence that Clark doesn't play and the secondary has it's worse
game of the year.

--- Added 1/8/2012 at 08:09 PM ---

Not having Clark was a bigger loss then we knew it was going to be.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-08-2012, 09:15 PM
The Steelers will never use free agency like other teams do. They keep the status quo, way they've always done things, mentality in full swing this offseason. They are so close to the cap that signing big time free agents is virtually out of the question unless you cut several players.

Now guys like Hampton, Farrior, and Smith could be gone which will free up some space but there is a lot to be worked out as we head towards the draft.

Real Deal Steel
01-08-2012, 09:17 PM
Hampton is done. He can't play anymore. Period. I don't want to see Hampton back unless he takes a monster pay cut AND HE BECOMES THE BACKUP!

If Hampton is the starter next year, there is no reason to expect another SB appearance.None. We need pressure on the opposing QB up the middle. Like we used to have.

Iron Paul
01-08-2012, 10:03 PM
We have O-line problems, we have D-line (no pass rush) problems and we have cornerback
problems. We can't solve them all with the draft. It's time the FO join the 21st century
and use free agency. I"m not saying they have to go and get a ton of guys but using it
just a bit will go along way with this team.

And we need to add depth at safety too. Our secondary was lost with out Ryan Clark today. It is not a coincidence that Clark doesn't play and the secondary has it's worse
game of the year.

--- Added 1/8/2012 at 08:09 PM ---

Not having Clark was a bigger loss then we knew it was going to be.
Totally agree! The draft is not the only answer.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-08-2012, 10:17 PM
Big Snack struggled early in the year but had a solid showing since the bye week. The problem is not that Hampton alone was missing but Keisel was gone. When you lose both of those guys and the elder statesman of the defensive line is Ziggy Hood, you have problems.

BlacknGold Bleeder
01-08-2012, 11:36 PM
Big Snack struggled early in the year but had a solid showing since the bye week. The problem is not that Hampton alone was missing but Keisel was gone. When you lose both of those guys and the elder statesman of the defensive line is Ziggy Hood, you have problems.

When your down to your last 3 lineman it is definitely a major problem!!

Destossel
01-09-2012, 02:06 AM
Not going to happen. Id like to think Farrior, Smith and maybe Hampton are done but its hard to fill these holes. steelers still had 16 guys play in Denver who had been there the last time they played in the AFC championship. Denver had only 2 players. Denver had not played a post season game since that game.

This is why the Steelers are competitive year in and year out. They dont panic and they draft well.

Nolrog
01-09-2012, 06:45 AM
Now guys like Hampton, Farrior, and Smith could be gone which will free up some space but there is a lot to be worked out as we head towards the draft.

There's actually a number of players that could be let go. Those three, Hines, Kimo. Don't forget Hoke has what's likely a career ending injury. Foote as well. Some hard decisions needs to be made this off-season.

IMO, the two biggest areas for improvement both deal with pressure on the QB, getting some on D, and stopping it on O. Everything else we do will improve if those do.

JoeSteelerFan
01-09-2012, 06:53 AM
McLendon and Cam Heyward will be a FORCE for us. Ziggy is continuing to improve. I tend to agree, Big Hamp is at the end of his career with the Steelers and not performing even remotely close to what he's being paid. To be honest, I think Hoke was playing a better nose the past 2 years.

Real Deal Steel
01-09-2012, 07:37 PM
McLendon and Cam Heyward will be a FORCE for us. Ziggy is continuing to improve. I tend to agree, Big Hamp is at the end of his career with the Steelers and not performing even remotely close to what he's being paid. To be honest, I think Hoke was playing a better nose the past 2 years.

Hoke was playing better. But we need to be able to push the middle of the pocket. Like we use to do. We haven't been able to do that in a while. Heyward should be ready for some real duty on the DE. But the nose tackle position is at red alert status.

If we could just add one major guy from free agency to address one of those needs, then take a younger guy late in the draft to back that spot up also, it would go along way for us. Using free agency to fix ONE area of need is what I"m talking about.

Same way we used free agency to fix one area of need a long time ago. His name was Jerome Bettis.

steelers75
01-09-2012, 07:45 PM
Same way we used free agency to fix one area of need a long time ago. His name was Jerome Bettis.

Bettis wasn't a free agent acquisition. We gave up a 2nd rounder in '96 and a 4th in '97 to the Rams for him and their 3rd round pick in the '96 draft.

Real Deal Steel
01-09-2012, 07:50 PM
Bettis wasn't a free agent acquisition. We gave up a 2nd rounder in '96 and a 4th in '97 to the Rams for him and their 3rd round pick in the '96 draft.
My bad. But you get the jist of what I mean. Just a smidgen of free agency is all I'm refering to.