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Stlrs4Life
04-04-2007, 04:57 PM
ESPN.co On the Clock: Steelers
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2823927



On the Clock: Pittsburgh SteelersBy Jeremy Green
Scouts Inc.


Through April 20, "SportsCenter" will put every NFL team On The Clock. Scouts Inc. will break down each team and look at what questions still need answering.


Scouts: Free-agent tracker
For a complete list of all of the Steelers' free agents and all their offseason signings, check out Scouts Inc.'s free-agent tracker.
Steelers' free agents
Complete free-agent tracker
It has been said by a lot of experts that this is going to be a transition year for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Longtime head coach Bill Cowher resigned after the 2006 season and has been replaced by the young and inexperienced Mike Tomlin. However, I do not buy into that theory. Regardless of who is calling the shots on the sideline, this is still one of the more talented teams in the AFC, and expectations should be very high. QB Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a disappointing season, but a lot of that can be attributed to the miserable offseason he experienced. After a serious motorcycle accident and then appendectomy surgery prior to Week 1, it was apparent that Big Ben was not going to be 100 percent physically or mentally. However, he is still an excellent starter and has the physical tools to bounce back. The defense will primarily be a 3-4 under holdover defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, but Tomlin has a 4-3 background and will mix things up and keep opposing offenses off balance. Pittsburgh has not been very active this offseason, but that is the nature of the franchise. The Steelers were so successful under Cowher because they built effectively through the draft.


Key additions
The biggest addition for Pittsburgh this offseason was Tomlin. At 35 years old, he is young, but he's extremely talented and is an excellent communicator who can relate to players. He will have big shoes to fill, but Tomlin is more than capable of handling the job. In terms of player movement, Pittsburgh has not been very active. The only free-agent acquisition was former Tampa Bay guard/center Sean Mahan. Mahan has primarily played guard but is an extremely bright player who should be a better fit at center. Playing center will allow Mahan to be singled up more and play on the second level, where he is most effective. The team also re-signed Najeh Davenport, who is a good No. 3 running back and special-teams player; Tyrone Carter, who can play both safety spots and even corner if a disaster occurred; and special-teams standout Chidi Iwuoma.

Mock draft: Bengals
The Pick (No. 15 overall):
DE/OLB Jarvis Moss, Florida

Todd McShay: Moss is a bit raw but a great athlete. Moss is fluid enough to fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker and his frame is big enough to add bulk for when the Steelers eventually move to a 4-3.
Complete mock draft
SportsNation: Mock draft
Vote: Team needs

Key losses
The biggest losses for Pittsburgh came outside the lines. The loss of Cowher, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt (Arizona) and assistant coach Russ Grimm (Arizona) will be tough to overcome. Cowher is a great head coach, Whisenhunt was a solid offensive coordinator and Grimm did an excellent job of building Pittsburgh's offensive line into a dominating unit. However, the new staff is solid as well, and although there might be a few early growing pains, this team has enough talent to overcome that. On the field, the team's biggest losses were OLB Joey Porter (Miami) and C Jeff Hartings (retired). Although the release of Porter was criticized by some, his production was starting to dip (double-digit sacks only once in the last four years). I think Porter's intensity and on-field leadership will be missed more than his playmaking ability. The loss of Hartings will also be felt. He was a solid leader and communicator up front. The other losses include often-injured RB Verron Haynes (released) and Sean Morey, a good special-teams player who went to Arizona. Pittsburgh still has a bunch of unsigned unrestricted free agents, but they will be replaced with younger and more talented players through the draft.


Remaining questions
Pittsburgh will still be a 3-4 defense this season, but as the Steelers move toward the 4-3 in the future the main ingredient they will be lacking is a big-time outside linebacker. If they can find one like Florida State's Lawrence Timmons, who's versatile enough to play in both schemes, it would be a huge bonus. The corner position is also a question mark. Their young corners in particular, Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden, did not play as well last season as they did in 2005. The team could also use another playmaker at wide receiver. Despite the coaching changes, this should not be considered a rebuilding year in Pittsburgh. This team has enough talent to win now.

SteelerNation
04-04-2007, 05:55 PM
ESPN.co On the Clock: Steelers
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2823927



On the Clock: Pittsburgh SteelersBy Jeremy Green
Scouts Inc.


Through April 20, "SportsCenter" will put every NFL team On The Clock. Scouts Inc. will break down each team and look at what questions still need answering.


Scouts: Free-agent tracker
For a complete list of all of the Steelers' free agents and all their offseason signings, check out Scouts Inc.'s free-agent tracker.
Steelers' free agents
Complete free-agent tracker
It has been said by a lot of experts that this is going to be a transition year for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Longtime head coach Bill Cowher resigned after the 2006 season and has been replaced by the young and inexperienced Mike Tomlin. However, I do not buy into that theory. Regardless of who is calling the shots on the sideline, this is still one of the more talented teams in the AFC, and expectations should be very high. QB Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a disappointing season, but a lot of that can be attributed to the miserable offseason he experienced. After a serious motorcycle accident and then appendectomy surgery prior to Week 1, it was apparent that Big Ben was not going to be 100 percent physically or mentally. However, he is still an excellent starter and has the physical tools to bounce back. The defense will primarily be a 3-4 under holdover defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, but Tomlin has a 4-3 background and will mix things up and keep opposing offenses off balance. Pittsburgh has not been very active this offseason, but that is the nature of the franchise. The Steelers were so successful under Cowher because they built effectively through the draft.


Key additions
The biggest addition for Pittsburgh this offseason was Tomlin. At 35 years old, he is young, but he's extremely talented and is an excellent communicator who can relate to players. He will have big shoes to fill, but Tomlin is more than capable of handling the job. In terms of player movement, Pittsburgh has not been very active. The only free-agent acquisition was former Tampa Bay guard/center Sean Mahan. Mahan has primarily played guard but is an extremely bright player who should be a better fit at center. Playing center will allow Mahan to be singled up more and play on the second level, where he is most effective. The team also re-signed Najeh Davenport, who is a good No. 3 running back and special-teams player; Tyrone Carter, who can play both safety spots and even corner if a disaster occurred; and special-teams standout Chidi Iwuoma.

Mock draft: Bengals
The Pick (No. 15 overall):
DE/OLB Jarvis Moss, Florida

Todd McShay: Moss is a bit raw but a great athlete. Moss is fluid enough to fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker and his frame is big enough to add bulk for when the Steelers eventually move to a 4-3.
Complete mock draft
SportsNation: Mock draft
Vote: Team needs

Key losses
The biggest losses for Pittsburgh came outside the lines. The loss of Cowher, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt (Arizona) and assistant coach Russ Grimm (Arizona) will be tough to overcome. Cowher is a great head coach, Whisenhunt was a solid offensive coordinator and Grimm did an excellent job of building Pittsburgh's offensive line into a dominating unit. However, the new staff is solid as well, and although there might be a few early growing pains, this team has enough talent to overcome that. On the field, the team's biggest losses were OLB Joey Porter (Miami) and C Jeff Hartings (retired). Although the release of Porter was criticized by some, his production was starting to dip (double-digit sacks only once in the last four years). I think Porter's intensity and on-field leadership will be missed more than his playmaking ability. The loss of Hartings will also be felt. He was a solid leader and communicator up front. The other losses include often-injured RB Verron Haynes (released) and Sean Morey, a good special-teams player who went to Arizona. Pittsburgh still has a bunch of unsigned unrestricted free agents, but they will be replaced with younger and more talented players through the draft.


Remaining questions
Pittsburgh will still be a 3-4 defense this season, but as the Steelers move toward the 4-3 in the future the main ingredient they will be lacking is a big-time outside linebacker. If they can find one like Florida State's Lawrence Timmons, who's versatile enough to play in both schemes, it would be a huge bonus. The corner position is also a question mark. Their young corners in particular, Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden, did not play as well last season as they did in 2005. The team could also use another playmaker at wide receiver. Despite the coaching changes, this should not be considered a rebuilding year in Pittsburgh. This team has enough talent to win now.

so does that mean they will air everday starting today intill april 20th about the steelers?

BB2W
04-04-2007, 06:13 PM
They are getting ready to do it on Sportscenter...

K Train
04-04-2007, 06:37 PM
yes we have enough talent to win now, and im shocked they had moss and timmons up there and not hall or revis :bigthumb:

i hate the mention of switching to 43, i really dont think its gonna happen, 43 is primitive compared to 34 and once tomlin becomes more acquainted with it...he will probably learn to love it, hes a strategist, hes not gonna up and overhaul our defense...he knows whats hes doin and he has the best d coordinator on his staff.

BB2W
04-04-2007, 06:50 PM
i hate the mention of switching to 43, i really dont think its gonna happen, 43 is primitive compared to 34 and once tomlin becomes more acquainted with it...he will probably learn to love it, hes a strategist, hes not gonna up and overhaul our defense...he knows whats hes doin and he has the best d coordinator on his staff.I think we'll run a hybrid... Tomlin mentioned before how he is lucky to have learned the 4-3 Tampa 2 under Dungy and Kiffin... and now he gets to learn the 3-4 Zone Blitz Under LeBeau. Both are founders of their craft and each system has it's own pros/cons. The more "pros" we can take advantage of the better.

K Train
04-04-2007, 06:54 PM
i have no doubts that it wont be mixed in....but all these experts are guaranteeing that there will be a full time transition...which i dont see happening

DIESELMAN
04-04-2007, 07:30 PM
I'm hoping we stick to the 3-4 until the end of time. If we do switch though, I'm sure Tomlin and LeBeau know the pitfalls of switching drastically, so many teams have scuttled their base in favor of the other one that they've put themselves behind the 8 ball.

introyitrust
04-04-2007, 08:32 PM
On Sportscenter Kiper Jr. said he has the Steelers drafting Revis the CB outta Pitt. @ 1.15. :banging:

K Train
04-04-2007, 08:40 PM
yeah i just watched that on espn.com....**** kiper, hes an assclown anyway.

at least he mentioned timmons, who i would be happy with now that ive read up on him a bit...hes very athletic and played DE for FSU, they switched him to OLB because he was to good at it, so he has pass rushing and coverage expeirence, he sounds like our kind of guy

tony hipchest
04-04-2007, 09:07 PM
i have no doubts that it wont be mixed in....but all these experts are guaranteeing that there will be a full time transition...which i dont see happeningboth tomlin and colbert said the team is commited to the 3-4 at last weeks owner meetings. all the experts who act like they know more than the 2 in charge are fools.

BlitzburghRockCity
04-04-2007, 09:31 PM
both tomlin and colbert said the team is commited to the 3-4 at last weeks owner meetings. all the experts who act like they know more than the 2 in charge are fools.

:iagree: I hate all these people who think they know what we need. Anybody who thinks we need a CB in the 1st round is out of their mind. We didn't invest all this time and money into McFadden and Taylor to just go and draft another CB in the first round. Gimme a break !

And this 43 crap needs to stop too, nobody says we're transitioning into anything. We've got the personal keep running the best 34 as it is now so these so called experts need to check their sources and send their ego's packin !

RckyMtnStlrFan
04-04-2007, 10:23 PM
Stlrs4life:
Good article. Thanks!


Deiselman:
I love the message in your sig!:bigthumb:

SteelerNation
04-04-2007, 10:35 PM
On Sportscenter Kiper Jr. said he has the Steelers drafting Revis the CB outta Pitt. @ 1.15. :banging:

Kipper is a ****face dont worry about what he says . i did here him say that though!

Stlrs4Life
04-05-2007, 05:16 PM
On Sportscenter Kiper Jr. said he has the Steelers drafting Revis the CB outta Pitt. @ 1.15. :banging:



That would be the biggest waste of our 1st pick.

SteelersfaninPhilly
04-06-2007, 12:57 AM
That would be the biggest waste of our 1st pick.


Would it? Townsend is not getting any younger. Who do we have behind Taylor and McFadden? Coc? I believe that they will go LB at 15. But you just never know.

K Train
04-06-2007, 12:59 AM
no, it would be a waste

SteelersfaninPhilly
04-06-2007, 01:00 AM
no, it would be a waste

And you base this on? what if the player the Steelers targeted is not available at 15? What then?

K Train
04-06-2007, 01:10 AM
you cant tell me that Timmons, Spencer and Moss...the top 3 OLbs wont be there, besides i think the next position on our list would be a RB (tomlin said he wants someone to help willie)....that leaves Lynch, then next would be Oline.....Brown might still be there, then we need a WR before corner....**** a corner, i'd be furious