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    Steeler flaws exposed and on display

    By Dale Lolley
    For SteelCityInsider.com
    Posted Jan 6, 2008

    Saturday night’s playoff loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers was a microcosm of the team’s season.

    They gave up a long kickoff return, failed to get anything out of their own return game, couldn’t run the ball to ice the clock, and the defense failed to stop the Jaguars late in the game with everything on the line.

    Yep, that’s the 2007 Steelers in a nutshell.

    But there’s nothing wrong with this team a few offseason moves can’t fix.

    The Steelers don’t need a total overhaul on their offensive line, they just need to make a move or two there – starting with getting Sean Mahan out of the starting lineup.

    Mahan is a good guy to have around on game days because he can play some center and guard. But he proved this season he’s not somebody to be counted on in a game-in, game-out basis.

    The Steelers can fix that problem, however, by sliding Kendall Simmons – who played some very good football in the second half of this season – to center, moving Willie Colon to guard and re-signing Max Starks to play right tackle.

    The fact that the coaching staff didn’t make that move during the season may be its biggest mistake of 2007.

    Even when Jacksonville lost defensive tackle John Henderson early in the first quarter of the game, Mahan wasn’t even what would pass for adequate, getting pushed around by Grady Jackson and Rob Meier. That kind of stuff can’t happen.

    But all season long, Tomlin talked about going with his gut feeling on decisions. In this case, his gut should have told him that kick from the 12 was the right play.

    The Steelers clearly had the momentum at that point and Jacksonville still hadn’t topped 200 yards of total offense.

    There was no reason to think that the Steelers wouldn’t come down and score another touchdown – which they did – and trying to score from the 12 just wasn’t the right call to make at that point.

    Had the Steelers kicked there, they wouldn’t have needed to go for two after their next touchdown. They would have been up three points just by kicking the PAT.

    “If I had a crystal ball and I knew we were going to lose by two, I probably would have kicked the extra point,” said Tomlin.

    There was nothing wrong with the two runs by Najeh Davenport, even though they netted just four yards.

    But the third-down keeper by Roethlisberger was a real clunker.

    Jacksonville called timeout after the second-down run and the QB sweep was what the Steelers came up with.

    “There was, particularly on the third-down play,” said Tomlin when asked if throwing the ball was discussed on that possession. “That was something we worked on all week and we felt good about it. We actually had the look and we didn’t execute it. Good job by them.”

    Perhaps inserting Woodley into this defense and getting a healthy Aaron Smith back is all this defense needs to be special again.

    The Steelers will make a strong effort to keep Faneca, who was tearing up when talking about the possibility of this being his last game in Pittsburgh.

    The Steelers have about a month to get something done before the end of the playoffs. Look for them to try hard to make it happen.

    Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter

    Good article. Definitely need to get rid of Mahan, thats a given! Let Haggan go and Woodley can more than fill in at that position. First we need to resign our own pro-bowl caliber OG Alan Faneca, then we need to go out and sign a QUALITY veteran O-lineman and draft another in the first round. I think we could also use another ILB, DE and a special teams kick returner.
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    Probably more than half of that offensive line can can go for all I care.. which probably at least half of them will be gone anyways!

    If the line does have something against Big Ben then they better get the air cleaned this off season because it's just a bunch of crap... plus Ben didn't help matters much because he did get greedy... he needs to learn to take what the defense is giving rather than trying to always go big.

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    i don't like the idea of simmons at center, sure he may have played good second half of the season, but that was at guard not center, center is probably a lot harder to play, we need to get a legit player that can play center not the bitches we have now
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    It's time to look at the draft and find the next center that is going to anchor this team for a long time to come. If they go after another free-agent then they'll be right back to where they are now. More often than not a team is letting that player walk for a reason!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ_Steeler View Post
    It's time to look at the draft and find the next center that is going to anchor this team for a long time to come. If they go after another free-agent then they'll be right back to where they are now. More often than not a team is letting that player walk for a reason!
    exactly what i said from the moment they announced that they had signed this bum
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    Im not convinced we need a total overhaul on the OL but I am convinced and have been convinced that drafting a Center on Day 1 is imperative; as you all mentioned as well.

    I think putting Max back at RT, Colon at RG and letting Simmons battle it out with him would be a good idea. If we could bring back Alan and get him a decent Center to play beside he will be worth the money we give him again.

    Other than Center my main concern is LT where Marvel is hurt all the time. Is Essex the answer? I don't know for sure but I do think Trai answerd the call tonight and played pretty well.

    I watched that interview with Alan and he just seemed worn out and sad as all hell that he might not be back. Emotions were crazy after that game so after some time to chill out the team may be able to bring him back but at the same time they will have to pay for him because he's not going to give them any kind of discount at this point I don't think.

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    Sean Mahan has so got to go. He is a bum. More than any place on the line that's where defenses get through.


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    the thing is mahan was brought n 2 replace faneca, the steelers signed him 2 an 5 year deal , this is what should happen they either draft an right tackle,or sign one n free agent move colon 2 guard, move kendall 2 center ,an marvel should b healed up by next year, we need 2 trade willie willie has no vision, we need 2 show haggans, an foote the door fast, we need 2 get 1 shut down corner n free agent draft, we need o-line an d-line depth, we need 2 find an real power back, ben needs 2 add some curls 2 his weight lifting program, we need 2 switch 2 tomlins defens or bring n rex ryan,we need 2 get an quality special teams coach, an we need an real o-line coach..................we need an c.b like mathis some one who will make an play on the ball.................if we make the right changes n the off season we will b fine trust me.....GO STEELERS

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    Mahan did try out at Guard and Center, it almost seemed like they couldn't decide where to put him and when Simmons was obviously going to win the Guard job back they made Okobi a scape goat and let him go. Mahan won't be let go after just 1 year but I seriously hope this team realizes his days at Center are over if we want to go anywhere in 2008.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prosdo View Post
    Sean Mahan has so got to go. He is a bum. More than any place on the line that's where defenses get through.
    ben was getting sacked by a 3rd string nose tackle because mahan couldn't guard a dead polecat.
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