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    Steelers dysfunctional?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...unctional-ways

    Anonymous sources are blasting teammates. Players apparently aren't in shape or focused on winning. Defensive gurus are acting delusional.

    Your 2012 New York Jets? Nope. This is a sudden and stunning review of the state of affairs of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Members of this supposed model franchise are bickering, calling each other out, flocking to radio and television shows in a fashion that would make the Jets blush.

    It's all pretty revealing and alarming.
    Mike Tomlin is a great coach, but he needs to regain the pulse of the team. Leaders have to step up this offseason.

    The 2012 campaign was a topsy-turvy and tumultuous one for the Steelers. Receiver Mike Wallace's selfish and clueless contract dispute -- which didn't result in him gaining one extra penny -- set the tempo. After missing the offseason program, Wallace was ill-prepared for the new offense. He dropped passes and had a miserable -- and likely final -- season in Pittsburgh.

    Running back Rashard Mendenhall was suspended for a game for not being a good teammate -- for essentially not giving a damn. After Ben Roethlisberger threw a decisive late-season pick against the Dallas Cowboys, a blame game with combustible offensive coordinator Todd Haley ensued. Troy Polamalu couldn't stay on the field. James Harrison and Woodley couldn't make a dent in the opposition's offensive line, let alone strike fear in opposing quarterbacks like they had in the past.

    When they lost at home in Week 16 to the "little brother" Cincinnati Bengals, some thought it was an upset. I thought it was easy to predict.

    As things stand now, Pittsburgh is destined for another frustrating campaign. Colbert must cut the cord on the past and eliminate the dead weight for 2013 and beyond. He shouldn't go into rebuilding mode, but the Steelers do need a bit of a makeover.

    The comments made recently by defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau seem as if they came right out of the hyperbolic Rex Ryan playbook.

    LeBeau told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the Steelers could've won the Super Bowl if, like the Ravens, they'd gotten good breaks with their health. That's disrespectful to the Ravens, who never saw cornerback Lardarius Webb return. It's also flat-out wrong.

    Pittsburgh was flawed going into the season, with aging stars and a rare lack of talent, and conducted a failed chemistry experiment. Choosing Haley to run the offense while letting Bruce Arians go was a colossal mistake.

    Hopefully for the great Steelers fans, Colbert doesn't listen to LeBeau. This team needs to change -- especially if it wants to keep up with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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    LeBeau told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the Steelers could've won the Super Bowl if, like the Ravens, they'd gotten good breaks with their health. That's disrespectful to the Ravens, who never saw cornerback Lardarius Webb return. It's also flat-out wrong.
    No it's not wrong. They beat the Byron Leftwich led Steelers by three points. If not for a punt return by Jacoby Jones they lose and they miss the playoffs.

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    Our rivals may have backed into the playoffs, but they came together, in all 3 phases of the game, once they got there.

    We'll do that too, but we better get an infusion of young talent and find a way to extend the collective durability of our veterans.

    I can hardly wait for the draft!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash View Post
    No it's not wrong. They beat the Byron Leftwich led Steelers by three points. If not for a punt return by Jacoby Jones they lose and they miss the playoffs.
    The Steelers beat the Matt Cassell led Chiefs by three points. If not for an INT return by Lawrence Timmons they lose and STILL miss the playoffs.
    Banana Fett !?!? Where???

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    Steelers dysfunctional?

    8-8 season will make a 12-4 year in and year out team say and do silly things... I'm betting every player wishes the season would start tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilPatrickBanana View Post
    The Steelers beat the Matt Cassell led Chiefs by three points. If not for an INT return by Lawrence Timmons they lose and STILL miss the playoffs.
    It was 3rd down, if they throw an incomplete pass they punt and we get the ball.

    We also won't mention the garbage spot the Ravens got in San Diego, nor the missed field goal against New England that was called good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LatrobePA View Post
    8-8 season will make a 12-4 year in and year out team say and do silly things... I'm betting every player wishes the season would start tomorrow.
    I bet they do too. There will be a lot of energy in training camp.

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    As usual, the media stirred this any hill into Mt. Everest. Let's face it, there is a lot of tension around the Steelers lately. From inevitable cuts, to an underachieving season, the Steelers are walking a tight rope right now. . .Keep in mind that although there are some key players on defense who are "old", the Steelers are one of the youngest teams in the NFL offensively, and have a lot of young guys on defense who are trying to find their way as leaders.

    They'll be fine. However, a private gag order might be nice.

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    But they are wasting their offensive talent by handcuffing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BstripeYpaint View Post
    Our rivals may have backed into the playoffs, but they came together, in all 3 phases of the game, once they got there.

    We'll do that too, but we better get an infusion of young talent and find a way to extend the collective durability of our veterans.

    I can hardly wait for the draft!
    Dude, I spent 100 hours over the past 3 months looking at the draft. THERE AIN'T NOTHIN THERE!!!
    Tyrann Mathieu is the best player in the draft. Okafor is 2nd. After that, I don't see any NFL starters, but a whole lot of okay prospects. Mostly linemen from the SEC.

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