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    Training camp goals

    1. Adjust to the new offense
    Bruce Arians was promoted from receivers coach to coordinator and, not surprisingly, wants to involve the receivers more. He will open up the offense, even using four wide receivers on first and second downs on occasion.
    Arians also will put more responsibility on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's shoulders — he will call any changes in blocking protections at the line of scrimmage, something that was done by linemen in the past.
    Under Bill Cowher, the Steelers ran more than anyone over the past three seasons after recommitting to the run in 2004. This came after a disastrous 2003 season when they threw the ball all over the place. As long as Roethlisberger does not do a Tommy Maddox imitation, the search for balance might do well for the offense.
    2. Settle on an offensive line
    Only two starting jobs are secure and one of those unhappily so by left guard Alan Faneca. Marvel Smith also is set at left tackle, but the other three positions are up for grabs.
    The Steelers signed Sean Mahan from Tampa Bay to be their starting center, although they've made it look as though there is competition for the job with longtime backup Chukky Okobi.
    Kendall Simmons has had to fight to keep his job at right guard from a bid by Chris Kemoeatu. Simmons, entering the final year of his contract, had a great spring; now he needs a good summer to go with it.
    Max Starks has started at right tackle the past two years but will be challenged by Willie Colon, a fourth-round draft choice last year.
    3. Find a pass rush
    The outside linebackers traditionally have been stars of the Steelers' 3-4 pass rush, but they've not been so the past few years. That's one reason Joey Porter was released. The best pressure from Pittsburgh's defense actually has come from its defensive ends, Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel.
    James Harrison moves into Porter's spot at right outside linebacker after years as a backup. Coordinator Dick LeBeau will move Keisel around on defense to take advantage of his athletic ability and his pass rush. Keisel will play from a three-point stance but also move up on the outside and inside.
    Rookie LaMarr Woodley, their second-round draft choice, should see plenty of time as a pass rusher in their dime defense from the left side, a job starting outside linebacker Clark Haggans has held. Coach Mike Tomlin wants to keep his pass rushers fresh and he likes what Woodley can give him in the pass defenses.
    So looking forward to this.
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    Rookie LaMarr Woodley, their second-round draft choice, should see plenty of time as a pass rusher in their dime defense from the left side, a job starting outside linebacker Clark Haggans has held. Coach Mike Tomlin wants to keep his pass rushers fresh and he likes what Woodley can give him in the pass defenses.
    What is really starting to bother me is that we are not hearing anything about our first round pick(Gee I can't remember his name.....Oh yeah Timmons) Woodley should play like a first rounder after all the ink he is getting from the press.

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    This weekend!!!!

    IMO the pass rush will still be there. I'm pleased with the draft picks the Steelers picked up and no matter who's in there the Steelers defense usually gets the job done. I think the fourth goal should be to get the settle on the secondary with the corners and safeties.. Smith NEEDS to be lined up next to Troy

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerSal View Post
    What is really starting to bother me is that we are not hearing anything about our first round pick(Gee I can't remember his name.....Oh yeah Timmons) Woodley should play like a first rounder after all the ink he is getting from the press.

    If timmons can get on the field....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captcoolhand View Post
    So looking forward to this.
    These three questions are the biggest in my mind also....If those three questions are answered during the season then the Steelers season should be a very good one.....

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    Timmons has had one of those naggin *** hammy injuries. Its better to rest him now and maybe miss a few games then to push that and it get worse. Getting the OL settled and working as one should be the biggest of them all, without cohesion, we'll be looking like last year or worse.


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    Arians also will put more responsibility on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's shoulders — he will call any changes in blocking protections at the line of scrimmage, something that was done by linemen in the past.
    It's about time they give Ben the riegn to make the calls. I just hope that He has learn enough about reading defences.
    Ya..... I'm sure he has. He's no Tim Couch
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    4. Stay relatively injury free

    5. Conditioning, conditoning, conditioning!

    I'm A "Champion"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stlrs4Life View Post
    4. Stay relatively injury free

    5. Conditioning, conditoning, conditioning!
    6. don't get arrested ...oh uh wait we aren't the bungholes lmao!!

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    We need to develop a good number 3 WR Washington did good last year but I have been waiting to see Young (if he is still on the roster) he showed alot of skill before his injury and peronally i cant stand Wilson

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