Morning Links (and Daily Thread)…

A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.

– And so it (sorta) begins: auditions are being held today for Skippy’s job. [Tribune-Review]

– Would the offensive line be better if Flozell moved to left tackle? [Behind the Steel Curtain]

– Expect a lot of teams to try to beat the Steelers the same way the Patriots did. [Post-Gazette]

– Recapping Sunday night’s debaclement. [Us]

And for your random Steelers YouTube Magic: the opening 10 minutes of the 1975 AFC Championship game: Raiders vs. Steelers.

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  • Anonymous

    Nice film.


    Guys, if you have the film to chop it, I am interested on the personnel that the D used during the first 3 quarters…on first and second downs…I think that we were operating with the base 3-4 guys…and my thinking was/is that in order to give the Pats some fits, you need to have 4 down linemen, including 2 rush ends, and drop the rest (basically a nickel package with two cover LB’s)…I kept thinking on having Woodley and Timmons as rush ends, with Ziggy and Eason as tackles…anyway, if you could run that, I would appreciate it…I do think that our defensive strategy was not aligned with the rival’s potential…

    • Bigswa

      Unless you can get the cut up that the NFL provides it’s hard to see defensive alignments.

  • Cols714

    And Jeff Reed is gone.

  • countertorque

    OK, I’m over it. I took my medicine from all my happy Pats friends. We’re 6-3. As Steelerbill says, we can only beat the Raiders this week. Despite the fact that Big Ben has performed horribly against the Raiders (he’s 0-2, right?), I’m cautiously optimistic.

    There’s no need to concern myself with whether the Steelers can win the SB or not. I didn’t think they would win a single playoff game in 2005.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    The odds are low that any given team will win the Super Bowl, so it is easy to predict failure and be right most of the time. We’re all rending our garments this week, but so were Pats most fans as of Sunday at 8pm. Hopefully we’ll figure out how to fix our flaws or at least patch them over, as we did when we hoisted Lombardis twice recently.

  • jkeep

    One major problem with the pass rush was the olbers and willy gay were biting on the playaction fake which they should have disregarded and continued to rush. Lebeau’s philosophy is to stop the run and prevent the big pass. The problem with Brady is that he is so accurate he hits his underneath guys in stride and the dfense has trouble keeping everything is front of them to make the tackles. The Pats were getting 8 to nine yards with the short game on 1st down consistently which makes life tough. Also, we were only rushing three and dropping 8 way too much. Hopefully, its a wake up call and the team pulls together its seems this team plays much better with a chip on their shoulders. The Steelers play has been declining ever week since the Browns and injuries are starting to mount with an aging roster.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    jkeep, I agree with almost everything you wrote. My quibble is that while D does have a high average age, I wouldn’t describe the roster as aging. Out of 53 players, 6 have 10+ years in the league. There are 16 rookies and yr 1 and yr 2 players, and 11 guys in yr 3-5. Of our biggest injuries (Colon, Smith, Starks), only Smith is an “old” player.