SL Discussion Thread for Week of Feb. 14

Your thread to talk about … whatever you want.

– This past Sunday was the first Sunday since early September that I didn’t role out of bed, instantly put on a Steelers jersey and have a beer at 11:30 in the morning. It was pointed out to me that I could have still done those things, but without having anything to yell at on TV it just wouldn’t be the same.

So here we are, one week into the offseason.

– Gerry Dulac grades the Steelers 2010 performance position by position. As expected for a team that was one drive away from winning the Super Bowl, there’s a lot of A’s and B’s on it.  [Post-Gazette]

You can discuss that, and anything else on your  mind this week right here. We’ll be sure to add some more links as the week goes on.

– And for some random YouTube action… the very first highlight video I’ve ever found dedicated to Casey Hampton. Big Snack gets it done.

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  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    It is funny how the end of year grades are higher than the regular season game grades. Winning, or at least making it to the Super Bowl, makes everything seem better in retrospect.

  • SteelerBill

    Aaughhh…I’m still not over it….I know I know…it just bothers me….perhaps I just need time. Maybe the Draft….not sure what….Yes, it was a great year….hang on, I’m going to bang my head in to the wall again..

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    SB, in terms of the stages of grief, I’m mostly still in denial. Until I see highlights and realize how open Mwelde was on 3rd and 5 and Heath was on 4th and anger kicks back in. I wish I had another solution other than heavy drinking.

  • Cols714

    Lost in the Oh my god our defensive backs suck conversation is the fact that the Steelers were really good against the pass this year.

    While I agree that we need a new talented DB, even if we don’t get one we will still have a really good defense.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone else see anonymous as the poster for all “recent comments” on the right pane other than those by the site’s writers?

    • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

      Yep. Not sure why that’s happening.

  • Anonymous

    So what were people’s most enjoyable games/moments of the year?

    Mine:

    I really liked the Titans game. Kind of like watching the defense play completely by itself for an entire game … and win!

    The two victories over the Ravens. The comeback in the divisional round will live forever, I think, once we get over the SB loss. The second half of that game was probably the emotional high point of the entire season.

    I have a fondness for the Steelers’ trampling of the Raiders as well, though maybe that was just to make up for the ugly low that came after the Patriots whipped up on the defense.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Tequila, the second half of the playoff win over the Ravens and the first half of the AFCCG (and the end of the game) were both phenomenal. The fact that they were my first two Steelers playoff games in person after rooting for the team since I could walk in the 70s made them all the sweeter.

  • Cols714

    I’m with ELSM, the Jet and Ravens wins were my favorites. Probably the Ravens playoff game was my favorite of the year.

    I still keep thinking about the pass to Wallace that Ben missed, the fumble by Mendy, and the inability in the 4th quarter to make a stop on 3rd and 10 in the SB.

    • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

      I still keep thinking about the pass to Wallace that Ben missed, the fumble by Mendy, and the inability in the 4th quarter to make a stop on 3rd and 10 in the SB.

      ALL REASONS WHY THE STEELERS NEED TO TAKE A CB IN THE FIRST ROUND!

      /propaganda

      • Anonymous

        …after resigning that fella from Swaggin U.

  • Cols714

    I’m pretty amazed at how thoughtful the conversation has been on most Steelers’ sites since they lost the Super Bowl. Usually after a loss it’s all about how Arians needs to be fired and that this shows the Steelers aren’t any good.

    This loss though? Most people have been pretty upbeat about the team going forward. It’s nice for a change. Go fans!

    • Randy Steele

      Agree on all your points, Cols, as usual.

      One of the reasons I most like being a Steelers’ fan is because I generally like other Steelers’ fans. I know I’m courting peril with over-generalizations, but fans of the Steelers tend to be the most football savvy sports fans out there.

      Sure, we have our moments, but all in all, good people gravitate toward good teams.

    • RoB D

      I seem to be hearing from many fellow Steeler fans that they overachieved this year, given all the injuries, offseason chaos, and general wear and tear. Tomlin is still a young coach learning the ropes, they introduced a bunch of kids like Brown, Sanders and Pouncey to go along with youngish studs like Ziggy, Timmons to go along with Ben, Troy, Harrison, Woodley, Ike, Kiesel, etc.

      I think the reasons to be optimistic are many. We had a lot of changes in coaches and players and got to the SB despite all of it.

      Personally, I think if we kill it at this year’s draft like last year we are in for another 3-4 years of great stuff from this team. And maybe a lot of other people agree.

  • SteelerBill

    Cols..you bring up a really good point…we have a pretty football educated fanbase that sees the glass as more than half full. We still have plenty of talent on this team – and wound up in a game that nobody saw us in 6 months ago…..

  • John S.

    Draft related question – if he’s available at the end of the first round, would you take Mike Pouncey even though his draft stock is probably inflated because of Maurkice’s success?

    • Anonymous

      That depends entirely on who else is left. I would definitely have him in the running.

    • Cols714

      Nope.

  • New Eric

    I hear and read a lot about that 3rd and 10 pass that Rodgers made in the 4th quarter to extend the Packers last scoring drive. While it was a great play, it did not bother me too much at the time, and is not one of the points I dwelled on much afterwards. This is because the end of the game set up almost perfectly in my opinion. While the last Steelers drive (starting with the kickoff return) were, in reality, executed very poorly, after the Steelers had held the Packers to a field goal, I was very confident that Ben would lead the team down to score and not leave hardly any time on the clock. The game was in the hands of the offense, and this is what I would have wanted going into the game. Had Rodgers and the Packers missed on the 3rd and 10, they would have punted giving the Steelers great field position. However, even if the Steelers would have tied (field goal) or gone ahead (touchdown) at that point, it would have left way too much time for the Packers to methodically move down the field. Anyway, this is just a long way of saying that I wasn’t all that bothered by the 3rd and 10 conversion as many folks seem to be.

  • Cols714

    It’d be nice if the Steelers signed recently cut safety OJ Atogwe from St. Louis. One FA quality FA safety and one drafted CB would do wonders for the secondary.