Chattin’ Thread for the Week of Aug. 22

Consider this a thread for chattin’. Off you go…

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  • Mike_Rav

    Does anybody else have the weird feeling that something ends up happening to Hines this year? Either a bad injury to his already dodgy knees or maybe he retires after a (fingers crossed) successful Super Bowl season? Every since Jericho signed, I just get this feeling that he’s the “New Hines.” I can’t imagine a Steeler’s roster without Hines Ward on it, but if something happens to him or Jericho somehow ends up getting targeted a bunch by Ben and ends up playing out of his mind, not having Hines around starts to seem a little real.

  • Hoffstra323

     I think Hines will be okay… He is a great representative of what steelers football is all about. In the future he will need to take a pay cut and accept a lesser role in the offense. However, This all depends on how long he wants to be a part of the organization. He still has a lot to offer, and its guys like Hines that show you don’t need to have blazing speed to be an effective receiver. Not much has changed about his game. As long as the steelers are playing winning football I think Hines is happy. In my opinion he is a realist, and has been looking for guys to step up and take some of the load off of his shoulders. The man knows how to get open when a play breaks down, and with our offensive line that happens a lot. He will always be a red zone threat because of his ability to go over the middle. He is still the greatest blocking wide receiver in the game, and that will always be a huge asset to our run game. you just cant replace a guy like Hines ward, and Pittsburgh knows that.

    • Robert Dean

      I agree with you. He has the skills to make the hard but necessary plays for TDs and is still a devastating blocker. He has the heart to teach the young players and is an emotional leader of the team. If he had been the target of the last three plays of the Super Bowl (like he did before half time), we would today be cheering our 7th super bowl and looking for our 8th.

    • Robert Dean

      I agree with you. He has the skills to make the hard but necessary plays for TDs and is still a devastating blocker. He has the heart to teach the young players and is an emotional leader of the team. If he had been the target of the last three plays of the Super Bowl (like he did before half time), we would today be cheering our 7th super bowl and looking for our 8th.

    • Robert Dean

      I agree with you. He has the skills to make the hard but necessary plays for TDs and is still a devastating blocker. He has the heart to teach the young players and is an emotional leader of the team. If he had been the target of the last three plays of the Super Bowl (like he did before half time), we would today be cheering our 7th super bowl and looking for our 8th.

    • Robert Dean

      I agree with you. He has the skills to make the hard but necessary plays for TDs and is still a devastating blocker. He has the heart to teach the young players and is an emotional leader of the team. If he had been the target of the last three plays of the Super Bowl (like he did before half time), we would today be cheering our 7th super bowl and looking for our 8th.

    • Robert Dean

      I agree with you. He has the skills to make the hard but necessary plays for TDs and is still a devastating blocker. He has the heart to teach the young players and is an emotional leader of the team. If he had been the target of the last three plays of the Super Bowl (like he did before half time), we would today be cheering our 7th super bowl and looking for our 8th.

  • Anonymous

    How many bad right guards is one team allowed to have on its roster?

  • Mike_Rav

    I’m all for signing Essex back assuming he got the minimun. The organization is at least familiar with what he’s going to do wrong, how he’s going to do it wrong, and in what situation. With the younger guys they have, there’s no telling what to expect.

  • Cols714

    So let me get this straight. Albert Haynesworth pleads no contest to molesting a waitress and the NFL does not suspend him at all?

    The Patriots really do get away with a lot of shit.

    • Anonymous

      The NFL did punish the Patriots. They must now agonize over whether to play Haynesworth until mid season when he the fact that he’s just not been trying the last four games finally sinks in.

    • GlennW

      If this is somehow a comparison to the trouble Roethlisberger found himself in (and yes, I know that Ben was convicted of nothing) I’m not buying in.  “Molestation” is a very misleading description of the charge for which Haynesworth pleaded no contest to.  Rather the offense was “simple assault” for the crime of sliding a credit card down the waitress’s bra.  I would equate such an offense as more along the lines of some of the charges brought against Plaxico (as a Steeler), Santonio Holmes, and even James Harrison, none of which carried NFL-sanctioned suspensions either.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

    PFT says that Timmons has been extended for 5 years.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Dale Lolley doesn’t think Ricardo Colcolough (or Anthony Smith) was a bust. http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/sports11/08-23-2011-Steelers-column

  • Anonymous

    I saw this video and thought Torrey Smith showed a quick break and muppet-like agility.
    http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/torrey_smith_interview_during_east_coast_56_earthquake/6326344?refmod=backyard

  • TO

    See the PG today where the coaches were blaming Pouncey for Gilbert coming to camp injured and out of shape?  Since when does an NFL team rely on the players, let alone a 21-year old rookie to make draft picks for them? 

    • Anonymous

      How it really happened:
      Colbert: Maurkice, what do you think of these players you played with closely in college?
      Pouncey: This is what I think…
      Colbert: [files away the data with the other mountain of scouting reports]
      Gilbert: What’s up guys? I’m out of shape.
      Kugler: You need to get in shape, Gilbert.
      Tomlin: Maurkice, this guy’s your friend right? Set him straight.
      Pouncey: Marcus, be a professional not a doofus.
      [scene]

  • Bkanthem

    I thought the Steelers looked like they should; great on defense with the  front 7. The Corners were poor except for Warren, and Lewis in spots; these 20 yard cushions are killing me…and the O line was terrible…again

    • Cols714

      Enough already with the cushions thing. Listening to Steelers fans complain about this is getting ridiculous. They’ve played that way since LeBeau returned and have had a top 5 defense in pretty much every year. Let it go. They need more talent in the secondary, the scheme is probably just fine.

      • Anonymous

        Alternatively, portions of the scheme are designed around the particular talents of the players. Look at Ike Taylor’s cushion patterns and note how it differs from other CBs.

        • Cols714

          This is most likely true.

          • Anonymous

            A thought: There are probably two different forms of the desire for smaller cushions. The first is the wish that the CBs would play closer to the line more often. The second is the wish that they had CBs capable of playing closer to the line.

          • Anonymous

            A thought: There are probably two different forms of the desire for smaller cushions. The first is the wish that the CBs would play closer to the line more often. The second is the wish that they had CBs capable of playing closer to the line.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Pittsburgh radio said Tomlin is 15-5 in the preseason. The exhibitions don’t mean much, but it does mean Tomlin’s teams are prepared and play to win.