Chattin’ Thread for the Week of Sept. 5

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

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  • GlennW

    I don’t like looking too far into the future, but we appear to be catching yet another scheduling break by facing Indianapolis in Week 3, when Peyton Manning will likely be either a scratch or at less than normal effectiveness.  Regardless, this is one weak schedule on paper– both the NFC West and AFC South (with the Jags cutting Garrard being the latest shoe to drop) are looking rough right now.  Add to that the consensus opinion that the Steelers are in much better shape in dealing with the effects of the lockout than most teams, and expectations are sky high.  Hopefully we don’t succumb to complacency and/or injuries, which has happened before when the preseason prognosis appeared almost too good to be true (e.g. 2006, 2009).

    • Cols714

      Yeah. It’s weird. I think this Steelers team is much better than last year’s team and normally I’d be totally pumped about the easy schedule and all. However since they’ve just been to the Super Bowl and I know their and other team’s history the year after, I’m having a hard time believing in this team.

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

        Wait, I thought the Steelers had a clean slate in 2011 because they lost the Super Bowl. The curse only happens after they win. There’s a very good chance they’ll go 16-0. 

        See, nothing to worry about!

        • Mike_Rav

          I’d like to have a child with your optimism and name it Limas. (Sighs to self) Ohhhh Limas. I miss you.

  • Anonymous

    Football Outsiders, my favorite non-Steelers-specific football site, seems to like the Steelers a lot this season. I put more stock in them than in other “power rankings” because they charm my programmer’s soul with math (and blind me with science).

    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2011/2011-dvoa-projections

    • Anonymous

      I just noticed that they think the Steelers have the second easiest schedule in the league, and the easiest in their division. They came in first in the AFC North, so they have to play other #1s, so how, one might ask, do they get an easier schedule than the other three teams in the division? Simple, it turns out, those other three teams have to play the Steelers twice, and the Steelers do not.

      • bengt

        …and the Steelers get the Chiefs, not  the Chargers, as one of their #1s.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    There will probably be too much demand for him to make it happen, and he’s probably not ready to be a backup yet. But Garrard would make a good version of Leftwich 2.0.

    • Dean Keaton

      What you talkin’ about, Willis?

      • Dean Keaton

        That was a mock reaction of Byron (he looks like Gary Coleman)

  • Fantrappedindelaware

    ELSM,

    I agree that we sign Garrard.  If only to insure that we do not have to face him. 

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Ryan, isn’t one of your gigs with a Ravens blogger or something like that?  Any idea how much fire there is behind reports of Flacco-Cameron rift? http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/blog/2011/03/harbaugh_not_concerned_about_flaccocameron_relationship.html

  • SteelerBill

    Special congrats to Mr. Ryan Wilson and the birth of his son – Ben Troy Silverback Big Snack Wilson (seriously that’s his name)

    • Sgandt

      Congratulations, Ryan and family!

      In the unlikely event SteelerBill is incorrect, I just might take that name as my own. Chad OC would be purple with envy (child please, Chad).

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Congrats, Ryan and family!

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

      Why are we congratulating Ryan Mundy’s family?

      Congrats, Ryan et al.

  • Anonymous

    Polamalu locked up for four years. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6951906/troy-polamalu-pittsburgh-steelers-agree-four-year-contract

    • Cols714

      woohoo!!!
      What a fantastic off season for the Steelers. SB window is wide open.

      Of course Ted would have used Jedi mind tricks to sign him for much less than whatever he signed for.

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      Terrific news. And another great job by Omar Khan, with only $10.5mm in guaranteed money. He managed to sign Troy and Juan for about the same guaranteed money as the Jets gave David Harris alone. Assuming he stays healthy, Troy should also be able to give us cap relief in future years by restructuring for guaranteed money before a season.

  • Rob D

    Polamalu signing is great news. Steeler for life.

    I think he is due for some luck with re: to injuries. Everyone remembers the greats of the past playing every game but guess what? They got hurt too and missed games as well. Troy plays one way..all out. I love him for that and will roll the dice with him any time..he is one of the biggest difference makers the Steelers have ever had.