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Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Crankshaft on Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:58 am

The NFL Season is here and the Steelers are kicking off this Sunday.

Jason La Canfora had a great Season Preview on CBSSports.com. You can read it here: http://goo.gl/17BWfk

Offense:
Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley are on the same page. Their communication issues are a thing of the past and, while it's still possible things get combustible at times on the sidelines, they at least now have a foundation of a relationship to move forward after any potential fireworks.

Moving Emmanuel Sanders out of the slot and to the wing with Mike Wallace gone will be a good thing, and they have two slot weapons in Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Markus Wheaton. That's key, because tight end Heath Miller, who thrived under Haley last year, was on the PUP list and the options at tight end are hardly overwhelming.

More than anything else, the Steelers will get back their balance on the ground, The re-shuffled offensive line is younger and more athletic -- key attributes given Tomlin's mandate to incorporate more zone stretch plays. Once rookie running back Le'Veon Bell gets himself healthy -- he's currently down with a foot injury -- the team could have the kind of franchise back that used to be synonymous with Pittsburgh football. When he's 100 percent, he can run you over, or run away from you.


Defense:
I find myself wondering a little but about this secondary. Troy Polamalu appears to be at the end of his run. Fellow safety Ryan Clark is so smart, and that bodes well, but he isn't getting any younger, either. Top corner Ike Taylor is on the wrong side of 30 as well. Look for teams to keep trying to spread the Steelers out and attack the depth corners, especially if the pass rush isn't up to the normal impeccable standards.

The Steelers also are without some long time stars in outside linebacker James Harrison and nose tackle Casey Hampton, and it's time for guys like Cam Heyward and Ziggy Hood, recent high picks, to solidify the defensive line. Bottom line is this group led the NFL in yards allowed a year ago and were sixth in points allowed, and should be better. LaMarr Woodley, much like Terrell Suggs in Baltimore, seems primed to get back to top form. Look for rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones to ignite the rush on the opposite side.

With Dick LeBeau calling the shots, the Steelers will be aggressive. If they can limit the big plays against them, good times are ahead.


Steelers Schedule
01 - 09/08 - vs Image - 1:00pm CBS
02 - 09/16 - at Image - 8:40pm ESPN
03 - 09/22 - vs Image - 8:30pm NBC
04 - 09/29 - at Image - 1:00pm CBS*
***BYE WEEK***
06 - 10/13 - at Image - 1:00pm CBS
07 - 10/20 - vs Image - 4:25pm CBS
08 - 10/27 - at Image - 4:05pm CBS
09 - 11/03 - at Image - 4:25pm CBS
10 - 11/10 - vs Image - 1:00pm CBS
11 - 11/17 - vs Image - 1:00pm FOX
12 - 11/24 - at Image - 1:00pm CBS
13 - 11/28 - at Image - 8:30pm NBC
14 - 12/08 - vs Image - 1:00pm CBS
15 - 12/18 - vs Image - 8:30pm NBC
16 - 12/22 - at Image - 4:25pm CBS
17 - 12/29 - vs Image - 1:00pm CBS

*Week 4 against Minnesota will be played in London, England.

AFC North Rankings
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    TEAM        W-L   DIVISION   STREAK
1   Steelers    0-0     0-0        -
1   Ravens      0-0     0-0        -
1   Bengals     0-0     0-0        -
1   Browns      0-0     0-0        -


LGP User Season Predictions
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Rylan.........................11-5
viva la ben...................11-5
Froggy........................10-6
Ian Moran.....................10-6
Troy Loney....................10-6
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Chefpatrick871.................9-7
Letang is the Truth............9-7
Sam's Drunk Dog................9-7
shafnutz05.....................9-7
slappybrown....................9-7
Pens Fan Since 1970............7-9
Why Not Us.....................7-9
Beveridge......................6-9-1
Crankshaft.....................6-10
Free Candy.....................6-10
jprolley.......................6-10
largegarlic....................6-10
Rocco..........................6-10
columbia.......................5-11
idoit40fans....................5-11
MRandall25.....................4-12
Kaizer.........................2-14
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Crankshaft on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:00 am

Also, I figured it would be fun if we all gave our predictions for the year and I can put them in the OP.

Personally, I think we're in for a 6-10 season. The offensive line is going to fail and the defense is just not what it used to be. Post your predictions and I'll keep record in the OP.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:07 am

Week 1 Titans W
Week 2 @Bengals L
Week 3 Bears L
Week 4 @Vikings L
Week 5 Bye
Week 6 @Jets W
Week 7 Ravens L
Week 8 @Raiders L
Week 9 @Patriots L
Week 10 Bills W
Week 11 Lions L
Week 12 @Browns L
Week 13 @Ravens L
Week 14 Dolphins W
Week 15 Bengals L
Week 16 @Packers L
Week 17 Browns W

5-11 I think?
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:09 am

9-7
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby MRandall25 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:10 am

4-12 ± 2
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Troy Loney on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:12 am

I say 10-6.

Ravens will have a huge superbowl hangover compounded with heavy personnel losses to give them a built in excuse.
Bengals are always at their worst when people have high expectations for them.
Cleveland is going to be a PITA, they'll keep games close but they'll lose a lot of close games cause they wont be able to convert on offense when it's absolutely needed.

I also predict i'll watch less than 5 games this year.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:12 am

Week 1 Titans W
Week 2 @Bengals L
Week 3 Bears L
Week 4 @Vikings W
Week 5 Bye
Week 6 @Jets W
Week 7 Ravens L
Week 8 @Raiders W
Week 9 @Patriots L
Week 10 Bills W
Week 11 Lions W
Week 12 @Browns L
Week 13 @Ravens L
Week 14 Dolphins W
Week 15 Bengals W
Week 16 @Packers L
Week 17 Browns W

9-7
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby jprolley on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:15 am

Week 1 Titans W
Week 2 @Bengals L
Week 3 Bears L
Week 4 @Vikings W
Week 5 Bye
Week 6 @Jets L
Week 7 Ravens L
Week 8 @Raiders L
Week 9 @Patriots L
Week 10 Bills W
Week 11 Lions W
Week 12 @Browns L
Week 13 @Ravens L
Week 14 Dolphins W
Week 15 Bengals L
Week 16 @Packers L
Week 17 Browns W

6-10
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby slappybrown on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:22 am

shafnutz05 wrote:Week 1 Titans W
Week 2 @Bengals L
Week 3 Bears L
Week 4 @Vikings W
Week 5 Bye
Week 6 @Jets W
Week 7 Ravens L
Week 8 @Raiders W
Week 9 @Patriots L
Week 10 Bills W
Week 11 Lions W
Week 12 @Browns L
Week 13 @Ravens L
Week 14 Dolphins W
Week 15 Bengals W
Week 16 @Packers L
Week 17 Browns W

9-7

Shad in the Steelers GDT is legit one of the top LGP experiences.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby columbia on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:23 am

5-11
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby slappybrown on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:27 am

Week 1 Titans - W - 27-10
Week 2 @Bengals - W - 30-28
Week 3 Bears - W - 21-20
Week 4 @Vikings - L - 16-17
Week 5 Bye
Week 6 @Jets - W - 34-6
Week 7 Ravens - L - 17-23
Week 8 @Raiders - L - 23-26
Week 9 @Patriots - L - 13-31
Week 10 Bills - W - 28-7
Week 11 Lions - W - 38-34
Week 12 @Browns - W - 20-10
Week 13 @Ravens - L - 16-23
Week 14 Dolphins - W - 28-7
Week 15 Bengals - L - 9-14
Week 16 @Packers - L - 20-24
Week 17 Browns - W - 27-3

9-7, and sneak into the playoffs as a wild card.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby slappybrown on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:30 am

Additionally, the level of angst over Jonathan Dwyer being released is confusing me. People seem really worked up over it. HE LED THE TEAM IN RUSHING LAST YEAR! So what?
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:31 am

people are upset about dwyer being released??
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby slappybrown on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:31 am

Letang Is The Truth wrote:people are upset about dwyer being released??

To be fair its sports talk radio.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Dickie Dunn on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:33 am

I can see the Steelers finishing with a winning record and making the playoffs. With that being said, this team sucks. I can't remember a Steelers roster this devoid of talent and depth. The cap issues and off-season salary juggling they had to do amazes me. Who the hell are they paying? Only one of them deserves the cash he's getting and the offensive system they've decided to run prevents him from being the big time player he is.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:34 am

Letang Is The Truth wrote:people are upset about dwyer being released??


I assume its the people who would prefer the steelers winning 6 games to winning 4.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:38 am

the differential between redman and dwyer is going to cost them 2 wins?
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Crankshaft on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:38 am

Redman and Dwyer are redundant. I'd much rather role the dice on Felix Jones than roll out Dwyer again.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:40 am

slappybrown wrote:Shad in the Steelers GDT is legit one of the top LGP experiences.


Lol not over the last season or so brah. I've mellowed out quite a bit
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby slappybrown on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:41 am

shafnutz05 wrote:
slappybrown wrote:Shad in the Steelers GDT is legit one of the top LGP experiences.


Lol not over the last season or so brah. I've mellowed out quite a bit

F that shad, pick your game back up.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:41 am

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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby columbia on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:42 am

shafnutz05 wrote:
slappybrown wrote:Shad in the Steelers GDT is legit one of the top LGP experiences.


Lol not over the last season or so brah. I've mellowed out quite a bit


It's the soothing effects of Amish root vegetables.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby viva la ben on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:42 am

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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:46 am

Letang Is The Truth wrote:the differential between redman and dwyer is going to cost them 2 wins?


I'll take Dwyer over any other steeler not named Bell at this point...and thats only because no one knows what they have in him yet. I'll take the 24 year old that just won the job a year ago over the 28 year old who lost it.
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Re: Official 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Thread

Postby Crankshaft on Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:52 am

I just googled Dwyer to see if anyone has signed him yet. One was an article posted a day ago on NFL.com that cited a Mark Kaboly tweet saying that cutting Dwyer wasn't a decision made by the coaching staff. Interesting.
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