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  1. ugh, I think the steelers are having a really bad offseason. It feels like they are trying to have it both ways: win now but also build for the future. Consequently, they are doing neither well. They've lost too many pieces to be a real threat to win now and be a true contender (especially on defense): Nelson, Dupree, Hilton etc. In their attempt to win now, they've sacrificed future assets: extending ben so you have dead cap in later seasons, resigning juju with voidable years, which cancels out a 3/4th round comp pick you'd receive once another team signs him, cutting nelson and mi
  2. The biggest issue I have with this deal is that it has voidable years, which assuming we cut him next offseason and lose him, costs us the 3rd or 4th round comp pick we'd likely get for him. That would make more sense if we had a higher ceiling next year but I think our ceiling is about one and done next season.
  3. Agree on all accounts here. Although, I think losing Hilton *may* hurt a fair amount. The steelers defensive scheme often revolves around blitzing Hilton from the edge, and he was amongst the best in the league in this domain. I suspect they'll be doing this far less with Sutton as the primary slot guy so we'll see how this influences the defense as a whole.
  4. Even though he is technically an in-house hire, I don't think the in-house hire argument makes much sense for Canada. If this hire is made last year, he's considered a college coach with an innovative scheme and everybody would be incredibly pleased. Adding him to the staff put the steelers in the top 10 for teams utilizing motion pre-snap. The most concerning part of Canada's resume is how many times he's been fired; it's unclear whether it was his personality, his schemes etc. that led to such firings. Nonetheless, he certainty brings some innovation to an offense that has been
  5. Similarly, I don't have a strong opinion on the Canada hire. It really depends on how much influence he had on the offense last year. If we're essentially running the same offense, I'd be very underwhelmed by the hire. If he had little to do with the offense, I'd be pretty happy about the hire. Just his general profile is appealing: *College coach *Utilizes motion/shifts heavily *Adaptable and shapes offense according to personnel *Similar concepts from multiple looks That profile fits what successful modern day offenses look like. Time will tell.
  6. As previous posters have said, Tomlin has flaws. However, I think the idea of firing him is absurd. Steelers have underachieved during his tenure, but they also peaked at a time when the patriots were putting together the greatest run of the modern era. I think Ben's hold over managerial decisions is a bigger issue than Tomlin is. Additionally, as great as the stability is in this organization, this also leads to some stagnant ideas about football and not always keeping up with the times. I think Tomlin should be given the opportunity to lead the rebuild and if we don't show progress, we
  7. I would love to see this happen, but I doubt it will. I'm skeptical Ben retires, and the only way we move on from Fichtner is if Ben goes. The only other point that I would push back against is the drafting of a QB. Although this is a deep draft class, I don't see Lance falling to pick 24 (although we are too early in the draft process to get a feel for this). And I am definitely not for drafting Mac Jones. He looks like he processes the field well, but if you're going to be a statue in the pocket, you also better have elite arm talent and he definitely doesn't have that. I just don't see much
  8. Depends. For me, the Jags loss was significantly worse because I thought we had a Super Bowl caliber team that year. The browns loss sucked but it was pretty clear to me that we weren't good enough to win a Super Bowl. That said, I think the browns loss is more embarrassing. Browns had everything working against them yet they came out and absolutely stomped us. Our defense talent was pretty poor when we played the Jaguars. It wasn't when we played the browns yet we still gave up 41 points to their offense.
  9. I think this is incorrect, at least according to Steelers Depot. They stated this would save them 8 million on their cap. In which case, I'd be happy to see him retire.
  10. Largely agree on all your points (outside of Colbert: Steelers have been one of the better drafting teams in the past decade). The Tomlin point is interesting, I'm not sure where I fall on him. Ultimately, he seems to be a great regular season coach, at least in terms of consistency, but he's been below average in the playoffs. And they tend to get blown out in those losses, which I think falls on Tomlin because this team has had Super Bowl caliber talent several times during his tenure. I think, arguably, the biggest problem with Ben is the amount of say he has in management decisions.
  11. Completely agree on all points. This was a really bad loss. With that said, I thought, at best, the ceiling of this team was the AFC championship. I thought the most likely scenario was losing next week. With so many things working against the Browns, I thought we should be able to handle this game. I do like Tomlin but his consistent underperforming in the playoffs should be acknowledged, it's been frustrating to watch. In reality, this was our last year to truly make a run. I don't think the team has the balls to cut Ben so I'm hoping he retires. Pouncey has been so overrated for so lon
  12. I think this list is pretty good, although I'd put AV a few spots higher. I think Bud, Hilton, and Juju have priced themselves out of coming back to the Steelers. They will all get significant money elsewhere. Feiler has been underwhelming this year but I agree, he was quite good at RT last year. Sutton is just a completely different player than Hilton. Our scheme, oddly, revolves heavily on Hilton's ability to stop the run and blitz. We can't run that with Sutton but I think Sutton is pretty damn good in coverage.
  13. I will be very disappointed if they don't bring one of Sutton or Hilton back. Sutton seems more likely. I'd take Conner back for a minimum deal but he'll get more somewhere else. He's pretty easily replaceable imo
  14. Jesus, that makes him look really bad. Unfortunately, Ben has so much pull on this team that as long as Ben is still playing, Fichtner will be the OC. They are two peas in a pod.
  15. I have absolutely no idea what to make of the steelers. Their first half is the worst version of this team. The second half was the best version of this team.
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