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  1. Pre-Season Week 2 GDT : Falcons @ Steelers

    This is the good anti-reactionary way of looking at things. I think Tomlin and the staff look at pre-season differently (as they should) than the regular season. It's not about winning games, it's about evaluating talent and putting guys in a position to show what they can do. Vanilla schemes to some extent used so he can see guys playing fast and making quick decisions. It has been a pattern of playing sub-par preseason games and then pulling it together for the regular season. I'm just just surprised they are 2-0 with Dobbs starting. Hopefully they get the kinks worked out and get the right guys in the right positions come Sept. 10.
  2. Pre-Season Week 2 GDT : Falcons @ Steelers

    armsteeld, nice to see you back in the fold. Props for making the early call on Mike Hilton. (You've had a few Lemons over the years, but you got that one!) Get that? Agree with most of it but calling VW and Matakevich trash is a bit over the top, I think. Though I didn't see the first TD drive by ATL so can't speak to that. I thought they were around the ball a lot in the first half. (Didn't see the 2nd.) What I did notice was quite a few missed tackles from Burns and assorted others. McGee's blocking has been impressive, but who is he knocking off the 53?
  3. Pre-Season Week 2 GDT : Falcons @ Steelers

    Reactions to the first half: (didn't watch the second half or check the box score) Conner looks good going north-south, not as much east-west. Had at least one drop. So-so debut Cockrell got burned a couple of times. He looks like he packed on some muscle but left wondering if he is a man corner. Chick looked pretty good, got some nice pressures and a sack. VW and Dirty Red were aggressive clogging up the middle and making plays Coates looked pretty good - all fingers seemed to be in place. Watt looked Ok nothing too special - was gassed at the end of the 2nd quarter Hubbard looked pretty good at RT on the play I watched him Bryant looked good on the back shoulder catch but rusty on the stumble & fumble. Didn't see the play where Hargrave got hurt - hoping it's nothing serious. Nice special teams play with two deflected/blocked punts. Knile Davis had a return fumble but also a ST tackle. Dangerfield made a nice play. Toussant looks better than last year. I might prefer him to Davis on KR. Tuitt is beastly That's about all I got...
  4. Steelers give Tomlin a contract extension.

    You're kidding, right? How well did Belichick do without being "carried" by Tom Brady when he coached the Browns? Tomlin has a 10 year track record of success. Not perfect, but who is? He's provided stability, consistency (usually) and a strong culture of competitiveness. There is only so much you can control as a head coach. Your job is to prepare your team for success and I believe he has done that better than most. I'm not a Tomlin apologist by any means, he's made some really dumb in-game coaching and clock management decisions at times. I hate his philosophy on 2-point conversions, for instance. (Glad he toned that down) But you have to give the man credit for building a competitive team after losing an entire "generation" of great players besides Ben & Deebo. Cowher, it can be argued, had bigger strengths than Tomlin but he also had bigger weaknesses imo.
  5. The Best Actor Ever According to You (And WHY)

    That's why I made the distinction between Leading and Character actors. Denzel is the quintessential leading man. Always Denzel but always good imo. I used to joke around about Tom Berenger. (Announcer's voice: "Starring Tom Berenger playing... Tom Berenger! playing... (whatever role)" lol Favorite Denzel line: "King Kong ain't got **** on me!!"
  6. The Best Actor Ever According to You (And WHY)

    Fair enough about Cruise. I hesitated to put him on the list. He was one of my favorites when I was younger. Kinda over it now but he is still entertaining. Think he got greedy with all the action movies. But Denzel is a different story imo. Have you seen Malcolm X? Loved him and Hawke in Training Day, and recently saw Fences which I thought he was excellent in also. You could go in a lot of different directions with this, obviously.
  7. 2017 Breakout Player

    Burns had his ups and downs but I agree he came along nicely on the back half of the season. (as did Davis) Certainly, the team wouldn't have won 9 games down the stretch with out solid CB play. I really think with the improvement of the front 7, and specifically the pass rush (fingers crossed) and the improvement of the secondary, we could be looking at a top 5 defense. Not saying it will be but that it COULD be.
  8. The Best Actor Ever According to You (And WHY)

    I'd like to differentiate between Leading Men (or women) and Character actors. Leading men essentially play themselves in every role (i.e. Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Sidney Poitier) and character actors transform themselves into something very different for every role. (i.e. Johnny Depp, Daniel Day Lewis, Gary Oldman) The interesting thing is: There are guys like Johnny Depp who have the looks of a leading man but has had almost no success playing those parts, but is a genius at character roles. (ditto Brad Pitt) Guys that look like character actors and can play them but are actually good in leading roles like Chris Pratt. Then there are guys who play some of both successfully or a hybrid like Denzel Washington, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Robert DeNiro. Having said all that, my all-time favorite Leading and Character actors are: Leading Denzel Washington Tom Cruise Robert DeNiro Marlon Brando Tom Hanks Character Johnny Depp Laurence Olivier Daniel Day Lewis Paul Giamatti Gary Oldman
  9. Texans_UK forty over 40.

    [removed] Only OP posts pics.
  10. Notice all the ACLs in the first week of preseason?

    For all you Derek Rivers fans out there, looks like he is done for the season with a knee injury.
  11. Official Training Camp Thread: Beta Style

    Considering his injury and suspension history, he should be so lucky to get an offer that good. He's already going to get paid 33% higher than any other RB in the league. Is that not good enough for him? I'm all for guys getting paid and getting their fair market value, but to ask for more than a generous contract is either greedy or stupid. By the way, can anyone explain why the tag is $12M/yr when the top 5 RBs in the league are making roughly $8M/year?
  12. Pre-Season Week 2 GDT : Falcons @ Steelers

    Was just thinking about this recently: Why oh why can't any of the other teams in that division get their **** together? Absolutely pathetic run over the last (almost) 20 years.
  13. Pre-Season Week 2 GDT : Falcons @ Steelers

    Wonder if the Falcons are still hungover from that atrocious collapse in the SB.
  14. I am looking forward watching this young defense take another step forward. You have to be pretty cynical not to be excited by what we saw in T.J. Watt Friday night. Healthy "old man" Heyward and "grizzled" badazz Harrison leading the way for a talented group of young players. Should be good! Obviously the addition of Bryant is going to be a big "HGH-infused" shot to the offense. Healthy OL/Ben mixed with an upgraded WR corp? Yes please. Now we just need Bell to ring. What's getting you excited about this year?
  15. Steelers give Tomlin a contract extension.

    This is the kind of thinking that has many franchises in the tank. Change for change sake? No thanks. The Steelers were a few good plays away from returning to the Super Bowl. You think it's that easy to win a championship with ANY team? Even the great Belichick couldn't win for 10 years - with Tom Brady! Stability and improvement are keys to winning championships. Tomlin provides that. What does Tomlin not being a hot commodity when he was hired have to do with this topic? Zero. Tomlin is easily a top 10 coach, probably top 5.