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Dick LeBeau thinks Steelers could have done what Ravens did

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The Super Bowl was not a fun night for Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

LeBeau said that it hurts to see the Ravens win anything and it was especially painful this year because he thinks there’s very little difference between the 8-8 Steelers and the Super Bowl champs. LeBeau said that he knows the Steelers can compete with Baltimore — a feeling that’s supported by their split of games with Baltimore this season while playing without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger both times — and that breaks didn’t go Pittsburgh’s way in the final weeks of the season.

“Do I feel we could have done the same thing they did? I do. I do,” LeBeau said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It didn’t break that way. They got the right people back at the right time, and we continued to have more injuries, it seemed like. Many times that decides it.”

You could come up with all sorts of scenarios that lead to various teams finding themselves where the Ravens found themselves at the final whistle in New Orleans, just as you could come up with ways other teams could have won the Super Bowl XLIII instead of the Steelers. The only one that matters is the one that actually happens, though, and LeBeau’s job is to help get the Steelers back to the playoffs and Super Bowl.

Having a healthy Troy Polamalu would help on that front. Polamalu missed nine games last year, but LeBeau felt he was as effective as ever once he returned to the lineup. That doesn’t guarantee anything for 2013 in terms of health, of course, which is why it’s hard to know how the Steelers will rebound from a disappointing 2012.

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  1. jarvis1104 says: Feb 20, 2013 8:48 AM

    Before all the hate comes in, I must say this is true. There wasn’t a big gap between the Steelers and Ravens this year. Difference is that the Steelers lost close games (Dallas, Cincy) while the Ravens managed to win theirs (SD, Dallas). Thats just the way things go. As an honest Steelers fan I can also say the Ravens could have made it to SB 43 &45 like we did. Just wasn’t their year. The evenness that these teams possess is why they make the best rivalry in the game. The Ravens rightfully earned their ring this year but anyone who thinks they’re head and shoulders better than the Steelers in lying to themselves.

  2. noring4youstill says: Feb 20, 2013 8:51 AM

    Just about 31 other teams “Could’ve” done that also. Dick losing it.

  3. nirvana504 says: Feb 20, 2013 8:52 AM

    Said by just about every other coach in the NFL…so glad New Orleans was free of Steelers fans that week

  4. floriohatesthebengals says: Feb 20, 2013 8:56 AM

    As a Bengals fan, this is completely true. There Steelers were completely banged up last year. I was at the Bengals ravens game at the end of the year and I didn’t think the ravens had a shot at winning the Super bowl. It was one of those freak occurrences. Much like the giants in MLB. But I still have to say F the Steelers

  5. citizenstrange says: Feb 20, 2013 8:56 AM

    Well, they had the chance but Roethlisberger could not get a win in a HOME game of playoff like win or go home importance when the Steeler defense held the Bengals to only six points.

    Despite having the number one defense in the entire NFL Roethlisberger could not get the Steelers into the playoffs …. actually being eliminated after 15 games and forced to play a meaningless finale.

    So I respectfully disagree.

  6. edgerules says: Feb 20, 2013 8:57 AM

    I still say the Ravens should give rings to the K.C. Chiefs. Ben doesn’t get hurt in that game, Ravens don’t even make the playoffs.

    Of course, then again, no one told the Steelers to lose to freaking OAKLAND, and SAN DIEGO. SMH

  7. vincentbojackson says: Feb 20, 2013 8:58 AM

    Unfortunately, defense is slowly being phased out of pro football. The Steelers had the #1 defense in the league and sat out of the playoffs.

    The Ravens just won the Superbowl with a very suspect defense. Just a year ago the two worst defenses (possibly in history) faced each other in the big game. It’s a sad era for fans of defensive football.

  8. ajgreenshands says: Feb 20, 2013 8:59 AM

    What could have happened did, mr. Lebeau. Every team can play the “but if” game.

  9. whitdog23 says: Feb 20, 2013 9:04 AM

    who cares? a pittsburgh article worthy of only a neighborhood publication…not even good enough material for a school paper

  10. southpaw2k says: Feb 20, 2013 9:07 AM

    The Steelers and Ravens are most definitely evenly matched. That’s precisely why their head to head match-ups are almost always within 7 points one way or the other. LeBeau is right – the team’s injuries got to be too much for the team to overcome, so the team had a down year. The Steelers tend to have one down year every 4 or 5, so I expect them to bounce back next season.

    Doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy my team’s Super Bowl victory though.

  11. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 20, 2013 9:14 AM

    49ers were pretenders. The Seahawks or Falcons would have spanked any AFC representative in the Superbowl.

  12. mojosmagic says: Feb 20, 2013 9:15 AM

    I actually believe the Steelers will continue on a downward spiral. They are an older, fading team with a QB on his last leg.

  13. armyravensstrong says: Feb 20, 2013 9:16 AM

    Sounds like whining – “Ifa, coulda, woulda, shoulda”….In the words of Coach Tomlin (who I truly respect), “Excuses are the tools of the incompetent”. Pittsburgh has been a model franchise the Ravens have patterned themselves after to some extent – we acknowledge that. However, we did what it took to win the games to get to the Super Bowl and win it. Injuries or not, a little luck helps and we go some of that too. Dick, just say congrat’s and move on to prep for next year. Everyone else in the league is prep’g for the 2013 season.

  14. patriotenvy says: Feb 20, 2013 9:22 AM

    I could be the one dating a super model too. I feel there’s not much difference between me and Tom Brady.

  15. tyler200829 says: Feb 20, 2013 9:32 AM

    Lol I can see some steelers are still crying. And yes I can say the ravens are head and shoulders better because when is the last time they won the division? Your time is up. Time to ride back into irrelevance. Kiss the ring cry babies

  16. tundey says: Feb 20, 2013 9:34 AM

    Would have, could have, should have. Redskins beat the Giants twice in their super bowl season and we beat the Ravens in their. Do you see Mike Shanahan crying about it?

  17. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 20, 2013 9:35 AM

    Please stick to defensive scheming, interviews aren’t your bag.

  18. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 20, 2013 9:37 AM

    As a Bengals’ fan Dick’s the only Pitt person I can stand, and have any sort of respect for, but I think he’s developing the oldtimers disease.

  19. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Feb 20, 2013 9:37 AM

    If the Ravens would have had a better offensive coordinator since Flacco arrived they would have beat the Steelers in many of those close games including the 2011 divisional round they just gave away. Be quite Lebeau! Your team is old and done. You might as well retire your old hide cause things ain’t getting better in Pittsburgh anytime soon.

  20. joeflaccomvp says: Feb 20, 2013 9:48 AM

    Wow…I almost forgot the steelers existed…

    Troy is like Ed Reed, their best years are way behind them. Neither one of them can stay healthy!

    Jarvis…that was well said. The Ravens and steelers will always be very similar. They are built the same way and I imagine that they will continue to be contenders every year.

    I have to say, I am anxious to see the Ravens in the first few weeks of the season…with the way our offense played in the playoffs, I do not see the steelers defense keeping up. If the steelers do not get their locker room right…they will be in for a long 2013. As a Ravens fan, I am so glad Hailey stayed with the steelers!!

  21. flaccodelic says: Feb 20, 2013 9:49 AM

    His comments are true. Of course, when Ravens fans made similar comments over the past several years, they were called whiners. So, bottom line, SCOREBOARD

  22. bullybirds says: Feb 20, 2013 9:54 AM

    Here’s the missing piece in that. You faced a Cam Cameron led offense who was conservative and kept the game close with that. Try playing them with Jim Caldwell at the helm and then see if the Steeler defense can hang. His way is attack, attack, attack.

    Seriously, did he see the defenses that the Raven’s offense beat in the playoffs? 28 + points from the Pats on.

  23. chrisk61 says: Feb 20, 2013 9:55 AM

    bottom line is ya gotta get in ie make the playoffs and then see what happens. balt came back from the dead vs denv in the playoffs. they were dead in the water but still managed to win. both balt and pitt struggled at times in the reg season. key pt was when pitt lost to cinc at home late in reg season. they win that gm, at home vs a div opponent, and most likely they are in. but they lost. that gm is what it all came down to.

  24. Cereal says: Feb 20, 2013 10:10 AM

    Sounds like loser talk to me

  25. cfeeley52 says: Feb 20, 2013 10:10 AM

    Woulda Coulda Shoulda… But they didn’t… Is this really how steelers fans think? “we didn’t even make the playoffs but we totally could have won the superbowl” Give me a break!!!

  26. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 20, 2013 10:11 AM

    “His comments are true. Of course, when Ravens fans made similar comments over the past several years, they were called whiners”
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    Steelers haven’t been to the superbowl since 2008

  27. jg725 says: Feb 20, 2013 10:12 AM

    a dozen teams in the nfl could realisticly say this – bottom line is – only 1 team winds up with the lombardi trophy……

  28. dowhatifeellike says: Feb 20, 2013 10:15 AM

    Could have, but didn’t. Whatever the reason, the Steelers didn’t get it done. Results matter.

    Huffing and puffing that “we could have done that” just cheapens the championships they’ve already won. Someone else could have won those as well.

  29. mullman76 says: Feb 20, 2013 10:16 AM

    The steelers, much like the patriots, are in decline.

    It’s going to be a joy to watch.

  30. iamedreed says: Feb 20, 2013 10:17 AM

    its hard to see you dick with this Lombardi shining in my face

    im still wondering what walt coleman was looking at when he overturned the call on the field and ruled santonio holmes broke the plane in baltimore which gave the steelers HFA and led to their SB victory against arizona

    see we all have excuses

  31. jarvis1104 says: Feb 20, 2013 10:27 AM

    tyler200829, The steelers last won the division 2 yrs ago when we lost the super bowl. SB 45. The Ravens just won SB 47. You sound dumb acting like they’ve owned the division like NE. I hate the Ravens but pride myself on being an honest fan. These are pretty even teams. Baltimore is going to continue to be a contender as Flacco takes the lead. The Steelers are not in demise either. Offense is young and there will be maybe 4 starters on defense 30+.

  32. blackngold4life says: Feb 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    Everything LeBeau said was 100% correct..Ratbirds could have easily been 8-8 7-9..Vise versa with Pitt..Ratbirds won their close games..Steelers didn’t, plain and simple! I don’t live on past victories Especially Superbowls.Fact is we missd the playoffs..Ratbirds finally won a Superbowl with that “GREAT” defense they’ve had for 9 plus years. Ratbird fans been using that “Mediocrity” word a hole lot lately..guess they all went to the same elementary school.. but goin to 1 Superbowl in 12 years seems pretty MEDIOCRE to me. But we all know they Base their season on beating the Steelers anyway. Can’t wait to see you lames in September..CHEERS!

  33. dcapettini says: Feb 20, 2013 10:48 AM

    Welcome to “Parity”. Now that draft picks are more valuable since you don’t have to give up the store for some guy who hasn’t played a down and offenses are allowed to do most anything, this is the way it will be. The bottom feeders all really have a chance now. Injuries, schedule, and luck will determine the winners.

  34. joeflaccomvp says: Feb 20, 2013 10:54 AM

    blackngold (should read black and yellow)…going to 1 superbowl in 12 years?????? Really? I believe your beloved steelers didnt go the superbowl for 30 plus years at one time….correct? If 12 years is MEDIOCRE…what is 30 plus?????

  35. ravgt says: Feb 20, 2013 11:04 AM

    blackngold4life says:Feb 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    Everything LeBeau said was 100% correct..Ratbirds could have easily been 8-8 7-9..Vise versa with Pitt..Ratbirds won their close games..Steelers didn’t, plain and simple! I don’t live on past victories Especially Superbowls.Fact is we missd the playoffs..Ratbirds finally won a Superbowl with that “GREAT” defense they’ve had for 9 plus years. Ratbird fans been using that “Mediocrity” word a hole lot lately..guess they all went to the same elementary school.. but goin to 1 Superbowl in 12 years seems pretty MEDIOCRE to me. But we all know they Base their season on beating the Steelers anyway. Can’t wait to see you lames in September..CHEERS!
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    Blah Blah. Ravens have existed for 17 seasons and have won 2 supeer bowls. During the same 17 seasons, Steelers have won 2 super bowls. There is absolutely nothing mediocre about the Ravens as 9 playoff wins in past 5 years demonstrates. Mr. Blackand gold, you need to look up the word mediocre before you tag the Ravens with it.

  36. giablommi says: Feb 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    Except that to make the Super Bowl via the Ravens route the Steelers would have had to beat a Bill Belichick-led Patriots team in the playoffs and beat a Tom Brady-led team in Foxboro, two things that have never happened.

  37. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 20, 2013 11:25 AM

    peytonwantsaflag says:

    Steelers haven’t been to the superbowl since 2008.
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    Let me guess, you also forgot to have another birthday in 2010.

  38. steelcurtainn says: Feb 20, 2013 11:33 AM

    Dick Lebeau is only stating a opinion here. The steelers could have represented the superbowl this year but they didnt. They were banged up and injuries are a part of the game. You can’t go every year, ask the patriots. As for the ravens, at 10-6 and losing almost all their games at the end of the year, do I think they were the best team this year, No, not at all. A little bit of luck with Denver and the Pats choking and their you have it. San Fran was never a real threat.

  39. pskotte says: Feb 20, 2013 11:35 AM

    The Bengals knocked the Steelers out of playoff contention, at Heinz Field just to rub it in. Yet LeBeau thinks his team is as good as the Ravens. Wake up Steeler fans – there are TWO teams in front of you.

  40. blackngold4life says: Feb 20, 2013 11:54 AM

    I’m the 1st to tell you the Steelers were awful in the mid 80s..they went through a total overhaul and 5 starting QBs untill they reached another SB in 95..even when coach Bill took over in 91 they were still influx..great defense and a bunch of no names on Offense.5 AFC championship gamed and 2wins..that’s Mediocre. The Ratbirds weren’t even invented yet. Lets talk about the 15-17 years the Ratbirds been in the AFC North or however long its been.. Really nothin to talk about..

  41. scoobies05 says: Feb 20, 2013 12:57 PM

    actually the ravens won 5 of their last 6 and 4 in a row culminating in sb 47. i love how its ok to think pitt would have won the sb even tho they didnt make it but everything the ravens did was due to luck or a choke. bottom line…ravens won the games they needed to win and are the champs. so lets get off of this if we would have made it nonsense…sounds like sour grapes

  42. buzzbeaubank says: Feb 20, 2013 12:59 PM

    blackngold4life says:Feb 20, 2013 11:54 AM

    Lets talk about the 15-17 years the Ratbirds been in the AFC North or however long its been.. Really nothin to talk about..
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    Well, it’s only been 11 years since the realignment and start of the rivalry: 4 AFCN Titles (one less than Pit) and 7 playoff appearances (same as Pit). I would also consider the 11-13 record against Pit to be pretty even.

    Nothing to talk about?

  43. cfeeley52 says: Feb 20, 2013 1:17 PM

    steelcurtainn says:
    As for the ravens, at 10-6 and losing almost all their games at the end of the year, do I think they were the best team this year, No, not at all. A little bit of luck with Denver and the Pats choking and their you have it. San Fran was never a real threat.

    Does discrediting our playoff wins make you feel better? We got lucky with Denver, the Pats choked, and San Fran was never a threat? So the steelers would have beat all three of them handily right? By all means tell me, who was the best team in the league last year???

  44. wagn0404 says: Feb 20, 2013 2:20 PM

    LeBeau is pretty much right. The only differences between the two teams this year were 2 regular season wins, a division title, 4 playoff wins, a conference championship, a healthy defense, an effective receiving corps, a consistent running game, an ability to thrive as an underdog and a Super Bowl title.

    Other than that, they’re practically identical.

  45. walkinginthewasteland says: Feb 20, 2013 2:34 PM

    joeflaccid says: Feb 20, 2013 10:54 AM

    blackngold (should read black and yellow)…going to 1 superbowl in 12 years?????? Really? I believe your beloved steelers didnt go the superbowl for 30 plus years at one time….correct? If 12 years is MEDIOCRE…what is 30 plus?????

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    No, what is MEDIOCRE are your math and history skills. The longest Steeler SB drought is about 16 years (79 to 95).

    Now, what is MEDIOCRE is the original Cleveland Browns SB record. You know, the team that the Ravens are/were. That drought was 35+ years (1965-2001) then.

    Glad to clear things up for you room temperature IQ Raven fans out there.

  46. steelcurtainn says: Feb 20, 2013 2:47 PM

    @cfeeley
    I don’t really care whether the Ravens won or not. I worry about the steelers. I never said the steelers could have beat all 3 teams but they had just as good of chance to beat them as Baltimore did If they would have got in. I give the Ravens credit for beating N.E because they match up well against the Pats and won deservingly. But every raven fan on the planet knows they should have lost to Denver. You don’t win games in the playoffs on 70 yard bombs with 30 seconds left unless your lucky. But they won, so Congrats to them…..No sour grapes with Baltimore, just facts. You ask, who was the best team in the AFC last season, Denver was, they just blew it.

  47. getyourownname says: Feb 20, 2013 2:58 PM

    Steeler fans – and Lebeau – At some point, you are what your record says you are.

    Steelers 8-8
    Ravens SB winners.

    Same was true when Giants beat the Pats, etc. Good teams find a way.

    As for the role of luck -will you be demanding forfeiting the Immaculate Reception win anytime soon?

  48. cfeeley52 says: Feb 20, 2013 5:17 PM

    @Steelcurtainn

    I agree that Denver was a good team and they would probably top my list with the exception of the Ravens. However, I don’t agree that it was sheer luck that we beat them. 14 of their points came through special teams and I know 7 of ours came through defense but the way i see it our defense held one of the best offenses in the league to 21 pts and our offense put up 28 pts on one of the best defenses in the league. In my opinion that takes talent and execution more than just luck…

  49. steelcurtainn says: Feb 20, 2013 11:25 PM

    I agree with your points, other then Denver would be at the top the list not the ravens. I expect you to say that if your a raven fan tho. In general, I was talking about that last drive. The Broncos make a couple tackles and that games over. I give the ravens credit for hanging with denver tho and I agree it takes talent and execution to win but ultimately luck on the last drive helped the ravens win that day.

  50. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 21, 2013 5:27 AM

    I guess it would be safe to say judging from the comments above that winning a Super Bowl adds twenty points to the IQ of every raven poster..close to
    100 now.

    It would also be safe to say most of the critical posters don’t have more than ten years watching football against fifty years coaching and playing ….easy to see who has a more fact based opinion.

    What was once a steeler thread is flooded by champs acting like chumps…not as appealing as it once was to read or participate in…same people same drivel…smh

  51. scoobies05 says: Feb 21, 2013 1:27 PM

    and yet its perfectly ok for you to comment on every single raven story and do nothing but throw cheap insults at the ravens and their fans. come down from your throne my friend. sorry your team had an off year. why dont you try not acting like a sore loser

  52. bubbahotepp says: Feb 21, 2013 2:33 PM

    Fat contracts = fat players = injuries.

  53. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 21, 2013 3:40 PM

    scoobies05 says:
    Feb 21, 2013 1:27 PM
    and yet its perfectly ok for you to comment on every single raven story and do nothing but throw cheap insults at the ravens and their fans. come down from your throne my friend. sorry your team had an off year. why dont you try not acting like a sore loser

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    Hey have not posted on a raven thread for several days and will never post on another one again. However, you and many like you are acting like little barnyard puffed up roosters running your mouth all over this thread and the one on Antonio Brown. The comments regarding coach Lebeau’s statement were both insulting and humorous. Never has so little been said by so many who know nothing compared to a coach/player with fifty years experience.
    You won a Super Bowl it did not make you smart just more full of yourselves.

  54. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 21, 2013 5:40 PM

    but throw cheap insults at the ravens and their fans. come down from your throne my friend. sorry your team had an off year. why dont you try not acting like a sore loser

    Hey what does a cheap insult go for in charm city? I sure hope I didn’t over pay for the ones I used.

  55. scoobies05 says: Feb 21, 2013 6:47 PM

    well when thats all you can do when you know you are not right..i love how you cant even do anything but resort to the base insults. i mean your own team is tearing itself apart internally. and please spare me the ravens fans act like chumps. pitt misses the playoffs but its still we got 6 rings..we are the best. but if cheap insults make you feel better its ok. do what u need to do

  56. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 21, 2013 8:21 PM

    Soo

    Scoobie you are trying so hard to fight something you can’t win. The ravens are not and never will be held as a model franchise. You support players of questionable character, have a coach lacking in professional ethics, and a very crude fan base. Baltimore is not a destination for anything unless they put up the slashers statue which draw some meat cutting conventions… Maybe

  57. scoobies05 says: Feb 21, 2013 10:13 PM

    hate to break this to you but the ravens are held up as a model franchise. they are considered to be one of the top franchises in the league from ownership to gm to coaching staff to players. just because you dont like them doesnt change that. and i guess its ok for your beloved franchise to be the home of an accused rapist. again you are picking and choosing whats ok based on your likes and dislikes.

  58. scoobies05 says: Feb 21, 2013 10:19 PM

    by the way….have you noticed when we have our debates i never stoop to insulting the people of pittsburgh. our debates are with our opinions. you rely on insults which is a cheap way of saying my arguements have no merit. and you never ever have an answer to my asking you why your high and mighty franchise that you love supports ben…the answer is easy…because he is good. they use him and support him because he wins games. just like every other franchise in the league stands behinds its starts. so stop acting like the steelers are the moral compass of the nfl. your fan base is mostly good people just like baltimores and every other team. but you refuse to believe that…so sad

  59. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 22, 2013 4:37 PM

    by the way….have you noticed when we have our debates i never stoop to insulting the people of pittsburgh. our debates are with our opinions. you rely on insults which is a cheap way of saying my arguements have no merit. and you never ever have an answer to my asking you why your high and mighty franchise that you love supports ben…the answer is easy…because he is good. they use him and support him because he wins games. just like every other franchise in the league stands behinds its starts. so stop acting like the steelers are the moral compass of the nfl. your fan base is mostly good people just like baltimores and every other team. but you refuse to believe that…so sad

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    Report comment you are a regular saint you are…never said steelers are the moral compass, but if there were an immoral compass the arrow would point to Baltimore …of course there are good fans in both cities, but on these boards the worst by far are raven fans. You seem like a sensitive sort except when it comes to your 52 man crush…but hey that’s over thank god…cheers and a yikes for your brother ravenator.

  60. marc2k6 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:35 AM

    Shoulda, coulda, woulda but you didn’t and the Ravens did! Make up some more excuses and reasons to cry, we had injuries and our dc is old as dirt. We are the champios losers!

  61. scoobies05 says: Feb 23, 2013 3:36 PM

    of course you would think that. you are a steeler fan. there are equal number of bad steeler and raven fans on here. but i still dont see the need to comment on the fanbase as a whole when i dont know these people. you however read a few posts and denigrate a whole city. we like ray. we know more of the story than you. we know the good things he has done. if you feel the need to make snide remarks to make yourself feel better then do what you gotta do. i just figured a man of your intellect would be above that. you clearly have no respect for ravenator…so why do you feel the need to go after every thing he says.

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