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Steelers going “old-old-school” in training camp

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At a time when more and more teams aren’t tackling in training camp (and, coincidentally, more and more teams can’t tackle during the regular season), the Steelers repeatedly are engaged in live tackling sessions this year.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette said that it’s an “old-old-school” approach, dating back to the days not of Bill Cowher but Chuck Noll.  And Bouchette says that it’s even more intense than Tomlin’s first training camp with the team in 2007, which Tomlin later admitted may have been too tough.

“We’re young in a lot of areas, particularly in the lines,” Tomlin said regarding the increased hitting.  “We got young, talented defensive linemen, we got young, talented offensive linemen.  The only way to improve is to play football.  I’ve stated that many times and it’s something I believe in.  I’m going to give them an opportunity to do that and show what they’re capable of.”

The new labor deal reduced the intensity of training camp, cutting back on padded practices but saying nothing about what teams can do while wearing the pads.  For the Steelers, whom many think will struggle in 2013, Tomlin is willing to risk injuring his players in order to get them to the point where they will be ready to play when the games count.

With the new-school college coach on the other side of Pennsylvania preventing his players from tackling to the ground, the approach that works between Philly and Pittsburgh is the one that is more likely to be copied by other teams.

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  1. doomsdaydefensetx says: Aug 5, 2013 10:31 AM

    Guess they havent heard the news of what like 30 season ending injuries in the first week of camp?

  2. petehemlock says: Aug 5, 2013 10:32 AM

    James Harrison says proper tackling form is for girls.

  3. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 5, 2013 10:33 AM

    this guy is just as inconsistent as his football team.

    Tomlin ran camp cream puff the year after he won a SB & is now trying to act like a tough guy after his pitaful team going 8-8

  4. troy43mvp says: Aug 5, 2013 10:38 AM

    No Excuses!! Get Em Ready Tomlin!

  5. steelers33 says: Aug 5, 2013 10:40 AM

    Watch out NFL this is an angry Steelers team. Historically this team is at its best when people count them out. Go ahead talk about the young talented bengals and the ravens, while we will be waiting to prove it on the field.

  6. citizenstrange says: Aug 5, 2013 10:40 AM

    It would be cool to have a scoring offense that isn’t one of the worst ten in the league too.

  7. jack3dsd says: Aug 5, 2013 10:42 AM

    notre dame should have done this before the bcs title game last year

  8. dickroy says: Aug 5, 2013 10:42 AM

    Can you imagine that? Practicing tackling in football practice! What will they do next, practice blocking?

  9. sasattack says: Aug 5, 2013 10:43 AM

    If a player get hurt they get hurt. As long as its not Big Ben!

  10. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 5, 2013 10:44 AM

    We do things the right way. Others should take notes.

    Pittsburgh was not built in a day.

  11. norseyapper says: Aug 5, 2013 10:45 AM

    Not much point in having healthy players that don’t know how to play. Let them get it on now, heal up the last couple weeks of camp, and be ready hit come the regular season.
    Seems like a plan.

  12. bigbenownsthenfl says: Aug 5, 2013 10:50 AM

    Very smart. Typically Steelers defense starts slow. This will give them an early start on things. And don’t worry everyone will copy how the Steelers do business. And nobody will copy what Philly does. That last paragraph in this article may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read!!

  13. steelerben says: Aug 5, 2013 10:50 AM

    If anything, it should be a good way to avoid all of the stupid penalties for illegal hits. I understand that once a player reaches the pro level they want to limit wear and tear on their bodies to prolong their careers, but the work you put in during training camp shows during the season. Coaching now on how to keep your hits in the strike zone, and making sure your runners are familiar with how far down field they can be before they can’t drop their helmets now could save 15 yards in a crucial situation.

  14. bigbenownsthenfl says: Aug 5, 2013 10:51 AM

    Very smart. Typically Steelers defense starts slow. This will give them an early start on things. And don’t worry everyone will copy how the Steelers do business. And nobody will copy what Philly does. That last paragraph in this article may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read!!!

  15. bigbenownsthenfl says: Aug 5, 2013 10:52 AM

    Very smart. Typically Steelers defense starts slow. This will give them an early start on things. And don’t worry everyone will copy how the Steelers do business. And nobody will copy what Philly does. That last paragraph in this article may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read!!!!

  16. godofwine330 says: Aug 5, 2013 10:57 AM

    Love Mike Tomlin as a coach. Dude is tough as nails and he has th eballs to back it up. Even as a Browns fan I love the guy. I hope the Steelers lose every game, but I love him. When the Steelers won the Super Bowl I was happy for him, but damned if I wasn’t rooting against him and his team and cheering like a madman when Fitz got that TD. If he ever coaches anywhere else that is my guy.

    – Sincerely godofwine, Browns fan.

  17. peanutele24 says: Aug 5, 2013 10:59 AM

    I like it . As a military man I believe in “train as you fight”

  18. steelsity says: Aug 5, 2013 11:03 AM

    Majority of injuries happen when guys aren’t going 100%. With all these injuries coming from camps without contact, I’m glad to hear a different approach being taken

  19. clssylssy says: Aug 5, 2013 11:04 AM

    Hell Yes! LUV IT! Tired of this mamby pamby sissy stuff and time to go Old School! Leave it to the Steelers to set the tone:)

  20. ziggy26 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:04 AM

    Tackling? In football? Well, we will just have to see what Roger Goodell says about this.

  21. floraiders says: Aug 5, 2013 11:07 AM

    It’s a good idea until the first torn ACL from it

  22. fryeways says: Aug 5, 2013 11:12 AM

    So are they handing off to the fullback two out of three plays? That’s what I remember as old-old school Steeler ball.

  23. sbchampsagain says: Aug 5, 2013 11:14 AM

    Going “old-old school.”
    By that they mean, signing Terry Bradshaw at QB and using steroids.

  24. greglloydrules says: Aug 5, 2013 11:17 AM

    The Steelers have always good to great tackling defenses. If I’m not mistaken, that’s the number priority in Lebeau’s defense. I see at least a two win improvement this season. And given the history of the Eagles and Steelers, Pitt reigns supreme in the state of Pennsylvania. The Eagles can learn a thing or two.

  25. trytobnimble says: Aug 5, 2013 11:18 AM

    Andy Reid used to conduct the most intense tackling-to-the-ground camps in the entire NFL year in and year out. His teams always got off to a horrendous start every season. Me thinks this stuff is overblown. If you don’t know how to tackle by the time you get to the NFL, you never will. Learn the plays and stay healthy. That’s what camp is for.

  26. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 5, 2013 11:19 AM

    Love it! Give me too much tackling over no tackling at all.

    Steelers have lost no significant players (only major injury to Nik Embernate, a OLinemen on the roster bubble) while other teams who have done minimal tackling have suffered much more serious injuries. And guess who will be better prepared to avoid injuries once the real tackling starts? The guys who have been doing it for weeks now.

    Steelers are also a munch younger team than recent past so that also allows some of these guys to step up and tackle. Troys not out there laying the wood, but McClendon, Jarvis, Heyward, Bell, Will Johnson and the young linemen sure as heck are.

    Many of the complaints last year about Tomlin were that hes a “players coach” who has been too easy on his guys. Well, looks like he heard the rumblings and has met them head on. Also, people always said Tomlin won with Cowhers guys and now that some of them are leaving hes having trouble. My take on that — Tomlin hasnt had 53 of his own guys on a team yet. Now that the majority of the guys are his, lets see how they do. Couldn’t be more excited about the young talents who are going to shock the league this year!!

  27. turdfurgerson68 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:24 AM

    By going ‘old-old school’ like the Chuck Noll era Steelers; does that mean they’ll be using a ton of steroids like the cheating Steeler teams of the 1970s did?

  28. z06vision says: Aug 5, 2013 11:25 AM

    Every team in the NFL needs to learn how to tackle. How many bad (attempted) tackles do we see? Every team should be practicing away from the arm tackle or the “punch the football” while trying to trip him down to the ground.

  29. henry53 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:27 AM

    Tomlin is playing for his job this year. If the Steelers have another crap season, he’s gone!

  30. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:31 AM

    The real reason this training camp is more “physical” than in past years is because it is unseasonably cool here.
    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (I’m proof of that) to figure out that wearing full pads in 70-degree temperatures is more acceptable than wearing full pads in 90-degree temperatures.
    Of course, Tomlin can spin it anyway he wishes.

  31. steelcurtainn says: Aug 5, 2013 11:31 AM

    The Steelers set the Standard for Excellence. This can only mean bad news for opponents.

  32. stoogy says: Aug 5, 2013 11:37 AM

    They must be looking for the same results that they have gotten from 1933-1973. When they never won a championship! This team is in for a long season soon we will be seeing more pirate shirts and jerseys in western PA then steelers. I love the way the yinzers act around the area. Ben is the most overrated QB in NFL history.

  33. stew48 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:41 AM

    Florio, I wish you would spell out what the ground rules are that get the censor to work. Some act as if you know nothing about football either and you don’t censor. I merely pointed out I thought you paid too much attention to the Baltimore duds who are tasteless in many of their comments and you zap me. So, give me a break; I already know vulgarity is welcomed, but what isn’t?

  34. ravensfan19 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:48 AM

    I really like Mike Tomlin as a Coach, shame he is the on the Steleers.

  35. realdealsteel says: Aug 5, 2013 11:52 AM

    Love it!!!

    This is FOOTBALL! And your suppose to practice tackling. This whole pussified attitude of “not practicing tackling” is what’s wrong with the game.

    Injuries be damned. We are playing football. And we are going to knock the dog snot out of the Titans in the first game of the season as we are on our way to winning this division.

  36. akuma9000 says: Aug 5, 2013 12:10 PM

    Whole training camps could be devoted to just tackling technique so that a majority of defensive backs in this league will learn to ‘wrap up’ and tackle instead of ‘pushing or bumping’ a runner hoping he’ll go down! Bring back more of this ‘old, old school’ way of doing things!

  37. t8ertot says: Aug 5, 2013 12:17 PM

    “Old old” is very appropriate for the Steelers

  38. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 5, 2013 12:21 PM

    Listen to all these steeler fans talking trash is laughable. Its sounds like they aren’t sure of what kind of season their gonna have. Hopefully another 8-8 season or worse just to shut them up.

  39. steelcurtainn says: Aug 5, 2013 12:29 PM

    I like the approach. The Steelers set the standard for excellence. This can only mean bad news for opponents.

  40. steeltroll says: Aug 5, 2013 12:32 PM

    Forgot about Keisel. Any case, next year Steelers will be even younger.

  41. heisthejuan says: Aug 5, 2013 12:35 PM

    Gotta love the Steelers pretending to still be relevant. I doubt they even believe it themselves.

  42. dowhatifeellike says: Aug 5, 2013 12:46 PM

    Didn’t the players make sure the CBA limits the amount of hitting they do in practice? Not sure how much it’ll help when you can only wear pads 25 days per year.

  43. ravenmuscle says: Aug 5, 2013 12:47 PM

    Tomlin’s job is on the line and he KNOWS IT.

  44. nutitletown says: Aug 5, 2013 12:54 PM

    steelers fans LOL

  45. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 5, 2013 1:16 PM

    If the Steelers really want to win, they need to also practice what got them to their past championships. CHEAP SHOTS!

  46. ninetysixer says: Aug 5, 2013 1:30 PM

    3rd place

  47. saintjohnwhodat says: Aug 5, 2013 1:36 PM

    Get em tomlin!!! Look at all these injuries already happened heck kolb got hurt slipping on a mat!!! Injuries are gonna happen, that goes with this game, I know this, going half speed hurts more than full speed

  48. gettingpwned says: Aug 5, 2013 1:45 PM

    No one in this league can tackle anymore.
    Steelers always do well when no one expects anything from them. This will be one of those years. Good depth in the front 7 now. Got a stud RB now too. If Troy and Ben stay healthy, watch out.
    And to all the people whining about injuries, they happen at odd & freak times. It’s part of the game. There are a lot less now that the AstroTurf is all gone.

  49. ziggy26 says: Aug 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    For a team that is no longer “relevant,” the Steelers articles on PFT sure do get a lot of comments and activity.

  50. tonyevans91 says: Aug 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    For all you nay sayers and Steeler haters – I am amazed at the level of excitement when we have a down year. You all celebrate by making it to the first round of the playoffs-then lose, while our standard is winning ‘Rings”. Tomlin is better than all of the recycled coaches in the league and does not make excuses for their performance. It isfunny how you all say do not live in the pass regarding the super bowl wins but will elude to last season(s) when speaking about this upcoming season – make of you mind!

  51. nickster31 says: Aug 5, 2013 2:07 PM

    turdfurgerson68 says:

    By going ‘old-old school’ like the Chuck Noll era Steelers; does that mean they’ll be using a ton of steroids like the cheating Steeler teams of the 1970s did?

    Steroids were LEGAL in the 70’s. You could buy them in a pharmacy. Grow up.

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    henry53 says:

    Tomlin is playing for his job this year. If the Steelers have another crap season, he’s gone!

    ravenmuscle says:

    Tomlin’s job is on the line and he KNOWS IT.

    Crap season? WOW, you REALLY don’t know the Steelers, do you. For starters, in his 6 years as HC, he has taken the team to 2 Super Bowls, and has not had a losing record yet. NOT ONLY that, the Steelers have had a total of 3 Head Coaches in the last 40 years, so Tomlin probably has more job security than any other person in the NFL.

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    stoogy says:

    They must be looking for the same results that they have gotten from 1933-1973. When they never won a championship!

    SO, the Steelers are TRYING to have a bad season? Come on, if you are going to insult us, at least make it sound educated. PLEASE.

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    t8ertot says:

    “Old old” is very appropriate for the Steelers

    Ben is the only offensive starter over the age of 30 this year. Our defense got younger at NT, OLB, CB, and drafted a young safety to replace either Clark or Polamalu next year. Yes, we have a few older starters, but we are younger than we were last year, and will be even younger next year.

    In another year or two, you people saying “old” about is are going to have to find something new to pick on.

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    dowhatifeellike says:

    Didn’t the players make sure the CBA limits the amount of hitting they do in practice? Not sure how much it’ll help when you can only wear pads 25 days per year.

    Players limited how many in pads practice teams can have. They did not say what can be done at those practices.

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    Joemontanaflacco says:

    If the Steelers really want to win, they need to also practice what got them to their past championships. CHEAP SHOTS!

    WHAT?! Look, Joey. Football is a MANS sport. If you want to have success, you HAVE to hit the other team hard. I now understand how young you must be, because about 7-8 years ago, the Ravens defense and the Steelers defense were mirror images of each other. As a matter of fact, you had players like Chris McAllister, Peter Boulware, Bart Scott (who used to be a great player), and others that hit the EXACT SAME WAY as James Harrison did. The ONLY difference is, now hitting like that is a penalty.

  52. sbchampsagain says: Aug 5, 2013 2:09 PM

    “Old-old school. Like the Noll Years.”

    Hopefully not the last 7 Noll years where they couldn’t get over 9 wins…

    Heck even Chuck Noll was probably rolling in his grave after watching last year’s team lose to the likes of Oakland, Tennesee, Cleveland and Cincy.

  53. Deb says: Aug 5, 2013 2:42 PM

    We’ve lost some team leaders on defense and replaced them with young, green players. It’s important those players understand what’s expected of them and how to perform to the standard. Glad to hear Tomlin’s giving them a concentrated dose in camp.

    Yes, citizenstrange, it would be nice if our offense would score more points–though I’m fine with low-scoring games as long as ours is the winning score. But the offense and defense are in different places. The offense just needs to stay healthy and follow the Haley plan. Untimely injuries and receivers who didn’t bother coming to camp were our undoing on that side of the ball last season.

  54. steelcurtainn says: Aug 5, 2013 2:45 PM

    Love the hater comments. Fans afraid that Steelers will be a forced to be reckon with. Why else would they be trolling steeler articles everyday?

  55. crip2nite says: Aug 5, 2013 2:53 PM

    Heck even Chuck Noll was probably rolling in his grave after watching last year’s team lose to the likes of Oakland, Tennesee, Cleveland and Cincy.
    ****************************************************************** Get used to it steelers fans! Cincy has your number! They will have 8 rings before you get seven!

  56. drdre8424 says: Aug 5, 2013 2:59 PM

    Buffalo did live goal line drills on Friday, and a full practice live scrimmage tonight…so Pittsburgh isn’t the only team going “old-school”.

  57. Moudabo says: Aug 5, 2013 3:13 PM

    Have to laugh at these knuckle draggers who like to fantasize about Tomlin being in the hot seat.
    In his 6 yrs as head coach, his team has 4 Div Championships and 2 Conference Championships, with 1 of 2 Superbowls they have appeared in.

    Tomlin owns a .656 winning percentage in one of the league’s toughest divisions. So, one might think the Steelers Brass might want to wait until he has
    even ONE losing season before entertaining the thought of firing their head coach, don’t you think?

    SMH at the incredulity of these muscle brains.

  58. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Aug 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    sbchampsagain says:
    Aug 5, 2013 2:09 PM

    Heck even Chuck Noll was probably rolling in his grave after watching last year’s team lose to the likes of Oakland, Tennesee, Cleveland and Cincy.
    ———————
    Chuck Noll isn’t dead, Terry Bradshaw is. Allegedly.

  59. bengalguy says: Aug 5, 2013 3:48 PM

    Good…….cuz their an OLD, OLD TEAM!!!!

  60. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:57 PM

    You talk about a panic team? Its the Steelers. They are going to be in the AFC North basement at the end of the season. Watch Big Bens interviews at training camp; he’s got that nervous smile…LOL
    I cant wait to see them get beat up, and I mean BEAT UP in Cincy–primetime

  61. rushmatic says: Aug 5, 2013 4:02 PM

    steelers33 says:

    Watch out NFL this is an angry Steelers team. Historically this team is at its best when people count them out. Go ahead talk about the young talented bengals and the ravens, while we will be waiting to prove it on the field.

    _________________

    Steeler fans really are the best at bluster. Not even a player talking like this — it’s a fan with as much knowledge of his team as any normal guy out there — yet he’s issuing warnings to everyone. LOL!

  62. jacktheraven says: Aug 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    Good point rushmatic. Remember when Tomlin said Steelers were going to “unleash hell” on the NFL. Didn’t work out to well.

  63. jtbsteeler says: Aug 5, 2013 4:27 PM

    4 Days until Ozzie Newsome realizes his mistakes and signs a FA WR.

  64. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 5, 2013 4:30 PM

    And all the extra tackling will still result in a mediocre non playoff season. I will give steelers fans credit, they want to believe their team is still relevant so bad, that they throw common sense and reality to the side, and let pure emotion take over. We will see soon enough who the true steeler fans are when they go through the next decade (or at least until Ben is removed as stating QB.) dwelling the bottom of the afc north. They did have a good run though!

  65. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 5, 2013 4:32 PM

    At the hall of fame recently, Ogden pointed out (and thanked him) his coach for the Ravens took it easy on them during the week in practice. Ogden said it helped them go out healthy and take care of business on way to super bowl.

    It’s an interesting debate.

  66. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 5, 2013 4:33 PM

    A lot of very young NFL fans posting their envy/hate on this thread. You don’t know the steeler way at all with their head coaches so the comments on Tomlinson future prove Your immaturity.
    So what if its old school if it works you trolls will be even bigger fools.

    Jack the Raven enjoy your moment in the sun….be over in Feb for at least another ten years. Six rings troll…six rings.

  67. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 5, 2013 4:36 PM

    @bengalskuta82, would that be the same nervous smile we see on every Bengals player and fan before every playoff game?

    And primetime is too big a spotlight for your JV team, they will get lauhed off the field, as usual.

  68. lovefootball4life says: Aug 5, 2013 4:53 PM

    Under the new rules a team literally has a total of about 10, three hour practices in pads before the first preseason game. They can’t do two-a-days anymore. Then they start to slip into their normal weekly schedule that doesn’t include full contact every day. Its great they’re going full speed in camp but I doubt they are unique.

  69. jacktheraven says: Aug 5, 2013 5:13 PM

    Curb your anger Nofool. We in Baltimore have 6 NFL Championship rings too. No big deal. Some teams have more than that.

  70. whodey420 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:02 PM

    How many Steeler fans does it take to change a light bulb?

    None, they sit in the dark and talk about how good the old one use to work!

  71. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 5, 2013 6:23 PM

    Curb your anger Nofool. We in Baltimore have 6 NFL Championship rings too. No big deal. Some teams have more than that.

    No anger here Jack the troll. Ha ha you subscribe to the idea that the trophies prior to SB mean something now. Please get real ……the steelers have the most and that is recognized by intelligent football minds everywhere but Charm City where there are no intelligent football minds …except for scoobie s

  72. whodey420 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:59 PM

    Nofool. Your coaches name is Tomlin, not Tomlinson. I stated that earlier but that post is gone now lol.

    It’s alright though. It’s no secret that Florio is
    an unbiased “Steelers” fan.

    Good Luck this season though Nofool. All trash
    talkin’ aside.

    You too Jacktheraven.

    I, myself can not wait! It’s going to be interesting to say the least. AFC North is probably the toughest division in football. Steelers, Ravens and Bengals have top 5 or 6 defenses in the entire league and even Clevelands defense is no slouch.
    Ray Horton is their Defensive Coordinator now and Steelers and Bengals fans know that guy!

  73. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 5, 2013 10:06 PM

    This just in: Chuck Noll is not, repeat, is not dead…

    Deb:
    The wealth of talent on the defensive side of the ball is drying up. Being ranked No. 1 five times over the next 9 seasons is highly improbable. That means the offense will need to pick up the slack. That also means the offense’s proud tradition of being ranked in the bottom 10 in scoring will need be elevated.
    Injuries and malcontents are part of the game. Playing the weakest schedule in the NFL is not part of the game.
    The days of winning 13-9 games against the Browns and those of their ilk are over. This offense needs to improve ASAP.

  74. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 5, 2013 10:22 PM

    The only rings Nofool has are the ones around his bathtub.

  75. steelcurtainn says: Aug 5, 2013 10:40 PM

    @whodey

    Very Original. We all only heard that one about 99 times. Congratulations, that makes you the 100th person to post it on PFT. Tell him what he’s won, Johnny.

  76. adavid2 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:22 AM

    Go Tomlin. It is about time that the “Steelers” get that “Annie the riveter” attitude. Polamalu needs to get in there and “zen out” this year. If you build it Tomlin and they will come. It would be nice to see a toughened up team take the field this year. Rothlisberger could take it even if his personality sucks, he is still a tough guy. If Bell learns what made Blier, Franco and The Bus had in common, look out this could be a breakout year indeed.

  77. scoobies05 says: Aug 6, 2013 6:17 AM

    thanks for the shout out nfnd. but my question is for jb. why is colbert making all of these roster moves. same reason as when ozzie does. to make his team better. i really dont get why you keep making the same ridiculous point

  78. jacktheraven says: Aug 6, 2013 8:32 AM

    @nofool. Only in Pittsburgh must a SB mean more than any other NFL Championship. A Championship is a Championship. Ask a Packer fan how many rings they have. It’s more than 6.

  79. steelcurtainn says: Aug 6, 2013 10:58 AM

    A championship might be a championship. But a championship is not a superbowl. Winning a championship in the 40’s isn’t the same as winning todays modern day superbowls. I Sure would like to see a poll on that matter. I guess its just a matter of a opinion. It has nothing to do with Pittsburgh fans seeing it that a way.

  80. Deb says: Aug 6, 2013 12:39 PM

    @bobzilla …

    I’m trying to be optimistic :)

    Would like to believe you can still win in this league with low-scoring games because nothing makes me happier than a defensive battle. But we were succeeding last year until Ben’s injury. He did seem to be on board with Haley’s system. After the injury, he reverted to his old self–with the inherent problems you know all too well. I’m just hoping the offense–and the QB–will be back in the good place as this season begins.

    As for the defense … we’ve lost a lot of leadership and I’m not happy about how the Steelers handled some of the off-season situations, namely the Harrison contract. But at least it appears with this report that they’re trying to get the new guys up to speed. Heaven knows, no one initially would have thought Harrison could become what he did. The Steelers have a history of finding gems in unlikely places. Let’s keep the faith.

  81. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 6, 2013 1:04 PM

    Note to every poster: Tomlin gets auto-corrected to Tomlinson, so need need to insinuate someone doesn’t know who coaches the steelers when that happens. Good day.

  82. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 6, 2013 3:13 PM

    Deb:
    I appreciate your optimism. However, I’m not all that sure “we were succeeding last year until Roethlisberger’s injury.” The offense ranked 19th in scoring, and the team’s record was 5-3 against the likes of the Broncos, Jets, Raiders, Eagles, Titans, Bengals, Redskins and Giants.
    Both the Bengals and Redskins were struggling at the time, while the Giants were a little distracted by something called “a superstorm.”
    Early-season schedules don’t get much easier than the one in 2012. An actual playoff contender should’ve breezed to 7-1 or 6-2 start against those cupcakes…
    Plus, the Steelers are just 5-7 in the AFC North the past two seasons, a pair of seasons in which the offense has ranked 22nd in scoring against some pretty WEAK teams.
    In case of an emergency, Roethlisberger and his media friends are already planning an escape exit for the quarterback this season: BLAME HALEY.

  83. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 6, 2013 3:17 PM

    BTW: Only those not paying attention thought Harrison wasn’t going to be special once given a chance. He was a defensive demon each and every time he stepped onto the field prior to becoming a starter in 2008.

  84. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 6, 2013 3:37 PM

    @nofool. Only in Pittsburgh must a SB mean more than any other NFL Championship. A Championship is a Championship. Ask a Packer fan how many rings they have. It’s more than 6.

    Jerktheraven a SB is a ring and a championship. You are not old enough to have seen the NFL prior to the first SB. The scale now is much larger today and therefore harder to win one let alone SIX. So you live in your championship world the vast majority of fans will live in the real world.

  85. nollisgod says: Aug 6, 2013 6:27 PM

    Only the Steelers and Tomlin could catch crap for having an 8-8 season in the midst of a Tomlin run that includes a superbowl wins two conference championships and more playoff wins than some teams have had in twenty years (feel me Dallas?) I hate the Ravens but gotta respect what the team has done, ( the team, not the fans) but Cincinatti? You guys should try and get some of those leftover bags the Saints fans wore. Here’s what you Bungle lovers (or is it bunghole, I can never keep that straight) need to know.
    SIX RINGS. Suck it. If Cincy wants rings, they better go check out that store on Pawn Stars.

  86. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 6, 2013 7:42 PM

    “Note to every poster: Tomlin gets auto-corrected to Tomlinson, so need need to insinuate someone doesn’t know who coaches the steelers when that happens. Good day.”

    Of course, after December, identifying Tomlin as anything other than the disgraced, fired coach who led the Steelers to the AFCN basement will be inaccurate.

  87. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 6, 2013 8:27 PM

    “Note to every poster: Tomlin gets auto-corrected to Tomlinson, so need need to insinuate someone doesn’t know who coaches the steelers when that happens. Good day.”

    Of course, after December, identifying Tomlin as anything other than the disgraced, fired coach who led the Steelers to the AFCN basement will be inaccurate.

    I am sure you based this assessment on more than your twelve months watching tv unsupervised.

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