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  1. Well those three players you named started a combined 35 out 80 games the last 2 seasons - kind of hard to help when you're, you know, not on the field
  2. Well, Joe did say he didn't think we needed receivers. The front office apparently heard him loud and clear.
  3. I don't see o-line in the first unless we trade back. I just don't see the value there. We've done it plenty of times before finding later round guys that become o-line starters - Lewis, Urschel, Wagner, Yanda - heck even Chris Chester is still starting in this league. Guys like Pashos and Rabach also started for a long time in the league. In order I'd say OLB - CB - WR would be the positions I'd prefer we draft in the first round.
  4. A right tackle in the first round? When we have a young stud left tackle? That's about as bad as Al Davis taking Ray Guy in the first round - who cares how talented the guy is, you can get him or another good player at his position in the mid rounds.
  5. Aiken is actually what I'm thinking. I'd love to have a flat out playmaker, but Aiken over the course of his career with us has caught right around 60% of his passes. Obviously Perriman was injured last year and this year was really about getting his feet wet, but over the course of his career Joe has had several receivers - Perriman, Torrey Smith, Mark Clayton, Jacoby Jones - who caught 50% of the passes thrown their way or fewer - some of these guys made spectacular plays, but they weren't ever consistent threats. Now we can talk pass depth all we want, but the thing that stands out to me is Joe, when he's at his best, has 2 things going - 1 is a great year from his tight end i.e. Heap, Pitta, Owen Daniels, and the other is a wide receiver that can be a go to guy when he's in trouble like Mase, Q, or SSS. I think we're going to have the tight end spot taken care of, but with SSS retiring, I don't know if I trust Wallace or Perriman to be that receiver I was talking about. If Aiken or someone else can fill that void, I'd take that in a heartbeat. An elite receiver like a Sammy Watkins or Julio Jones type would be great, but Joe has proven he doesn't need that type of receiver to play well and win playoff games.
  6. We have several speedster/playmaker type receivers. What we need is someone to replace SSS - I'm thinking in the mold of a Jordan Matthews, a guy who catches 2/3 of the passes thrown his way and can be a safety net of sorts.
  7. Vincent Jackson - 34, coming off injury, has been the complementary guy for the last 2 seasons now that mike Evans is in Tampa Bay. Kendall Wright, Brian Quick, Pierre Garcon are also guys that may be worth a look at, but none I think would be more than an number 3 at best.
  8. I would like to point this out: the Steelers have been touted as a model franchise for 2+ decades running. Everyone always talks about the late round draft gems they find and the smart decisions ownership makes regarding coaching and roster changes. Since 2008, the Steelers have 1 Superbowl win, 1 other appearance, and 3 other playoff appearances during which they went 1-3, their only win coming against the playoff-inept Cincinnati Bengals. Since 2008, we've made the playoffs 7 of 10 seasons, have won at least 1 playoff game in every playoff season, have won 1 Superbowl, and have finished with a losing record exactly 1 time. We also made 2 other AFCCG appearances and had the second one a dropped pass away from being ours. Unless you're the Patriots of the last 15 seasons, AFCCG trips are not so automatic. Aaron Rodgers has only led his team to the NFCCG twice, and was pretty bad against Seattle in the loss. The Giants seem to win a Superbowl when they make the playoffs but then miss the playoffs in every other year. Of all the teams that have made the playoffs for longer consecutive streaks then our 5 in a row, only the Packers, Colts and Patriots did so after the year 2000, and unsurprisingly they all feature three of the top 10 quarterbacks to ever play the game.
  9. Because we've only spent 2 top 100 picks in 9 seasons on wideouts, and instead have tried signing/trading for veteran "bargains". The good in that approach is that Flacco seems to develop a quick rapport with those vets - Mason, Kelley Washington, Boldin, Lee Evans for the 2 games he played, Heap, SSS, Owen Daniels, and now Mike Wallace. The bad is those guys get hurt and/or don't last longer than 3 seasons with us, it seems.
  10. My dream matchup would be Cubs-Indians. Between the 2 teams its been I think 176 years since their last world series titles.
  11. In 2010 and 2011 we went 12 and 4 and made it no further than the AFCCG. In 2012 we stumbled into the playoffs after losing 4 of our last 5 games. How many articles were written during the divisional playoff week crowing Peyton Manning and saying the Broncos would blow us out of the water? There was that "Manning is the Computer" article by Ashley what's her name. We weren't supposed to even be competitive in the WC round much less win the Superbowl - and yet, we went on an offensive run that maybe 2 or 3 other teams in Superbowl history can say they managed. We held two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time at bay, and we would have destroyed Denver on the scoreboard if it wasn't for 2 kickoff return touchdowns. All that matters now is that we probably need 11 wins to guarantee a playoff spot, and the playoffs are where anything can happen. So who cares if we win the easy games? We just need to be the best team in January, and there's a long way to go to decide that. We need to make it to January first, and we'll see then what the Ravens look like.
  12. I should add - Pitta hasn't missed a beat in his return. He just needs to start finding the endzone a bit.
  13. The good - we came back from a huge hole to win - last year if we were down by 3 at the half it was pretty much over. The bad - the way we've been starting games. Last week the defense was outstanding while the offense needed to wake up. This week both were dead asleep in the first quarter plus some. This kind of comeback won't happen against better teams. Again, with the offense especially I'm chalking it up to the fact that half the starters were either on IR or not on the team last year, but by week 5 or 6 I'm hoping things are ironed out.
  14. The Good: All of our injury question marks and new player question marks came out relatively unscathed. Flacco looked good, Pitta good, SSS good, Forsett good, Suggs good, Jimmy Smith good, the rookies on defense played well. As mentioned, our first opener win since 2012. The bad: offensive line needs some work - hopefully the rookies have a fast learning curve. Too many stalling drives in the second half when we had some momentum built up from the first. I'll take the win and I do understand there are a lot of new, young faces on both sides of the ball, but the Bills haven't been a major playoff contender in a long time.
  15. My main concern is just getting out of this game healthy. I believe everything else will come together as the season goes on.