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 Post subject: The College Football Season is Over
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:18 pm 
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I am truly saddened to say that the college football season is over. In some ways, I enjoy watching the college game more than the professional game. There's something truly to be said for a team of 19 and 20-year-olds to come together and win a national championship. For a group of young men to come together under a coach and his staff. There's still a love for the game that you see at the college level, before the money corrupts the game.

But enough the of the sentiment, the real purpose of my rambling was to put some thoughts to paper on what the Steelers need to do to be successful for the next several years, regardless of how they finish this season. There are a few areas that really need to be addressed on the roster.

Pass rusher
At some point the Steelers need to realize that Bud Dupree is simply never going to get it. He will make a play here and a play there, but he's never going to "get it" or have the light bulb come on. He is at the same point in his career that Jarvis Jones was two years ago. It's a damn shame considering how athletic he is, and the Steelers would do well to recognize it. TJ Watt has already shown more in one season than Dupree has in his first three seasons. The Steelers need to draft another guy to eventually take his place in a year. If not to replace him, to push him. Depth is putrid right now. ABSOLUTELY FUCKING DISGUSTING.

Inside linebacker
I'm terrified of the linebacking group as a whole. Outside of Vince Williams and TJ Watt, the rest of the group is borderline NFL depth. Vince Williams has surprised most of us this year, but that was with Ryan Shazier by his side. I fear the worst for Shazier and if he will ever be able to play or let alone be the same player. And even more, this group needs SPEED!

Safety
Man, I can't believe the bad angles Mike Mitchell takes for a guy who is going on his 9th season as a professional football player. The backups aren't that good either. It's time for a changing of the guard if you will. Sean Davis is the only piece that you can reasonably project who should be part of the future of this team.

Free agents to consider:
LB Jeremiah Attaochu, Chargers- This guy is no longer in the big picture for the Chargers. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are the future in San Diego and they are downright terrifying. Attaochu has had some injury problems but I was very high on him in the pre-draft process and he fits the Steelers needs at OLB. He's very athletic and can drop into coverage. I think he would be guy who can push Dupree and or challenge for his spot in 2019.

LB Anthony Hitchens, Cowboys- He is not as big of a priority as OLB, but Hitchens has been a decent player for Dallas this year. He'd be a nice depth piece or spot starter, but I expect the draft is where the Steelers will add a guy.

SAF Eric Reid, 49ers- The Steelers seems like they avoid drafting a FS like the plague. Ever since Chris Hope left it was Ryan Clark for 8 years and then Mike Mitchell. I think its pretty reasonable they could go after another if they are ready to bring in some more talent. Reid was another guy I like coming out and it appears that San Francisco isn't going to extend him. Not to mention, Reid is exactly the type of safety they have had for years.

SAF Tre Boston, Panthers- Boston was brought in this past offseason but got more money elsewhere. Could always be another option if Carolina doesn't want him back.

SAF Marcus Gilchrist, TExans- Depth sucks and I've always like Gilchrist. I thought he played solid for Houston this past season and our safety situation sucks.

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 Post subject: Re: The College Football Season is Over
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:53 pm 
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Why not go for Navarro Bowman? Still looks good. Could be a decent stopgap.

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 Post subject: Re: The College Football Season is Over
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:49 pm 
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jebrick wrote:
Why not go for Navarro Bowman? Still looks good. Could be a decent stopgap.

Because he fucking sucks!


Just kidding, I must have jumped over his name on the list when I was perusing it :lol:

He might be a good stop gap, it will be interesting to see what the Steelers do at ILB with Shazier likely out for next season.

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 Post subject: Re: The College Football Season is Over
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Eric Reid lost his starting job to Jaq Tartt half way through the season and was moved to linebacker.. I’m guessing he’d still be an upgrade over Mitchell or could have him bulk up 10 pounds to play a hybrid and fulfil some of Shaziers duties at ILB

I like a good story could sign Eric then draft his brother Justin who turned down LSU for Stanford so he could be close to his big brother


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 Post subject: Re: The College Football Season is Over
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:44 am 
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Steeler Fury would go ape shit if the Steelers signed Reid. Have him kneel next to Villy would be good team drama for a year.

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 Post subject: Re: The College Football Season is Over
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Ronnie Harrison or Rashaan Evans RND 1.... flip a coin.

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 Post subject: Re: The College Football Season is Over
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jebrick wrote:
Steeler Fury would go ape shit if the Steelers signed Reid. Have him kneel next to Villy would be good team drama for a year.



Beat me to it...Reid is heading for the Kap treatment.


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 Post subject: Re: The College Football Season is Over
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jebrick wrote:
Why not go for Navarro Bowman? Still looks good. Could be a decent stopgap.


Honestly, he was my first offseason FA thought. Ticks some buttons. Solid vet FA, hasn't competed for a championship for a while, Penn State guy, experience in a 34. Does he have the speed and coverage ability at his age (29, getting up there) to do what we would ask him to do?


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 Post subject: Re: The College Football Season is Over
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Steelafan77 wrote:
Ronnie Harrison or Rashaan Evans RND 1.... flip a coin.

I’d like Harrison or Tremaine Edmunds


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 Post subject: Re: The College Football Season is Over
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:36 am 
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Ice wrote:
jebrick wrote:
Why not go for Navarro Bowman? Still looks good. Could be a decent stopgap.


Honestly, he was my first offseason FA thought. Ticks some buttons. Solid vet FA, hasn't competed for a championship for a while, Penn State guy, experience in a 34. Does he have the speed and coverage ability at his age (29, getting up there) to do what we would ask him to do?


I am not saying that the Steelers do not draft a ILB but bowman would be a decent stopgap.

Think of FA to make up for failed draft picks. They have not tried to draft a replacement for Michell. i would really hate to get another FA to replace a failing FA.

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