Monday, March 02, 2015

Back from Winter Hibernation

Picking up where we left off after our post-Super Bowl winter hibernation ...

The Steelers had no business losing to Baltimore in the playoffs, but they did. They got out-physicaled. 

A number of unpleasant memories linger from that game, but two stand out: Dri "Tiny" Archer getting run over and having his helmet knocked off by Terrell Suggs; and Jason Worilds slugging backup tight end Crockett Gilmore after the play, in the side of the head -- to absolutely no effect; Gilmore didn't even flinch. Worilds looked weak, hot-headed and foolish, and he cost the Steelers a costly 15-yard penalty.  

It was downright embarrassing. 

The Steelers' lack of physicality, especially on defense, was evident all year. The middle of the defensive front was too soft, too often, and first-round linebackers Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier got pushed around and pushed back way too often for the relatively little amount they played.  It's a concern.

Several veterans are likely to be released this week, and some new ones may be brought in.

As much as we would have liked to have had Jacoby Jones on the Steelers (instead of the Ravens) the past few years, he is 31.  His best days are behind him.  

Mike Wallace? No.  Lamarr Woodley? No.

The Steelers need help on defense, especially in the secondary and at rush linebacker. That's no secret. Whether that help comes via free agency or the draft -- or whether it comes at all -- we'll just have to wait and see.

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