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  1. This was my first year without fantasy football in almost 25 years. And it was my most enjoyable football season in at least a decade... aside from all of the Steelers injuries, at least. Only cared about a couple games per week, and that was as a fan, not just following a box score. Made lots of money over the years but life's too short to spend time worrying about that stuff.. too much information out there, too many guys who really do believe they're experts at a game that's a vast majority luck, and so many better and more important ways to spend my time, especially on Sundays. Won't be playing next year either, almost surely done for good.
  2. Maybe it's nothing, maybe it's something. But I have a hard time believing it's nothing simply because this exact tactic was brought up in the 2015 article detailing the ways the Patriots cheated the system. I'm sure it's been brought up somewhere else in this thread, but I'm too lazy to look for it. "Soon, advanced scouts would be sent to the games of upcoming Patriots' opponents to film the play signals. The scouts would go undercover as media members, with media credentials listed under "Patriots TV" or "Kraft Productions" and were prepared with excuses of what to say they were filming if security asked."
  3. It doesn't matter if it was a called play the entire game. It's another example of Tomlin's shortcomings as an in-game manager. If he had been on top of things and if he knew it was called depending on the defensive look, there's no scenario where a fake punt would make sense no matter what the Cardinals did. Up 10, 4th quarter, on your own end of the field, and with a great defense. That fake punt should've been called off entirely, and that's on coaching. Between that and the clock management at the end, it was a piss poor quarter of coaching that luckily didn't cost the team anything.
  4. This isn't a talentless roster. Far from it. Especially on defense. It just happens to be missing the single most irreplaceable player on it. The offense is performing poorly, even while the team wins. It's not like the coaching staff has magically made the offense respectable - it's 26th in rushing, 29th in passing, and 28th overall. They've won despite the offense, because there's simply no way to make it better. With Ben, this team would have been a legit Super Bowl contender. The defense is where the improvement has come, and it's been drastic. They now have playmakers at every level. Not just the trade for Fitzpatrick, but the drafting of Bush and the emergence of Dupree have been massive too. The kudos I give to the coaching staff isn't about taking a crappy roster and making it better. They haven't done that. It's to the coaching staff for keeping everything positive and cohesive and to the front office for making the deal for Minkah and believing in what they have on defense, because while this team isn't a title contender, they're a legit playoff team because of the defense alone. IMO, if they had made the switch at QB sooner and not stuck with Rudolph's turnovers, they may have an extra win. Rudolph has always looked overmatched in the pocket to me.
  5. I'm not a Tomlin fan, never have been. I'm well aware that plenty of teams would be happy to have him, but I stand by every criticism of his lack of in-game adjustments, his awful track record of challenges, and how often his teams have shown up flat in spots they have no business showing up flat. I still believe that inheriting a HOF QB has masked a lot of his shortcomings as a coach. Feeling that way doesn't preclude me from acknowledging that this team has FAR exceeded my expectations and I'm impressed that they've stayed together and positive in the face of a ton of adversity. I think the success of the defense has kind of spearheaded a belief that they'll be in every game, and the offense's job is just not to turn it over and screw it up. If they can make a few plays a game, all the better. I also don't think this team would've been as successful if they hadn't moved on from Antonio Brown and possibly Le'veon Bell. Especially Brown. The lack of drama this year has been nice.
  6. Well, maybe, maybe not. Coleman entered the year as the starter, and even with him out, Breida and Mostert basically split carries and lost goal-line work. That tells me Coleman may have factored heavily into their plans. I think it's very plausible to think Coleman would get roughly 50% of the work with Breida and occasionally Mostert filling in for series, but I don't see that offense splitting work up evenly between all three of them AND keeping a goal-line back active too. If Coleman get GL carries (and that's distinctly possible since Shananan didn't trust Breida or Mostert with that role in his absense), there's a potential for strong RB2 value there. Well worth a shot right now IMO.
  7. Not if Wilson ends up inactive on gamedays and Coleman takes on the goal-line role. Doubtful they keep all 4 RBs active on gamedays, and Wilson's limited role seems to be the most likely to be the one left out. If Coleman gets 50-60% of the RB touches on that offense plus GL carries, that's a valuable piece.
  8. It's really not a bad idea for Trump. AB is one of the few human beings on the planet who can actually make anything Trump says sound reasonable, and as little accountability as AB takes for his own screw-ups, he still can probably teach Trump a few things about taking responsibility and admitting mistakes. Besides, him being a criminal and being an utter dumb ### on Twitter would fit in very well in the White House these days. Someone should start a petition to hire AB as his new Chief of Staff...
  9. C'mon man, that 2006 team was awesome and it was only Ben's motorcycle accident and preseason emergency appendectomy that led to that record in Cowher's last season. The 2004 team went 15-1 and the 2005 team won the Super Bowl. Ben had an awful 2006 as he battled through it all and lost all that weight, but the finish to the season was more indicative of the talent level that Tomlin took over than the overall record. There's a baseline of success that he was going to have based on the talent he had and the HOF QB he inherited, but the culture he created is at least part of why the teams underachieved. The thing about Tomlin is that at no point has he ever been the kind of coach who'll make the team better than the talent level, but he's been blessed with plenty of talent to stay afloat. Maybe few are, but his shortcomings that have held the team back are as relevant as any success he's had.
  10. I think Tomlin is a ridiculously overrated coach. And I don't think this was an especially talented team to start with even before Ben's injury, and it's about to be the 5th missed playoffs in the past 11 seasons. The drama that's overwhelmed the team over the past few years was just as much of a result of the atmosphere he's created than anything else... a lack of discipline and accountability. I'm not saying he's terrible and I'm not saying the Steelers would automatically go out and get someone better. Personally, I wish they'd put him on notice. But he IS terrible at in-game management and his teams show up flat way too often in games that they shouldn't. If the Steelers had failed to make the playoffs this year, Tomlin would've been on the hot seat. Ben's injury will (unfortunately in my opinion) give him a pass for this season. I think having the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball especially has kind of hid his shortcomings as a coach, and once that talent thins out a bit, it's going to make it really clear. Having Ben at QB set him up for the level of success he's had, but I don't see him sustaining it once he doesn't have a HOF QB under center.
  11. I actually wanted to see the Saints win that game because a good friend of mine works in their front office. The stuff about that call is getting way overblown at this point. As bad as that non-call was, there were plenty of missed calls on both sides during that game. The Saints had a 13-0 lead at home in a championship game and lost. They didn't lose because of that play, and had a chance after that play to stop the Rams from tying the game and a chance to win the game in overtime.
  12. 🙂Oops, yeah, my mistake... that was Cowher's team that won the SB as a Wild Card. Brain fart. That sounds right, but I can't verify without looking it up.
  13. Maybe I'm wrong about him and he's the glue that's kept everything together. I just don't see it. I'd actually like to see the pre-season expectations for the Steelers W/L record and then how the team did for the past decade. I don't know where to find that info though. I never said that having a HOF QB is a guarantee of anything, especially winning Super Bowls. While having Ben doesn't mean they should have automatically won a bunch of Super Bowls, that and the rest of the talent on the team and the division they've played in HAS almost guaranteed enough wins every year that the expectation was at least 8 wins, if not more. Even if Ben hasn't been on the truly elite level, he's been a safety net big enough that Tomin has never had to deal with the biggest problem a coach can face - poor QB play. Even at his worst and now in his late 30's, he's still one of the better ones out there and has been surrounded by tons of talent at the skill positions and on the line. I don't think Tomlin is a terrible coach, but I think his reputation is far bigger than his talent. I think he's a very, very average coach with a few glaring weaknesses on gamedays that cost the Steelers every season, and a talented team can win enough during the regular season with a coach like that. But, he won a Super Bowl with a wild card team that got hot in the playoffs shortly after taking over a great team with a great defense, and despite all the regular season wins, they've been to one AFCC in the past 8 years. At some point, the postseason results start mattering too, not just a Super Bowl from a decade ago. And please, no more posting about how he took over an 8-8 team... everyone knows why that team was 8-8 that year after winning the Super Bowl the year before. As I've said before, while it's not a guarantee that someone else would do or would have done better, I don't think he's a coach who'd be very difficult to replace.
  14. I gave it 70% and it might even be higher. Aside from the divisional advantage they've enjoyed and all that stuff, I think they win more because of the culture that he's created, the level of accountability with the players, and the system in place where everyone can be replaced and is utilized the way they should more than any one player, Brady included. I think Brady will go down as the greatest QB of all time, but I don't think he's anywhere near the most talented and I don't think he "made" Belichek. People talk about Brady like he's always been a superstar, but the Patriots won 3 of their Super Bowls before 2007, and before 2007 Brady had only one 4,000 yard passing season and was generally in the 24 to 28 TD pass range. A lot of people considered him a "game manager" before his 50 TDs season. He's smart, accurate, and has all the intangibles, but there are plenty of more purely talented QBs who had all those intangibles and better physical abilities but never won because of a lack of leadership in their organizations. To me, Belichek has been the difference in Brady's career and the Patriots' organization.