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Annual predict the seasons thread

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Posted: 8/28/2014 1:15 PM

Annual predict the seasons thread 


I'm conflicted.  The Schedule is very easy, but our ground game is still an issue, and the defense has lots of problems.

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Posted: 8/28/2014 1:18 PM

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I'm saying 7-9 with a late winning streak, but this could be the bottom out come to jesus season.  Holes at WR2, OLB, CB1, NT and questions at LT, DE, ILB, WR3, and S will be difficult to over come.  Everything has to go exactly right for this team to make thePO.





Jim Wexell on us not being able to keep Lewis because he wanted to go home:

"I agree with most of this except Lewis wanted to stay.  Big mistake by the FO."


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Posted: 8/28/2014 1:25 PM

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mark me down for 11-5. This OL is the key to the team, and, it will take some growing but this will be a fun unit to watch get better as the year's rolls on
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Posted: 8/28/2014 1:34 PM

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Huh?  When push comes to shove, "going over the cliff" is 7-9? Oooookay.

I will take the inverse.  9-7.  Offense is streaky -- especially Ben.  Can look really good and then can disappear.  I am higher on the defense than most on this board.  But they are still integrating a lot of new players in Shazier, Tuitt, Thomas (not to mention Cam Thomas and Mike Mitchell as FAs) .  And the pass rush (outside of Worilds -- who looks spry right before his annual injury) is a concern.  Although the CBs are below average, I like the safeties and ILBs -- feel like they will provide good coverage in the middle of the field.
Matt6999 wrote: I say you rename the title and we make this it.  

I'm saying 7-9 with a late winning streak.

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Posted: 8/28/2014 1:43 PM

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Only because of Ben.  You put an average QB on this team and it is lights out.
Hannibal2121 wrote: Huh?  When push comes to shove, "going over the cliff" is 7-9? Oooookay.







Jim Wexell on us not being able to keep Lewis because he wanted to go home:

"I agree with most of this except Lewis wanted to stay.  Big mistake by the FO."


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Posted: 8/28/2014 1:50 PM

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Wow.  Way to step on Thad's toes.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 1:55 PM

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You can mark me down for an unknown amount of whiskey shots.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 2:02 PM

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I think the defense struggles early but that early schedule is pretty easy: Cle, Bal, Car, TB, Jax, Cle, Hou and Ind. Even with a mediocre offense, that should be 6-2 or 5-3 (losses to Ind, Bal and Car). Second half is a bit more challenging with NO, ATL, Bungs x 2, Bal, Jets, TN and KC. I don't see them losing to the Bungs twice or the Jets. Titans are a win. I just don't see 9 losses in that schedule. 

8-8 at the worst but I think 10-6 is more likely based on the schedule. It all depends on the offense, really.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 2:06 PM

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hadn't thought of that. I doubt he cares, we need something to talk about here other than tomlin sux
PConnors wrote: Wow.  Way to step on Thad's toes.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 2:06 PM

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Thought 7-9 last year...This is a better team.

IMO, turnover margin will be better. Pass rush will be a little improved. Run game should be good. Ben, if healthy will excell.

My major concerns, OL staying healthy, stopping the run, kicking game.

9-7...last wildcard spot.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 2:08 PM

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Sticking with my 11-5 prediction from before training camp. It will be a bit rocky and uneven to start, but we will gel by mid season.

***  JB on June 6, 2014:  How do we make room for the rookie contracts?  ***
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Posted: 8/28/2014 2:15 PM

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Matt6999 wrote: I'm saying 7-9 with a late winning streak, but this could be the bottom out come to jesus season.  Holes at WR2, OLB, CB1, NT and questions at LT, DE, ILB, WR3, and S will be difficult to over come.  Everything has to go exactly right for this team to make thePO.
That was my prediction last year 7-9, this year 10-6.

 

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Posted: 8/28/2014 2:22 PM

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10-6.  Hard to see them not getting at least an extra 2 with having an easier schedule and healthier personnel to start.  Like the OL, RBs, and healthy TEs.   D certainly has some question marks, but I still believe Heyward is going to have a better year, Tuitt will be an eventual upgrade, and Shazier, while having some growing pains, will eventually be a splash play maker.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 2:25 PM

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When I looked at the schedule a few months ago, I said 9-7.  I haven't seen anything to really change my mind.

Predictions:
Division games - 4-2 - Sweep Cleveland and split with Baltimore and Cincy (always assume a split vs Ravens and Bengals, and a sweep of Browns until I see a reason to assume otherwise)
AFC South - 3-1 - L vs Colts; Ws vs Jags, Titans, and Texans (Colts just have more talent...I don't think Jags and Titans are very good...think the Texans are much better than their record last year, but it's a prime-time home game so think it's a W)
NFC South - 1-3 - W vs Bucs; Ls vs Panthers, Falcons, Saints (Bucs stink...Panthers is on the road...I think the Saints are going to be very good this year...Falcons are much better than their record last year and I don't like the matchup at all in the dome)
2nd place opponents - 1-1 - W vs Jets, L vs Chiefs (Jets stink...Chiefs still have the best D in the league IMO assuming they don't lose half their team to injury again)
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Posted: 8/28/2014 3:14 PM

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I think the team is better all the way around....except for Special Teams. Why the Steelers can never get this are of the team right I will never know.  ST's will end up being the reason the Steelers lose a couple of games this year.

Offensively

1. Better OL with better coaching
2. Better running game with the addition of Blount a Dri
3. WR's are much better and Brown looks like he is playing much better then he did last year.

Defensively

1. DL is much imporved
2. ILB is much imporved
3. Safety position is much improved
4. If the OLB position can get consistent pressure and sacks.....it will be improved.
5. CB's.....this is one area that is suspect and with the new rules....UGH!

ST's

1. Punter sucks
2. Suisham.....not sure what we got with him this year.

I hope Tomlin proves me wrong as a coach and I am going out on a limb and thinking 11-5.

“If you’re going to talk stuff an try to take me out, I’m coming at you. " Hines

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Posted: 8/28/2014 6:09 PM

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I just do not see more than a 9 wins
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Posted: 8/28/2014 8:01 PM

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I have no idea. Just no feel for this team. See way to many holes to fill. Cinn, Balt are better. So division will be a struggle and that is hard to overcome.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 8:34 PM

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I called 8-8 last season. Right on the money,


Starting off with the good.


We enter the season with no major injures or suspensions to front line players!


Our schedule is very easy, If you take the won vs. loss records of our opponents in 2013, or use Las Vegas odds for wins and losses in 2014, its about as easy as it gets. We also match up well in terms of playing few top level passing teams to take advantage our of pass rush or coverage units ( more on that later ). If Bill Cowher had Ben Roethlisberger with this schedule, it would be an 11-5 to 12-4 type of season. We still have Ben in his prime, and a more diversified ground game with an upgrade at the OL coaching spot. Regarding the ground game Bell lost weight is a bit quicker. Blount will add something as the short yardage back, and Archer as a wild card speed back means we should be a bit better on 3rd and goal / short, or on screen passes / draws. I think our kick coverage units will be solid this season.   Brown should have another top 8 WR type of season.


Now for the bad. I think our pass rush is going is going to produce less pressures, sacks, and turnovers. J. Jones needs to produce. It he does not teams will chip or double team Worilds. Our secondary is a mess. Ike has lost a step and Troy is another year closer to retirement. Allen is very up and down with his play and Mitchell to be kind has not hit the ground running in camp. While Gay is a fine 3rd Cb, and the depth at saftey looks good, I think this unit will be exposed again once we play the better passing teams. I also have some concerns with the run defense vs the more physical teams. I tend to think Suisham won't be as good this season. He has been shaky this pre-season. With 3 defensive rookies who will play a lot, we are bound to have some growing pains. LeBeau is a master for sure, but he looks like an older / well decorated general not adapting to a changing NFL. The old bend but don't break and hit the receiver hard defense is not going to work with these set of rules. I saw little in the pre-season in terms of stopping the up tempo passing game the NFL now favor, and to be frank, we lack the tools to make it work.


***The unknown. A lot rides on Wheaton and J Jones. And we might have to play big Dan at NT more than we'd like. If Ben goes down for 3 or more games...its over. Depth at TE and OLB is very thin.


Official prediction. Its hard to get a feel for this team, as we have a few moving parts that are unknowns. But we do have Ben, and a very easy schedule. With only two top level teams in the AFC a 9-7 record should make the playoffs.  If Tomlin misses the playoffs for the 3rd time in a row, we should start our search for our next head coach. There has been too much playing down to the level of bad teams, off the field stuff, and bad game time decisions / lack of adjustments. We could be 7-9 to 11-5 this season. Anything below or above that would shock me. I'll say 9-7, taking a wild card spot, then getting blown out in the playoffs thanks to not addressing the CB's, and pass rush. To get to 9-7, we only need to sweep the Browns, and split the rest of the games.

-JB

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Posted: 8/28/2014 9:13 PM

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This is another 8-8 team, welcome officially to mediocrity.

I'm hoping for a complete turnover on the coaching staff-is that too much to ask?
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Posted: 8/28/2014 9:29 PM

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Team wins one preseason game this year which make regular season record 9-7, one game better then last season. I could also find numerous reasons to predict 7-9 as well.
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