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    Default Thoughts regarding old players, the draft, and the looming lockout

    I think that the Steelers are aligning themselves for one more run at the Superbowl with this current core group of players, all the while setting themselves up for 2012, the post lockout season. Most of the contracts they have signed free agents to have been 3 year deals if I am not mistaken. That would give them these players for this season, the lockout season, and 2012.

    Also being thrown into the fold is the interesting scenario that will happen in training camp 2012. Heading into that camp the Steelers (and all NFL teams) will be bringing in 2 draft classes at once, plus the group from this season which us Steeler fans know will not see the field this year (unless we find a gem like Wallace). So heading into the 2012 training camp we will have anywhere from 21 players on up just from draft picks, plus the UDFA brought in from 2011 and 2012. Could be a big time youth movement on the horizon for the Steelers.

    Just guessing here, but we could potentially see Hines, Farrior, A. Smith, R. Clark, J. Harrison, B. Keisel, Casey Hampton, all needing replaced and they are all starters and will be in their mid 30's or higher by 2012. Throw in guys like Hartwig, Essex, possibly Troy, Deshea, and there are a lot of openings.

    Definately going to be interesting to watch and see what transpires over the next 3 years in Steelersland.

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    James Farrior needs to be replaced immediately.I could outmaneuver him in a wheelchair.

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    Default Re: Thoughts regarding old players, the draft, and the looming lockout

    I agree, MP. These moves have been interesting and it really looks like they're going back to old tricks because of the lockout season... I also agree that there will be a huge shift in the next few years as so many of our core players are seasoned.

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    I still hope that reasonable heads prevail and a lock out can be avoided,although I have to say it doesn't look good.
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    Yeah. Everything I have read about it seems to leave the impression that a lockout is inevitable. I just hope when the dust clears there is a salary cap fair for all teams.

    Seems funny that in a scenario where there seems to be money in it for everyone as it is, that some agreement fair for the owners and players couldn't be reached. If a few of the owners want to be *******s and ask for too much of the cut, or cheap asses that suck as organizations and are run like crap and don't win and draw fans, then the core group should still win out on a vote. I would hope so anyways.

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    From everything I've heard and read, it appears that a lockout is almost a foregone conclusion... I hope a deal is struck by the 12th hour.

    ... Our team is getting older... Painfully older, if you ask me.

    Whether it is "one more run" at the title, or just the way it's working out, I think it forebodes poorly for the team down the road unless minor changes are somehow made along the way. We've got some good young talent that may or may not being utilized to their fullest extent at this point... That is fine and dandy considering the talent in front of them... But we need to slowly "change over" to the younger guys so as to avoid a big slap in the face.

    And maybe we don't have the talent needed...

    In that case, we **** well better start drafting more effectively and looking at more than just one or two positions, otherwise it's gonna be brutal... And I fully expect our front office staff to prepare accordingly... Time will tell, but yes, it will definitely be interesting in Steelersland in the coming seasons.
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    From everything I've heard and read, it appears that a lockout is almost a foregone conclusion... I hope a deal is struck by the 12th hour.

    ... Our team is getting older... Painfully older, if you ask me.

    Whether it is "one more run" at the title, or just the way it's working out, I think it forebodes poorly for the team down the road unless minor changes are somehow made along the way. We've got some good young talent that may or may not being utilized to their fullest extent at this point... That is fine and dandy considering the talent in front of them... But we need to slowly "change over" to the younger guys so as to avoid a big slap in the face.

    And maybe we don't have the talent needed...

    In that case, we **** well better start drafting more effectively and looking at more than just one or two positions, otherwise it's gonna be brutal... And I fully expect our front office staff to prepare accordingly... Time will tell, but yes, it will definitely be interesting in Steelersland in the coming seasons.
    I would truly hate to hear in a couple of years the announcer for a Sunday Steeler game say...they are rebuilding......ugghhh.

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    If do have the thoughts that they compile the best team they can for one more run at the SB with this current core....then I say F it and trade up to grab Haden and start him from teh get go at CB.

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    The NFL will learn the same lesson MLB and the NHL learned, in the American sports landscape anyone can be replaced.

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    Default Re: Thoughts regarding old players, the draft, and the looming lockout

    They'll settle. But, it seems to me that most owners have alternative businesses and while the NFL produces a major part of their annual income, not too many NFL owners will miss meals.

    I don't think that is the case with the players.

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    Default Re: Thoughts regarding old players, the draft, and the looming lockout

    The owners are the ones who backed out of the CBA, right? It seems to me that if we, the fans, start emailing Goodell and the owners, and advise them that taking NFL football away from the fans who have made them the rich greedy bastards that they are, then may just have to stop putting money in their pockets. Not just Steeler fans, every fan of every team.
    Those guys may be the owners, but these teams belong to the fans of these NFL teams. Without us fans, there would be no NFL. If the owners didn't want to honor the CBA, then they shouldn't have approved it by a 28-4 vote.
    We the fans CAN heavily influence this process and we should, since we actually control how much money these fools rake in. It's time we send them a message.
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    I need to become a much better fly fisherman before this lockout happens. And yes, I also see a lot of turnover on our roster in the next three years.

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