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    Is Super Bowl in Steelers future?

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010 12:15 AM WRITTEN BY BOB SMIZIK


    One of my more vivid memories of the approximately 25 years I covered the Steelers as a columnist occurred off the field. It was around 8 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2001, two days before the world would change forever. But we didnít know that as we left the press box in Jacksonville following a pathetic 21-3 loss to the Jaguars. Our thoughts were on less-worldly matters.

    Knowing there were 15 more games of this in front of us, I said to my colleagues, ``Oh, this is going to be a long season.íí

    The Steelers went on to go 13-3 and advance to the AFC title game where they lost to the New England Patriots, who had this kid quarterback named Tom Brady.

    Moral of this story: You never know whatís going to happen in the NFL.

    As a professional journalist (semi-retired division), Iíd like to think I am somewhat immune from the ups and downs of a football season. While I might be more geared than some for the crazy bounces in a season, I fall almost as fast for the latest trends.

    Which are these:

    * Yes, the Steelers lost Sunday to the Jets, but there were an abundance of positives to come out of the game.

    The defense played well without Troy Polamalu.
    The offensive line had one of its best game.
    Rashard Mendenhall ran for 100 yards on only 17 carries.
    Ben Roethlisberger still has it.

    * The New England Patriots and the same Tom Brady were shown to be mortal and possibly beatable.

    * Despite the loss, by winning their next two games, both against bottom-feeder opposition, the Steelers will draw the second seed in the AFC, which means a bye and a chance for their injured to become more sound of body.

    In other words, the Steelers are in about as good a position as theyíve been all season to advance to the Super Bowl.

    The Patriots clearly are the class of the conference and thatís all the more so because theyíll have home-field advantage in their two playoff games.

    Behind the Patriots are a second-tier of teams: the Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets. One of the first two teams will with the AFC North. The loser, along with the Jets, figure as the wild-card teams.

    The winner of the AFC South, Indianapolis or Jacksonville, and the AFC West, Kansas City or San Diego, look to be a level below New England, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and the Jets.

    If form holds, the Steelers will play Baltimore or the Jets in their first playoff game, with the other team going to New England.

    So far, so good.

    Although the Steelers split with Baltimore and lost to the Jets, Iíd take them against either team. Their loss to Baltimore was without Roethlisberger. Their loss to the Jets was without Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller. Both figure to be healthy for the playoffs and are key players for the Steelers.

    Which, if form holds, takes the Steelers to Foxboro for the AFC title game. Considering that Brady picked apart the Steelers, 39-26 on Nov. 14 at Heinz Field, in a game that wasnít nearly that close, the Steelers are in trouble.

    But not defeated.

    Itís true, the Patriots recently have whipped the Steelers and crushed the Jets and Chicago Bears. But they also lost in Week 2 to the Jets and in Week 9 to Cleveland by the preposterous score of 34-14, as journeyman Peyton Hillis rumbled for 184 yards. And they were pushed to the limit Sunday at home against Green Bay, which was without its starting quarterback.

    They are an excellent team but yet to pass the test of greatness. They can be beaten. Brady has toyed with the Steelers so many times that their day may finally be due.

    And, of course, it might never come.

    But the message is this: The Steelers are not favored to play in the Super Bowl, but they have the ability to get there.

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    Yeah, you never know how things will turn out but, if we need to face N.E. in the playoffs, we won't be advancing to the Super Bowl.

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    Yeah, you never know how things will turn out but, if we need to face N.E. in the playoffs, we won't be advancing to the Super Bowl.
    Fezz,since you are into predicting the future,can I have tonight's lottery numbers?

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    "Is Super Bowl in Steelers future?"...


    "You only have one life, and you will not get out alive. Make the most of your time and have no regrets." - Me.

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    "Is Super Bowl in Steelers future?"...


    NEVER TRUST THE MAGIC EIGHT BALL.

    But would I love a Super Bowl Appearance? YES...would i bet on it.....probably not.
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    Steelers should win out easily

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 12:30 AM WRITTEN BY BOB SMIZIK


    Nobody asked me, but . . .

    * The Steelers put themselves in position to win their division by strong season-long play. The NFL has put them in position to clinch the title with a weak season-ending schedule. A champion-caliber team should easily handle Carolina and Cleveland and grab the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

    * On a given Sunday any team is capable of beating another in the NFL. But spare me the talk that the Browns are a dangerous opponent. They're 5-9 with consecutive losses to Buffalo and Cincinnati and have the No. 22 defense and the No. 29 offense in the NFL. Yes, they beat New England. All the more reason why they wonít beat a good team again.

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    Yeah, you never know how things will turn out but, if we need to face N.E. in the playoffs, we won't be advancing to the Super Bowl.
    why wouldn't you want to face them?gotta beat the best to get there!

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    why wouldn't you want to face them?gotta beat the best to get there!
    that's right, the Patriots are the best team in the history of the NFL....at cheating, that is.


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    Fezz,since you are into predicting the future,can I have tonight's lottery numbers?

    83149 five digit there for you big guy and Merry Christmas

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    Steelers' Miller makes his presence felt

    By: Andrew Chiappazzi Beaver County Times
    Friday December 24, 2010 12:33 AM



    PITTSBURGH ó Four plays into the Steelersí first drive against Carolina, Ben Roethlisberger dropped back to pass and hit Heath Miller with a perfect 20-yard strike over the middle. Miller used his forearm to break a tackle and take the ball down to the Panthers 11-yard line.

    The play didnít lead to a touchdown ó the Steelers only managed a field goal ó but it was an emphatic return to the lineup for the tight end.

    While Miller might thank Roethlisberger for a perfect pass and an early opportunity to get his feet wet after missing two games due to a concussion, heíll also want to look a few locker stalls down and give a pat on the back to the man who just might have sparked a renewed emphasis on the tight end in the Steelersí offense.

    That man is the beleaguered Matt Spaeth, Millerís backup and the one who had two opportunities to defeat the Jets slip through his hands. Spaeth was targeted eight times against the Jets, the most that Roethlisberger looked toward a tight end in a game since he targeted Miller nine times against the Patriots.

    While Spaeth slipped back into his reserve role as primarily a blocker, Miller stepped back into the offense and became an early target for Roethlisberger in the Steelersí romp over Carolina. Miller caught five of the six balls thrown his way for 73 yards. For a guy who caught 76 passes a year ago, it seems like a normal day. But it was a season high for Miller.

    The importance of a high-quality tight end to the Steelersí offense cannot be overlooked. Yes, the fans love Miller and are aware of his skills, but Miller also has a very tangible effect on the Steelersí ability to put points on the scoreboard.

    Since Mike Tomlin took over as head coach in 2007, the Steelersí offense has ranked 17th, 22nd, seventh and 19th in points per game. Millerís corresponding reception totals for those seasons are 47, 48, 76 and 38 catches.

    Itís a small sample size, and itís open to additional factors ó including performance of teammates, play-calling, opponent game plan and various in-game situations. But only a few tight ends have the capability to both block well and pose as distinct receiving threats. Those tight ends comparable to Miller ó San Diegoís Antonio Gates, Dallasí Jason Witten, Atlantaís Tony Gonzalez ó are all large presences in their teamís offenses.

    Millerís presence also provides a small increase in the teamís chances of winning a game. Tomlin is 42-21 as coach of the Steelers, a .666 winning percentage. When Miller catches four or more passes in the Tomlin era, the Steelers are 17-8 for a .680 winning percentage.

    Itís a small increase, but if the Steelersí use Miller correctly, it could be the difference between a Super Bowl and an early tee time.

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    After watching our offenses stagnant performance, even more reason for me to say we will not make the Super Bowl this season.

    Suishams kickoffs are not helping this team either because they special teams coverage has taken steps backwards with his weak leg kicks.


    Everyone talks about how lousy the Panthers are and the Steelers still looked rough around the edges trying to score points on them. Our offense is so far from running smooth or groomed to the point of having sometype of identity for what they are best capable of it, will be a crying shame if Arians is still here for next season.

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    After watching our offenses stagnant performance, even more reason for me to say we will not make the Super Bowl this season.

    Suishams kickoffs are not helping this team either because they special teams coverage has taken steps backwards with his weak leg kicks.


    Everyone talks about how lousy the Panthers are and the Steelers still looked rough around the edges trying to score points on them. Our offense is so far from running smooth or groomed to the point of having sometype of identity for what they are best capable of it, will be a crying shame if Arians is still here for next season.
    Well,I guess someone had to take LVG's place of pessimism.........

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    You don't think it was messed up keeping Ben, Heath and other starters in the game with a 27 point lead ?

    The fact that they even kept them in told me they thought this team at week 15 still needs practice. This team does need practice because they sure haven't defined their strengths except for the defense. And the defense is also known for being less than great against the pass.

    Possibly come playoffs the team will fine tune their mojo but without Starks and a decent right guard along with Arians refusing to go with the things that work, we will be one and done in the playoffs.

    With all the injuries, setbacks this team has faced this year, Arians is the real enemy.

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