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Welcome Back Max Starks.

"From Starks' Twitter Account"

I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I loved this news.  I have always been a fan of Starks, and was a little disappointed to see him go earlier this year. Anyways that’s obsolete now as he is back with the team, and should be an immediate improvement to the Steelers biggest weakness Offensive line. The news from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is that he wont be a starter from the get go, but I have no doubt that he’ll eventually steal the job from one of these Offensive linemen.

First I want to take a look at the career Stats of Max Starks. Over his 7 year career he has started 68 games. In those 68 games he allowed 33 sacks, been called for false starts 10 times, and holding 7 times. Just to put those is a sort of perspective I wan to show the stats of  Joe Thomas of the Browns, because many see him as the best LT in the NFL. Over a 5 year career he has started 68 games the same as Starks, however he has allowed only 19.75 sacks, been called for 17 false starts and 5 holding. As you can see Starks isn’t the best in the league, but I think he is at best a huge improvement over the current O-line.

Now let’s take a look at some of the current starters on the Steelers offensive line. Current starting LT Jonathan Scott has started 26 games over his 5 year career. Now get ready for these stats Because if you didn’t already know that Scott shouldn’t be a starting LT in the NFL you’ll realize it here. Over his career he’s allowed 24.5 sacks, been call on 13 false starts and 11 holding penalties. Those stats can’t come from a starting LT if you plan on having an Alive QB at the end of the season. The next guy I want to check out is starting RT rookie Marcus Gilbert. While he hasn’t looked totally awful on the level of Scott, he is just a rookie and clearly not ready to be a starter. Over his 3 starts he has given up 4 sacks and been called for one false start. One more guy backup T/C/G Trai Essex. He has played in 64 and started 26. In those games he allowed 8 sacks, and ben called on 9 false starts and 4 holding penalties. Those stats shouldn’t fool you though he still isn’t very good. So what should happen with the offensive line? Well here is what I would do. My starting LT would be Max Starks as he is clearly the best option. I would then move Scott to RT, because like I mentioned before Gilbert just doesn’t seem ready to be a starter yet. If Starks fails it looks like were screwed, but if (in my scenario still) Scott doesn’t look good at RT either I wouldn’t mind sticking Gilbert back in there. I also believe with the experience and leadership that Starks will bring to the line will make all the other guys a little better too.

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Don’t Count Out the Steelers, Not Yet.

So after the Steelers fell to 2-2 some of the loonies came out to say how they were done. Just check out some of the people (Dummies) that called into The Morning Freak Show. I couldn’t disagree more with people who are Hating on the Steelers right now, then again maybe I’m just an apologist.  Anyways I never count the Steelers out of any situation and here is why.

Look at some of the names currently on the Steelers roster; Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Maurkice Pouncey. So in a nutshell that is a 2 time Super Bowl winning quarterback, a Super Bowl MVP wide receiver, One of the best up and coming WR in the NFL, last years NFL Defensive MVP, 2008’s NFL Defensive MVP, and a Pro Bowl Center. Even though the team will be without Harrison for “Multiple Weeks”, LT should be able to take over his spot and do an excellent job. How can you count out a team that not only has amazing talent, but also has tons of experience? It’s a simple answer you can’t.

2005 Super Bowl Ring

How about a history lesson now, Anyone remember 2005(If you have the Time watch that its amazing) ? Yes they started out 7-2, but they then went on to lose 3 in a row and sat at 7-5. At that point they knew they’d have to win their final 4 games to even make it into the playoffs as the 6th seed. Then being a 6th seed in the NFL playoffs meant nothing they’d probably lose, but they didn’t they defied the odds and won 7 straight games to make it to the Super Bowl which they won. You may be saying that was a different team what do they have to do with this team? Well the main players are still on this team Ben, Troy, Hines, Ike. Anyways the point is they have been in more dire situations than what they are in now and made it out so until they are mathematically out of it I’ll believe in them.

My final reason why I’m not done thinking the Steelers could be Super Bowl Champs this year is, It’s only week 5. Does anyone else realize that IT IS ONLY WEEK 5? It seems no one knows it, but they still have 12 games to play. At this point last year they were 3-1 where is the huge difference, that’s one more win.  They lost 2 games yes, but did anyone expect them to go 16-0. Both the games they lost were to good teams. Would this be as bad if these 4 games were at the end of the season and they were already 9-3, no people are freaking out for no reason.  I have to admit though at the beginning of the Texans game I was like wow they may be done, but then they came back and showed they aren’t a terrible team and almost won. I mean I don’t believe in moral victories a loss is a loss & a win is a win, but hey to only lose by 7 when you should have lost by a ton is good. Obviously they have some holes but what team doesn’t ? There are no super teams in the AFC right now.  I can still see this team going 11-5. Maybe I’m right or maybe I’m wrong,  but if I were you I wouldn’t count out the Steelers.

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