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PostSubject: Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers   Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers EmptyWed Jul 24, 2013 8:39 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Tomlin knows he can talk all he wants about progress and the overhauled roster and how much he likes what he's seen during the offseason.

Yet the Pittsburgh Steelers coach understands it means little if it doesn't translate onto the field.

"The reality is these types of processes are measured based on results," Tomlin said at the end of minicamp in June.

And the results were typically un-Steelerlike last fall for one of the NFL's most consistent franchises. A late-season swoon dropped Pittsburgh to 8-8 and a spot outside the playoffs looking in.

It marked a decidedly ungraceful exit for some of the stars that led the team to three Super Bowl appearances in six years. James Harrison, Casey Hampton, Mike Wallace, Max Starks, Rashard Mendenhall, Willie Colon and Keenan Lewis were either cut, not brought back or lured elsewhere in free agency.

In their place are a bevy of rookies or reserves expected to take on larger roles. How quickly youngsters like rookies Jarvis Jones and Le'Veon Bell assimilate will determine if the "processes" the Steelers have undergone the last few months will pay off with a return to the postseason.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/sports/20130723_ap_48f3e75cec0b47e1896ce87b185cbbd5.html#oyT2Dj9pjYcd8GV0.99

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PostSubject: Re: Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers   Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers EmptyWed Jul 24, 2013 11:48 am

Imo, the players that were not brought back for what ever reason needed to go.

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PostSubject: Re: Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers   Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers EmptyWed Jul 24, 2013 12:58 pm

effyou515 wrote:
Imo, the players that were not brought back for what ever reason needed to go.

.... because of the salary cap. Aside from Starks, that list of players cost more than the Steelers thought they were worth. Or in the case of Hampton, Colon and Lewis, there were younger, cheaper and, let's face it, better replacements already on the team.

And in the case of Starks, the price per lbs the Steelers were paying for him was a pretty good value ... but Beachum made him expendable (younger, more position flexible version).
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PostSubject: Re: Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers   Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers EmptyWed Jul 24, 2013 10:12 pm

kirklandrules wrote:
because of the salary cap. Aside from Starks, that list of players cost more than the Steelers thought they were worth. Or in the case of Hampton, Colon and Lewis, there were younger, cheaper and, let's face it, better replacements already on the team.

And in the case of Starks, the price per lbs the Steelers were paying for him was a pretty good value ... but Beachum made him expendable (younger, more position flexible version).  
Starks bailed us out the past two seasons. Hopefully we don't find ourselves in a similar position this year.

I'm still not sold on Beachum. He finished well last season, but I need to see how he plays this year.

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PostSubject: Re: Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers   Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers EmptyFri Jul 26, 2013 7:14 am

who do you keep next offseason?
Sanders, Hood, Worilds, Clark, Redman, Dwyer, Keisel.

Sanders, Hood, and Worilds need to show something this year if they want to stick around. Clark, Dwyer, and Keisel I can see being gone. Redman I could see coming back but the Steelers won't show him much money to stay.

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