Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Big Blow

Bad news coming out of Pittsburgh, as Mike Tomlin announced at his weekly press conference that Aaron Smith is out for the season with a torn bicep.

Folks, this is a pretty devastating blow for the defense. I don't really need to tell you that, many of you can figure that out. Smith is arguably the best run-stuffing 3-4 DE in the league, and his injury may have come at the worst possible time, because the Jacksonville Jaguars bread and butter is running the football. He'll be replaced by a rotation of Travis Kirschke, Nick Eason, and possibly Chris Hoke. Hoke is really a DT, and Kirschke and Eason may be okay for spot duty but will probably struggle when they have to play the majority of the snaps in a starter's role. We may see more four man lines of Kiesel-Hampton-Hoke-Woodley, but we'll suffer when we play our base 3-4.

The Steelers now have two defensive starters on IR in Smith and Clark. Not sure if the Steelers will sign anyone, but the pickings are probably slim anyways. This injury is going to highlight our lack of depth at defensive end, and it's why I feel drafting a DE on the first day should be a priority next April. We'll see how the Steelers respond. Both the Patriots and Colts have suffered pretty big season ending injuries to their defense (Rosevelt Colvin and Dwight Freeney, respectively), and they keep chugging along. The good news is that if we ultimately get the opportunity to face the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, it's going to be much more important to stop the pass than the run.

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6 comments:

Tommy Tiptoe said...

hey guess what

you like the steelers.

moron.

Dave Wannstache said...

Sigh... looks like another New England douchebag.

How does it feel to root for a team of cheaters? I bet you love those three Super Bowls***

(Note: *** Denotes tainted championships won by teams with pretentious assholes for fans and cheating coaches and players who used videotape to steal opposing team's signals)

Cotter said...

No Troy the last three games, now no Aaron Smith? Shit is not cool man...

tecmo_bowl_bo_jackson said...

Did you intentionally use a picture of two A. Smiths?

You couldn't photoshop Anthony Smith in there to make it an A. Smith jamboree?

Dave Wannstache said...

Did you intentionally use a picture of two A. Smiths?

Haha, that was actually unintentional and I hadn't noticed that until you pointed it out.

I Want To Fight Tom Brady said...

I think we all want to see Anthony Smith photoshopped into this picture.

And every other picture on this website...