Because steeler fever made a very fair post and some very good points to me in asking me to attempt starting over, I think now is the time to do that. So apologies to Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch for calling them "losers." I actually don't think Charlie is a loser, I think he's a very nice guy who has done a solid job over the years both on the field and mentoring Big Ben, but I just believe the time has come for the man to hang up his spikes. Maybe take a job on the coaching staff if he wants to still have a place in the organization. Byron, I won't call him a loser nor will I call him "damaged goods" like I have before, but the guy gets hurt so much that I consider him unreliable as far as being the primary backup is concerned. I personally wouldn't want him as the #3 QB on the roster either, I'd prefer Hoyer or someone younger who may be raw, but has some potential upside. Wish the team would go a different direction as far as the backup QB position is concerned.
Running back... this is where I agree with Franco Harris. I think a running back by committee approach is a very bad idea. When the backs on the sidelines see the guy on the field fumble and afterwards, immediately get pulled, what do you think their mindset is? I'd imagine they put even more pressure on themselves to not screw up and as a result, screw up by trying too hard. I'm hoping Dwyer and Redman can get themselves into shape, particularly Dwyer. The guy shows some potential with some great runs, but he often has to pull himself out of the game. Gotta imagine that's conditioning. Mendy... I do appreciate some of the things you have done in the past, but the way you're playing now, you're playing yourself off the team as far as I'm concerned. Rainey is what he is in my mind. Dexter McCluster type who is only going to be useful if you use him correctly (i.e. about 8-10 touches per game ala McCluster). I wouldn't mind seeing the team maybe use a mid-late round pick on someone in the 2013 Draft. I don't have any specific name in mind, but running backs are easier to find, so there's no need to spend a 1st round pick on one like they did with Mendenhall in 2008.
Glad to see Emmanuel Sanders has stepped his game up some with Antonio Brown out of action. Wish I could say the same about Mike Wallace, but he seems to be doing the same as last year when Big Ben tried playing through injuries when he very clearly should not have been out there (game in San Francisco comes to mind). Hopefully having Brown back will help, but Charlie and possibly Hoyer need to be able to get them the ball. Step it up Mikey or else you're going to lose major money and perhaps even not be back in Pittsburgh come 2013. Nothing I can really say about Heath Miller that anyone else here has already said. He has gone underappreciated around the league for a while because he may not be a Jimmy Graham/Tony Gonzalez/Rob Gronkowski type guy, but he simply does it all. David Paulson; I think the guy can be a decent backup. Offensive line... I respect the work Max Starks has done. I'll admit I'm surprised he's going as well as he is. Same goes for Willie Colon. Mike Adams, I wasn't a big fan of the pick at the time. He does a great job run blocking, but unfortunately my questions about him as a pass blocker remain. He gets beat too often for my taste by the guy standing across from him on pass plays. Hopefully the man gets it together in that area when back in the lineup.
Defense... okay, they are playing A LOT better of late and yes, I was too hasty on wanting Dick LeBeau out of dodge. However, my one concern on that side of the ball is they still don't force opposing teams into mistakes. Only the Colts defense has forced fewer (7) and only the Eagles have forced as few turnovers with 10. This is a disturbing trend to me which has been going on since last year. In 2010 they were right near the top of the league in that department with 35. And in the two Super Bowl winning seasons, the team was in the top half of the league. Some young playmakers need to be found with the likes of Polamalu, Harrison and Hampton slowing down and dealing with their injury issues, but I understand that happens when players get older. Scouting in my opinion needs to get better. Jason Worilds has looked better this year, but that's when he's been playing in LaMarr Woodley's spot. When playing in Harrison's spot, he hasn't been much of a factor. Fortunately the 2013 class of safeties looks as deep as it's been in some time. The 2013 Draft would be a good time to try and find someone to move into Troy's spot and also just add depth period. Last but not least, I'm happy that David DeCastro has finally been activated. He's the guy I was very much looking forward to having on the team. Had he not been hurt, I feel he'd have made the type of impact as a rookie Maurkice Pouncey did in his rookie season in 2010.