For those of us that have endured Brister or "The QB Whom We Don’t Speak Of", and even Stewart, this season seems especially ominous. Forget the stats, forget the average age of the defense, even forget the offensive line woes. What’s missing? The edge, the passion, the anger, drive, will, and intimidation.
"Fire Haley, he’s not a player coach or motivator. Fire Tomlin, his success only exists because of the house that Bill built. Fire LaBeau, he’s too old!" Although these sentiments seem to be held by more than a few in Steeler Nation, coaching is not totally to blame for the past two lack luster seasons. There are bigger fears on the horizon.
I look at Colbert and the front office. What they dismissed or got rid of, and what they allow to persist. We are all familiar with such cliches as "the Steeler way", and "the standard is the standard". But has there been a recent paradigm shift? One only needs to look at the recent releases of Colon, Kemoeatu, and Harrison. Sure there were plenty of reasons to let them go, but surely one reason to let them play and let them lead could be their aggression, intimidation, and just plain anger.
Lets face facts folks. There isn’t one player on either side of the ball that strikes fear into the opponent (exception Pouncey when healthy). A fact and dynamic which can’t be understated. The lack of turnovers for the D, and poor running game by the O is directly related. I contest that the under performance is just not about talent, its about the absence of villains on our beloved Steelers.
Where are the Harrison's, Bettis’, Lambert’s, Green’s, Lloyd's, Porter’s, Ward’s, Dawson’s, and Webster’s? We need a player who doesn’t rely on talent alone. One who is comfortable being the scoundrel and instigator. Where is our monster? Our savage? Our wretched rouge or brute? Where is our big ‘ol meanie?
Steelers NEED to draft angry. Draft assassins! Get men amongst boys, men with 10 ton chips superglued their shoulders. Then and only then, will this team begin to resemble the team we all know, and love.
But alas, who will fill this role?