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A new era for the Steelers, courtesy of one Martavis Bryant.....
After last night's Monday Night Football victory, Ben Roethlisberger is now 17-1 in his career while having a true #1 wide receiver playing a signficant role on his team.

In his rookie year, Roethlisberger was 15-1 with Plaxico Burress. In 2012, Roethlisberger and Burress re-united for one game and won. And last night the dimwitted Steelers top brass finally activated Martavis Bryant, a very talented rookie from Clemson. I am a Steeler fan and one of the few Steeler fans who actually has any comprehension of or appreciation of the receiver position. I have been checking the inactive list an hour and a half before every game, only to see Martavis listed as inactive during the first 6 weeks. This almost defied belief as a matter of football logic, but it did make sense if you understand how awful the Steelers have been in choosing wide receiver talent in the past decade.

In Martavis Bryant (Dez's cousin), they finally have a receiver who can get open on conventional routes and give Roethlisberger some margin for error. Not every pass he throws to Bryant has to be perfect, and he can put the ball in the air and let him go and make a play. He also doesn't have to pumpfake as much and buy as much time to find ways to get his receivers open.

It was no surprise at all to see the Steelers go on a torrid run after Bryant's touchdown catch yesterday. I had been waiting almost 10 years to see that happen, and it showed just how much of a mistake it was for the Steelers to let Burress go in early 2005 as they did.

If the Steelers continue to involve Bryant as much as they did last night, him and Roethlisberger are going to build more chemistry and establish better timing, and when that happens, they are going to be a dynamic combination. Assuming that Roethlisberger and Bryant stay healthy the rest of the season, I expect the Steelers to now finish 12-4 or 13-3.

As happens every year, everyone is tooting Peyton Manning's horn in the regular season, setting him up for yet another "shocking" playoff loss. That said, Denver's defense is better this year because the secondary is much better with Ward and Talib. I would still expect the Steelers, with an involved Bryant, to beat them in the playoffs anyway since Roethlisberger is a better quarterback than Manning. He has had far less talent around him on offense, he has played 6 less seasons, and he still has more Super Bowls than Manning.
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RE: A new era for the Steelers, courtesy of one Martavis Bryant.....
Brother, I will give you all my money and my left nut if they finish 13-3 or 12-4. This is a team that will be fortunate to go 9-7. This is quite the epic overreaction to a win over a Houston team that had one of the worst 3 minutes of football imaginable to end the 1st half.
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RE: A new era for the Steelers, courtesy of one Martavis Bryant.....
(21-Oct-2014 02:48 PM)DarthFed Wrote:  Brother, I will give you all my money and my left nut if they finish 13-3 or 12-4. This is a team that will be fortunate to go 9-7. This is quite the epic overreaction to a win over a Houston team that had one of the worst 3 minutes of football imaginable to end the 1st half.

I am not reacting to the Steelers beating the Texans (who are a very talented bunch solely in need of a high-level QB, by the way).

I am reacting to the Steelers FINALLY, and I mean FINALLY, having a serious #1-option caliber wide receiver. They have not had that for literally a decade.

It is no coincidence at all that the Texans' collapse came after the Bryant touchdown. His catch entirely swung the game, and if they continue to play him as much as they did, his presence will also entirely swing their season.

That was only his first game as a player on the active roster. He should have been starting from Week 1, but his separated shoulder at the end of the preseason combined with the Steelers' organization's incompetence with regard to the wide receiver position in general led to him being inactive for the first 6 games of the season.
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RE: A new era for the Steelers, courtesy of one Martavis Bryant.....
It was a big play no doubt, but that doesn't lead to the Houston's offense committing 2 turnovers on consecutive plays deep in their own territory including one by Foster who is usually very reliable with the ball. And by the way, Antonio Brown is a pretty damn good receiver. His stats are a bit bloated because there is no one else to throw to but it doesn't change the fact he is very good.
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RE: A new era for the Steelers, courtesy of one Martavis Bryant.....
(23-Oct-2014 12:49 PM)DarthFed Wrote:  It was a big play no doubt, but that doesn't lead to the Houston's offense committing 2 turnovers on consecutive plays deep in their own territory including one by Foster who is usually very reliable with the ball. And by the way, Antonio Brown is a pretty damn good receiver. His stats are a bit bloated because there is no one else to throw to but it doesn't change the fact he is very good.

Brown is skilled, Darth, but Brown is nowhere near as good as Roethlisberger (or Haley for that matter) has made him look. He is good but he is too small to be a #1 at the NFL level.

He has 5 touchdowns this season. 3 of the 5 came on plays where Roethlisberger pump-faked about 4 times because neither Brown nor the other receivers were open. The one against Carolina involved Roethlisberger literally pump-faking twice and then throwing a side-arm lob on the run to the corner of the end zone. Brown did a nice job of getting his feet in bounds but more credit belongs to Roethlisberger's outstanding playmaking than Brown just catching a straightforward pass. One other TD shouldn't have been counted because he blatantly pushed off on the Tampa Bay defender (granted, he barely missed one at the end of the Houston game when his left foot touched the white, so they nullified each other.) So, when you break it down, he has only had 1 TD that you could say was a true #1 wide receiver touchdown.

Also, so many of Brown's receptions have come on designed screens that every receiver in the NFL could catch. His first four catches against Carolina and Houston both were off of instant screen passes. Is that something sensational that I am supposed to admire?

The Steelers offense struggled mightily in the red zone through the first 6 games and much of that had to do with Brown's limitations as a player. He just wasn't good enough for Roethlisberger to get him the ball in those situations.

As for the Houston turnovers, I disagree that they had nothing to do with Martavis's catch. One great thing about #1 wide receivers like Martavis is that when they make emphatic plays, the whole psychology and intensity of the team picks up. Momentum is intensified and the other team is on their heels. Yes, it is intangible, but it is a real factor as well. It's no coincidence that the Patriots went 16-0 with Randy Moss. His dynamics plays are what took them from very good to pretty much unbeatable.
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RE: A new era for the Steelers, courtesy of one Martavis Bryant.....
Since Martavis's activation, the Steelers have gone from 3-3 to 5-3 - and that is only the start.
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RE: A new era for the Steelers, courtesy of one Martavis Bryant.....
Now they are 6-4, with Martavis the only player to catch a touchdown today. This has been a process, from Bryant getting his first TD, to having his first breakout game, to now making a statement that he should be used on more than 40% of the snaps. There has been progress pretty much every week since his activation.

Everything is now on schedule for them to finish 12-4 so long as Ben and Bryant stay healthy. Today's loss was a blessing in disguise IMO.
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