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Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:27 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime -- one of the many wonderful properties owned by the mothership -- "Inside the NFL" will, as usual, go inside the world of professional football.

And Warren Sapp, as usual, will have a spin on things that's going to offend a few folks. In this instance, I'll go out on a limb and say the Steelers won't be loving what he has to say, as he basically leaves the Pittsburgh football dynasty for dead.

"The Pittsburgh Steelers. I have three things: old, slow and it’s over," Sapp says. "It’s just that simple. James Harrison told us that he was 70-to-75 percent. It looked more like 40 percent to me if you are looking at the ballgame I was looking at. And Hines Ward, Mercedes Sapp can cover Hines Ward right now. You have to be kidding me ... Mercedes is my 13-year-old daughter. She will cover Hines Ward in a heartbeat.

"And Troy Polamalu, Ed Dixon runs this crossing route. Troy Polamalu is trying to grab him to have a pass interference and he can’t even get close enough to grab him. [It] looked like he was dragging a wagon behind him. Touchdown Baltimore. Pittsburgh Steelers done."

Them, as we say in the South, is fightin' words. And while Sapp has a point about the problems that plauged the Steelers in Week 1 against Baltimore, I'd probably lean more towards Phil Simms' take on things.

"That’s a tremendous over-reaction to Week One," Simms says.

Look, the Steelers looked downright dreadful as Baltimore was beating them up and down the field in every aspect of the game. But lots of teams have looked bad in the first week of the season and then circulated right back around to have good seasons.

This is especially true of teams that turn the ball over seven times in the first week of the season. That's not on Harrison, that's not on Polamalu, and I'm not even sure it's really on Ward.

Most importantly, though, is the fact that just last year, this was an AFC Championship-winning team. They are most certainly older, but they are not dead just yet. In fact, if anything they're a motivated giant that might not be sleeping anymore.

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:46 am

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

Yeah, Warren.  They went all the way to the SB last year, and in a span of 6 months, suddenly became "old, slow, and it's over".  It is a good thing these analysts get paid so much money to make buffoons out of themselves on national TV.  I am assuming that Sapp is either a) trying to motivate the guys to play better this next week, or, 2) he is a jealous Raider that has been waiting for years to be able to deliver this lame and uneducated headline.....  And as for MOBOT, we can all see why you are neither an NFL coach, general manager, analyst, or player.  You should stick to eating paint chips...

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:36 am

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

The Steelers were embarassed, no doubt about it. But it is way too early to call them finished. As far as them being "old", there are seven old players on defense, 5 of them are starters and three of them are being backed up by 1st or 2nd round picks. There is still some proving to be done for the youth on this defense, but there is plenty of it there. They just need to play them.

Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:20 am

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

Personally i think the thing that is getting old is how so many defending the Steelers bad game. Let us just finished this up, they looked very good on their preseason games, They were terrible and atrocious on week 1. It is not only on the defense it is also on the offense and coaches. If i can mention about the last Superbowl the secondary was exposed as a weakness, well i do not think it is resolve this year. As for the line. I read a post that the offensive line has always been a problem for the Steelers. It is always been like that and they think they can get by that then so be it. As for the offense we expected that they will go for the 3 wide receiver set and totally dominate the Ravens. The Ravens knows this like the back of their hands. Empty back field, no fullback and they will put everything on Ben to win it on the air. So old i think their plays are getting old also to a point it is becoming too predictable for the other teams.

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:21 pm

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

Old, Slow and over? sounds like Warren Sapp as an analyst at the end of the year. Yes the steelers were caught flat footed at times defensively but when the offense turns it over 7 times and they are on the field most of the game it is a matter of fatigue setting in with such a short camp. Additionally the offenses will have the advantage for the first month or so on the defences due to the lock out. Harrison, well he is at about 75% that accounts for "only 9 tackles" a sack and 2 offensive holding calls on McKinley. Harrison is THE most held outside rusher LB/DE in the NFL. when he comes around to strength he will be a monster. the first game does not nor has it ever made a season. the steelers will win their division, Baltimore was standing on its head making every play and getting all the breaks. Flacco did look good but he is not Tom Brady good like he played. when they come down to earth they will be exposed for being Older than the Steelers and not as deep.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:55 pm

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

Ward is the only one of those 3 that is really old, Harrison is getting there but Polamalu is only 30... right in his prime, Steelers will be fantastic this season. This is coming from a pats fan btw.

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:28 pm

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

Sapp is correct that the "D" looked old,but the real problem seems to revolve around 3 major issues: 1) steelers LBs can't unload pressure because the DBs are a mess--this team refuses to get bonafide cover comers and speedy reliable weak side safeties...where is the good solid dime and nickel HELP!!!!! Gay ,McFadden and co. Are tagets. CBs have problems with speedy good route running wideouts. 2) Ben doesn't play as well in a structured pocket system when pressured...he's better of the cuff...hence the best scramble drill QB ever. However,Ben is dangerous in a real no-huddle offense especially using his athletic TEs. 3)Sub in Hines more often. Imagine Wallace and Sanders are wide and Brown at slot or you can swap any of the 3 with the same look but interchanging between 1 2 and slot...speed WOW...they all can take it to the HOUSE!!!!!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:17 pm

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

I Disagree with Sapp to some extent but the Real question is, Is the Ravens Team Really that Good? I would say the answer is Yes, barring any injuries.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:10 pm

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

Put someone new in front of a TV camera and they'll say and/or do most anything to get attention, kind of like the first few days of a spoiled brat in pre-school.  WHAT A SAPP!!!  

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:09 pm

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

Funny how he flip flops..Sunday morning is was ready to crown them champs as he was going on his annoying rant(which he thinks is cool)

Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:05 pm

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

When you look old and slow like Sapp, it makes you feel better to tell someone else they look old and slow.

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