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    Re: ESPN's AFC North Preview----Merrill Hoge's prognostications



    Bell should pan out great. DaCastro, while not a true rookie, pretty much sat out all last year with an injury. Thomas, and Wheaton have been added as well. These guys will get more downs than usual as rookies. With a regular running back, things should look up for a running game. Woodley is actually in shape. Spence might come back this year. That would be a huge boon. What hurts most is Miller being out. He was on track for 15+ TD's until he got hurt last year, and he will miss the beginning of this year.

    The team will look different this year. If the veterans can stay healthy, mostly Troy P. and Ben R., then their is no reason to deny a chance at winning the division.Year after year it is one injury after another - hopefully this will change. No reason to deny the Bengals either, they have been contending every year. The Browns, well, they notch one or two victories in the division, but that is about it. I would not be surprised if either the Ravens, Bengals, or Steelers won the division.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Excellector View Post
    Pittsburgh has lost James Harrison, Casey Hampton AND Mike Wallace. Brown's going to get doubled. What else is there? People are saying that about Torrey, when you can say the same about Brown. Whose your NT? Hampton could at least give you two downs. When was the last time Ben played a full 16 games? We lose Pitta, they lose Miller.

    I'm sorry Pittsburgh, I'm not seeing it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Complex View Post
    Bell should pan out great. DaCastro, while not a true rookie, pretty much sat out all last year with an injury. Thomas, and Wheaton have been added as well. These guys will get more downs than usual as rookies. With a regular running back, things should look up for a running game. Woodley is actually in shape. Spence might come back this year. That would be a huge boon. What hurts most is Miller being out. He was on track for 15+ TD's until he got hurt last year, and he will miss the beginning of this year.

    The team will look different this year. If the veterans can stay healthy, mostly Troy P. and Ben R., then their is no reason to deny a chance at winning the division.Year after year it is one injury after another - hopefully this will change. No reason to deny the Bengals either, they have been contending every year. The Browns, well, they notch one or two victories in the division, but that is about it. I would not be surprised if either the Ravens, Bengals, or Steelers won the division.
    I can roll with that.
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    Merrill Hodge, Heath Evans, Chris Carter etc. I want them to be anti Ravens. The last thing I want is these asses to say we are good. Rather stay under the radar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TakingBackSunday View Post
    Herm Edwards' "Wow" said it all.
    Yeah, Herm knows that Hodge is a stiller homer and a dork. I would have much rather listened to Herm's analysis of the ravens and stillers.
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    Re: ESPN's AFC North Preview----Merrill Hoge's prognostications

    Without looking, I'll guess Hoge's prediction:

    1. Steelers (they're gods gift to the NFL, btw)
    2. Steelers (they're that good, they can finish 1-2)
    3. Bengals (these hosers get lucky enough to win a few games, other than losing to, you guessed it, the Steelers)
    4. Steelers (yes, they're that good. I want to have Roethlisburger's babies)
    5. Browns (even these douchennozzles get lucky, and hey, someone has to lose to the Bengals and, you guessed it, the almighty Steelers)
    6. Ravens (someone has to lose to everyone else, including the diety like Steeler organization, and be in last place
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    There are some analysts that you want to hear speak highly of the Ravens and others you could hardly care less about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOTA View Post
    Hack would be a step up for Hoge. He might be the worst analyst on television.




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    I just listened to this. It's so ridiculous I don't even know where to start. But I will point out two things.

    1) Yes the Ravens lost players, but did they replace them or will we travel to games with only 43 players on the roster?

    2) Ben has never had a great O-line and that speaks to the greatness of Big Ben to not have that and still lead them to Super Bowls, Did he forget he was worse in his first Superbowl than Trent Dilfer was in his?

    What a bunch of crap.
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    Re: ESPN's AFC North Preview----Merrill Hoge's prognostications

    Yep....same sh*t different year. We should just wear the annual disrespect/dislike as a badge of honor or something by this point. Especially if its coming from guys like Hoge and Duke et al. I will at least give some credit to Hoge though for not playing along with ESPN's Tebow lovefest. He trashes him so much you'd think Tebow was....a Raven.

    But regardless of what he thinks I am definitely not going to sell Pittsburgh short by any stretch. I know Tomlin's luster has faded these last couple years but I still think he's outstanding and will find a way to keep that team in it the whole year. AFCN will be a dog fight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven Werewolf View Post
    Yep....same sh*t different year. We should just wear the annual disrespect/dislike as a badge of honor or something by this point. Especially if its coming from guys like Hoge and Duke et al. I will at least give some credit to Hoge though for not playing along with ESPN's Tebow lovefest. He trashes him so much you'd think Tebow was....a Raven.

    But regardless of what he thinks I am definitely not going to sell Pittsburgh short by any stretch. I know Tomlin's luster has faded these last couple years but I still think he's outstanding and will find a way to keep that team in it the whole year. AFCN will be a dog fight.
    I also feel that Mike Tomlin is a top coach. A year of struggles for the Steelers is 8 to 9 wins. It's not the 3 to 5 that we see from the Bengals and Browns. I don't think the Steelers will make the playoffs this year but they're going to be competitive and tough to play like every year
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    I kind of feel sorry for Hoge. He is clearly a walking case study in TBI.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltwater_Rider View Post
    Merrill Hodge, Heath Evans, Chris Carter etc. I want them to be anti Ravens. The last thing I want is these asses to say we are good. Rather stay under the radar.
    anyone hear Qadry Ismail trashing CC as selfish?
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/sports...,2108666.story

    "While Carter might have been one of the greatest talents to ever play the position, Ismail said, his personality actually hurt his team in some cases.
    Calling Carter "a bona fide diva," Ismail compared him unfavorably to another former teammate and Hall of Famer, Shannon Sharpe, a tight end who played two years with Ismail for the Baltimore Ravens."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailorsam View Post
    anyone hear Qadry Ismail trashing CC as selfish?
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/sports...,2108666.story

    "While Carter might have been one of the greatest talents to ever play the position, Ismail said, his personality actually hurt his team in some cases.
    Calling Carter "a bona fide diva," Ismail compared him unfavorably to another former teammate and Hall of Famer, Shannon Sharpe, a tight end who played two years with Ismail for the Baltimore Ravens."

    Q got what CC didn't; a ring.
    Q could have taken the high road. There's no reason to trash a guy right before his HOF induction. And I sure there are more than a few selfish players with rings.
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    Hodge's "analysis" boils down to the belief that Ben Roethisberger is elite and can win games on his own and Joe Flacco requires some sort of all star cast around him to be effective at all.

    I don't know that the last 3 years of reality support that view.




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    Quote Originally Posted by moose10101 View Post
    Q could have taken the high road. There's no reason to trash a guy right before his HOF induction. And I sure there are more than a few selfish players with rings.
    I can't say that Carter didn't have it coming though, with the backstabbing he's done in the past.
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