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1999 Steelers 13 vs Falcons 9 MNF

The Steelers jump out to a 13-0 lead against the 1-5 Falcons and seem to have the game under control, sacking Chris Chandler 7 times and limiting Atlanta to virtually no offense through 3 quarters. But Atlanta suddenly springs to life in the 4th quarter and the Steelers need two goal-line stands in the final two minutes to escape with a victory. Video includes some nice pregame material. 
Also the same day Payne Stewart was killed.
That 1999 team was just not very good.
Kirkland's mobility was a liability at that point, Carlos Emmons at ROLB was very mediocre and was not a pass-rusher, the FS position was a real mess because Darren Perry had left for FAgency the year before and Scott Shields, who was their 2nd round draft pick out of Weber State, was just not an NFL player.
Their WR corps was very mediocre. Hines Ward was still pretty raw and hadn't started to really grow his game yet, Courtney Hawkins was ancient, Troy Edwards was really our big threat at WR in '99.
(03-02-2018, 10:53 AM)ECboy Wrote: [ -> ]That 1999 team was just not very good.
Kirkland's mobility was a liability at that point, Carlos Emmons at ROLB was very mediocre and was not a pass-rusher, the FS position was a real mess because Darren Perry had left for FAgency the year before and Scott Shields, who was their 2nd round draft pick out of Weber State, was just not an NFL player.
Their WR corps was very mediocre. Hines Ward was still pretty raw and hadn't started to really grow his game yet, Courtney Hawkins was ancient, Troy Edwards was really our big threat at WR in '99.

Agree with every point, although I think it had less to do with Hines being raw and more to do with the team not yet realizing what he was capable of. So you see draft picks on Troy Edwards  Scared Bobby Shaw, Plaixo, etc. They were looking too hard at Hines' pre-draft ESPN analysis and not letting what he was doing on the field and in practice sink in. 

That's why it was refreshing to me to see them do the opposite with Antonio Brown. They didn't waste several years and several draft picks like they did with Ward. They saw it, acknowledged it, acted on it. 6th round Brown stayed, played, got a contract extension and Wallace was sent packing.