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  1. It never felt like a drought to me until we were alone at the top (or bottom) of the list of longest time since last reaching the playoffs (and honestly I don’t even remember when we first took that distinction). Once all the other fringe teams started to get a lucky hot streak and remove their names from the list that’s when it hit me like “oh crap it’s been a long time”. Before that it just felt like single seasons of missing the playoffs when the word drought gets thrown in it’s like one massive missed chunk of time and opportunities.
  2. Felt good this year to finally put the drought behind us and watch some meaningful football in January even if the outcome wasn’t exactly how I wanted. But it got me thinking I remember after that game in 1999 I was ready to avenge things next season and we didn’t. Then I would have bet a fortune on Bledsoe/Moulds/Price combined with that insane defense would have gotten us back...but they didn’t. JP never felt right, but then it was Trent Edwards pre-hit but nothing happened. Then there was that lull where you kinda gave in to the drought then everyone thought Fitz was going to drag us out or if not him maybe EJ after he matured a bit and worked on his mechanics (which never happened). I guess the point is I never assumed a drought would happen and I never really noticed until we were knee deep in it. While I think McBean has us pointed in the right direction what if another drought slowly crept up on us. Would you have the stomach for it?
  3. I never like to see anyone get hurt but that hit is one of the many reasons as to why the Steelers are a strong every single year and these bills teams have been pushed around for nearing two decades. Anyone that knows the history knows Burfict has been a thorn in the Steelers sides for years now with illegal hits, after the whistle plays, etc. Every steeler knows his name and a rookie fresh off his college campus knows the hatred to have for this team and this guy. So what do they does he do his first opportunity to do something about it he absolutely lays him out. Gronk will get a free pass, Landry is still enjoying his free pass. Hell someone might even exchange jerseys with those two after games. But the Steelers play with an edge and they remember that above all else you fight to defend your team. We haven’t had that since the 90s. Seemingly every coach we’ve had these last twenty years preaches brotherhood and family but how much does that actually play out on the field. I’ve never seen a team so undisciplined when it matters but so phenomenally disciplined when someone wrongs one of their teammates and they are so quick to casually ask the ref for help.
  4. If the process is legit I think you have to go best player available, moving only in a rare situation that you highly value someone that fits the identity of the team you are trying to build. I dont think you stockpile 6 picks in the first 3 rounds just to turn 3 or 4 of them into 1 player. Far less talented quarterbacks have guided their teams far into the playoffs even to the super bowl. If Rex Grossman started in a super bowl theres no reason Tyrod couldnt.