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ENEMY LINES
Peter King
September 03, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Steelers
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September 03, 2001

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Steelers

I can't see Kordell Stewart being the leader of a dominant team. How can this team trust him after all the down times he's had? Athleticism saves him a lot, but he's too streaky a passer to win consistently....

I love Jerome Bettis. He's been counted out three or four times in his career, but he's always there in December, gaining big yards. He'll need to be great this season because I don't like the receivers at all, except for Hines Ward. He has sure hands. Plaxico Burress doesn't know how hard you have to work to be a big-time player, and Troy Edwards is way too inconsistent....

Mark Bruener's a hidden gem; he's in the top 10 in the league in catching the ball and as a blocker....

The offensive line will struggle. I can't figure out why they made Jeff Hartings one of the highest-paid centers in history when he hasn't played the position [since high school]. Marvel Smith is a fighter who could develop into a good one....

The defense is down. Casey Hampton always gave his best effort in college, but I worry about his getting overpowered with his short arms....

Earl Holmes is one of the league's best linebackers, a brute force at the point of attack. People should talk about him in Ray Lewis's class....

Joey Porter and Jason Gildon can be blocked, which means the Steelers don't have a good pass rush....

I like the corners, Chad Scott and Dewayne Washington. As a pair, they're in the top half of the league, easy.

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