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November 4, 2008 - John Mehno

Whether the Steelers win or lose the game, they seem to lose two players to injuries in every game. This time it's Ben Roethlisberger and tight end Heath Miller, both of whom they can ill afford to lose.

The Steelers' mismanagement in building an offensive line is glaring. They can't protect Roethlisberger well enough, and after a half season of being slammed to the turf, he's not moving nimbly or quickly. If they spent every pick in the '09 draft on an offensive lineman, I wouldn't mind.

You know how the Colts' Peyton Manning likes to step up, look over the defense, then run around calling out the new play? He might be doing that on every down this week. Dick LeBeau's defense was humming like a machine against the Redskins, and there's no reason why they can't pick that up against Indy on Sunday.

I don't know why I just noticed this now, but I did. How is it the Steelers don't have any commemoration of Myron Cope on their uniforms? This is an organization that isn't much on outward sentimentality (one officially retired number in 76 seasons), but, come on, Cope was an important part of the Steelers scene for 30 years. They're wearing the NFL-mandated decal honoring Gene Upshaw, but there should be some sort of acknowledgement of Cope, too, even though he was never officially an employee of the Steelers. Yoi.

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