Paul Domowitch writes an article today on Philly.com which points toward the draft as the reason the Steelers are going after their seventh Super Bowl title and the Eagles are still trying to get their first.
He talks about how the Steelers hired Kevin Colbert from the Detroit Lions and made him their Director of Operations. He orchestrates the Steelers draft. Ironically the Lions fired Colbert and made Matt Miller than GM. It obviously was a costly mistake.
I like the way the Steelers draft size. They’re always big and physical. Plaxico Burress was a big, physical receiver. Casey Hampton is as big and physical as they come when you’re talking about nose tackles. Ben Roethlisberger’s size allows him to fight off blitzers and pass rushers.
The Eagles will never draft a big running back like Rashard Mendenhall. He punishes tacklers and gets the ball into the end zone because of that size. Size isn’t the secret to success but it helps.
The kid they drafted last Ziggy Hood is a monster who stepped in from the injured Aaron Smith at defensive end and the defense didn’t miss a beat.
Check out the first round draft picks of the Eagles and Steelers since 1999.
Philadelphia Eagles Pittsburgh Steelers
1999 Donovan McNabb Troy Edwards
2000 Corey Simon Plaxico Burress
2001 Freddie Mitchell Casey Hampton
2002 Lito Sheppard Kendall Simmons
2003 Jerome McDougle Troy Polamalu
2004 Shawn Andrews Ben Roethlisberger
2005 Mike Patterson Heath Miller
2006 Brodrick Bunkley Santonio Holmes
2007 Traded Down For Kevin Kolb Lawrence Timmons
2008 Traded Down Got Trevor Laws Rashard Mendenhall
2009 Jeremy Maclin Ziggy Hood
2010 Brandon Graham Maurkice Pouncey