Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
I know what you're thinking. A kicker? Yes, I'm serious. On another team, I wouldn't be as worried about the kicker, but in Pittsburgh, a lot of what the team does to be successful is predicated on how the kicker performs his duties.
I'm not sold on Suisham and I think that the team has been mistaken in not pursuing an alternative, but they must play the hand they've been dealt.
The Steelers finished 21st in the NFL in scoring last season. That number is likely to get better this year, but there's no guarantee the team will suddenly become a red-zone powerhouse. The Steelers consistently can get into field-goal range. That means that Suisham will often be forced to close the deal.
When you consider that the Steelers play so many close games, particularly within their division, the need for a guy who can consistently nail those three-point attempts is all the greater. Throw in that the Steelers play a lot of defense based upon field position and it makes a kicker who can get the ball deep on kickoffs even more essential.
Shaun Suisham is going to be a big reason for this team's success in 2012. He could also be a cause for their failure if he doesn't at least maintain the consistency he's found during his Steelers career.