After a gut-wrenching overtime loss to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, the Steelers went through a bit of a transition offseason that saw seasoned veterans get released and a new offensive coordinator get brought in.
The most difficult part about the 2011 season for Mike Tomlin and the Steelers had to have been getting swept in the regular season by their arch-rival the Baltimore Ravens for the first time since 2006.
Pittsburgh came out flat in the Week 1 game at Baltimore and got trounced by a 35-7 margin. Then in November, Joe Flacco led the Ravens on a game-winning drive late in the game to beat the Steelers in a nail-biter 23-20 victory.
While some saw this as perhaps a changing of the guard at the top of the AFC North, it seemed more like a good Ravens team taking advantage of what was a shaky year for the Steel Curtain.
Here is a look at 10 reasons why the Pittsburgh Steelers will remain the class of the AFC North when they take the field in 2012.