State of the League: Pittsburgh Steelers

Brian LumpkinContributor IMarch 31, 2009

PITTSBURGH - FEBRUARY 03:  James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers waves a Terrible Towel while holding the Super Bowl XLIII trophy during a parade on February 3, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Steelers had a fairy tale season.  Every one wants to call the Cardinals the fairy tale team, but I call the Steelers that first. 

Firstly, they were LUCKY to have won nine games, let alone 12.  The offensive line was terrible, there was almost no running game, and the receiving corps was anything but consistent. 

Evidently, that's what it takes to win a Superbowl...

It seems that even though Ben Roethlisberger took 49 sacks and again we had no rush attack, management seems determined to keep the same crap offensive line we struggled with last season.

The one positive for the offensive line was that MAYBE Marvel Smith would get and stay healthy for maybe his last season. But, alas he left for sunny San Francisco.

We lost Nate Washington to Tennessee, Bryant McFadden to Arizona, and Anthony Smith to Green Bay.

Sure no big loss with Anthony Smith, unless you want someone to guarantee wins and then not even come close to backing it up.

Nate Washington and Bryant McFadden are more significant losses.  Yes, we have Gay to replace McFadden and Sweed to replace Washington.  Are they ready for that role?

I think Limas will be or he's going to lose his job in training camp to some rookie we draft.  Gay on the other hand, I'm just not sure.  He is very limited in his starting experience but he is very strong and fast and he has great potential.

I think that Willie Parker is going to take a more watchful role in the rush game.  I think he is going to be a third down back this year while the Steelers switch from speed to power with Mendenhall. 

The passing game will be as good as the offensive line will let it be.  Without the line stepping up and working as a line instead of individual linemen, Ben will again spend much of his season on the turf. 

The defense only took the one hit, so it will again be a dominating force in the NFL.  There isn't much to say about the defense.  They speak for themselves. 

I am VERY curious to see what they do in the draft, since we all know they aren't going to sign any free-agents.