Five Reasons Why The Steelers Will and Will Not Improve

Bob MarleyCorrespondent IApril 17, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with Willie Colon #74 after their 27-23 win against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

These are five reasons on why you should and should not look forward to next season as a Steelers fan. All of these reasons have logical explainations to why and why not next season will be another great season for the Steelers.

Why You Should Look Forward To Next Season

Number One: The running game should be back to the Steelers true form. Rashard Mendenhall will be healthy, Willie Parker's shoulder and knee should feel better, and we possibly have a sleeper with, stand-out CFL back, Stefan Logan.

Number Two: Daniel Sepulveda will return to the Steelers after spending all of last season on IR. This is really good news, when you think about those 30 yard average punts by Berger and Ernster.

Number Three: Limas Sweed will be better. Most people think I am nuts for saying this. Look at the rookie seasons of Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, and Hines Ward. Those receivers had bad rookie seasons, and they ended up in the hall. I have also seen Sweed play college ball, he could catch.

Number Four: The offensive line should get better due to the draft and experience. If you looked at the O-line during the playoffs, they played well together. If the coaching staff can draft a good lineman on the first day of the draft, we could easily improve our passing and running game.

Number Five: Lawrence Timmons will probably replace Larry Foote, opposite James Farrior. I think that this could really help the defense get better, even though it could be considered impossible to do any better. Timmons has shown burst last season, especially in the game at New England.


Why You Should Not Look Forward To Next Season:

Number One: A repetition of the 2006 season. If we get anything happening in June to any of our players, we are cursed.

I am not that worried about this though because the players should be smarter, and Roethlisberger probably signed a clause in his 102 million dollar contract saying he is not allowed to ride a motorcycle.

Number Two: The loss of McFadden leaves questions in the secondary. The real problem here is that we don't know how William Gay will respond to being a starter. The other question here is that there will be a space where William Gay would have once played.

Number Three: Going opposite of what I said about the offensive line, if they do not draft a offensive lineman early in the draft, then we will have problems with depth. The problem here is that over the past few years, our lineman have been injured, and they have rarely recovered. Without depth, this could be a problem.

Number Four: The Steelers have yet to find a good kick return man. This has killed the battle of field position, and the offense as well. The more room an offense has, the more variations of plays they can call. This could be why our offense struggled, along with our punting game.

Number Five: How will the team react with 11 impending free agents, most of whom start. The positive to this is that they will be motivated to play a career year. The negative is that if they have a career year, they will want more money. The Steelers rarely give pay raises, unless you deserve it. That was the case with Roethlisberger and Harrison.