There are a few big things the Pittsburgh Steelers need to make sure happen in order to become Super Bowl contenders again.
The Steelers organization and its fans have come to expect nothing less than a Super Bowl ring every season. It is an unreasonable expectation, but it is one born out of Pittsburgh’s history of winning and general consistency in producing a quality football team.
That is why a conversation about Steelers glory cannot be about anything except lifting the Lombardi Trophy.
Last season was anything but glorious for the Steelers. They finished the season with a dismal 8-8 record and somehow managed to lose to both the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals in the same season. That is just unacceptable.
The season before that, the 12-4 Steelers were bounced from the playoffs in the first round by a quarterback who might end up in the Arena Football League. Something is clearly amiss in the land of black and gold.
To be fair, the Steelers are less than a decade removed from three Super Bowl appearances and two wins. But if the Steelers want to become the league standard again, they need to do everything in their power to make sure certain things fall into place.
Glory is certainly in Pittsburgh’s reach. They just need to reach out and grab it before it is too late.