Beauty And The Beast: Power And Polish Back In The Steeler's Playbook

Mimi McCannCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MAY 01:  Frank Summers #44 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during rookie training camp at the Pittsburgh Steelers Practice Facility on May 1, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Last season was littered with criticism of the Steelers' style of offense.  

Weekly installments of reproof rained down from fans feeling that Arians' fullback free offense had lost touch with the power running game of Noll and Cowher era squads.

We embark upon the 2009 season with a backfield of talented, healthy men ready to prove that they can be called upon to rack up running yards.  Back again also is the offensive line in the hands of the coaching staff that led us to victory in last year's Super Bowl.

Improvement in the line is critical to the success of our offense.  Important to the "run to set up the pass" approach however is the fact that the Steelers have acquired a battering ram in this year's draft.

Frank Summers looks to be the man to step in on short yardage situations, a void that has remained on the Steeler's roster since the departure of Jerome Bettis.

Summers UNLV profile reports that he did not lose a fumble during his college career. Summers also has the distinction of being the only Rebel in team history to lead his team in both rushing and receiving TDs.  He is a threat in many areas including special teams.

This said, Parker and Mendenhall are healthy and working to prove that the greatness each has shown is a trademark and not a passing trend in their careers.  Last but not least, Mewelde Moore showed his worth last year as a back with great hands and the heart of a receiver.

Progress moves forward, and a quarterback with the talent level of Roethlisberger should be given the arena to showcase his greatness.  

Couple that with the fact that Steeler receivers play with more skill and passion than any in the league.  Yet Pittsburgh's smash-mouth approach that was used in the past combined finesse with power.

Summers had the goal of entering the NFL as a fullback.  This year, if we don't see as much of Davis and McHugh, I hope we will be seeing Summers. Who wants to live in the past?

The "Tank" is just the weapon we needed to forge ahead.