What To Expect From The Pittsburgh Steelers Next Season

Pat DennyContributor IMay 12, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores a touchdown after running back an interception for 100 yards in the second quarter against Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Steeler Nation pulled it off. The First NFL Franchise to win six Super Bowls. 

One of the strongest teams today, but what can we expect for the 2009-2010 season? The Steelers did pretty well this off season, signing Star receiver Hines Ward to a big contract through 2013. 

The Super Bowl XL MVP is excited that he will probably now retire a Steeler.  Troy Polamalu, a fan favorite, and pro bowler, was on the cover of 2010 Madden video game, and with the madden curse, you never know what will happen. 

Probably the worst thing that happened to the Steelers this offseason is that they had to release Linebacker Larry Foote for salary cap reasons. Foote had started every game for the past five seasons, but young Lawrence Timmons was a part time linebacker and is very ready to fill the role. 

The Steelers used their first pick with DT/DE Evander "Ziggy" Hood. The Defense was ranked first overall last season, first against the pass, and for a significant part of the season, first against the run. Hood is jumping into one of the best defensive lines in the league. 

Casey Hampton is 32, Aaron Smith is 33, and Hood should learn for a year or two and then step into big shoes to fill. 

The Steelers also grabbed an Offensive tackle, receiver, cornerback, tailback, defensive tackle and some other skilled positions. 

Another key loss for Pittsburgh is the loss of WR Nate Washington to Tennessee. Limas Sweed is expected to be the No. 3 receiver this season and Rookie Mike Wallace will be No. 4. 

The Steelers lost backup QB Byron Leftwich to Tampa Bay via free agency, but resigned healed Charlie Batch. One of the biggest re-signings in the league was that of the AP Defensive Player of the Year, James Harrison for six-years. 

For the most part, you can expect the Steelers to be a dominant team once again, and probably win the AFC North. 

The main concern is the Offensive line, one of the weakest in the league, but hey if you are winning championships, thats all there is to it. The Steelers have a lot of depth at running back with Starter, Willie Parker returning, 2nd year player, Rashard Mendenhall, who had alot potential until getting hurt in the middle of the season, Mewelde Moore, the guy who surprised everyone with alot of talent coming out of nowhere, and Rookie Running back Frank "the tank" Summers. 

Ben Roethlisberger has grown into one of the most mature and overall calmest, coolest, most collected quarterback in the NFL, winning only one less championship than Tom Brady

Expect Roethlisberger to have a great year and the Steelers to be Super Bowl contenders once again.