The 2008 Steelers overcame several handicaps to win the Super Bowl.
The playcalling for much of the season was uninspiring, the punter was only mildly better than the kid who punts for your local pee wee team, and the offensive line was stitched together with bubble gum.
Yet, this squad navigated one of the toughest ranked schedules in league history to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at season’s end.
Yet, these Steelers are not being picked by many experts to win the Super Bowl next year.
These experts may very well be right. Thirty-two teams will begin next season with the Lombardi trophy as their ultimate goal, even the Lions and the Browns.
It is easy to predict that the Steelers won’t repeat based on sheer probability.
I don’t know if they will win the Super Bowl or not.
There are several really good teams in this league, and, come playoff time, a fluke bounce one way or another could determine which one of those teams comes out on top.
But, there are plenty of reasons to believe that next year’s black and gold squad not only will be better than the 2008 team, but might be significantly better.