With a new season upon us, every NFL fan is trying to convince themselves of why their favorite team will end the season with the ultimate prize, the Lombardi trophy. I am here to tell every one of you why the Pittsburgh Steelers will be the team hoisting the trophy again.
The Defense is one of the biggest, if not THE biggest reason why the Steelers will repeat. All I need to say is two words, Dick LeBeau. But just to prove my point look at the starting eleven:
- Defensive Line – A. Smith C. Hampton B. Keisel
- Linebackers – L. Woodley J. Farrior L. Timmons J. Harrison
- Cornerbacks – W. Gay I. Taylor
- Safeties – R. Clark T. Polamalu
Good luck to any offense trying to move against this defense. One of the biggest weaknesses to our entire defense was LB Larry Foote. The guy might have been in the correct place more often than not, but he lacked the strength to effectively stop the run, which was his primary responsibility. I’m glad I won’t have to watch him be carried for five yards before a teammate helps him out.
Timmons will be an absolute beast this season. While rotating with an inferior player all season, Timmons was able to rack up 65 tackles, 43 solo, five sacks, three passes defended, and one interception for 89 yards.
Look for those numbers to skyrocket this season. I don’t even need to talk about the damage Harrison and Woodley are going to do to opposing quarterbacks.
Another reason as to the Steelers repeating is the return to health of the running back corps. With a healthy Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall, the Steelers will have their one two punch back. Added to this is Frank “The Tank” Summers, who I’m hoping will replace the inept Carey Davis.
The Tank will destroy defenders on the goal line or short yardage situations plus he has soft hands. Mendenhall, I believe will surpass Parker with the majority of carries by midseason, if not sooner. The infusion of youth and strength into the running backs will put a big smile on the yinzers’ faces.
I know many people are down on the Offensive Line, and I admit they deserved it last season, but after re-watching some games, I’ve noticed they didn’t play all that bad excluding the Philadelphia game. Many of the sacks given up came from missed blocks by the running backs or the Tight Ends.
Well, not all Tight Ends, mainly just Matt Spaeth who they would bring in for the two TE sets Bruce Arians loves to employ. Spaeth isn’t a blocker; he’s tall and has decent hands, he’s a receiving threat. Hopefully the drafted TE, David Johnson, pushes Spaeth to be a better blocker.
Back to my point. The offensive line will be improved from last year even if they don’t change the lineup since these players are now accustomed to playing with each other. I do believe 323 pound, 6’5” rookie guard Kraig Urbik will win the right guard position during training camp.
With the lineup being from left to right Starks, Kemo, Hartwig, Urbik, and Colon, the line will be much improved. Who knows, maybe Colon will be replaced also, but by whom? Not sure yet.
The number one reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers will repeat is simply the franchises golden boy, Big Ben Roethlisberger. I say keep your Tom Brady’s, keep your Peyton Manning’s, keep your Drew Brees’, there is no other quarterback I want guiding this team than Roethlisberger. The guy is a stud, a once in a generational type talent.
I know what people will say, oh Brady and Manning and Brees are better, look at the stats. Ok, fine I will. They may have better yardage and pass attempts than Roethlisberger, but which stat means the most in the end? The W’s.
Big Ben has the most wins for a quarterback in the first five years of a career. He has three perfect passer ratings to boot; only tying Peyton Manning and Ben will blow past him in that stat.
Ben has been to three AFC Championships, winning two of them. He’s been to two Superbowls, winning them both. He should have been MVP for the way he willed his team down the field to throw the game winning touchdown to Holmes in the back right corner of the endzone. All in just five years—FIVE YEARS! The guy is a winner, plain and simple.
You can’t even debate it.
When looking at each aspect of the Pittsburgh Steelers team, you got a quarterback that knows how to score when it is absolutely needed, a defense that will clamp down and beat you up, special teams that was greatly improved last season and will only be better with the return men drafted, and a healthy running backs corp.
Just think I didn’t even talk about the receivers because we already know the talent the Steelers have there. The infusion of youth into an already talented veteran squad makes them that much better.
So add everything up, Big Ben plus the Defense plus Dick LeBeau plus healthy running backs plus an improved offensive line and it only equals up to one thing: Superbowl XIV Champions.