Step Back From the Ledge Steelers Fan

Jack StentwillerContributor ISeptember 23, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  A fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Relax, Steelers fans.

You have a good team. It used to be that the two keys to winning in the NFL were running the football and stopping the run.

This is not 1950, 1975 or even 2000. It's 2009. There are two keys to winning: a great front office and consistent quarterback play.

The Steelers have both. As long as Ben is healthy, Tomlin is coaching and the Rooneys are paying, Pittsburgh will be just fine.

What has changed from last year's Super Bowl team? Willie Parker was terrible then, too. If anything, Rashard Mendenhall has shown some glimpses of being an upgrade and fans should be excited.

The Bengals are the Bengals. One nice win in Green Bay does not change this, just as one loss to a motivated Bears team in Chicago does not mean the Steelers need to hit the panic button. Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh. Cincinnati is Cincinnati. I like the step forward the Bengals D has taken, but they are not there yet.

Pittsburgh is still the class of the AFC. The Pats are looking very rusty and the vaunted Baltimore defense has looked very pedestrian thus far.

So I would like the collective city of Pittsburgh to take a step back from the ledge. Your team has flaws, but is still built for success. Enjoy it. You've been suffering through the Pirates season too long to have concern for the very capable Steelers

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