No Longer Champions, But Bright Future Ahead

Ahmad RashadAnalyst IFebruary 11, 2010

PITTSBURGH - FEBRUARY 03:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers acknowleges the crowd during a parade to celebrate winning Super Bowl XLIII on February 3, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Steelers one year reign as Superbowl Champions is over. Let me first say congratulations to their successors the New Orleans Saints who defeated the Indianapolis Colts Sunday 31-17. It was a well earned victory and I'm sure they will were their crown proudly.

Unfortunately the same can't be said for the Steelers. For the third time in their history, they didn't make the playoffs after winning the Superbowl the year before. No section of the team is free from blame for our season. 

But there is a bright side. Polamalu and Smith will be returning to the D which in itself is an upgrade. Rooney has ordered a stronger emphasis on the run, and our schedule is harder than last years. That sounds like a bad thing but it really isn't because everyone knows the Steelers bring their A game against good teams. 

Hopefully this will all add up to our 7th Lombardi next year.