As Steeler Nation braces for another typical off season, do so knowing this: The Pittsburgh Steelers know who they are.
"In a lot of NFL cities, teams will busy themselves with the task of scouring the list of potential free agents and deciding whether to make a big offer right out of the box to one or more of them in the hope of remaking their roster, with a recent example being the Washington Redskins and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth just last year."
Then, they follow that up with, "In a lot of NFL cities, but not Pittsburgh ".
At this point, everyone that is thinking the Steelers should go out looking to sign Julius Peppers, Vince Wilfork, or even Reggie Bush (IF he is cut by the Saints), forget it. It is just not going to happen.
Now, some people may say, the Steelers have gone out and signed free agents before. True, but as the article points out, only to replace great players that were lost.
Kevin Green was signed only after Jerrol Williams left for San Diego. Jeff Hartings became a Steeler only after Dermonti Dawson retired. Even James Farrior was replacing Earl Holmes, and the most recent big addition by the Steelers, Ryan Clark, was brought in because Chris Hope left to join the Titans.
The Steelers understand how this makes their fans feel, as they stated "If it’s tough for Steelers Nation to watch the competition splashing around in the free agent pool, they also have seen teams drown in it. The Washington Redskins as one example, always are the champions of the opening weekend of free agency, and yet they recently hired Mike Shanahan to fix a system that has yielded only one playoff win in the 2000s . "
Followed by, "But still, NFL free agency will command a lot of attention as it always does. It already has spawned lists that rank the restricted and unrestricted free agents, both by position and overall; fans will take those lists to arm themselves as they go to message boards and/or dial up their favorite sports talk-show host to make their arguments; and the media will fawn all over the teams that are most active.
Just not in Pittsburgh ."
Basically, what this article is saying is, We know who we are Steeler Nation. Hang tight. Our way has proven that it is the best way. We have six Lombardi Trophies to prove it!