The 2010 regular season is quickly approaching. The Steelers face a few problems coming into the year- Ben Roethlisberger's six game absence and the loss of Super Bowl MVP wide reciever Santonio Holmes. To give the Steelers the chance to win games during Ben's suspension, and make the playoffs, several of the men in black and gold need to step it up a bit. Here are my picks for the top five Steelers that need to" Bring It" in 2010.
The Steelers desperately needed this man back last year when their poor secondary was exposed after the injury to Troy Polamalu. Even with Troy back healthy the Steelers need all of their defensive backs to step it up this year.
Ike Taylor has always been known for his unusual combination of both speed and size. But now, at the magic age of thirty it should be expected that he will slow down a bit. Ike needs to step it up this year and work exceptionly hard not to be stripped of his starter status as he was in 2006. And after only two interceptions in the last two seasons, he must work with the wide recievers to ensure his catching ability improves before the Steelers hit the field in September.
Even at his age, Hines Ward is a highly commendable wide reciever in the NFL. But, with the number two man, Santonio Holmes, being traded he needs to step up not only as the number one wide reciever on the Steelers' roster, but he also needs to be helping the new number two man, Mike Wallace. It is an extremely hard transition to go from the number three man to becoming the second go-to guy, especially in your second year in the league, But with Hines helping him out it should not be impossible. Also, with the additions of Arnaz Battle and Antwaan Randle El, the wide recieving core will not be weak.
It is highly likely that Maurkice Pouncey will be starting at guard for the Steelers this season. And with this big road grater on the line we will be able to run the ball forward, as well as some members of the Ravens Defense backwards.
Rashard Mendenhall had his breakout season last year rushing for 1,108 yards, seven touchdowns, and 261 recieving yards. However,with the loss of Willie Parker, more pressure is on Rashard Mendenhall and sixth round pick, Jonathon Dwyer to run the ball this season. But with the new g/c Maurkice Pouncey on the line we will see immediate improvement in the running game.