Pittsburgh Steelers Wish List: 10 Gifts The Steelers Would Love For The Playoffs
The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently 11-4 on the season and have already clinched a spot in the playoffs.
They are far from perfect however, and like all of us they would love to have some gifts to open when they wake up Christmas morning.
Although the NFL and Roger Goodell are pretty much the epitome of the Grinch in any situation, they haven’t gotten around to canceling Christmas just yet.
Here are 10 gifts that the Steelers would love to open Christmas morning to have for the playoffs and their run at number seven.
Every Game Against The Panthers
Already in the Christmas spirit, the Steelers handed the Carolina Panthers their NFL worst 13th loss on Thursday night.
This brings us to our first gift and it is the NFL changing the schedule so that the Steelers would play the Panthers every week for the rest of the season, even in the playoffs and SuperBowl.
The 27-3 win was the Steelers most dominant performance of the season and it got me to thinking that it would be nice to see that every week.
I mean I love seeing tough fought one point wins as much as the next guy, however I’d take a 20 point blowout every week too and I think the Steelers would agree.
Ike Taylor Signed
Ike Taylor is in the last year of his contract and is set to be a free agent this offseason, however most believe that he will re-sign with the Steelers.
Taylor has been far and away the best corner on the Steelers this season and is sixth on the team in tackles and tied for second on the team in interceptions.
He might have bricks for hands, but Ike has always been one of the better cover guys in the league and it would be nice to have Taylor locked up and set to retire as a Steeler.
If everyone thinks our pass defense looks bad this season just think if we don’t have Ike and our starting corners were Bryant McFadden and William Gay.
Lamar Woodley Signed
Signing Lamar Woodley is and should be the Steelers' top priority this offseason as Woodley is one of the top linebackers in the league.
His sacks might be down, from 13.5 last year to 8.5 this year, however that is due in part to Woodley being used more in pass coverage this season and he has a career high two interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Woodley is one of the most complete linebackers in the league and is capable of dominating an offensive line in any game.
That is why having a new contract for Lamar all wrapped up and ready to open Christmas morning sounds like a great gift to me.
Max Starks And Willie Colon
At 345 and 315 pounds respectively, this is probably the biggest gift the Steelers would like to receive this Christmas.
Flozell Adams has done a pretty good job replacing Willie Colon at right tackle, however no one has been able to really do an adequate job on the left side for Max Starks.
Having both starting tackles back for the playoffs would immensely help the Steelers offense which has not been able to be consistent during the season.
Just imagine what the Steelers could do if Ben Roethlisberger didn’t have to carry the entire defensive line on his back.
3 Do Overs
The Steelers would love the opportunity to take back a play from their losses to the Ravens, Saints and Jets.
The Steelers were winning against the Ravens until a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco with under a minute to go.
They were driving down the field against the Saints until Heath Miller fumbled the game away.
And finally that putrid play call in the draw that resulted in a safety against the Jets.
Getting these three plays back would give the Steelers three more wins, in my opinion, and honestly if William Gay doesn’t give up three touchdowns to a rookie tight end against the Patriots I think we can win that game as well.
Aaron Smith Back
The Pittsburgh Steelers are ranked first in the NFL in rush defense allowing only 64 yards per game, which is 25 yards better than the next best team.
The defense has not skipped a beat with Ziggy Hood in there and with a sack against the Panthers, Hood has two on the season.
With Hood coming into his own, what will the Steelers defense look like when they open up this gift and see Aaron Smith back healthy?
Aaron Smith is maybe the best 3-4 defensive end in the league and having him back would make the Steelers defense even better than it already is.
Yeah I know it’s laughable to even think about, however I think this is a gift any Steelers fan, or even any NFL fan, would like to see.
I am all for protecting the players, however the officiating has been a joke the entire season and it doesn’t look like it is going to get better any time soon.
It would be nice if the NFL allowed the players to actually play football for the playoffs without making the game into glorified flag football.
It is just embarrassing to watch, especially considering I love football and love watching it so this would be an awesome gift in my opinion.
Bruce Arians Gone
This might not be a good gift in Bruce Arians’ opinion, though I don’t think there will be many Steeler fans who would argue with this one.
There will be some who will say that Arians has not been that bad this season, however he really is a weight tying down the Steelers offense.
Arians refuses to realize that the Steelers are a better team when they run the ball more and the offense runs smoother when Ben calls his own plays.
He should be gone in the offseason but seeing him gone for the playoffs would really be a Christmas miracle.
A First Round Bye
If the Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 then they will lock up the No. 2 seed and a first round bye in the playoffs.
They could wrap up both of those things this week if the Ravens happen to lose to those same Browns.
The Steelers have been beaten up all season and an extra week to rest would be extremely beneficial.
Allowing players such as Troy Polamalu, Aaron Smith, Ben Roethlisberger and others to get completely healthy will be paramount to the Steelers winning the Super Bowl this year.
Whether or not the Steelers end up getting the first round bye, the most important gift they could receive would be having Troy Polamalu on the field.
Troy is arguably the best defensive player in the league and makes plays that no other player would even think of trying to make.
The Steelers have been very cautious when dealing with Troy’s injury because they know how important he is to the defense.
The opposing offense has to know where he is at all times on the field and at any moment he could change and win the game for the Steelers.