No, I am NOT picking on just the Pittsburgh Steelers, this is one part of a 32-part series called "Why Your Team Won't Win The Super Bowl."
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It is not often that the Pittsburgh Steelers go to the Super Bowl, and don't leave with the Lombardi Trophy in tow. Only twice have the Steelers not won when going to the Super Bowl, and no other team in the NFL—with the exception of the Dallas Cowboys—have been to as many as the Steelers.
And, as painful as it is for me to write this article, I am doing one for every team in the NFL, so I had to include the Steelers.
The first glaring reason would be the Steelers' recent history of failure after success. The last two times the Steelers made it to the Super Bowl, the following season they fell short of the playoffs. In both of those cases, some would say it was a case of a Super Bowl hangover.
This time, the Steelers are playing after NOT winning the Super Bowl, but because of history, I have to tend to say that may be one of the reasons.
The Steelers skill positions are as strong or stronger than any other team in the NFL. The problem lies in: Will the offensive line be able to protect Ben Roethlisberger long enough for him to have the type of season that Steelers fans know he can have, and other teams hope he never does?
The Steelers defense is, and has been, one of the best in the NFL for as long as I can remember. Look at the names of Steelers defenders, and most teams would kill to have them. Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons—all could be players that have their names mentioned in All-Pro conversations.
Problem is, none of those name I mentioned play corner, and that is the Steelers' biggest weakness.
Ike Taylor returned to the Steelers, and broke his thumb in the first game back. It will require surgery, but he should be back in time for the regular season. That still doesn't answer the question: Who is going to cover everyone else?
The Steelers have drafted to fix the corner position, and in the next two to three years, it may be considered a strength. It just won't be this year.
So, unless the Steelers find a way to defend the spread offense, then they are going to have a hard time bringing home Lombardi No. 7. At least in 2011.