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Pittsburgh Steelers: The State of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have always been known as a defensive team. Even in the 70's, when the Steelers had five future Hall of Famers playing on offense, many people believe that the only reason the Steelers had any success was because of the defense.

Even since, the Steelers have been known as a defensive team. If you look at some of the defenses that the Steelers have had, and some of the players, they were known as the best in the game when they played.

Rod Woodson, Greg Lloyd, Kevin Greene, Lavon Kirkland, Jason Gildon and more all were one of the best in the league when they played.

Over the first four games of the 2011 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers looked anything but like those teams. The great players we have—Woodley, Harrison and Timmons—were all quiet.

When the Steelers played the Tennessee Titans in Week 5 and Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6, they looked like the Steelers of last year, instead of the Steelers that were too old.

When people think of the Steelers of the 1970's, you hear about how they were a power running team and lived and died by the ground game.

If that was so, how could the Steelers POSSIBLY have two receivers in the Hall of Fame?

What made the Steelers of the 70's so great was their ability to beat the opposition be either throwing or passing. The Steelers of today are very similar to those of the 70's, with the ability to rush or pass.

Though they have they ability, does not mean they always do it.


Here is my State of the Steelers for the 2011 NFL Season.

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