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This might be a relatively recent development, but it’s going to help the Steelers win a lot of games in the future. As the Steelers defense proved in Super Bowl XLV, the hardest thing to defend against is a team that can spread you out with four or five talented receivers.
The Steelers have six talented receivers and a tight end that is fast becoming one of the best red zone targets in the NFL.
Hines Ward is the veteran possession guy who makes the tough catches and takes (and delivers) the big hits. Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown are speedsters who are intelligent, precise route runners. Jerricho Cotchery and Arnaz Battle round out the group, and both could be much higher on another team’s depth chart.
How do you defend against that? It becomes even worse when you consider who’s throwing them the ball.