Why Your Team Won't Win the Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers Edition.

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IJune 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20:  Head coach Mike Tomlin talks with Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers while waiting for the game winning touchdown call to be confirmed by instant replay during the game on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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In my 32 part series called, "Why Your Team Won't Win The Super Bowl", I feel like I must cover all 32 of the NFL teams, including my Pittsburgh Steelers.

Since I am covering all 32, I will be wrong on one of them, and hopefully, it will be the Steelers that prove me wrong.

After winning the Super Bowl in 2008, many people believed that the Steelers had a real shot at repeating in 2009.

It was fair to think that, because the Steelers had one of the best defenses in 2008, and many of the same players were returning.

In 2010, the Steelers were hoping for a different result, but the obstacles have hit Steelers Nation pretty hard, and there are a lot of doubts if the Steelers can return to the top of the AFC North.

For starters, Ben Roethlisberger is suspended for the first six games of the season. Even with the chance to cut the suspension to four games, the Steelers are still going to be without their leader for a quarter of the season.

Yes, Byron Leftwich is a capable back up, but that is exactly what he is, a back up.

Not only that, former Super Bowl MVP, after facing a four game suspension of his own for substance abuse, was traded to the Jets for a fifth round pick.

That pick was later traded to the Arizona Cardinals for Bryant McFadden.

The Steelers needed to bring McFadden back to the Steel City, due to the injury to Troy Polamalu in the first game of the 2009 season. While Polamalu was injured, bad teams exposed the Steelers secondary for not being that great.

Add to that, the fact that the Steelers are now very thin at the running back position, when they allowed Willie Parker to leave for the Redskins.

There will be a lot for the Steelers to overcome to try and win their seventh Super Bowl, but this may all be just too much for them.

My prediction: Steelers finish 11-5, with the tie breaker over Baltimore, win the AFC North.


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