Seven Reasons the Steelers Can Win the Super Bowl
Here we go Steelers, here we go! The Pittsburgh Steelers report to training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe on July 26. The Steelers are looking to bounce back this season as they missed the playoffs last year. To add insult to injury, they had to watch as their AFC North division rivals, Baltimore, won the Super Bowl. Can the Steelers make it to the promised land this year? Will they even make the post season? As they gear up for a run at Lombardi Trophy #7, let’s look at 7 reasons the Steelers can win the Super Bowl.
7 Reasons the Steelers Can Win the Super Bowl
1)For starters, #7. As long as Ben Roethlisberger is under center, the Steelers will always have a chance at the playoffs. We’re talking about a quarterback who has already won 2 Super Bowls and been to a third. He’s also won 3 AFC Championships and played in 2 Pro Bowls. Ben is almost always left out of the elite quarterback conversation but not other Steelers QB since HOFer Terry Bradshaw has been as successful as Ben. No matter how you slice it, as long as #7 is healthy, the Steelers have a shot at Super Bowl #7.
2)For the first time in decades, the offensive line could be a strength rather than a weakness. They’ve gotten considerably younger and have 2 first-rounders on the line (Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro) and 1 2nd-rounder (Mike Adams). They also have a new coach to teach these young studs a thing or two, Jack Bicknell. This unit can grow into the kind of mauling, road-grading type of line that the Steelers have lacked for too long.
3)Youth. The Steelers continue to go with the youth movement, saying goodbye to some tried and true veterans, in the process (Harrison, Hampton, Starks). There are more of Coach Tomlin’s guys on the team than there are holdovers from the Cowher era. It’s time to hear names like Timmons, Woodley, Brown and Sanders on a consistent basis. And they’ve got to take the even younger players like Cortez Allen, Jarvis Jones, Le’Veon Bell and Markus Wheaton and show them the ropes. These youngsters have to channel their energy and use it to the Steelers advantage.
4)That advantage leads us to #4, these younger players should be plenty hungry. They don’t know what it’s like to hoist that Lombardi Trophy. And those players that do know what it’s like, are itching to do it again this season. For some of these guys, it could be their last round-up. They’d like to ride off into the sunset in style, as champions.
5)Parity. The good thing about the salary-cap era NFL, is that anyone can win on any given Sunday. And teams that didn’t make the playoffs last year, most certainly have a chance to turn things around the next year. Even the defending champions have seen their roster overturned due to the cap. The Steelers need to make this a positive by taking advantage of teams that are in roster-disarray. Kick your opponents while they’re down.
6)The defense still has some gray-beards in Keisel, Troy, Clark & Ike. But, with apologies to Warren Sapp, they have gotten younger. The veterans need to show the young pups how it’s done with some serious on-the-job training. And the grayest beard of all, DC Dick LeBeau, continues to amaze by trotting out the #1 D last season.
7)Head Coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin is a player’s coach. He commands the attention of his team and earns their respect. With a career .654 winning percentage, 1 Super Bowl victory and 2 AFC Championships, he has what it takes to lead this group back to the playoffs and the Super Bowl!
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