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Steelers defending title in '09

Posted on: February 7, 2009 12:26 pm

After their amazing 6th Superbowl title, I have much hope for the Steelers to defend their title in the 2009 season.  The biggest reason, the schedule.  We all know the '08 Steelers had one of the toughest schedules in football, and they went 12-4 with it.  In '09, the Steelers will face (besides their division inc. Browns, Bengals, and Ravens) Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders, Broncos, Titans, Dolphins, Bears, Packers, Lions, and Vikings.  Not an overwhelming schedule based off of '08 performances, with only  4 playoff teams being faced.  However, maybe this is a trap, because the tough schedule this year led to the Steelers being a tougher team with facing hard games all year...

Another reason I believe the Steelers will be able to defend their title (this I mean repeating, yes there I said it) would be the coaching staff.  Mike Tomlin is no lame duck.  Last time the Steelers won the SB in 2005, Coach Bill Cowher already had one foot out the door.  The team just did not seem the same.  I believe Mike Tomlin is only going to continue to grow as a great football coach.  Also, with DC Dick Lebeau returning as a 48 year old man (sorry all year I heard Madden say "he's 71 going on 48") the defense will remain a powerhouse.  The biggest issue at the coaching staff I have is OC Bruce Arians.  He does not create an identity for this football team.  However, at times, like the first half of the Superbowl against the Cardinals, first half against the Ravens in the AFC Championship game, and the entire Chargers divisional game, Bruce Arians came up with great play calling, but the rest of the time, he is so predictable and his calling just stalls out the offense.

The most important factor leading to the Steelers repeating (yes I am able to just flat out say that right now, still feel like I'm doing wrong by saying it though) is the players.  Ben Roethlisberger had a great playoff run, and let's not forget he had troubles this season.  I believe he had 17 TDs and 15 ints...however a season before he threw for the 2nd highest amount of TDs of 31.  The best of Ben Roethlisberger should come out this year with maturity under his belt after this Superbowl win (meaning no more motorcycles without a helmet).  Now the biggest question is the O-line. Wilie Colon, Darnell Stapleton, Justin Hartwig, Chris Kemoeatu, and Max Starks did have many problems this year in pass protecting, which is the hardest thing for O-line to do.  However, let's not forget to recognize that the only one on this line that has been a regular starter for the Steelers outside of this season is Starx.  This was the first time for all 5 those men to play as a unit together.  It takes time for the O-Line to make a chemistry and work together.  I don't think the line is as in dire need as some people believe.  As FA go, both Starx and Marvel Smith are up.  I say Smith will be the cheaper player due to his injuries, and let Starx go, and use Smith to develop younger players.  Other than that, the Steelers should sign Kemoeatu and maybe draft 1-2 linemen to develop up.  This line will improve tremendously just by having an offseason to work together as a unit.

For the rest of the players, offensively, Nate Washington is a good WR, if they can keep him cheap great, if not, I look for the Steelers to look for a WR in the draft to make up for Washington and Ward coming of age (I also look for Ward to take a paycut due to the fact he will have a lesser role in the '09 year).  Limas Sweed will come on in the '09 season with maturity, meaning no more dropped passes going in for a TD.  They are set at RB's with Mewelde Moore, Rashard Mendenhall, Willie Parker, and Gary Russell.  I look for Mendenhall to replace Parker by the end of '09 as the starting back however. 

Defensively, the Steelers will probably let Larry Foote go...he wants to return to Detriot and finish his career there.  The Steelers will have to sign Keyaron Fox, who played great when he was in, and maybe him, Timmons, or Bailey will take the position of MLB to replace Foote. Bryant McFadden might be lost, if the Steelers don't resign him, they will look for a replacement in the draft.  The biggest hit will be to the special teams.  Arnold Harrison, Sean McHugh, and Andre Fraizer were all very good on special teams, and they will all be FAs.  Special teams might not be that important to some, but the Steelers too often have had bad coverage and let big plays happened...without these guys, it will happen more.

My ideal draft would consist of 2 linemen to develop into the system.  A possesion reciever.  A DE for the aging Brett Keisel and Aaron Smith.  A DT to be a backup to Casey Hampton, and since Orpheus Roye is a FA. A safety since Anthony Smith will be let go into FA as a "failed project." And depending on what's out there either 2 CBs or 1 CB and 1 LB.  Ideally,  McFadden will be kept, than the Steelers will only need a CB to fill in, and then they can go after a LB to develop into the role and that can play special teams.

All this said, if the draft happens as I hope, I think the Steelers have a very good chance to repeat.  The core players are staying intact, Tomlin is ready to do it all again, and the easier schedule leads me to believe this team has everything in place to defend their title and repeat. 

Category: NFL
Tags: Steelers

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2009 3:40 am

Steelers defending title in '09

I want everybody from New England to get Bradys wang out of their mouth. Oh Pittsburgh didnt play the pats so it doesnt matter that they won the super bowl. REally?!?! Didnt the stillers spank the pats in Foxboro by 20 plus points this year?  Did New England even make the playoffs? The Patriots are a great establishment and congrats on having HALF the rings the Steelers do, but it seems like I never, ever met someone proud to be a pats fan until the year 2001

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2009 3:35 am

Steelers defending title in '09

Forget team of the decade, the Steelers are the team of the century.

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2009 3:34 am

Steelers defending title in '09

The Steelers did play the Pats this year and spanked them 33-10 in front of their home crowd.  bardy or no Brady the team to beat is Pittsburgh

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2009 9:50 pm

Steelers defending title in '09

I can tell ya one thing about the '09 Steelers. That Viking game that they will be having is already penned in for a big L for the Steel.

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2009 2:46 pm

Steelers defending title in '09

wow this is one of the dumbest things i have ever seen. First of all those Superbowls were not handed to us and definitly not the one we just earned. Did you watch that game? Second of all we have the ravens in our division. I would much rather have the redskins or cowboys then the ravens. Weaker conference? What makes you say that because NFC won the pro bowl or something? Past 9 years an AFC team has won 7 of the past 9 superbowls.So the way i see it right now the NFC is the weaker conference.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2009 6:56 pm
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Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2009 12:16 pm

Steelers defending title in '09

Try looking at the facts genius.  Pittsburgh didn't have to play the 11-5 Patriots in a playoff game because the 33-10 beat down they gave the Patriots in Foxboro during the regular season kept them out.  The best team won.  Get over it.   I hope Brady is healthy and plays next year so you whiny Pats fans can stop acting like children.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2009 6:02 pm

Steelers defending title in '09

At this point in the decade it's hard to decipher whether or not the Steelers are a dynasty because dynasties are defined by the current time period they're in, not necessarily what they've done since the beginning. If you're talking about the most SB rings of any team, then you could easily say that they're the best franchise in the modern era (which I do believe is true).

Best franchise ever? Packers... they've technically won more championships than any team, but not SBs. 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2009 4:30 pm

Steelers defending title in '09

Did someone really say Chiefs over Packers in 09?

Packers will make the playoffs but not much further then that.  Chiefs may go 5-11

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 3:16 pm

Steelers defending title in '09

How can you honestly say that the Steelers are not a dynasty? They have the most Super Bowl rings of anyone in the NFL. and if your not going to consider past statistics then why keep them?

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