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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
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Comments

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 3:13 pm
 

Steelers defending title in '09

I do recall the Steelers beating the Pats this year.




Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 3:12 pm
 

Steelers defending title in '09

Go Bolts.  I hate the Steeelers, not much of a fan for the Patroits either.  I would like the Chargers to face the Colts anytime. We seem to have Mannings number. 

 

I have to give it to the Steelers, they played a better gameand have a better coaching staff. Maybe if the Chargers are lucky, we can replace Norv with a kickass coach who is not employed currently, plenty to pick from.



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Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 10:24 am
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Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 9:14 am
 

Steelers defending title in '09




Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 9:40 pm
 

Steelers defending title in '09

I'm not going to go ahaed and crown them just yet, but yes, the Steelers look very strong heading into the off-season. Considering that their offense was borderline abysmal and they still won it all, I believe that they can draft an offensive lineman to help give Ben some more protection. I also see more playing time for Leftwich, just because Ben is becoming more injury - prone. A healthy Willie and a Nate and Limas- learn how to catch session, paired with a new O line and the same defense would make the Stillers a very formidable team next year.




Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2009 3:48 pm
 

Steelers defending title in '09

"It's also premature since Brady's past record is no prologue to what he will do in '09.  Look at Carson Palmer's performance after his knee surgery to see what can happen to great QBs after such catastropic injuries--Palmer was never the same thrower"


I'm not sure that Brady v Palmer is a good comparison. Palmer had one good season (Derek Anderson anyone?) , Brady has had several. Palmer's injury was severe, but it didn't affect his decision making - which is what he's struggling with right now. Not to mention that Bungles offensive line, which is pretty much jailbreak on every play. That's why Palmer is struggling, his arm seems fine...   I'm not a Pats fan, but I think that Brady has proven that he is a solid QB, and should be fine once his knee is healed...




Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2009 3:19 pm
 

Don't Bet On It

    The Steelers have an amazing defense in place, so that's a start. But we'll have to see how Brady's injury plays out. The Pats were 16-0 with a healthy Brady, and there's no reason to believe that they won't be as good if not better than the Steelers. The Ravens look good as well, and Flacco has a year of experience under his belt. Add to that list the Colts, the Titans, the Dolphins, the Jets, and possibly the Chargers, all of who are capable of putting together a solid season.

    Competition is too tough from year to year to hope for back to back titles. Not to mention the possibility of injuries. The Steelers are definitely a playoff team in 2010, but I wouldn't bet money on them repeating. Anyone remember the hype around the Giants after their SB victory ?? How'd that work out for them ?




Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 2:00 pm
 

Steelers defending title in '09

BEING A STEELERS FAN I LOVE PEOPLE LIKE YOU! KEEP TALKING ALL THAT SHIT AND NOT GIVING PITT A CHANCE AND WE WILL QUITELY WIN THE 7TH!!!! HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO!!!! THEN IT WILL BE BACK TO THE BASICS FOR YOU SAYIN EXCUSES EXCUSES REFS BLEW THIS THIS PERSON WAS HURT YADDA YADDA YADDA AND WHILE YOUR DOING THAT ILL BE AT ANOTHER PARADE!!!!!




Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2009 1:59 pm
 

Steelers defending title in '09

Chiefs vs. Packers?

One mediocre team and one horrible team that has no coach as of yet.

How did you come to this conclusion?

Coin toss? 

Why not Lions vs. Raiders?

Sounds just as stupid!




Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 1:52 pm
 

Steelers defending title in '09

YOU MUST BE STUPID OR PISSED THAT YOUR TEAM DIDNT WIN THIS YEAR!!! YOU MUST BE A GIANTS FAN!!!



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