32 Teams in 32 Days: Pittsburgh Steelers
2009-10 Record: 10-6 (1st); vs. AFC East: 4-2; vs. NFC: 9-3
2010-11 Strength of Schedule: 21st Hardest Schedule - .492 (126-130)
Big Games: Week 4 vs.
Key Additions: S Will Allen, WR Arnaz Battle, LB Larry Foote, QB Bryron Leftwich, CB - Bryant McFadden, OT Jonathan Scott, WR Antwaan Randle El
Key Losses: WR Santonio Holmes, RB Willie Parker, CB Deshea Townsend
Draft Picks: 1st Round C/G Maurkice Pouncey, 2nd Round OLB Jason Woods, 3rd Round WR Emmanuel Sanders, 4th Round Thaddeus Gibson, 5th Round OT Chris Scott, CB Crezdon Butler, LB Stevenson Sylvester, 6th Round - RB Jonathan Dwyer, WR Antonio Brown, 7th Round DT Doug Worthington
2009 Team Leaders:
Passing Ben Roethlisberger: 337-for-506, 4,328 yards, 26 TDs
Rushing Rashard Mendenhall: 242 atts, 1,108 yards, 7 TDs
Receiving Santonio Holmes: 79 rec, 1,248 yards, 5 TDs
Scouting via NFL Scouts:
If Im Mike Tomlin, Im worried about Ben Roethlisberger and if hell have the respect of the locker room anymore. Its a serious problem. He needs to get his life in order or hes going to be out of there with one more screw-up. For the Steelers to pretend that theyre not going to miss Santonio Holmes, theyre fooling themselves. I know were not sorry to see him out of the division. They almost have to go back to running the ball 35 times a game and throwing it 20 times (with Roethlisberger gone). Its a lose-lose situation. If they get off to a fast start and are winning, what do they do when Roethlisberger comes back? Hines Ward is getting old fast. LaMarr Woodley is a beast. That guy can get after the quarterback. Hes starting to give us more matchup problems than James Harrison at this point. This is still a suspect offensive line. Maurkice Pouncey is going to make them better once he gets out there. The defense has been wonderful under Dick LeBeau, but last year they had trouble closing games out. Is that scheme or execution?
So much falls on the running game, the defense and Troy Polamalu. You have to wonder if each can support the weight. And will Ben Roethlisberger be worth the wait? So many steady Super Bowl starters with Polamalu, James Farrior, James Harrison, Casey Hampton, Ward, Heath Miller and Aaron Smith. So much character remains a part of this team; its hard to count out the Steelers with or without Roethlisberger. Still, its tough to see this football team posing too much of a threat to the elite in the AFC.
Prediction: 9-7 (3rd)
Cash Scott for Citadel Digital © 2010