The Defending Super Bowl Champs Return
It’s that time of year again. Time for the Pittsburgh Steelers to defend a championship. After a long off-season of basking in the glow of a sixth Super Bowl title, the city of Pittsburgh will begin its rabid devotion that overtakes every autumn and winter. Steeler Nation is like a sleeping giant that is ready to awake.
As the summer begins to wain, and the autumn leaves turn colorful and crisp, the warriors of the gridiron return to the field of battle once again, seeking the ultimate goal of earning a championship. Last year, the Steelers faced the toughest schedule in NFL history (since the merger) coming out of training camp.
The offensive line was weak and the running game, because of injuries, sputtered. The prospects of making any type of run were bleak. I heard analysts and fans predict 8-8 or 9-7 records that may or may not be good enough to win the division. I was not one of those people. I viewed the schedule and saw many more wins then that. I saw the potential and promise of a team that may not be as successful as desired, but would do battle none the less.
I can find no greater reasons for the success that we had last year then that of the play of Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers vaunted defense. Big Ben, playing behind an offensive line that was often outmatched, used his unique pocket presence and mobility to avoid the pass rush and often make something out of nothing. Not only just a positive play, but often a big play. While he doesn’t put up numbers like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning (because of the offensive scheme), he makes plays when they count the most and he wins games. Period.
The defense, on the other hand, is by no means underrated. They were phenomenal. Outstanding. Legendary. It wasn’t until the late season game against the Titans that the defense allowed more then 300 yards of offense in a game. This defense was one for the ages, and this season they return most of their starters.
Now, as this season begins, the Steelers have the 4th easiest schedule in the NFL. I really like there chances to repeat, but as we all know, it’s all about making the playoffs and then going from there. With this schedule, I really foresee at least the opportunity to make it.
Good luck to the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers!!