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labor day rerun Season preview

Since its labor day and I dont feel like laboring today. I'm going to repost my season preview from March of this year. Enjoy this rerun its got to be better than the jerry lewis telethon. one note since my last post the steelers had their first major injury of the season. Darnell stapelton went on I.R.. this makes Trai Essexs as the starting Gurad for the season. Its not ideal to break up last years line. But its not like last years line was the greatest offensive line in the history of football. So if Essexs can just play okay the steelers should at least be as good as last year on the line. Check back next monday for my reaction to the steelers opening game.
Rob Carter

Previewing the steelers chances in the afterglow of the superbowl.

As we all bask in the afterglow of the Santonio Holmes catch and subsequent Steelers 6th super bowl win. Its hard to think about next year but leave it to me To throw water on Steelers fans victory lap and think about next season. So maybe the best way to make a prediction for next year is to compare this off season to the off season the Steelers had after Superbowl 40.

After Superbowl 40 the Steelers lost their 3rd wide receiver and a member of their defensive backfield. Sound familiar, it should, this season Bryant McFadden and Nate Washington but while I think Ryan Clark was a great replacement for Chris Hope. Don’t think anyone is thinking that Nate Washington was as good as Antwaan Randall el. As for Bryant McFadden it seems as the new coaching staff is not as high on him as Cowher was. And with the ready made replacement William Gay waiting on the bench the Steelers management did not see resigning McFadden as a priority. As long as big Ben stays out of any traffic accidents, personal wise the Steelers are in better shape now than they were after their fifth Superbowl.

What kind of competition will the black and gold face. Well the biggest roster move made in the NFL this off season will be by the patriots just by having Tom Brady get healthy and being able to play this year. In our own division Baltimore lost some key members of their defense who left with defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to play for the jets. But Baltimore should have a better offense this year as Joe Flacco continues his development. The Indy colts are an interesting team very young on defense while having veterans on offense. If the Houston Texans can ever play the whole season the way they do in December they could make themselves a playoff contender. As usual the biggest threats in the A.F.C. to the Steelers should be the Patriots and the Colts.

Coach Tomlin is a much younger coach than Cowher was when he won his championship. While Cowher viewed his win as a validation of a very successful coaching career like a lifetime achievement award. Which may have been a reason for the backsliding to an 8-8 record the next year. Tomlin views his championship much differently. He has just begun his coaching career and is still looking to solidify his legacy not just as a good coach but as a great coach in the NFL.

In this very early analysis, from the personnel to a much easier schedule this upcoming season. It looks like the Steelers are in much better position this off season to repeat than they were after the last championship win.

Rob Carter


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