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What Happened To Pittsburgh’s Defense?

By: Mathew Davis (Guest Contributor)

For years and years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been known as one of the toughest defenses in the NFL. It seems like the franchise has always been able to reload whenever in aging star starts to struggle. However, we are 2 games into the regular season in 2014, and it is already apparent that this franchise is going to struggle on that side of the ball all year. The question is, what should this team do and how can they turn things around as quickly as possible?

People in fantasy football always used to draft the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. It was pretty much a lock that they would be a top 10 team overall against the pass and the run. It is still too early to tell just how bad they are on defense, but the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns both did with they wanted against them.

The scary part about the 1st 2 games of the regular season is the fact that Baltimore and Cleveland are considered to be average offenses at best. If they are giving up a lot of points to these types of teams, is going to be nearly impossible for Pittsburgh to stay in contention against the best franchises in the NFL.

When looking at the defense in general, there are a lot of older players who are starting to slow down. That extra half step that the older players are missing can make all the difference in the world. Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Brett Keisel are all at least 33 years of age, and that is getting up there as far as the NFL is concerned.

This team is only going to become decent when the youngsters on the roster are able to turn the corner. No one really expects Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier to be instant stars in the NFL, so the reviewing process is going to take a little bit of time. Pittsburgh has a pretty strong track record having strong defenses, so in time things should normalize for them. All Pittsburgh fans can do at this time is be a little bit patient with what looks like another average season overall for them.


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