Preseason Lowdown : Pittsburgh Steelers

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What’s the story? 

The Steel Curtain might be showing some signs of rust. The team is aging. Big Ben is banged up. Free agents fled like the building was on fire. And they’ve decided to subject fans to the vertigo suits again…which just seems like cruel and unusual punishment. But in Pittsburgh, as in most franchises with a history of prolonged success, the framework is solid and the “next man up” philosophy reigns supreme. The potential for catastrophic failure is low.

Leader and commander:

Mike Tomlin (who is always a favorite of mine when he’s wired for SoundFX)

New kid on the block:

Rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones has quite the shoes to fill. He’ll likely earn now-Bengal James Harrison’s starting spot. But he’s a great fit for their system, and with coaching from the legendary Dick LeBeau, he has a chance to shine in his NFL debut.

Last year was…

…a surprise. The Steelers missed the playoffs with an 8-8 record – the first losing season for the Black & Gold since 2006.

Survey says:

This year could be similar to last year. The Steelers are currently holding down the 16th spot – smack dab in the middle of the pack – in the preseason power rankings. The division is getting tougher for the perennial contenders, and they’ll need to prove that they are still the team to beat.

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