2015 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Preview
The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a slew of injuries to put forth a fantastic season in 2014. The Steelers won 11 games, the AFC North title, and the team’s first trip to the playoffs since 2011. Running back LeVeon Bell continued his rise and has become one of the elite running backs in the NFL. The 2015 season will start with plenty of optimism in Pittsburgh, but also signals the end of an era. Steelers’ secondary stalwarts Ike Taylor and Tory Polamalu both retired from the NFL, opening the door for a new crop of Steelers to pick up the slack. Pittsburgh’s offense will likely look much the same in 2015 with the trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and LeVeon Bell remaining the core of the Steelers 3 headed monster. If Pittsburgh can avoid many of the injuries that have held them back over the last couple seasons, they will be legitimate contenders in the AFC and should be the class of the AFC North once again. Top non-division games for the Steelers in 2015 are at New England, at Seattle, and at home against the Colts.
2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Preview
The Steelers missed the playoffs last season after going 8-8, and for Steelers fans that’s simply unacceptable. Ben Roethlisberger had one of the best seasons of his career for the black and yellow, but the usually-stout Steelers defense just wasn’t what they usually are. There were holes in the Steelers D that were exploited in 2013, which the front office has tried to patch up in the offseason. It started with picking linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first round of the draft, and he should make an immediate impact. Also drafted was Stephon Tuitt, a talented 300-lb defensive lineman out of Notre Dame. The Steelers also made some moves on offense, bringing in LeGarrette Blount to take some portion of the carries from the backfield. Emmanuel Sanders was lost to Denver in the offseason, so Pittsburgh brought in Darrius Heyward-Bey and Lance Moore to try to fill that big void left behind. The Steelers will kick off the season at home against the Browns before hitting the road for games against the Ravens and Panthers. Other key home games include the Colts in Week 8, the Saints in Week 13 and the Bengals in Week 17.
2013 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Preview
The Steelers open the 2013 season hoping to achieve its 10th consecutive season without finishing below .500. Pittsburgh said goodbye to a couple of familiar faces in James Harrison and Mike Wallace, but still have plenty of firepower to make another run to the playoffs. Ben Roethlisberger is back under center and should continue to captain a potent offense that, even without Wallace, features standout receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. The Steelers strengthened both sides of the ball via the NFL Draft, selecting Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones in the first round and Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell in the second round. With Roethlisberger to guide the way, the Steelers have high hopes for the 2013 season.
2011 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Preview
The Pittsburgh Steelers are fresh off their second AFC Championship in three years, and although they fell in the Super Bowl, the Steelers look poised to put on a repeat performance in 2011. With a healthy Ben Roethlisberger and a stout defense, there's no reason why the black and gold won't once again be a favorite to win it all. One thing the Steelers do not have to worry about the production out of Roethlisberger. He is consistently among the best in the league, and likely will be again this year. He will be flanked by running back Rashard Mendenhall, who emerged last year as one of the best young backs in the NFL. As for receivers, Hines Ward and Mike Wallace provide solid targets for Roethlisberger. As has been the case for the Steelers in their long history, the defense will likely lead the way this year. Linebacker James Harrison is considered to be one of the hardest hitters in the league, and he will certainly continue that reputation in 2011. He's definitely not alone, however, and is joined by the likes LaMarr Woodley and safety Troy Polamalu in forming one of the best defenses in the league.
2010 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Preview
The Pittsburgh offense will have a different look for the first few games, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be serving a suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, and either Dennis Dixon or Byron Leftwich will get the starting nod for the time being. The Steelers will also be without leading receiver Santonio Holmes, who was traded to the Jets during the offseason. The receiving corps will once again be anchored by veteran Hines Ward, and Rashard Mendenhall will get the bulk of the carries after the departure of Willie Parker. The Steelers typically pride themselves on their stout defense, and this season should be no different. Pittsburgh had a stifling run defense in 2009 thanks in large part to the play of linebackers LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison. However, their secondary suffered after Troy Polamalu was injured, but the Pro Bowl safety should be back and healthy this year.
2009 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Preview
So heading into 2009 there is no reason to think that Coach Mike Tomlin cannot achieve the same results with his talented squad. Pittsburgh returns almost all of their stars from the past season, including; quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, RB Willie Parker, Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes and defensive stud James Harrison. Lots of people will probably overlook the Steelers again heading into 2009, but it's unlikely they'll be looking past them when Pitt rolls into the playoffs.
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Preview
The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the best teams to watch in the dominant AFC this season. They’ve made a strong start this year, and appear to have found their franchise leader and quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger and a solid running back in Willie Parker. The Pittsburgh Steelers had a tough season last year going 8-8, but this year they have a real chance to upset either the Patriots or Colts, the conference’s two leaders, and make a big run at the Super Bowl. A game at beautiful Heinz Field this season is an experience that shows what hard-nosed football is all about. Although they were the defending Super Bowl champions and got off to a fast 6-2 start last year, the Pittsburgh Steelers missed out on the playoffs after going 3-5 over the second half of the year. With a revamped Cincinnati Bengals team and the Baltimore Ravens poised to be one of the better teams in the league, it may be difficult for the Steelers to seek redemption from last year.