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02-05-2009, 01:57 AM
Roethlisberger, Tomlin just getting started?
Dale Lolley:

http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/Sto ... -SB-column (http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/Story/2-2-Steelers-SB-column)

TAMPA, Fla. - Same thing again next year fellas?

The Steelers won their record sixth Super Bowl Sunday night at Raymond James Stadium, defeating the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23.

And considering the Steelers will return all their star players and have an offseason to rebuild what was considered its weakness - the offensive line - there's no reason to think they can't do it again next season.

Of course, the NFL doesn't work that way, but Steelers fans will dare to dream.

And why not? We could be in the midst of a second Steelers dynasty.

After winning his second Super Bowl in his first five seasons, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on his way to a Hall of Fame career.

He's already matched one of his childhood idols, John Elway, with two Super Bowl wins.

Next up for Roethlisberger is his contemporary, Tom Brady, who's led New England to three championships.

After his game-winning drive in the Super Bowl's waning minutes, it might not be too early to start thinking about Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana - the only quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls.

That's where Roethlisberger's career is headed.

We heard and read for the last two weeks that Pittsburgh's experience in Super Bowl XL - 20 current Steelers were in that game - could be the difference against the Cardinals.

That seemed to be the case as the Steelers kept their composure throughout the game and the Cardinals seemed to lose theirs in a key third-quarter drive by Pittsburgh. Arziona was penalized for three personal fouls during the drive.

Two of the penalties were legitimate - a

facemask call and a roughing-the-holder penalty on a field-goal attempt - while a roughing-the-passer infraction against Karlos Dansby was questionable.

But the result - a more than eight-minute, third-quarter, clock-milking drive that resulted in a 20-7 Pittsburgh lead after a 21-yard Jeff Reed field goal - was exactly what the Steelers were looking for against the explosive Arizona offense.

Now, with a roster again loaded with players with Super Bowl-winning experience, and a young head coach, the desire will be there to do it again.

That might be the biggest difference between this team and the one Bill Cowher coached to the Super Bowl win three years ago. Rumors that Cowher would walk away from coaching surfaced in the offseason after the Steelers defeated the Seahawks. After so many seasons of coming up short of winning a Super Bowl, Cowher had finally achieved his goal.

It's not that Cowher wouldn't like to win it again some day, but there's no denying that the fire wasn't the same as his impending resignation hung over that team like the stench of stale beer at a frat house on Sunday morning.

If Cowher had won a Super Bowl earlier in his career, that would not have been the case. That's also the difference between Cowher and his successor, Mike Tomlin. When you have this kind of success early in your career, the pressure is there to prove that it wasn't a fluke.

If Tomlin wants somebody to speak to about it, he needs only walk down the hall from his office to the locker room. Roethlisberger has faced a similar situation after so much success early in his career.

As long as the Steelers have Roethlisberger and a suffocating defense, they'll have an opportunity to win the Super Bowl again.

Sit back and enjoy the ride.

F. Dale Lolley can be reached at dlolley@observer-reporter.com

02-05-2009, 10:34 AM
We "could" be in the middle of a Steelers Dynasty????

02-05-2009, 10:38 AM
We "could" be in the middle of a Steelers Dynasty????

How about THE START of another Steeler Dynasty.

stlrz d
02-05-2009, 11:06 AM
WETSU...Yes Sir!