The negativity is off the charts. There is no football talk, only constant gloom and doom. I thought we lived in America, where optimism is eternal. I am begining to fear for society when the mindset of being right when predicting disaster takes the place of avoiding the disaster, but I think that is where we are.
Negativity in the fan base and the media absolutely can become a self fulfilling prophecy. Players and coaches cannot avoid the feeding frenzy of media like the old days. We need to be positive and support the team.
There is much to like about this years edition of your Pittsburgh Steelers:
We have an elite quarterback.
We have elite running backs plural.
We have an elite receiving corps, both wideouts and tightend.
The defensive line starters are good and still in their (late) prime.
The linebackers are a great mix of youth, experience, talent and depth.
The secondary is as good on paper as it has been in years.
The specialists (punter and kicker) are solid.
We were named the second deepest team in the NFL by the Sporting News.
Even our weak spot, the Offensive line is deep with NFL talent and experience. The line can often be greater than the sum of its parts (see Patriots).
I challenge the gloom and doomers to dispute the strength of the roster. I am sure that the legion will focus on the Offensive line and lack of depth on D-line, but this discounts the depth across the board at other positions and the probability that we will have a dynamic offense and defense.
The schedule will also be mentioned, but that is for the birds. A tough schedule is to be embraced. You have to beat the best in the playoffs anyway.
The 2008 can and should aspire to be Superbowl Champs, and I think the pieces are in place to do the deed.