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    The 2009 Steelers became the first defending Super Bowl champions to miss the playoffs since the 2006 Steelers, so that's a trend they'd love to have the opportunity to erase down the road. To see if Pittsburgh can overcome some adversity and rejoin the playoffs in 2010, let's take a closer look at the Steelers on the 26th stop of NESN.com's 32-day run through the NFL.

    2009 Record: 9-7 (missed playoffs)


    2010 Schedule Difficulty: Their opponents went a combined 126-130 (.492 winning percentage) in 2009, which makes for the 21st most difficult schedule in the NFL.

    Key Additions: Offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (draft), inside linebacker Larry Foote, quarterback Byron Leftwich, wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, running back Jonathan Dwyer (draft), cornerback Bryant McFadden

    Key Losses: Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, running back Willie Parker

    Burning Question: Can the Steelers stay afloat during Ben Roethlisberger's suspension? The quarterback is facing a six-game suspension (that could be reduced to four based on his offseason progress in a comprehensive behavioral evaluation) for a string of off-the-field problems that climaxed with a sexual assault allegation in March. Without getting into the morality of the issue, that's a crushing blow for a Pittsburgh team with perennial Super Bowl aspirations.

    Leftwich, Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon will compete for the early-season starting job. It's not the most ideal trio, but the Steelers should get enough out of running backs Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer and Mewelde Moore to take the burden away from the quarterback in this offense.

    The Steelers open the season against Atlanta, at Tennessee, at Tampa Bay, against Baltimore, against Cleveland (after a bye) and at Miami. (For dramatic effect, Pittsburgh's seventh game is against the Super Bowl-champion Saints on Sunday night.)

    That's a pretty challenging set of games for any team, let alone one without its franchise quarterback. Withstanding that initial run won't just be on Roethlisberger's backup, though. It's got to be an all-hands-on-deck mentality from the defense and running game for the Steelers to keep themselves in position for a playoff berth.

    2010 Outlook: The Steelers underachieved last season, whether it was due to a Super Bowl hangover, the injury to safety Troy Polamalu or a combination of both. The defense was undoubtedly the biggest disappointment and couldn't handle life without its playmaking safety.

    They were as un-clutch as could be in the game's final minutes. In six of Pittsburgh's seven losses, the defense surrendered the go-ahead score four times in the fourth quarter, and it gave up the tying score twice in the fourth quarter before losing both times in overtime.

    That's obviously a fine line between a team that missed the playoffs and a team that could have won about 13 games. Pittsburgh had some pretty good offseason acquisitions to improve its squad, so it appears as though the first four to six games will go a long way in determining the fate of the 2010 Steelers
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    Good article and basic break down of the upcoming season. I am almost ready to eat myself because of this football hunger I have!
    2017 Mock

    1. T.J Watt, OLB/DE, Wisconsin - will be a huge mistake if available and we pass

    2. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

    3. Josh Jones, S, N.C. State

    3. Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

    4. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic

    5. Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M

    6. Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State (How can you go wrong with that name, however the sample size is so small that his dad may be better even in his 50's)

    7. Alec Torgersen, QB, Pennsylvania

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    Good article. The defense is going to really have to step it up this year and not live on reputation. They are going to have to make plays and they absolutely can't let injuries to a player or two cause them to fall apart.

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    Re: Steelers Require Early Leadership to Return to Top

    The defense's problems have been going on for three years. They have at times blown 4th quarter leads since 2007.

    Only difference between 2008 and 2009 was the defense blew the leads to late, and didn't leave the offense enough time to get them back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash
    The defense's problems have been going on for three years. They have at times blown 4th quarter leads since 2007.

    Only difference between 2008 and 2009 was the defense blew the leads to late, and didn't leave the offense enough time to get them back.
    I have the same impression that the defense has been blowing leads for far longer than last year.

    Case in point - a certain game in February against the Cardinals a few years ago. Big Ben's and Holmes' heroics would not even have been close to necessary if the D had held even a bit.

    That LeBeau cushion ... gives me heart attacks every time. "Bend don't break" is great when it works.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntonioSteelerFan
    Quote Originally Posted by Crash
    The defense's problems have been going on for three years. They have at times blown 4th quarter leads since 2007.

    Only difference between 2008 and 2009 was the defense blew the leads to late, and didn't leave the offense enough time to get them back.
    I have the same impression that the defense has been blowing leads for far longer than last year.

    Case in point - a certain game in February against the Cardinals a few years ago. Big Ben's and Holmes' heroics would not even have been close to necessary if the D had held even a bit.

    That LeBeau cushion ... gives me heart attacks every time. "Bend don't break" is great when it works.

    My mindset has been we can never score enough points! Always go for the kill!
    Be relentless! When your opponent is down...yea kick him! "Unleash Hell!"
    While Troy's absence in any game is a weakness, it bothers me that Aaron Smith's not being on the field is never mentioned.
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    Re: Steelers Require Early Leadership to Return to Top

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelHoss
    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntonioSteelerFan
    Quote Originally Posted by Crash
    The defense's problems have been going on for three years. They have at times blown 4th quarter leads since 2007.

    Only difference between 2008 and 2009 was the defense blew the leads to late, and didn't leave the offense enough time to get them back.
    I have the same impression that the defense has been blowing leads for far longer than last year.

    Case in point - a certain game in February against the Cardinals a few years ago. Big Ben's and Holmes' heroics would not even have been close to necessary if the D had held even a bit.

    That LeBeau cushion ... gives me heart attacks every time. "Bend don't break" is great when it works.

    My mindset has been we can never score enough points! Always go for the kill!
    Be relentless! When your opponent is down...yea kick him! "Unleash Hell!"
    While Troy's absence in any game is a weakness, it bothers me that Aaron Smith's not being on the field is never mentioned.
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    2) Tim Williams - LB, Bama.
    3) Josh Jones S, NCState.
    3 Comp) Isaiah Ford, WR - VTech.
    4) Kareem Hunt - RB, Toledo.
    5) Josh Dobbs - QB, Tenn.
    6) Greg Pike - G/OT, Georgia.
    7) Isaac Rochell - DL, ND.

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    Re: Steelers Require Early Leadership to Return to Top

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelHoss
    While Troy's absence in any game is a weakness, it bothers me that Aaron Smith's not being on the field is never mentioned.
    I doesn't matter that Aaron Smith is not on the watchlist of some Boston outlet. Inside the Steelers braintrust they know the importance of number 91 and that is what matters.

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    Re: Steelers Require Early Leadership to Return to Top

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelHoss
    While Troy's absence in any game is a weakness, it bothers me that Aaron Smith's not being on the field is never mentioned.
    I also found it odd that they neglected to mention the obscene number of returns for TD's by the opposing team. Those also contributed big time to several close losses.


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