The Steelers are not being mentioned by the media as legit contenders, and I am personally happy about it. If you notice, Pgh does well the seasons they are not mentioned much, and usually do poorly when they are getting attention in the media.
I am not saying it's impossible for the Steelers to win a ring when they are mentioned a lot, but it doesn't seem to help. Most sources are saying that since Pgh lost Mendenhall, have Wallace holding out and are getting old on D, that they are probably going to be 3rd in their own div. I say "poppycock." It is Balt. who lose some key players, Cinci is hardly without holes, and, in my opinion, Pgh is better off without Mendenhall; he just never fully developed and lived up to his physical skills. He still dances around, spins and stutter steps too much and never brakes that last tackle to make a decent play a huge play.
Mark my words, Dwyer is going to end up being the next pro bowl level RB for Pgh. He will prove to be better than RM, as long as he gets enough touches, and I believe he will. And as for Wallace, he will end up showing up, one way or another; it would simply cost him far too many millions to not play this year hoping to score a big contract next year. It will never happen. He will play this year no matter what.
Also, add in the Ben is more mature, being married with a baby, plus, at age 30, most hall of famer QBs had their best years at 30 or older, FACT.
Now, toss in an insanely fast Rainey and a much better OC in Haley over Arians, and this season has all the makings for a good one, with a ring being possible.
Oh, and did I mention an OL that isn't in the bottom of the NFL anymore? That OL is going to be infinitely superior to anything we've had since 2005, the last year our OL was above average.
The media hasn't noticed, and I am all too happy about it, but the Steelers are on the verge to compete for another ring this season. They had the best draft I can remember. All first 5 picks were totally money.