I was reading an article about FO Power rankings and looked at what they had to say about the Steelers.
According to this article we had some great success as an oganization from the time Ben was drafted to about the end of the 2011 season.
As I read more the reality whether I want to believe it or not, is we could be on a downturn. It was tough enough losing players like Hines and Farrior who were leaders in that locker room now we are losing playmakers like Wallace and Harrison and probably more to come next season.
It's also tough to replace those types of players when you have a balooning salary cap to contend with, but our biggest enemy now is Time. We might get some really good talent in the draft but even with that it takes time to develope these players while we still have Ben as our QB.
Here is a portion of that article:
The switch from Bruce Arians to Todd Haley at offensive coordinator didn't exactly pan out in 2012, and Pittsburgh seems to annually have salary cap issues that require contract restructuring and the eventual loss of some talented players. This year's expected departure of receiver Mike Wallace and the cap release of outside linebacker James Harrison are just two of the latest examples. Some within the league believe this will eventually catch up to Pittsburgh, and that a serious downturn is nearly inevitable. You can't re-do deals forever. Eventually the piper must be paid. Age and a salary squeeze might be closing in on the Steelers.
Read More: [url]http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130312/nfl-free-agents-front-offices/#ixzz2NSSlKlzZ[/url]
As a Fan of the Steelers I have no complaints, this team gave us more excitement, playoff births, and Super Bowls than most fans of other teams dream about. I realize we can't sustain a Super Bowl team for eternity, but this proud organization will do everything possible to keep the team competitive next season and the future even with the challenges they have in front of them.
It may take a few drafts and releasing long time good players to get back to be a championship team, but history shows never count out the Steelers especially when their backs up against the wall.