Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/8/12
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SteelersBen Roethlisberger This shouldn’t come as shocking to anyone, but if last season proved anything for the Steelers, it proved that they stand absolutely no chance without Ben Roethlisberger. A hobbled Roethlisberger is a completely different player than he is when he’s mobile enough to escape pressure and move around the pocket. The Steelers hope to protect Roethlisberger better with rookies David DeCastro and Mike Adams starting up front. The fate of the Steelers season will depend on how well Adams, who will start at left tackle, holds up in protecting Roethlisberger’s blind side.  Troy Polamalu After missing 21 regular season games from 2006-2010, Polamalu didn’t miss a single game last season. The Steelers defense is not even close to the same without Polamalu and as always it will be critical that he stays healthy next season. This one was a close call between Polamalu and either James Harrison or LaMarr Woodley. The difference is while the Steelers can at least get by o...
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