Found September 06, 2012 on CJ Sports NFL Talk:

thCAA3UTWY Can the Pittsburgh Steelers Soar to Seventh Super Bowl?I’ll be the first to tell you that the Steelers’ window is closing.  11 of the 13 players with 9 years’ experience or more are starters, including their star QB and 2-time Super Bowl winner “Big” Ben Roethlisberger.  The remaining 2 on that list are both of his backup signal callers.   All the starters in that elite secondary have 10 years or more in the league except for CB Keenan Lewis, who previous to 2012 started in only a single game.  2 of the top 4 LBs on the squad, Larry Foote and James Harrison, have 11 and 9 years under their belts, respectively,  while 2 of the 3 D-line starters in their 3-4 scheme have logged more than 10 years on the field.  Surely the WR Corp, O-line, and RBs all have plenty of years left on their football “shelf life”(difficult contract and salary cap issues notwithstanding), but the QB position and the defense have been the center of this team’s success.  Yes, the future is bleak, but that doesn’t mean the present day Steelers aren’t a legitimate threat to win Super Bowl XLVII.

While new Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley will be more inclined to take advantage of their fresh identity as a more aerial offense, RB Rashard Mendenhall and Issac Redman are an excellent committee to augment this scheme with a strong ground attack.  RB Jonathan Dwyer also promises to be a strong contributor should injury become an issue.  The TE position was solid with Heath Miller in place, but look for Coach Haley to throw to Leonard Pope, former Arizona Cardinal mainstay, to establish a more effective two TE package.


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