Found November 21, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
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The Steelers have had more than their fair share of injuries in 2012 and following a tough 13-10 loss to the Ravens people may be sleeping on them. For anyone who is ready to write them off I’ve got just one thing to say: don’t. Pittsburgh has had some very good performances so far during the 2012 season, but they have been consistently inconsistent. With injuries plaguing the team on thing is for sure: this team could still get much better. The Steelers are hoping to get Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu back soon. Imagine the defense we saw Sunday night against the Ravens adding another All-Pro and arguably their best player Polamalu, a former defensive player of the year. Not to mention they have Ziggy Hood now battling a back injury and James Harrison, another former defensive player of the year, is still working with a bum knee. Go to the offensive side of the ball and things are much worse for Pittsburgh. They are unsure when starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be able to return. Antonio Brown, the 2011 team MVP, is working through a high ankle sprain as is tackle Marcus Gilbert. Not to mention all of their running backs have suffered an injury this year and are still getting their rotations figured out. Jonathan Dwyer, Issac Redman, and Rashard Mendenhall have all had good performances during the 2012 season and Todd Haley is still trying to figure out how to use them as a unit. So far their best performances have been when they have gone with one back for an entire game so they may have to pick a guy and stick with him. The only problem is that injuries have forced them to continue to change who that guy is. Right now the hot hand would have to be Jonathan Dwyer, but Mendenhall is likely to get the start in Cleveland. Now that doesn’t sound like a team that anyone should be too scared to play given their injury issues, right? Well maybe, but what about when Roethlisberger and Polamalu are back? What about when Antonio Brown reruns and Marcus Gilbert is back on the line? What if they start running the ball like they did against the Giants? And then add in a new red zone threat in Plaxico Burress along with a fully healthy roster and a consistent run game; all of a sudden the 2012 Steelers become a team nobody wants to play. The only problem is that they haven’t shown that they can stay healthy this season. Things will have to fall into place just right for this team to make a run at a championship, but we have seen that before. This team hasn’t had a single break this season especially when it comes to injuries. However, if they can somehow bring it together and get healthy in the next couple of weeks they don’t only have a shot to make noise in the playoffs they could still win the AFC North outright. The only problem is that they haven’t shown that they can stay healthy this season. Things will have to fall into place just right for this team to make a run at a championship, but we have seen that before. Four of the last seven Super Bowl winners have been teams that were battling injuries, made the playoffs as a wild card and were all, but ruled out before the playoffs started. The Giants have done it twice, the Packers upset the Steelers as a wild card and the 2005 Steelers started the trend. The 2012 Steelers have a good mix of experience and youth and have players that have made improbable runs in the past. There are a lot of “ifs” and “whens” surrounding this team, but if everything falls into place at the right time this team could be very dangerous in the 2012 playoffs. If the playoffs started today the Steelers would head to New England to face the Patriots and I don’t think they would be too confident about that match-up unless of course Ben Roethlisberger was still out. Quick Note: As things stand the Steelers are lined up to be a wild card team and they would go to play one of the division winners. In the AFC West the Denver Broncos are a near lock to make the playoffs and win their division which could mean yet another game for the Steelers in Denver. Although that would be exciting for me (as a Steeler fan in Denver) it would mean the Steelers would once again be without Ryan Clark. Clark has shown how important he is to this defense throughout the 2012 season. Add in the fact that Polamalu is not yet healthy and it could mean playing the Broncos with two back-up safeties in the game and that’s something no Steelers fan wants to see. The post Don’t Sleep on the Steelers, They Could Still get Better appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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  • They had to really be desperate to pick up a player like Plaxico, he had his chance in the sun and he blew it,, give Moyer a chance from the practice squad,,he is just as tall ..
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