Mike Tomlin’s mantra for years now has been ‘the standard is the standard.’ The standard he speaks is of is about winning, players stepping up in huge situations and guys filling in for starters without missing a beat.
Based on what I’ve seen over the last calendar year, the standard will continue to be the standard in Pittsburgh. Whether or not my definition of ‘standard’ fits will require you to do some more reading. What follows are my thoughts on the coming season and the prediction.
OFFENSE – After last season’s 8-8 record the organization set out to do two things offensively. One was to improve the running game and the other was to eliminate the ‘backfield by committee’ approach. Running the ball effectively means staying healthy and the NFL’s youngest offensive line has struggled to do that.
The two men charged with being the future at tackle Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert, both failed to finish the season in 2012 as injuries did them in. Can they stay healthy this year? Even ...