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First Impressions of Steelers This Year
Grab the kiddos, crack open some icy cold beverages and get ready to shut the rest of the world out until February!
THANK THE GODS! FOOTBALL IS BACK!
I know it’s only the preseason, and the very first preseason game at that, but here’s a look at what I foresee as a very different Pittsburgh Steelers team than we have seen the past few seasons.
Offense, as a whole, looks MUCH better
With a lot of new faces out there in the mix the offense looks to add some much needed speed to their arsenal. Look for Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, and of course Antonio Brown to be able to attack all three areas of the secondary.
Our running game just got deep. REAL deep. I almost don’t want to see some of these guys not make the team. We now have a one-two combo in the trenches with Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. This of it as the speedy jab setting up the big right hand uppercut.
All around I believe that our toughness is up. Even though Gradkowski is a backup he continues to take shot after shot. Nice to have a second string guy taking notes from our captain. Our offensive line is looking more in sync with each other.
Defense still needs work.
While better than the end of last year, tackling will still be a major issue. Until we learn to square up, wrap up, and drive to the ground we aren’t going to stop anything. The long 78 yard run from Rashad Jennings is proof of that.
The speed of our secondary needs to be addressed. When that long run broke, no one could catch Jennings. They couldn’t even get close. You can make the argument that it’s so early in the year that all their effort can’t and won’t go into one play. But then again, you have one job. At least make it look like you’re trying to tackle the guy.
Second string guys are now going to be just as important as the starters. Age is a factor now, so let’s step it up. Just like hockey, the shifts need to be on average 30-45 seconds long. Easily translated that’s about 3 plays. Switch off, switch on. It seems unconventional but I think it will work. You’re welcome Dick LeBeau. That one’s on me.
I’m still not sold on Suisham. I think his confidence waves like the ocean. He lacks the ability to put it right down the middle each and every time. Maybe he and Jeff Reed need to have a little meeting.This should prove to be an interesting season. I’m looking forward to seeing how the position battles play out.