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Steelers Look to Take the Stairway to Seven in 2018

February 5, 2018
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Steelers Look to Take the Stairway to Seven in 2018

For now, Pittsburgh will have to remain “six-burgh”. The Steelers failed on their quest for Super Bowl number seven in 2017 but will come back in 2018 with their main core intact and another run left in them.

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked poised for another deep playoff run but were shocked by the up and coming Jacksonville Jaguars who took them out in the divisional round of the playoffs with a 45-42 upset. The Steelers finished the 2017 season with yet another AFC North division title, a 13-3 record, and one of the most high-powered offenses in the league despite a slow start from QB Ben Roethlisberger. With Big Ben, Antonio Brown, and hopefully LeVeon Bell back next season, the killer Bees offense will once again be among the best in 2018. The major change on offense comes with the loss of long-time offensive coordinator Todd Haley. There could be an adjustment period on offense with whomever Pittsburgh brings in to replace Haley. The Steelers offense could also use more production from talented but troubled wideout Martavis Bryant, but the emergence of JuJu Smith-Schuster makes that less of an issue. The big question for the Steelers will come on the defensive side of the ball.

Pittsburgh’s defense ranked 7th best in the NFL last year, giving up less than 20 points per game. But, without linebacker Ryan Shazier they are not quite the same. Shazier has been recently released from the hospital but it is unlikely he is back on the football field anytime soon, if ever. As the leader of Pittsburgh’s defense that is a huge blow, as evident by the 45 points they gave up to Blake Bortles and Jacksonville. Blake Bortles is not exactly Tom Brady or Aaron Rogers. Aside from the loss of Shazier, the Steelers do have some building blocks on the defensive side to build around. Rookie T.J. Watt, brother of JJ, was a bright spot for the Steelers last season and should get more of opportunity to make plays in 2018. The key for the Steelers will be the 2018 draft where they should focus most of their attention to the defensive side of the ball. Their first-round pick (#28 overall) may be a good time to select a middle linebacker to replace Shazier. The Steelers have seven total draft picks and one in each of the first three rounds. Drafting a linebacker or two and help in the secondary should be their primary focus in the first three rounds.

With a couple key additions through the draft or free agency, the Steelers defense is salvageable, and their offense is already fully intact, making another run in 2018 more than likely. With Ben Roethlisberger seemingly hinting of retirement each year and the uncertainty surrounding the future of running back LeVeon Bell, 2018 may be the last best chance for this current group of Pittsburgh Steelers to make another Super Bowl run. The Steelers odds for next season are bright but their future beyond 2018 is cloudy. Visit betphoenix.ag for more on the Pittsburgh Steelers odds for next season.

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