The Pittsburgh Steelers are changing their game this offseason. Their running game is now stronger and they have a younger defense. The biggest shift is from a team that usually plays nice and tries to be very upstanding and blue collar to a team that is finding some grit and starting to play nasty. This shift is very desirable for the team that has been playing pretty average in their last few years of playing. They have not been to the playoffs since 2011 and there are many reasons for that reality. Their personality simply wasn’t strong enough. They used to have a physical edge that made them terrifying to other players, but that dropped off. The whole team became over reliant on Ben Roethlisberger and they didn’t have much else to show. However, that team is starting to disappear as this offseason plays out. They nabbed a couple of young, key players from the draft and they got the former head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Mike Munchak to coach their offensive line.
All of these changes in the Steelers line up and offseason coaching indicate that they know things need to be improved and they are makes moves to do so. They signed LeGarrett Blount last year in free agency and he will help the Steelers with their lack of heavyweight ball carriers. He brings a different style of playing and a fiercer technique to the offense. The big key for the future success of the team lies in keeping their offensive line in good shape. They have had issues with keeping offensive linemen and have had over thirty different combinations of players on their offensive line over the past four years. If they can maintain an offensive line the team will surely improve and come up in ranking in the league. Last season they were at no. 21 and they usually gave up on some of the biggest plays. Now, the Steelers have been revitalized with some new talent and they show promise for being able to push their way back up into the upper crust of the AFC. There are not too many elite teams in the league, so the Steelers have a good shot at some impressive playing this year. They have a strong history and they should be able to make their way back to greatness.
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://ift.tt/1i1VqIo