Steelers Vulnerable, Ben’s Challenge, Live OTAs


The Pittsburgh Steelers are just about ready to head out onto the practice field for OTAs where the rookie class and returning players will be participating in drills and getting acquainted. While the new Steelers get acclimated with the Steel City we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Tuesday, May 26th.

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Biggest threat to the AFC North crown

If you watch the NFL playoffs each year you’ll notice a few new teams and a few teams returning to the tournament. Typically the Wild Card spots have the most turnover but inevitably some teams who won their division won’t be able to repeat the next season. Gil Brandt ranked last year’s division winners by those least likely to repeat this year.

The most vulnerable team, according to Brandt, is the Carolina Panthers, who won their division last year with a losing record (7-8-1). That makes sense. The Saints could easily have a bounce-back season and it wouldn’t take much to edge out the Bucs and Falcons for the NFC South title.

The second-most vulnerable team, Brandt said, is the Pittsburgh Steelers. If they can’t keep up the high flying offense they had last season they sure would be vulnerable to the Ravens or maybe even the Bengals. Winning the AFC North is never an easy task for anyone.

Ben’s Challenge

The Steelers offense is coming off of its best statistical year and Ben Roethlisberger is fresh off of signing the contract extension we’ve all been waiting for. The challenge Ben will face this season will be keeping up the pace he set last year.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says that Ben’s biggest challenges ahead of him after signing that contract are improving on his playoff numbers, making the younger players better and building on his continuity with Todd Haley. While I do think Ben and the Steelers offense will be challenged to keep up the good work, so to speak, Fowler gets it wrong a few places here.

First, he suggests that Ben Roethlisberger is compared to Joe Flacco “because of the AFC North connection, with both winning one Super Bowl and both posting 10-5 playoff records.” Roethlisberger has won 2 Super Bowls and has been to 3 while Flacco has only been to the Super Bowl once so I’d say it’s more like Flacco is compared to Roethlisberger, not the other way around.

Also, its borderline inexcusable to keep beating the Haley and Roethlisberger might have problems drum. That’s a tired storyline and furthering it is kind of silly at this point.

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