3 pitfalls Steelers must avoid for the 2020 season to be successful

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The Steelers need to walk the fine line between balance and aggression

So this pitfall really applies to the entire team and what I mean by walking the fine line between balance and aggression is this:  I believe Mike Tomlin, our Head Coach since 2007, understands and realizes that in every game, there is a time to strike a balance and a time to be aggressive.

The pitfall here is very easily triggered when your Super Bowl window is closing and your franchise QB is coming off an injury that essentially robbed him of an entire season.  The Steelers simply may not have the luxury of time.  In other words, if the 2020 season does not go as planned, there is no guarantee that the HC and our franchise QB will be together in 2021.

That may sound harsh, but that is the reality.  Now, I do not believe that Tomlin will not be our coach for the foreseeable future, but how much longer are the Steelers going to have a healthy and productive  ‘Big Ben’? I hope he is our QB until we win at least two more Super Bowls, but that’s tough to accomplish in today’s NFL.

Provided Tomlin and the rest of the coaching staff do not ‘push the envelope’ to the point where the pushing causes us to lose games, I’m good with that.  Conversely, there may be inherent pressure on Tomlin this season to bring another Lombardi trophy to the Steelers, which may result in our playing a style of football that we are neither accustomed to playing nor comfortable with playing.

I’m not suggesting that Tomlin is going to completely overhaul the schemes on either or both sides of the ball, but, as I have stated, certain changes may need to be implemented to have a better chance of winning our 7th Super Bowl than we would have sans making any changes at all.

Let’s wrap up this particular discussion.