5 questions Steelers must answer to have a successful season

Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Will Big Ben be back to his old ways?

Ben Roethlisberger’s injury is the primary reason the Steelers missed the playoffs last year. Had he been healthy, and that defense maintained its level of play, the Steelers very well could have been in contention for a top seed and a possible Super Bowl berth. With the majority of the team returning for 2020, it almost seems like the Steelers are being given a do-over.

Like last year, the Steelers’ success will be linked to how well Roethlisberger plays. If he struggles, the Steelers will likely be in a similar boat as last year no matter how elite the defense is. Likewise, if he can return to form, the sky is the limit for what the Steelers can do. An elbow injury like his is scary, but he seems to have recovered well enough. Now it is just a matter of seeing if the injury is more lasting.

The Steelers don’t need an elite Roethlisberger to make the playoffs, but they will need at least an average one to compete. Again, this is a strong roster all around, meaning the pressure will be more displaced and not solely on Roethlisberger. However, if last year was any indication, the final success of this team lies with how good the QB is. No matter how well the team is playing, the Steeler’s success will still be up to how well Roethlisberger is playing.

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The Steelers seem like a team built for success in 2020, but there are still quite a few questions that will determine the outcome of how successful the team is in 2020. While it seems like a safe bet the Steelers will be good, if a few of the questions above have negative answers, the Steelers could be in for a long season.