The Steelers came out on top this season with the Lombardi trophy and the celebration has not yet stopped in Pittsburgh or should I say SIXBURGH. I am not going to rub it in anymore that we won the superbowl here in Pittsburgh or that we just broke an NFL record by earning the most superbowl victories or that we have been coined Sixburgh or that we are on our way to the stairway to 7 ...okay okay I am done. I just know that in 2009- 10 season if you have heard already, Pittsburgh's going to the Superbowl..lol.
So enough with that I want to focus on next year for the Pittsburgh Steelers, i know you are all going to say, "it's to early!" Umm, no it's not because if you haven't notice the next thing up on sports in the burgh is our beloved Pirates. So it is never to early. Getting back to the Steelers, this coming season let's start with where our focus as fans was at the beginning of this season , the schedule. The Steelers go from having one the hardest schedules in NFL history and becoming superbowl champions to having on of the most favorable schedules and having a chance to repeat as superbowl champions. The schedule with consist of playing our own division twice, which is never really a challenge. Then we have to go and play the AFC west, which was considered the worst division in the AFC this year if not one of the worst in all of football. The next stop for the Steelers is the NFC North. This is the division that consist of one the of the worst teams in NFL history , the Detroit Lions. It also features a team that all they can do is run the football, Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles, who always play us tough to try to try and use that as their turning point in their season, and finally the Chicago Bears, who offensively struggle more then Stein trying to get laid in Butler. So there you have it , by now you have read this and are already thinking we went from playing the NFL toughest schedule to playing one of the NFL easiest schedules (esp. for a superbowl champ).
Now it is time to talk about players and contracts, now I will not go over all of them, but I will go over most of them in general. The O - Line, now we have Marvel Smith up and he is either going to have to take a hometown discount or retire from football because looking at his robotic back and knees I don't know anyone who will pay him tons of money. We also have Kemoeatu up and he shouldn't be hard to sign , this guy is an ox and as smart of one too. So I think he will be happy just making some money and playing football and not having to find a normal 8 to 4 job. The rest of our O - Line whomever is left to sum it up they got better as the year went on and this is one place where chemistry and play together is key, but I don't think we have to worry about anyone trying to steal any of them. I mean would you pay any of them any more money for thier performance?
Let's talk key position players, guys who tend to see the ball more. Ben is locked up and our running back situation is looking good no one their is getting any more money unless is Mewelde Moore, who glues that backfield together due to injuries. I can see one thing happeing in about a year from now and that is if Parker can't stay healthy and prove his worth to this team I can see us letting him go and not re - signing him. I have a feeling he is going to want his money, since he was playing off his rookie free - agent contract. I would have to agree with this move, we do have Moore, who is a good blocker, runner, and pass catcher. We also did draft a stud in Mendenhall. The backups are so bad either and they are cheap. Moving on to recievers, Ward will stay he bleeds black and gold and he already got his big contract. The one we are going to have worry about is Holmes and he has earned it. He will be coming off his rookie contract and off his superb playoff run as Superbowl MVP. Washington will be easy to lock up a nice slot reciever and our tight ends are money hungry Miller is a blue collar happy to be where he is kind of guy.
Now for the defense, where it could get ugly , but with Dick and co. we always find a way to make it work and fill all the holes. Starting with the D - Line where we are getting kind of old and will probably look to draft some youth. We will have Kiesel 's contract coming up soon and as long as we treat him right he will stay. This guy is a Redneck in all his glory, money is not a priority to him, respect and fairness is. Hampton, he has already got paid once so we should be able to lure him back with decent money, and tell him with age and weight we will pay for his Wilford Brimley sessions to keep away diabetes. Moving on to linebackers where we are young and talented thanks to a nice draft a couple of years ago. Woodley and Timmons locked up and if Farrior decides he wants more money then see you later and will Timmons come on down and take that position. He is ready and will not disappoint. Harrison now I think he is up in a year or two and he may want some money due to the fact he has never been paid, but cut about 5 times. Yes, he is older, but there is a lot of tread on those tires with one hell of a HEMI motor, let just hope the transmission didn't come from Dodge. ( Bones will know what I mean) Finally, the secondary, this is an area where the Steelers are improving for the first time in years. Taylor is locked up and if Deshea wants money then see you later you already got your from us. We will give a nice long term contract to B- MAC and we will not miss a beat cause William Gay a.k.a Lil Jon will fill his position upon his rookie contract. Safties, we are lookning good Clark, Troy, T- Carter are good to go. The only thing that is scary is I don't see much more football coming out of Troy due to the fact that he doesn't see football as a way of life. He see much more to life then a career in the NFL. I am hoping we can get one more stint out of him. Lets all pray for that one. The last thing is Anthony Smith, yeah that trash talking retard that hasn't done shit. His contract is up and who cares. If he wants to play sign him , if he wants more money screw him. He has been nothing, but a waste of a draft pick.
In closing our coaches are safe, no one is taking Ariens and why would you. Lebeau said he is coming back and that is all that matters cause Tomlin is still in charge and ready to go back to work. Don't expect a let down with this team because of Tomlin these guys will be back to work as early as any other team. They will not be getting any breaks or tea times. Tomlin is a guy that expects to win and get no rewards in return. The only reweard that has any meaning to him is the one, that we already have six of. I really think this team has the chance to do something special and go back to the playoffs to make another run at the Lombardi trophy. As long as we can stay healthy I think we are already taking the first step up that stairway to seven.