This article is a review of the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers and their chances of repeating as Super Bowl Champions. Here is an article listing the early offseason player moves made by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Any stats mentioned in the preview of the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers come from NFL.com.
The Steelers showed some toughness last season in beating Baltimore to get to the Super Bowl to start with. Those Ravens/Steelers games are always nasty and full of hard hitting. Look for that toughness to continue in 2009 for the men from Pittsburgh. Despite Tom Brady’s return I predict the Steelers will return to the Super Bowl this season.
I liked the Steelers 2009 NFL draft in which they picked up defensive lineman “Ziggy” Hood in the first round. This team wins with defense and the line needed some help. I also liked the 2nd round pick which was offensive guard Kraig Urbik, addressing another team need.
The Steelers offensive line was by far their weak point in 2008 and the team seemed to win despite that unit. The line is fairly young and another season working together should improve the unit in 2009.
This preview of the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers now turns to the running game. This is how the Steelers win games on the offensive side of the ball. The return of Rashard Mendenhall gives the Steelers the best group of runners in the NFL. Willie Parker played well in flashes and Mewelde Moore resurrected his career with the Steelers in 2008. Look for the three men to share the ball and stay fresh for that Steelers running game in 2009.
Big Ben Roethlisberger will once again be standing like a big oak tree in the pocket. He proved his toughness over and over again last season while playing behind a weak line. He sparks this team with his grit and I expect him to have another fine season in 2009.
As always the Steelers will depend on their defense to win games for them. Look for James Harrison to be a force now that he has a new contract. He dominated several games for the Steelers in 2008. Look for the Steelers to add a veteran defensive back if the money is right, around the time training camp starts. This defense is only weak in the secondary despite all world safety Troy Palamalu.
With the renewed running game and Big Ben controlling the play clock, combined with that great defense. I look for the Pittsburgh Steelers to repeat as the AFC Champions and have a 12-4 regular season record in 2009.
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