The Pittsburgh Steelers are now into the offseason, following a year in which they had high hopes for Super Bowl success, but ultimately fell short of even reaching the postseason at 8-8. It was a tumultuous season, both on the field and within the roster, and the months to follow figure to have some drama as well, especially in light of the team’s failure to improve upon the year before.
The team made some bold moves over the course of the past year, and some areas of the roster look quite a bit different than they did a year ago, or even at the start of the regular season. Whether due to injuries or otherwise, a lot has transpired, and we’re left to wonder how much more will change prior to September.
How will Ben Roethlisberger’s rehab progress as he winds toward recovery from an elbow injury that cost him almost the entire season? What about some of the key young players, some of whom have already impressed, others still needing quite a bit of growth? Will there be changes to the coaching staff? The front office? Who will they not retain in free agency, and whom might they bring in?
These are the sorts of questions among many others that we have been exploring on a daily basis and will continue to do so. Football has become a year-round pastime and there is always a question to be asked, though there is rarely a concrete answer, as I’ve learned in my years of doing this.
Question: Which two teams do you want to see in the Super Bowl?
Believe it or not, but we have just two weeks remaining of non-exhibition football until September. It’s going to be a rough stretch…but it’s not like we don’t do it every single year. Either way, we’ll be here throughout every leg of the journey until we have Steelers game to write about once again.
At this point in the season, 28 teams have been eliminated. On the AFC side, the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans were handed harsh exits—in different ways—by the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs, who will face off in the AFC Championship game this weekend.
Then there is the AFC side, arguably possessing teams of greater pedigree, in terms of franchise history. With the Green Bay Packers knocking out the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers handling the Minnesota Vikings, the two teams combined bring to the NFC Championship game nine Lombardi trophies.
If I were writing the script, I suppose I would choose the 49ers and the Titans to face off in the Super Bowl, with the Titans winning. Big truss. Defense and a running game. Both teams have it…but San Francisco also has five Super Bowl trophies. It’s bad enough the New England Patriots have already tied the Steelers with six, right? They had a shot at number six back in 2012, but lost to the Ravens.