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When will the Pittsburgh Steelers appear in a Super Bowl again?
The Pittsburgh Steelers, with a grand total of six, has won more Super Bowls than the other 31 NFL teams. Twice they became back-to-back champions. They won the Super Bowl games in 1975 and 1976. They accomplished the same feat when they won the ultimate games in 1979 and 1980. Basically, they won four Super Bowls (two against the Dallas Cowboys) in six seasons. Their quarterback and head coach were Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll, respectively. Their feature running back was Franco Harris.
The Steelers lost their first Super bowl game in 1996 when the Dallas Cowboys beat them. I remember in that game quarterback Neil O’Donnell had trouble throwing accurate passes to the flat. Their head coach was Bill Cowher and their feature running back was Erric Pegram.
The Steelers won another Super Bowl in 2006. The head coach was Bill Cowher. The leading rusher was Willie Parker with 1202 yards during the 2005 regular season. Jerome Bettis had only 368 yards. Ben Roethlisberger was the quarterback. It was his second season in the NFL. As for that game, I remember it for the terrible penalties called against the Seahawks.
The sixth Super Bowl victory for the Steelers occurred in 2009. Mike Tomlin was in his second year as the team’s head coach. Their quarterback was Ben Roethlisberger. Their feature running backs was Willie Parker.
The second and final Super Bowl lost for the Steelers occurred in 2011. They lost to the Green Bay Packers. Their head coach was Mike Tomlin. Their quarterback was Ben Roethlisberger. Their feature running back was Rashard Mendenhall.
The six-season span from 2005-06 to 2010-11 was another period of time in which the Steelers went to the Super Bowl more than two times.
Team in Transition
The Pittsburgh are a team in transition. They need to continue to have winning seasons while simultaneously have sufficient number of players that will help them with winning most of their games for many years to come. The obvious person that has an enormous direct impact on making that happen is the general manager. His name is Kevin Colbert, and was promoted to that position in 2010. When and if the Steelers appear in another Super Bowl, will any of their current valuable players still be with the team? The same thing could be said about all of their coaches.
2013 Draft Picks
The Steelers drafted quarterback Landry Jones out of Oklahoma in the 4th round. He could be the quarterback when and if the Steelers get to the Super Bowl again. They also drafted running back LeVeon Bell in the second round and wide receiver Markus Wheaton in the third round. Thus, it seems like they concentrated on upgrading their offense during the draft.
LeVeon Bell will be competing with Jonathan Dwyer, Issac Redman, and LaRod Stephens-Howling for playing time. We shall see if LeVeon is able to handle being the man guy out of the backfield.
The Steelers have Antonio Brown, Plaxico Burress, Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders to catch passes from Ben Roethlisberger.
The Steelers have both Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth.
From left to right, the Steelers’ starting offensive line will be Mike Adams, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert.
Special Team Players
The Steelers have Shaun Suisham to both kickoff and kick field goals. Antonio Brown will return punts while Emmanuel Sanders will return kickoffs.
The Steelers’ 3-4 Defense still have Ryan Clark, Brett Keisel, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and LaMarr Woodley to stop the opposing team’s offense. In 2013, they drafted outside linebacker Jarvis Jones in the first round and free safety Shamarko Thomas in the fourth round.
Defensive Coordinator Dick Lebeau (in his 70s) is still leading the Steelers’ defense. He first started to coach for the team in 1992. Back then he was the defensive backfield coach. He also has been a head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals and assistant head coach for the Buffalo Bills. He came back to the Steelers in 2004. I’m sure the Steelers will be the last team he will coach for.
I found out something that is interesting. Since the 2001-2002 season, the Steelers four times have made to the playoffs two years in a row before missing the playoff for just one year. Since the team didn’t appear in the 2013 playoffs, their consistency indicates they will appear in the postseason in 2014.
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