Originally Posted by dres1214
Well Kyle Orton is the one who lead your team into beating the undefeated Packers? Although he didn't stick around did he...he's playing for Dallas now. Dexter McCluster going out really screwed you guys up too.
As for the Steelers, everyone is saying we're too old...but I'm pretty sure they said the exact same thing last year...and we went out and got a 12-4 record, the same record that took us to the Superbowl in 2010. We were also one win away from owning the AFC and possibly going all the way. If Ben Roethlisberger didn't go down against Cleveland, I guarantee we would have.
So no, we're not too old at all. How can a team be too old when they take 7 new rookies every year, and invite guys to camp too? Ben is in his prime, our 3 top wide outs are young. Heath Millers is 29, and most Tight Ends don't retire until the age of 35. As far as our defense goes, we have the 25 year old Lawrence Timmons, and we just cut James Farrior. To replace him though, we have Stevenson Sylvester, who was just a rookie last year and did pretty good from what I saw. James Harrison is sort of old, but I can't see him retiring for at least two more years. Woodley is only 27 too. Troy Polamalu probably has another 4-5 years on him as well, and when the time comes, we can look into someone to replace him. Ryan Clark is arguably in his prime right now as well. We have Cameron Heyward and Ziggy Hood on the line, with Keisel having another 2 or 3 years left in him.
It seems our problems are the same ones we've had for the last five years. Our secondary, and our offensive line. The good news is, we have Pouncey and a few other young guys on the line now, and we fired our old secondary coach as well...which you could definitely see a difference in last season. And for the line, we're probably drafting another linemen first or second round. We also have a good bit of young guys that we got last year, like Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen. We also have Bryant McFadden's little brother now...but I have no idea if he's good or not. Shame that McFadden is in the free agents though.
Don't doubt us...I'm predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers to be Superbowl 46 champions.