The Pittsburgh Steelers are an American football team propping up in Pittsburgh. The Steelers compete in the National Football League against other football teams from the United States of America. The year 1970 saw the first ever Steelers win against another team in the NFL when they defeated the Green Bay Packers in what is considered as one of the greatest upsets in the history of the game. Since that time, the team has gone on to win the next three Super Bowls.
Now, the Steelers are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. This is largely due to the fact that the owner, Mike Aldrin, was a former Army Ranger and he invested his time, money and effort into making his product successful. The result has been a well-rounded roster of players that can be interchangeable. There is an all time great in Joe Greene, yet he is no longer with the team. This is because of two factors.
First, he was involved in a hit-and-run case with a motor cyclist. As a result, he was fined but he is still a very valuable member of the team. Second, he was implicated in a drug scandal that brought down the life of Steelers' Draft Choice, Mike Webster. He was eventually given a life sentence for the overdose of a prescription drug he was prescribed.
The team has always had the luck of being able to draft some good players. Among the numerous notable players who have come and gone are standout defensive ends Tom Burnett and Elvis Dumervil, as well as running back Rashard Lewis. But, the recent trend of big name players leaving the Steelers for greener pastures is not a new thing. Joe Greene left Pittsburgh in free agency and signed with the Jets. Two years later, Marion Barber left for personal reasons and didn't sign with the Steelers.
It is understandable why people, especially fans of the team, would be upset at the news. However, there is no way to justify what happened. Instead of pointing fingers or holding grudges, why not focus on the future instead? The best way to do that is by learning from the mistakes the Steelers have made in the past.
The first step is to understand that the team has changed its fundamental approach to football. In days gone by, the Steelers always went into practice expecting to win the game with their big offensive line and a great defense. Today, they know that they will have to play with more caution. That means that they will have to rely on their defensive unit more than their offense.
Another thing to consider is that the Steelers aren't just a running game anymore. Sure, they have been known to score some points through the air, but they also rely on their solid defensive units to keep the opposing team from scoring any points. The result has been that the team has actually been more successful when it has sent extra players to the trenches. This strategy has paid off handsomely when the Steelers have needed some last minute scores to win a game. It has also kept them in games where they might have lost a close call, which is rare.
Last but not least, the most important contributor to the success of this team has been the fact that the current coaching staff is doing a fantastic job of rebuilding the Steelers so that they are ready to return to the big game. That means that this season is more of a learning experience for the players than any other since the departure of Mike Tomlin as the head coach. This means that there are new faces in key positions, which is a good thing for all of the fans that love to watch this team play. With a little more time, there is bound to be more of an identity built within the team and they will begin to see results that will make the end of their season much more comfortable. This will be the year that the Steelers really come into their own and prove that they are one of the teams to beat in the playoffs. With the new coach and a better supporting cast, it should be fun to follow the Pittsburgh Steelers on the field this year.