The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off of a season Ravens fans would say was a success and their fans would deem it a failure. Their 9-7 2009 season would appear to be a success compared to the rough offseason that the organization is coping with.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has dealt with some legal issues and will likely face discipline from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. This is Roethlisberger’s second legal accusation in eight months and his judgment is in question.
Another Steeler that was in trouble is now ex-Steeler wide receiver Santonio Holmes. Holmes has been accused of assaulting a woman and has also now been suspended by the NFL for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Holmes killed the Ravens in every game the two rivals played.
On the positive side, Pittsburgh brought in six free agents, including two of their own that left in free agency. Pittsburgh’s obvious priority this offseason was improving their special teams. The Steelers’ special teams weren’t very good at all last season and by signing Antwaan Randle-El, Arnaz Battle and Will Allen that unit should be shored up.
Pittsburgh also re-signed Larry Foote who had left for Detroit in free agency to help their already solid linebacker corps. The defense should once again be solid and drive offensive lines crazy.
The Steelers should have a very good draft, as well. Pittsburgh has 11 picks which is the most in the AFC North. There’s no way Pittsburgh will draft 11 players, so expect them to move up and down the draft board when it’s their turn to draft.
Overall, Pittsburgh is still talented, but has a lot of issues, especially if Roethlisberger is suspended for any amount of time. It will be another interesting season with Pittsburgh.