This is the year.
The year the Pittsburgh Steelers win their seventh Super Bowl?
Well, not necessarily. Even though the Lombardi Trophy is always the standard in Pittsburgh and certainly not out of the realm of possibility this season, another bragging right is within more immediate reach.
This could be the year the Steelers offense is the best in the NFL.
The Steelers were .3 yards, about a foot, behind the New Orleans Saints last season for the league lead in yards per game with 411.1. Ben Roethlisberger tied Drew Brees atop with NFL with 4,952 passing yards, and he directs an offense that returns every starter from last season.
This offense is capable of carrying the team from a wild-card flop to a much deeper January run this year.
The defense, on the other hand, could be the reason the Steelers are cleaning out their lockers the day after the regular season ends.
It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that the defense is the subject of most of the burning questions the Steelers face as they open their 50th training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.
If they can answer enough of these questions in the affirmative, then this might really be the year.