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Sir Blitzelot
12-12-2009, 08:12 PM
Just over a month ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers appeared to be well on their way to clinching yet another playoff berth. The team was 6-2 on a five-game winning streak, with wins over teams such as San Diego, Minnesota and Denver. The offense was scoring points behind the arm of Ben Roethlisberger, who was having the best statistical year of his career. Even without strong safety, Troy Polamalu, the defense seemed to be playing with a high sense of rejuvenation. To many, it looked as though the Steelers had regained their swagger from a season ago. But as we all know, sometimes looks can be deceiving.

Presently, the Steelers find themselves on a five-game losing streak, their first such losing streak since 2003. That year’s team finished the season with a miserable record of 6-10. Pittsburgh’s once solid record of 6-2 is no more, and now stands at a bleak 6-7. The Steelers could be on their way to one of the most monumental downfalls by a defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history. The 1987 New York Giants are the only other team in league history that lost five games in a row, after winning the Super Bowl a year prior. Obviously, this was not the kind of history the Steelers were hoping to make when they kicked off the season. For the Steelers to avoid accomplishing the embarrassing achievement of becoming the first reigning Super Bowl champion to lose six-straight games, the team must find a way to beat the Green Bay Packers next Sunday. This will be no simple feat, the Packers are currently one of the hottest teams in the league, being winners of their last four.

The Steelers’ struggles this season have every fan across the country wondering the same question. How can a team that has had so much success in recent years fall from grace this quickly? Everyone has their own opinion at this point. Maybe age has finally caught up to the defense. Perhaps injuries to two essential defensive starters are too much for this team to overcome. Another theory is that this team came into the season overconfident and unprepared. Or maybe it is as something as simple as the play-calling. Whatever the issues are, the Steelers will have plenty of time to address them in the offseason. The Steelers will begin their plans for next season early, as a trip to the playoffs will not be happening.

In three weeks, the season for the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers will be over. It will be the first time under head coach Mike Tomlin’s tenure, that the team will miss the playoffs. How the Steelers perform in these last three games will show the amount of toughness and heart that they possess. Even though the season will be ending prematurely, hopefully, this team goes out the way that we all know they can, and that is to go out a champion.

Michael C. Smith
SteelerAddicts.com

Mike Tomlin
12-13-2009, 12:51 PM
The offensive playcalling limits us and makes us an average offense. Without Troy and Smith we have an average D with a below average secondary. I Disagree with people that say we aren't competing ,because we've been in every game. The problem is all those wasted oppurtunities on offense dating back to last year has finally caught up with us. You would have thought that the way the defense stood watch at the gate all last year, the offense would have their back and step up seeing how hurt they are.

NCSteeler
12-14-2009, 02:51 AM
The offensive playcalling limits us and makes us an average offense. Without Troy and Smith we have an average D with a below average secondary. I Disagree with people that say we aren't competing ,because we've been in every game. The problem is all those wasted oppurtunities on offense dating back to last year has finally caught up with us. You would have thought that the way the defense stood watch at the gate all last year, the offense would have their back and step up seeing how hurt they are.


Agree, I know a lot of people are going on about how 24 or 21 points ought to be enough to win, but when you are kicking Fgs multiple times deep in the RZ instead or converting for TDs, it's sad how many points we have left on the board in the last three years.