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AZ_Steeler
08-28-2006, 02:21 PM
http://sport.monstersandcritics.com/nfl/article_1195441.php/Pittsburgh_Steelers_2006_Season_Preview

I came across an article that seems to be somewhat fair, especially coming from the media.


The defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers will open their season at home against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, September 7, in front of a national television audience. It will be the fifth time in the franchise's illustrious history that they begin the year as the defending champs. But has anyone stopped to ponder just how amazing that is?

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Antwaan Randle El was the Steelers' prime playmaking resource on offense; he was the only player who was a threat to score every time he had the ball in his hands. Perhaps they found a similar product in rookie Santonio Holmes, but who's to say for sure?

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FIVE KEY GAMES: Cincinnati (9/24), Denver (11/5), at Cleveland (11/19), at Carolina (12/17), at Cincinnati (12/31)

KEY ADDITIONS: QB Omar Jacobs (5th Round, Bowling Green), WR Santonio Holmes, (1st Round, Ohio State), WR Willie Reid (3rd Round, Florida State), DE Rodney Bailey (from Seahawks), S Ryan Clark (from Redskins), FS Anthony Smith (3rd Round, Syracuse)

KEY DEPARTURES: QB Tommy Maddox (released), RB Jerome Bettis (retired), WR Antwaan Randle El (to Redskins), DE Kimo von Oelhoffen (to Jets), CB Willie Williams (released), S Chris Hope (to Titans)

QB: Did anyone hear about Ben Roethlisberger (2385 passing yards, 17 TD, 9 INT) getting in a motorcycle accident this offseason? This is where we talk about how fortunate he is to be alive and how amazing it is that he is back on the field and playing. Oh yeah, and we can't forget to make a played-out joke about wearing a helmet. It's fortunate that Big Ben's offseason news has already become old news. But let's go back and evaluate Roethlisberger in terms of being a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. In 2005, the 6-5, 241-pounder from Miami (Ohio - not 'The U' for once) sure quieted those critics who were still talking about his blunders in the AFC championship game during his rookie year.

It's almost no fun that the 24-year-old Roethlisberger has already won a ring. His down-to-earth demeanor and honest, outgoing personality make him a real star who, as we saw after that championship loss to New England in '05, would be a fun one to really dissect and pick apart, much like we have done with Peyton Manning. But Roethlisberger just went ahead and forever stamped success on his career. The old saying that winning a championship is something that can never be taken away is uncompromisingly true. Roethlisberger (who is 22-3 in the regular season as a starter) is a Super Bowl champion and even though we already anointed Tom Brady as our Wonder Boy, we have to look at Big Ben as a leading NFL idol.


The only part of the article I wasn't to impressed with was about the departure of Randle El. IMO Willie (Parker) became the Steelers prime playmaking resource, simply because he can bust off one for 80 every time he touches the ball. The author at least redeemed himself a little by stating Holmes could be the replacement.

He/she touched on a lot of kep points, didn't want to post them all because it's a pretty lengthy write up. Enjoy!