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Super Bowl Should Remind Fans of When the Pittsburgh Steelers Had an Intimidating Defense

February 2nd, 2014 at 9:09 PM
By Mark Mihalko
As many Pittsburgh Steelers fans watch the first half of them Super Bowl, thoughts of what is holding their beloved Steelers back should be obvious. What was once an intimidating defense, is now but mediocre and until they get it fixed, 8-8 will be the norm.
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Yes, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may have a miracle left in his right arm, but then Seattle Seahawks defense has  been the story, staking the team to a 22-0 halftime lead. In the process, they have made Manning look like a rookie and have kept the Broncos out of sync all game.
The Steelers used to be the Seahawks with an intimidating and physical defense that attacked the opposition. Now that defense has not photo lost a step, but has become predictable in their blitz calls and their alignments. What was once feared is now at times a laughing stock.
With another off-season of salary cap misery ahead, the team will be forced to make some hard decisions on their roster. While many will be concerned about the Jason Worilds situation, the biggest need will be reloading the unit with speed and physicality, something they did a gold job with during the 2013 draft landing what appear to be future starters in Jarvis Jones and Shamarko Thomas. 
Unfortunately, those two may not be enough moving forward, as age is creeping in. If they cannot add to the depth quickly, fans will be suffering through many more Super Bowls in future years without the Steelers being even close to contenders. 
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Tags: Denver Broncos, Football, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl

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