take a deep breath steeler nation. lets not get ahead of ourselves with crazy mock drafts or trade envolving our youngest playmakers. a successful season comes from building on the prvious season. the teams that are succesful do not standblow up thier rosters trying to magic bullet thier way to the superbowl. think the eagles, grback ratbirds, randy moss patriots, the redskins and the raiders. the greatest growth is in second and third year players, espicially on defense. i for one am excited about this teams future. coach dad has gotten players he wants. tomlin was a defensive backs coach he has drafted his guys. william gay wasnt to shabby this year and the steelers have at least three corners that are in thier second or third year. they are going to be better next year. we have three young defensive lineman playing thier asses off in the playoffs on the road. we have two top ten linebackers entering thier prime.
on offense. we have a franchise quarterback three recievers that have had an one thousand yard reciever. next year i look to sanders to do what he was supposed to do this year. saunders learning from heath. who is to say saunders doesnt improve leaps and bounds. he was a somewhat immature guy but he is learning from a lunchpail all around stud in heath miller. the oline was in shambles but has a chance to get healthy this offseason. i have faith in gilbert being a fixture at rt. kugler has just started drafting his guys. legursky isnt a starter but the guy worked his tail off and did whatever he could. with kemo gone i think foster could improve enough to be at least dependable. worst case scenario at lt is max starks. i think starks is an injury hazard but while he was playing we had a solidified line.
the pickups for the offseason. bolster oline lb and saftey through the draft orfree agency. draft oline, dline no matter what. get matchup problems i.e. sproles, hernandez, graham, wallace, woodhead, mccluster. add more timmons style guys. the nfl is changing to win in the nfl saftylinebacker hybrids may be the key to winning. with work timmons could cover the tight ends of the modern nfl.
all in all the steelers will be able to compete for a division and conference title next year. lets not start firing coach dad or trading probowl offensive players.