Hidden, off-the-radar and low-profile fits the Steelers even more tightly than the bumblebee uniforms fit around Casey Hampton's waistline last season.
A nod to Alan Robinson of the Tribune Review for the bumblebee lede in today's edition. He also touches on a great point; however it is the 2013 Steelers end the season, they will start it in a shroud of mystery.
And that does just fine.
From 2000 to 2011, the Steelers have finished with single-digit wins four times. They had double-digit wins the following season and qualified for the playoffs all four of those seasons.
Will 2013 be No. 5? Will it be No. 7?
For as bad as this team looked at times last season, the reality is it was THISCLOSE to a winning record and a playoff berth. It's not as if the group assembled is allergic to winning or playing successful football.
So we're going to be excited today, on this glorious Renegade Eve.
Some of you may be wondering what "The Renegade" is. Some of you may not care at all.
The Renegade is Behind The Steel Curtain's first electronic season preview. It's 26 posts of Steelers' information, including roster breakdowns, feature stories, a schedule overview and the 2013 Jersey Rules. There's probably some other stuff in there I've forgotten.
These will be released each hour, on the hour, starting at midnight, ET, Friday, with the kickoff episode of Steel Curtain Radio - BTSC's pregame show hosted by Lance Williams and myself. We're going to give an overview of the Steelers season on the show, followed by the first post.
These will run throughout Friday. At the end of it, all articles will be housed in one section, and will be available for your perusal as we start cranking out training camp news.
I really hope you enjoy it, and I apologize for the tease. We had a lot of fun with it, so we hope that shows through in the final product.