Coach Tomlin on the offense: "My expectations will be they can be the very best cause we got the goods."— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 24, 2015
In 2014, the Pittsburgh Steelers broke a lot of franchise and NFL records. Whether it was Le'Veon Bell shattering the team's yards from scrimmage record, Antonio Brown dominating nearly all wide receiving categories or Ben Roethlisberger throwing 12 touchdowns in two weeks. Plain and simple, the 2014 Steelers offense was great. However, Mike Tomlin sees the unit as potentially one of "the very best" heading into the 2015 season.
There is no reason to think Tomlin's expectations cannot become reality when you look at the lineup the team will put on the field next Fall. After all, like Tomlin said, the team "has the goods".
Ben Roethlisberger, sporting a nice new contract extension, seems to be entering the true prime of his career as a quarterback and has plenty of weapons at his disposal. Brown is the league's most difficult receiver to cover and has help now at the wide out position.
Markus Wheaton is a well known secret in Pittsburgh and could be a great asset to the team from the slot and on third downs in 2015. The reason Wheaton could be moved to the slot is due to budding superstar Martavis Bryant. Bryant encompasses the rare combination of size and speed to win one-on-one matchups which roll his way due to an emphasis in coverage on Brown.
Most fans would be happy with just that offense, but when talking about running backs in the NFL Le'Veon Bell is now in rarefied air. His ability to run, catch and block is unparalleled across the league, and when you think the team is running out of options, they went and signed veteran back DeAngelo Williams.
None of this success is possible without the team's offensive line which has become a stellar group in the AFC. Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, Kelvin Beachum, David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert, while under the guidance of Mike Munchak, have become a positive for the team.
Add all these pieces together and you get one heck of an offensive unit. Coach Tomlin might not be too far off in his estimation in regards to how good this offense can be in 2015 - one of "the very best".