You might not have vocalized your thoughts, although many did, after the Pittsburgh Steelers divisional round loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Playoffs. It was a difficult loss, but if you read the writing on the wall, you saw a team which has the potential to be ridiculously good in 2016.
With Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Martavis Bryant, DeAngelo Williams and Le'Veon Bell all back for next season, well, you can just go ahead and play Thin Lizzy's "The Boys are Back in Town" when training camp starts up at the end of the Summer because if that offensive unit stays together they could put up video game numbers on any defense in the NFL.
If you thought it, or if you said it, after the game, you weren't alone. Roethlisberger himself said something similar in his final radio show with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, PA when asked about the potential the team has coming back next season.
"I think that we felt like we had something pretty special here. Offseasons are always tough because you lose guys, you get new guys, so we're hoping we can get as many guys back as we can to kind of keep building on this special thing we have going on. I think what everyone is excited about is the talent we have," Roethlisberger said. "You know, I say ‘the young talent,' but really I mean guys that are in like their third, fourth, fifth, kind of sixth year, like those guys. They're not really young anymore, they've got that experience, but they're still young enough that they're fresh and can make great plays for us, so I just think that the talent we have on this team, if we can stay healthy, like I always say, we can be pretty special."
"Pretty special" from Roethlisberger is a pretty loud endorsement from a quarterback who likes to keep expectations at a dull roar to not inflate egos throughout the offensive unit, but he is right. Health is the most important facet in this equation, but if they can experience just a small amount of luck in that category, compared to 2015, they could be on their way to the best offense in the NFL, and in franchise history.
If you want to hear the full interview you can catch it here.