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Dare to dream about what the 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers offense could be

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In 2014, the Steelers offense was among the more prolific groups in the NFL. For many reasons, the reason should be even better in 2015, good enough to maybe compare them to the other great offenses in the NFL over the past quarter century.

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"Get your popcorn ready."

Terrell Owens' old quote could certainly apply to the Steelers offense in 2015. Pittsburgh's offense was prolific in 2014. It could be historically masterful in 2015.

With everyone back from the '14 unit along with the new additions in Sammie Coates and DeAngelo Williams, this offense could potentially rival the other great offenses in the NFL from the past 25 years.

The 1992 Cowboys had "The Triplets" that consisted of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, but they also had the "Great Wall of Dallas", a big, dominant offensive line that created massive holes for Smith and sight-lines for Aikman to find his receivers down field. The Steelers could also have a line capable of doing such damage, led by Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro and Kelvin Beachum. While Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown is the Steelers' response to Dallas' star-studded offensive trio of the 90s, Martavis Bryant, Coates and Markus Wheaton could become Pittsburgh's equivalent to the Cowboys' supporting receiving cast, led by high wire receiver Alvin Harper. Heath Miller is also an uncanny resemblance to former Dallas tight end Jay Novaceck, who served as both a solid blocker and a reliable security blanket for Aikman. That offense, which scorched the Bills for 52 points in Super Bowl XXVII, was as devastating as it was efficient, something the Steelers could also become in 2015.

San Francisco's dynamic offense that paced the 49ers run to a Super Bowl victory in 1994 was anchored by Steve Young, who was at the peak of his powers in winning the 1994 league MVP while also taking home the Super Bowl MVP award by throwing for a record six touchdown passes in Super Bowl XXIX. Young was 33 at the time, the same age Roethlisberger is now, and like Young, it seems like Big Ben is poised to have his biggest season entering his mid 30s, as his mental game has more than made up for what age has taken away physically.

The 49ers also possessed the duel threat talents of Ricky Waters, who caught two touchdown passes and ran for another in that dominant Super Bowl win over the Chargers. Bell, who caught 83 passes last year, brings the same dimension to this Steelers offense, as the third year running back continues his ascension atop the league's hierarchy of running backs. San Fran also possessed Jerry Rice, the greatest receiver in NFL history. Rice said recently that Brown is currently the best wideout in the league, and if Brown matches what Rice was able to do in 1994 (he caught three touchdown passes in Super Bowl XXIX), Rice's case for Brown will look even more valid.

While the Steelers' offense wasn't as explosive as the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" unit from 1999 last season, that could certainly change in 2015. That Rams team was blessed with a deep, explosive bevy of receivers, led by Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and Az-Zahir Hakim. With the addition of Bryant, the Steelers have a home run threat that should become even better with another year under his belt. And if Coates can quickly blossom into a threat, the Steelers could certainly mirror the explosiveness that that Rams' offense possessed. Marshall Faulk, arguably the most versatile receiver in NFL history, tallied over 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in '99, something that Bell could certainly match in 2015 as he nearly accomplished that feat in '14.

Comparing the Steelers' offense to three units that won Super Bowls is a lofty task but one that is certainly feasible. Steelers fans saw this offense begin to develop into arguably the league's best in 2014, and if the remaining pieces come together, along with the team's defense developing into a solid group, the offense could have a chance to become one of the best units of all-time. The sky truly is the limit for Big Ben and his men.