The team that owns six Super Bowl trophies is No. 6 on the Preseason Power Rankings as the 2012 season approaches.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, bounced from the first round of the 2011 playoffs by Tebowmania (or, more accurately, a stubborn refusal to accept the fact that if they dared Tebow to beat them, he would), are still among the elite.
Many questions have arisen for 2012, driven by the retirement of key players and the “retirement” of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The hiring of Todd Haley to replace Arians, who was undoubtedly fired, created some controversy in Pittsburgh. If the new offense works well, the whispers will soon be forgotten. If the offense struggles, things could get interesting.
But with one of the best coaches in the league available to smooth over any rough spots that may emerge, it would be foolish to assume that the Steelers will be anything other than among the best teams in football.