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Steelers come in at No. 6 in the Preseason Power Rankings

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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.

For now.

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.

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7 Responses to “Steelers come in at No. 6 in the Preseason Power Rankings”
  1. Stiller43 says: Jul 22, 2012 9:54 AM

    Retirement of key players?

    You mean the ones the Steelers cut, then they retired cause they were old and couldnt (or didnt want to) find anywhere else to play?

    Ward – leader, but wasnt any higher than #5 WR

    Farrior – too old and slow at this point. Foote is a capable replacement and Sean Spence/Stevenson Sylvester have potential to take his place

    Aaron smith – had played like 10 total games in the last few seasons.

    Steeler Defense will be the Steeler Defense.

    In offense, they improved on the OL. Adams/Starks – Colon – Pouncey – DeCastro – Gilbert looks much better than what they had starting last year.

    RBs – Losing Mendenhall (probably will be on PUP) could hurt, but many preferred Redman anyway. Also, with the OL (hopefully) improving, the running game should be improved as well. Look for Baron Batch and Chris Rainey to provide some big plays out of the backfield.

    WRs – the Wallace holdout can hurt (hasnt missed a day of camp yet), but Brown one more year in the league, Sanders and Cotchery back healthy (both, but primarily Sanders, missed time last year), it looks like WR can be better as well

    TE – Heath Miller is still a great option

    Ben’s a top 5 or 6 (after the group of Rodgers, Brady, Brees, and P Manning), but it seemed too often last year he would win games 13-9. Better than losing 13-9, but the scoring has to imrpove.

    Brings me to OC, where they made an upgrade over Arians by bringing in Haley. I forget exactly what the numbers were, but the point is, the trend is he helps boost the teams points per game where he goes. If that trend continues, look for another big year out of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  2. crohrbaugh says: Jul 22, 2012 11:11 AM

    As a Bengals fan I really hope the Steelers take a step back this year but I don’t think they will.

  3. ravenator says: Jul 22, 2012 11:42 AM

    Any team swept by their rivals and Tebowd out of the playoffs should be considered basement dwellers until they prove otherwise

  4. psgrlinco says: Jul 22, 2012 11:57 AM

    I would say that this is a fair ranking. Of course, I believe we’ll finish higher than this, but as things stand now, especially in having a new OC, two OL rookies who have huge potential but as of yet are untested, and a possible hold-out of our top receiver, I won’t argue that we should be any higher.

    Notice I left out the fact that our RB from last year will be on the PUP list. While I believe that the OL that seemed to think that they needed to create holes for the defense to get through instead of our offense shoulders a lot of the blame for Mendy having a mediocre year, I’ve been a fan of Redman since his rookie year. He’s explosive, light on his feet, and powerful…..kinda like a mini-Bus! I truly think he’s going to take the ball from Mendy and never give it back……..

  5. st1llerz1 says: Jul 22, 2012 11:57 AM

    While I think that #6 in the preseason is just about right, you media tools can’t have it both ways. Last year the Steelers defense was getting old and were surely due for a drop in the NFL hierarchy due to that fact. This year, the team turns over the old guard and is set for an infusion of new talent. Now, they’ll surely take a step back due to the loss in veteran leadership.

    Keep on doubting and the Steelers will keep on churning out winning season.

    GO STEELERS!

  6. mike5011ad says: Jul 22, 2012 4:42 PM

    How are they better than a Texans team that beat them head to head AND advanced furhter than them in the playoffs (while playing with their their third string QB)? They were 29th in the league last year with a -13 Turnover margin. They are going to be starting 2 rookie Olineman. They are missing Mendanhall. How does this make them better than Houston?

  7. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 22, 2012 11:19 PM

    How are they better than a Texans team that beat them head to head AND advanced furhter than them in the playoffs (while playing with their their third string QB)? They were 29th in the league last year with a -13 Turnover margin. They are going to be starting 2 rookie Olineman.
    They are missing Mendanhall. How does this make them better than Houston?
    _____________________

    1) Last years result mean squat, otherwise we would all be rich extrapolating into this year.

    2) Your QB cant stay healthy the entire season.

    3) All Steeler fans consider those 2 rookie o-lineman to be huge improvements over who they are replacing.

    4) The influx of youth into the Steeler D will help, and is overdue.

    5) The Texans made it one round further. Big Freaking Deal.

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