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Steelers still land in top half of PFT Preseason Power Rankings

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Yes, the Steelers have missed the playoffs for two straight years.  But they’ve finished seventh in the conference each of the past two seasons, which likely will soon be good enough to make it to the postseason.

The Steelers may not need an expanded bracket to make it this year.  With a long-overdue youth movement on defense, a franchise quarterback with gas in the tank, a dynamic depth chart at tailback, and a knack for drafting quality wideouts, the Steelers could be ready to snap out of their funk.

That potential has placed them in the top half of the PFT Preseason Power Rankings, at No. 15.  Let us know whether we were too high, too low, or nailed it below.

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55 Responses to “Steelers still land in top half of PFT Preseason Power Rankings”
  1. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jul 15, 2014 3:09 PM

    please make your hateration original

  2. steelerben says: Jul 15, 2014 3:23 PM

    Well, Baltimore fans, here is your chance to spew bile to pay back the Yinzer trolls for all the hate on the criminal charge threads (take your pick which ones).

  3. thepftpoet says: Jul 15, 2014 3:26 PM

    “The Pittsburgh Steelers ranking is way too damn high!”

    -Jimmy McMillan

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    I see what you did there, you said tailback instead of running back, that’s some shrewd agent talk since running back is a broader term that implies more blocking. Now are any of them also feature backs deserving of double dip greenbacks?

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 15, 2014 3:34 PM

    FACT: The pharmacist who supplied federally indicted pittsburgh steelers team doctor dr. richard rydze anabolic steroids and human growth hormone got 2 years in federal prison

    The pittsburgh steelers have been a non-factor since their team doctor was investigated and indicted by federal authorities.

    ENJOY THE FACTS.

  6. 6ball says: Jul 15, 2014 3:36 PM

    .
    The Steelers front seven on both sides of the ball have been retooled and need to demonstrate their value. The same could be said for the “dynamic depth chart” at running back. Show me.

    I have not a clue as to what they’re doing with the secondary. Brady put up 55 points on them last year and I see little indication that they’ve improved.
    .

  7. dethsupport says: Jul 15, 2014 3:42 PM

    Why are the steelers so high? Are they banking on Manziel to bust?

  8. scoobies05 says: Jul 15, 2014 3:49 PM

    FACT. the Cincinnati Bengals have been relevant….never. dear Lord why I am defending the Steelers. it’s because clown like the Good Dr are just that annoying. I can’t stand the Steelers. but at least they have accomplished something.

  9. crewchief15 says: Jul 15, 2014 3:49 PM

    Homer pick, face it steeler girls this team is average at best, sorry not hating just being real.

  10. bigpoppa5501 says: Jul 15, 2014 3:49 PM

    I’m not buying…I think they are ranked too high.

    However, they do have a great head coach who does one hell of a job motivating his guys and I think Shazier will be DROY in a landslide.

    I think they finish 3rd in this division.

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 15, 2014 3:55 PM

    … and… their head coach plays tremendous special teams (when his slow, aging, undisciplined team can’t manage).

    ENJOY.

  12. killerstiller says: Jul 15, 2014 3:56 PM

    @crewchief15
    Isn’t 15th place basically average? Get your math straight!

  13. bhinrichs9 says: Jul 15, 2014 3:59 PM

    Average to below average in almost every asset besides coaching. Why are they high again? My Vikings even beat them? Is anyone scared of the Steelers the last few seasons? I am probably just hating because PFT ranked the Vikes #27 #Toolow!

  14. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 15, 2014 4:15 PM

    … and… their head coach plays tremendous special teams (when his slow, aging, undisciplined team can’t manage).

    ENJOY.

    Stop! You are an embarrassment to the “good” fans of the Bengals. Dude change your material to be somewhat credible as the Steelers are no longer old and slow. And finally win a playoff game skippy…then your team may be relevant outside of Bungal land.

  15. steelctyfan says: Jul 15, 2014 4:15 PM

    Steelers cut the dr in 2007, went on to win the SB in 2008 and went back to the SB in 2010, your an idiot.

  16. crewchief15 says: Jul 15, 2014 4:18 PM

    Killerstiller, it’s not about staight math when it comes to the NFL, you see being rank 15th makes you a playoff contender (not average). It is funny that a steeler fan understands Math though! You see if you subtract the 12 playoff spots, that leaves… never mind I thinks this is to complicated for you, but ok your average even with straight math!

  17. penguins87and71 says: Jul 15, 2014 4:31 PM

    Way to high in my opinion. This team is on the rack track in my opinion, there re going to be a lot of growing pains with a young team, and I expect a lot for a couple of years. My prediction for AFC North right now is Bengals 11-5 in 1st place, Ravens 9-7 in 2nd place(AFC Wildcard), Steelers 7-9 in 3rd place, Browns 6-10 in 4th place.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 15, 2014 4:31 PM

    Too high. The downward spiral continues in 2014.

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 15, 2014 4:32 PM

    Killerstiller, it’s not about staight math when it comes to the NFL, you see being rank 15th makes you a playoff contender (not average). It is funny that a steeler fan understands Math though! You see if you subtract the 12 playoff spots, that leaves… never mind I thinks this is to complicated for you, but ok your average even with straight math!

    When condescendingly correcting some one be sure everything you type is correct their skippy. To should be too or is that too complicated for you to grasp?

  20. slick50ks says: Jul 15, 2014 4:38 PM

    I think all Steeler fans recognize by now what a terrible offense Todd Haley runs. His scatterbrained concepts do nothing to help a still very effective Big Ben. The o-line is very questionable, and the skill positions are thin.

    Whats more alarming is the condition of the defense. What was once the strength of the team is now a liability. The secondary is just a mess, and retaining Ike Taylor is a farce.

    I see them finishing considerably worse than last seasons disappointing showing.

  21. slick50ks says: Jul 15, 2014 4:43 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jul 15, 2014 4:32 PM
    Killerstiller, it’s not about staight math when it comes to the NFL, you see being rank 15th makes you a playoff contender (not average). It is funny that a steeler fan understands Math though! You see if you subtract the 12 playoff spots, that leaves… never mind I thinks this is to complicated for you, but ok your average even with straight math!

    When condescendingly correcting some one be sure everything you type is correct their skippy. To should be too or is that too complicated for you to grasp

    ———————-

    there/their/they’re

    Learn it, know it, live it.

    Also, someone is ONE word.

    Commas and punctuation are also a must!

  22. randomcommenter says: Jul 15, 2014 4:50 PM

    Steelers should be higher. They had a ton of injuries last year. They finished 6-2 in the last 8 games.

    The OL was in shambles and now they get Pouncey back and Munchak is the best OL coach in the game. Bell quietly had a very good rookie year and so did Big Ben.

    Shazier and Tuitt are huge rookie additions to the defense. Polamalu was forced to essentially play ILB much of last year due to injury and Ryan Clark was awful.

    Mike Mitchell is the same kind of player Clark was when the steelers grabbed him a few years ago.

    Shazier will be an impact player

    It will be steelers and Bengals for the division. Ben is a big advantage over Dalton.

  23. pskotte says: Jul 15, 2014 4:53 PM

    Steelers are perennially overrated by the media. The team plane could go down with no survivors and they would still be ranked in the top half.

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 15, 2014 5:06 PM

    Commas and punctuation are also a must!

    Just checking if you are a troll or a challenged troll….I guess a little bit of both as your knowledge of the Steelers was obtained from tea leaves and enhanced with hate.

  25. crewchief15 says: Jul 15, 2014 5:22 PM

    Nofoolnodrool,
    I think slick50s just dismissed you from school, to funny…fool and drool in your name…really?

  26. bengalguy says: Jul 15, 2014 5:34 PM

    Sounds right. They’ll definitely be a better team. 2nd in the North. Playoff drought comes to an end.

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 15, 2014 5:35 PM

    Nofoolnodrool,
    I think slick50s just dismissed you from school, to funny…fool and drool in your name…really?

    Fool and drool are traits of trolls like you. Pretty simple for you skippy. Also mind your own business and saying you think is a very big lie and you know your momma didn’t raise you to lie…ssshh adults at play.

  28. loyalraven says: Jul 15, 2014 5:52 PM

    Tim Tebow

  29. mikemyditka says: Jul 15, 2014 6:14 PM

    Steelers will be 10-6 or 11-5, and win the AFCN.

    I’d put them as the 8th best team in the NFL as of right now.

  30. mikemyditka says: Jul 15, 2014 6:22 PM

    If I were a Raven or Bengals fan, I’d be upset about the schedule. You all were screwed.

    Pittsburgh gets a home date with the saints and colts, while you guys have to go on the road for both of them.

    That alone could be what decides the division. The Saints are unbelievable at home, but beatable on the road.

    The Bengals also have @NE and Denver, while the Steelers have @ Jets and Chiefs. Big difference.

  31. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 15, 2014 6:38 PM

    Tim Tebow

    Elevator Ray Rice???

  32. lawndart says: Jul 15, 2014 6:54 PM

    Fool and drool are traits of trolls like you. Pretty simple for you skippy. Also mind your own business and saying you think is a very big lie and you know your momma didn’t raise you to lie…ssshh adults at play.
    —–
    Words often used when you’ve been embarrassed are- troll(s) and skippy. “saying you think is a very big lie” I heard my 5 year old say that once, it was cute. Oh and the classic “ssshh adults at play” very deep. I’ll leave you alone now, so can think of some more classic comebacks. Next up Tinfoil hat and basement comment…

  33. vikesr4reel says: Jul 15, 2014 7:29 PM

    Let’s just get this out there now
    Steelers are NOT better than the Vikes
    They are bottom 5 in the NFL
    BOOK IT
    SKOL

  34. dagator8888 says: Jul 15, 2014 7:34 PM

    The Steelers have a lot of young unproven players and an aging QB that is on the downside of his career. They will be lucky to be third in their division as the Browns have vastly improved.

  35. smither871 says: Jul 15, 2014 7:35 PM

    They are overrated in my opinion. Still too many questions on defense, WR, OL, and a beaten up QB. I see them closer to 20 than a 15 ranking. They have a strong division as well with Cinci, Balt, and an improving Cleveland team

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 15, 2014 7:37 PM

    Fool and drool are traits of trolls like you. Pretty simple for you skippy. Also mind your own business and saying you think is a very big lie and you know your momma didn’t raise you to lie…ssshh adults at play.
    —–
    Words often used when you’ve been embarrassed are- troll(s) and skippy. “saying you think is a very big lie” I heard my 5 year old say that once, it was cute. Oh and the classic “ssshh adults at play” very deep. I’ll leave you alone now, so can think of some more classic comebacks. Next up Tinfoil hat and basement comment…

    Thanks for the analysis….oops sorry I just passed gas laughing at your attempt at an intellectual comment.

  37. joetoronto says: Jul 15, 2014 8:58 PM

    The Steelers are on the decline and therefore ranked way too high, but they’ll always beat the Bungals in an important game.

    Always.

  38. bornahawker says: Jul 15, 2014 9:45 PM

    Overrated bums

  39. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 16, 2014 12:24 AM

    Way too high.

    Tebow.

  40. crewchief15 says: Jul 16, 2014 7:45 AM

    “passed gas laughing”- classic line, you must be a hoot at parties?

  41. stillers213 says: Jul 16, 2014 10:06 AM

    The lower they’re ranked, the better. Every time expectations are high for this team they step on their own Cheneys, if you know what I mean. I expect them to do well simply because the “experts” don’t.
    Oh, and stop with the spelling troll exchanges. You guys are embarassing yourselves.

  42. ydousuk says: Jul 16, 2014 10:22 AM

    —–
    Words often used when you’ve been embarrassed are- troll(s) and skippy
    ————————————————

    This coming from the guy that called everyone “skippy” until he was mocked about it……

  43. ydousuk says: Jul 16, 2014 10:25 AM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jul 15, 2014 4:32 PM
    Killerstiller, it’s not about staight math when it comes to the NFL, you see being rank 15th makes you a playoff contender (not average). It is funny that a steeler fan understands Math though! You see if you subtract the 12 playoff spots, that leaves… never mind I thinks this is to complicated for you, but ok your average even with straight math!

    When condescendingly correcting some one be sure everything you type is correct their skippy. To should be too or is that too complicated for you to grasp

    ———————-

    there/their/they’re

    Learn it, know it, live it.

    Also, someone is ONE word.

    Commas and punctuation are also a must!
    ————————————————————-

    Ouch……………..

  44. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 16, 2014 11:29 AM

    Oh, and stop with the spelling troll exchanges. You guys are embarassing yourselves.

    Your qualifications to judge are highly suspect and my punctuation / grammar is intended to piss off you anally correct and PC loving jerks. The laugh is on you and ydusuck… The classic child in mans clothing

  45. Bull Rush says: Jul 16, 2014 11:30 AM

    Comments on this were very funny. Almost nothing about the Steelers except for one particularly annoying Steeler fan getting spanked.

    Power rankings at this point having interesting in depth analysis but the actual rankings mean nothing. Go look at anyone’s last years rankings, half were way off.

  46. bigmayhem1 says: Jul 16, 2014 12:44 PM

    When condescendingly correcting some one be sure everything you type is correct their skippy. To should be too or is that too complicated for you to grasp?

    LOL…”their” instead of “there”. Being butt hurt really gets to you, I guess.

  47. crewchief15 says: Jul 16, 2014 1:03 PM

    It’s been fun, thanks for the distraction.

  48. ydousuk says: Jul 16, 2014 1:43 PM

    Your qualifications to judge are highly suspect and my punctuation / grammar is intended to piss off you anally correct and PC loving jerks. The laugh is on you and ydusuck… The classic child in mans clothing
    —————————————————–

    So…you intentionally used bad grammar and punctuation, while trying to make fun of another person’s post because of their poor punctuation and grammar………ya that sounds reasonable.

    And, by the way, that’s “classic child in man’s clothing.”

    An apostrophe can make all the difference…Take a deep breath Skippy, this is a football forum, not an English class.

  49. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 16, 2014 3:10 PM

    And, by the way, that’s “classic child in man’s clothing.”

    An apostrophe can make all the difference…Take a deep breath Skippy, this is a football forum, not an English class.

    It would be great if you knew something about football but you don’t . But thanks for correcting my mistake while telling me it’s about football…did you forget that quick skippy? Oh why am I even addressing some called suck?

  50. sbchampsagain says: Jul 16, 2014 3:40 PM

    “This is the year Ziggy Hood steps up.” -every Steeler fan for the past 4 years.

    #LOL@Colbert

    #AFCNthanks Colbert

  51. mikemyditka says: Jul 16, 2014 8:30 PM

    Ziggy Hood? is that all you got?

    You know that you are a good organization when all opposing fans can do is mock a mediocre player (who still got a 2nd contract from another team) that was drafted with pick #32 5 drafts ago.

    I’m looking forward to hearing about how the Steelers will botch the #32 pick in next years draft too…you know, after they win it all again.

  52. originalsteelcurtain says: Jul 17, 2014 2:04 AM

    Definitely too low. Steelers have re-tooled nicely 3 years removed from a SB appearance.

    Ben has 3 SB appearances, 2 wins. That alone is worth a bump in the ranks compared to teams with non-clutch QB’s, many of whose teams you have inexplicably ranked higher (see Ice Ryan and Meltdown Dalton to only name a couple. Foles…let’s see how he does Year #2).

    Steelers are Top 12 right now and will be higher by season’s end.

  53. ydousuk says: Jul 17, 2014 2:42 PM

    originalsteelcurtain says: Jul 17, 2014 2:04 AM

    Definitely too low. Steelers have re-tooled nicely 3 years removed from a SB appearance.

    Ben has 3 SB appearances, 2 wins. That alone is worth a bump in the ranks compared to teams with non-clutch QB’s, many of whose teams you have inexplicably ranked higher
    ———————————————–

    And how did Clutch Ben play in those
    Super Bowls?

  54. ydousuk says: Jul 17, 2014 2:44 PM

    Oh why am I even addressing some called suck?
    ————————————————————-

    You may want to proof read Skippy….

    Go Hawks

  55. millikensteeler says: Jul 17, 2014 2:56 PM

    doctorrustbelt

    Fact..you’re an idiot. Despite an 0-4 start, they were a missed field goal from being in the playoffs.

    Fact, you really need to get out of the basement more often.

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