Joe Haden thinks Steelers can use doubts to their advantage

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The Steelers spent some time this week talking about the improved atmosphere around the team after things got a bit toxic during the messy end to the 2018 season, but it will take some time to see if that translates to wins on the field.

Until it does, the Steelers are likely to continue to hear doubts that they can return to the playoffs this season. They’ve heard some from oddsmakers who installed the Browns as favorites to win the AFC North and it’s not hard to come across others around the football world who are skeptical of the team.

Cornerback Joe Haden thinks the team can use those doubts “to our advantage.”

“You hear the outside noise,” Haden said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Usually, Pittsburgh, [outsiders are] always, ‘Aw, they’re going to be in the playoffs.’ They just basically put us in the playoffs. Now to hear people not talk as highly of us has kind of put a chip on our shoulder. I think that’s a great thing. We’ve got something to really work for.”

If the AFC North turns out as the oddsmakers project, it would be a significant change for the division, the Browns and the Steelers. It’s only May, though, and that’s plenty of time for Haden and his teammates to keep things from changing too much.

17 responses to “Joe Haden thinks Steelers can use doubts to their advantage

  1. ever notice how the hanging on has beens are always the ones that are not afraid to voice their worthless opinions?

  2. The cancers have been cut out of the locker room. I expect the Steelers to return to better form this year and back to the playoffs.

  3. If you really look at it objectively, a case can be made for all 4 of the AFC North teams taking the division crown, even the Bengals. That said, if you need this kind of pundit-based bulletin board material to fire your team up, you probably have bigger problems.

  4. harrisonhits2 says:
    May 24, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    The cancers have been cut out of the locker room. I expect the Steelers to return to better form this year and back to the playoffs.

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    I don’t. They lack talent all over the roster and Ben has gotten old fast.

  5. tylawspick6 says:
    May 24, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    I don’t. They lack talent all over the roster and Ben has gotten old fast.

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    They were tied for having the most players in the Pro Bowl last year, so I’m pretty sure talent isn’t the issue. Sweet hot take, though.

  6. Here is how I see this division this year. Two veteran, experienced Qb’s. Two 2nd year rookie Qb’s. I will go with the vets. I like their odds.

  7. There are 32 teams in the NFL who feel disrespected. Every year we get to hear this tired line.

  8. Well well well, let’s get right to the truth of football. Fact since high school coaches have used bulletin board fodder to inspire their teams. I truly hope my Steelers are motivated to exceed expectations. And from the view point outside the locker room from OTA’s things are looking like we might just get some good old United Steelers against the world a.k.a the rest of the NFL football. Might not be as physical or dominate, but a good return to the business as usual of being elite.

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