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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are known for their success and it’s because they’re one of the best ran organizations in all of football. With 6 Vince Lombardi trophies the Steelers clearly know how to handle their operations and its starts with stability. Head Coach Mike Tomlin is entering his 13th season at the helm and this team has only had three coaches in the last 50 years.
So it’s obvious that the Rooney family likes to build on solid ground and avoid distractions but Pittsburgh finds themselves in a unique situation. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are gone and now the Steelers will plug in other players to fill those holes. Donte Moncrief was signed to sure up the receiver position. Then Benny Snell was drafted in the 4th round to keep the running backs competitive. Of course a couple of returning players got promotions and those guys were JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner. They’ll both be number one options in this offense and it’s amazing how much each of them will benefit from a winning culture. Smith-Schuster has already stated that this team is “playing for each other” which is his way of saying that their morale is better than last season. Will it be easy to overcome the losses of Brown and Bell? Absolutely not but this franchise is very capable of reloading. Ben Roethlisberger played at such a high level in 2018 and he ended up leading the NFL in passing yards (5,129). Yeah the role players have to take the next step but there’s still a lot to be optimistic about in the Steel City. If everyone gels then maybe they can shock the world and steal the AFC North. The writing on the wall says it’ll come down to Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
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The Steelers are leaning on their culture after losing a couple of key players.