The 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers should give us a new look this season. This year they’ve hired former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley as their offensive coordinator. The move has sparked few, but interesting comments from their QB Ben Rothlesburger. The controversy? If you can call it that, is that Haley will focus on running the ball and recently the Big Ben led Steelers are more of a passing team. Apparently the QB and WRs were just fine with that. The history of the franchise is to be a bruising, pounding run the ball type team. Now with a completely different offense, it will be interesting to see how the 2012 Steelers adapt. Speaking of changes, I am a huge fan of Hines Ward and it will be sad to see the Steelers move on without him. I, along with the Steelers offense must acknowledge change is inevitable. Here is more from the 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fantasy Football Studs: The Steelers have 2 great talents at wide receiver: That dude Mike Wallace is the truth! He’s got the 1193 in receiving yards to prove it! Antonio Brown with 1108 last season is good in his own right. While they may be looking to focus on the run in Pittsburgh, these guys will still cause problems for most secondaries.
Area of Strength: Consistently this defense is ranked top in the league. Last year they were ranked 1st. On average teams can’t score more than 14 points on the D. What an incredible statement. Many predicted this D would lose a step since they are getting older. But not the case, the Steelers have always done well with drafting and developing their team and this amazing defense is the proof.
Area of Weakness: The run last year wasn’t the worst in the league, but it wasn’t a threat. Mendenhall often frustrated fans and fantasy football owners. Ending the year with an ACL tear, leaves more doubt about his ability to return and be the man. I think this year we will see the emergence of Isaac Redman. Having a new O coordinator is an open door for Redman to work hard and position himself as the clear starter. Yes, its a cold world out there. Still, this is a competition and if the main guy is down then its time for Redman to step up and make a name for himself.
2012 Marquee Matchups: The Steelers get first crack at the new Payton Manning led Denver Broncos Week 1 for the Sunday night game. Week 5, they host the other side of the state when they play Mike Vick and the Eagles. Week 9 they face the Superbowl Champs up in New York. Then Weeks 11 and 13 they play Baltimore. It will be a rough December as they face the Ravens, Chargers, Cowboys, Bengals, and then Cleveland…brutal ride if they wanna see the playoffs again this year.
All Things Pittsburgh Steelers: There are many ways to keep up with the 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are a few…
Apps: Steelers Gameday for iPhone (by YinzCam, Inc) ; Steeler Nation (by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) ; and Go Steelers ( by Giebler Enterprises)
Fan Clubs: The Steeler Connection. Additionally the official Steeler Fan Club can be found on www.steelers.com under the fan zone tab.