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NFL 2015 Season Review: The Pittsburgh Steelers

As a whole the Steelers were the same team as they were in 2014, minus starters such as Troy Polamalu(retire


As a whole the Steelers were the same team as they were in 2014, minus starters such as Troy Polamalu(retirement) and kicker Shaun Suisham(injury). However long-time staple of the Steelers’ coaching staff; Dick LeBeau spread his wings & flew south to the Titans during the off-season, leading to Linebackers’ coach Keith Butler, taking the reigns at Defensive Coordinator. Record: 10-6, 25th overall pick Offense The Steelers were somewhat slow starters this season, hampered by injuries and suspensions to key players, as they limped out to a 4-4 start. Fueled by a stellar passing game and the strong running of DeAngelo Williams the Steelers came on strong in the second half of the season, finishing 6-2 and grabbing the final play-off spot in the AFC. Ben Roethlisberger and Co. combined for 4603 yards through the air in the regular season. This includes a 4-game stretch where Michael Vick and Landry Jones started for the team. Alongside this, Antonio Brown had a 13-catch, 187 yard and a TD performance without the back-up of WR Martavis Bryant Although they lost LeVeon Bell early in the season, back-up DeAngelo Williams played extremely well in his stead and they managed to avoid becoming a one-dimensional team, winning in the first round of the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Steelers, Williams was injured during both the Wildcard and Divisional rounds and backs such as Fitzgerald Toussant had to carry the ball for the Steelers. This ultimately resulted in a late-game fumble for Pittsburgh in Denver; allowing the Broncos to advance to the AFC Championship game and then the Super Bowl. Defense Steelers games have been like aerial warfare this season as their pass defense has struggled – ranking 30th in the league, a stark contrast to their 5th ranked run defense. 2014 1st Round pick Ryan Shazier has been a revelation for the Steelers; his size and speed has allowed him to lead an all-out assault on opposition games, however for all the success in stopping the run, the defensive backfield was a liability all season long. Overall The Steelers were pretty much in the same boat as last year when it came to playoff football; they lost control of their own destiny and had to wait for the Jets’ result to come in to find out if they were in. Hampered by injuries to key players such as Shaun Suisham and Running Back LeVeon Bell massively affected Pittsburgh’s ability to win fixtures, however they showed that they were able to win without Ben Roethlisberger. In order to improve in the off-season the Steelers almost HAVE to address their secondary, as going into the post-season with a 30th overall ranking against the pass massively hampered their success in both rounds. If Pittsburgh want to be able to compete in the AFC North with Quarterbacks such as Andy Dalton(regular season version) and Joe Flacco(postseason version) they need to upgrade the back end of that defense. They may do this in free-agency, however I expect them to go for a DB in this year’s draft.

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NFL 2015 Season Review: The Pittsburgh Steelers

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