There is a plethora of words to describe how I am feeling right now: furious, hopeful, resentful, excited. Maybe I’m still leaning towards the angry side because the wound is still fresh.
That scar that Denver left is a deep one. Pittsburgh was marching down field for the game securing score (okay I may be exaggerating here) and they blew it. That was only one of their many mistakes that game.
I’m not mad at Fitzgerald Touissant. How could I be? He performed admirably as he replaced DeAngelo Williams in the lineup. He’s a young guy that I think will stick around for a while.
The Steelers had plenty of scoring opportunities that they blew. So no, Fitz will not be the scapegoat here.
I still mentioned hopeful and excited, though. Why you may ask? Well, like every year, this is a year for new beginnings. This Steelers squad showed so much heart and promise this past season that it’s quite impossible to overlook.
They dealt with plenty of injuries, and managed to overcome them. They fought tooth and nail for their playoff spot, even if they had a little help along the way. The future leaders of this team stepped up big time. Ryan Shazier showing the world who he was. Martavis Bryant answering Ben Roethlisberger’s challenge. The seemingly limitless linemen who stepped up when their number was called.
Its moments like this that make me proud to be a Steelers fan. Just when it seemed like all hope was lost, BAM! Someone finds a way, whether it be on offense or defense.
I could talk about some Big Ben heroics all day, but you already those stories. Antonio Brown and his collection of franchise records are always fun to talk about too. DeAngelo Williams quickly becoming a Pittsburgh favorite for his on and off the field actions.
Can’t forget about Chris Boswell. He definitely came clutch after a sucky kicker and 2 tragic injuries, kicking in some harsh weather conditions and environments. The kicking competition this upcoming training camp will be very interesting, to say the least.
The defense showed flashes of what they’re capable of. They looked down right dominant at times. But then other days they looked like swiss cheese. Those bipolar tendencies are killers, but, again, you guys already knew that.
Now look ahead to next season. Imagine a fully healthy Ben handing the rock to a fully healthy Le’veon Bell for a score. With a fully healthy Antonio Brown providing a crucial down field block before a fully healthy Maurkice Pouncey and Kelvin Beachum lift Bell as a celebration (just pretend that excessive celebration penalties don’t exist here).
Or maybe you’d prefer to see William Gay get another pick 6 after some serious heat generated by a fearsome pass rush?
I’d be A-okay with both happening right after each other.