This question pertains to players, coaches, opponents and just about everything else.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers this question will carry more significance than it has in recent years because of recent decisions.
For starters, ‘what if’ Troy Polamalu doesn’t return to his 2013 form and instead reverts to the years prior where he missed games with nagging injuries?
‘What if’ Heath Miller doesn’t return to his Team MVP form of 2012 and reverts to his pretty average self from 2013?
‘What if’ Jason Worilds and the Steelers can’t come to an agreement on an extension before the season starts?
‘What if’ Markus Wheaton doesn’t develop into the receiver many think he will?
‘What if’ Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t get an extension?
‘What if’ LaMarr Woodley doesn’t get cut? Or, ‘what if’ he does?
‘What if’ Ike Taylor doesn’t take a pay cut and is released?
‘What if’ Shamarko Thomas and Will Allen can’t get it done at free safety?
‘What if’ Maurkice Pouncey isn’t 100%?
‘What if’ this year’s draft picks don’t pan out?
You could certainly add many more ‘what ifs’ here but these are some I’ve been thinking about.
I understand that every team has these questions but for some reason the Steelers’ seem to be much more critical this year. If Miller and Polamalu aren’t worth their salaries in 2014 the front office is going to look pretty bad with each having two years left.
The questions will never stop but this is part of being an NFL GM as Kevin Colbert is. Like him or hate him, we all need the majority of these ‘what if’ questions to go his way.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 730pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.