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2008 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Preview


Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) made it back to the playoffs under rookie coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin, who took over after Pittsburgh missed the post-season in 2006 and Bill Cowher stepped down, inherited a good team and knew it. But he also understood that the team’s 18th division championship was not a given. The Steelers won the division. Can they do it again?

In 2007, the Steelers did not have to have a first-rate passing game because they fielded the third most productive ground game in the league. Led by RB Willie Parker (321 ATT, 1,316 YDS, 4.1 AVG, 2 TDs) and supported by RB Najeh Davenport (107 ATT, 499 YDS, 4.7 AVG, 5 TDs), Pittsburgh was dominant on the ground until Parker sustained a season ending injury late in the year. Rookie RB Rashard Mendenhall will make an immediate difference. QB Ben Roethlisberger (404 ATT, 264 COMP, 3,154 YDS, 32 TDs, 11 INT) certainly had a fine year, leading the 22nd most productive air game in the league. The offense line, which gave up 47 sacks, has to do better at keeping the blitz out.




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