Steelers: Looking at Next Season’s Offense


Published: July 9, 2009

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... accident, and later the same year had an emergency appendectomy.

Bill Cowher was a lame-duck coach poised to leave for North Carolina after the end of the season.

The Steelers slipped to 8-8 and missed the playoffs a year after winning the Super Bowl.

Hines Ward was quoted to say, "They did let the Super Bowl go to their head"

It was as if the monkey was taken off their backs for competing with the Steelers of the 70s and suffering two AFC Championship losses to the Patriots in 2001 and 2004.

Could that same mentality that took the Steelers 8-8 in 2006 carry through into the 2009-2010 season after winning Super Bowl XLIII?

Coach Tomlin believes words such as "repeat" and "defending" will not be a part of his vocabulary.

Winning back-to-back world championships and a third one in five years will require the Steelers to overcome the distractions and malaise that can set in after winning the Super Bowl.

The Steelers went to ...

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