Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Repeat: The Quest for Seven!

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Published: March 11, 2009


... with a strong identity.  Unfortunately, they just won the Super Bowl.

And that is where the problems start.  We haven't had a repeat champion since the Patriots.  It is tough to repeat with all the additional challenges: every up-and-coming team wants to take a shot at them, they will get more attention from opposing game-planners as the new "team to beat," and will themselves be getting more relaxed and cocky.

However, this team already went through that after Super Bowl XL.  They started that season 2-7 and finished 8-8.  They didn't play well, and Bill Cowher may have already been thinking about retirement.  Now they have a very young coach in Mike Tomlin (lots of energy) surrounded by wise and experienced coordinators (Dick LeBeau, Bruce Arians, and John Mitchell).  

It is unlikely that a Super-sized hangover will occur from the top down (coaches are solid, not thinking about retiring) or the bottom up (already happened ...

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