The Pittsburgh Steelers have put together a quality roster ahead of the 2021 season. Steelers fans were faced with a daunting task when they entered this offseason. The team seemed on the brink for a rebuild. The Steelers have assembled a team that is strong enough to challenge for a championship. Here are 10 reasons Steelers fans need to be excited about 2021.
10. Steelers Still Have Top Defense
The Steelers have been one of the NFL’s best defensive teams for the past five consecutive seasons. Despite losing three starters from last year’s team, the Steelers were able to upgrade at middle linebacker, upgrade depth at outside linebacker, and have a healthy competition brewing for the corner back spot. The Steelers’ front seven are a dangerous and deep group. It will be difficult for them to score.
9. Steelers Rebuild the Entire OLine
The new is here, the old is gone. Steelers have moved on from a terrible 2020 offensive line that almost saw Ben Roethlisberger get killed every week. The Steelers have added Dan Moore, who is growing leaps and bounds every practice. Kevin Dotson has been a star and Trai Turn finally looks well. Rookie Kendrick green is just getting his feet under himself, but he looks terrible at the point where he needs to be. This unit is more meaner, younger and better than the one we saw in 2020.
8. Steelers Receivers Have More Chemistry
The Steelers were able to return the entire 2020 receiving unit back to the 2021 team. All of these guys have had another year to grow with Ben Roethlisberger, and have been exposed to Matt Canada’s philosophies for almost a year and a half already. They will be more successful than they were last year because of these simple factors, and they are all younger than 25.
7. This is a Deep Squad
Which position groups don’t actually have a lot of depth on the Steelers? Safety and Center are two of the most obvious, but that’s all! Steelers can be fine with minor injuries and can survive them in a variety of positions. The strength of this team may be its depth and ability to outcondition the opposition.
6. Sophomores Stepping Up
The Steelers 2020 draft class will take on starring roles for this year’s team. Chase Claypool, Alex Highsmith and Kevin Dotson will all be starters. Anthony McFarland, Carlos Davis, and Carlos Davis will each be primary reserve players. Each of the first three players I have listed have. Pro Bowl potential ahead of them here in 2021, and will directly relate to the success of this team.
5. The Coaching Staff is greatly upgraded
This is going to be a big difference for the offense, from Randy-land and Matt Canada. They will not be predictable, and the system will advance offensive schematics across the NFL. Adrian Klemm should also be mentioned, as the Steelers’ offensive line appears to be taking a very aggressive approach to the 2021 season. The Steelers will improve exponentially with the new scheme.
4. Ben Roethlisberger didn’t have to go to rehab all year
Consider what the Steelers storylines were one year ago. The headlines were dominated by Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow and whether or not he could hold up through an NFL season again. He was just coming out of rehab and had just started throwing the football. Roethlisberger did not have to rehab his throwing hand this year and was able instead to train like an NFL quarterback. Even though Ben isn’t the most hardworking guy in the weight room. However, whatever he did during the offseason was better for his on-field success than any rehab.
3. Kevin Colbert is aggressively improving your roster
The Steelers have also added three Pro Bowlers over the past eight weeks. They just raised a lot of money to improve the team. Kevin Colbert is creating a championship-quality roster without spending a lot of cap space on each move. I really don’t think he is done before Week 1, and this team’s roster is getting increasingly better by the week. Colbert may be able to add another piece of the Steelers’ roster.
2. The Whole Draft Class Looks Great
It’s hard to find a Steelers rookie draft pick who isn’t impressing in practice after watching Steelers training camp closely. Najee Harris looks like a Pro Bowl running back, Pat Freiermuth is an impact starter, Kendrick green has performed incredibly, Buddy Johnson has been impressive, Isaiahh Loudermilk have put up incredible pass rush win rate stats and Tre Norwood might be considered the best safety depth on the team. Pressley Harvin III might become the league’s best punter. What’s not to like!
1. The Steelers are an Underrated Underdog
Everyone, and I mean everyone is sleeping on this team. The Steelers are also pissed at what happened at the end last season. While opposing teams may be willing and able to overlook this team it would be a huge mistake. This team is among the best in football, considering the talent Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert put together. Let the league have it. Someday, everyone will wonder what the Steelers did to surpass expectations. This is a dangerous team, and they are eager to prove themselves.