If the Pittsburgh Steelers dare put themselves into the “Super Bowl Contender” contention, they needed to upgrade a secondary that gave up 29 passing touchdowns in the season and on offensive line that allowed 33 sacks.
Check and no.
The Steelers picked up Ryan Harris from the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos squad in the offseason which immediately bolsters the line. The team also drafted a project OL player in Jerald Hawkins, an LSU product that the team has high hopes for. Under the tutelage of new Defensive Coordinator Mike Munchek, the young tackle could be a star in the league in the near future.
The cornerback position is still questionable at best with Mike Mitchell still one of the top three at the position next to William Gay (who played well in 2015) and Ross Cockrell (who is a backup at best). Mitchell, now in his eighth season, has only career interceptions.
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The Cincinnati Bengals self-imploded Saturday as emotions ran high for the entirety of the game. In the end, it was the name you hear nearly every weekend, and not in a good way. Vontaze Burfect was once again shown to be one of the most undisciplined players in the league even after you know Head Coach Marvin Lewis warned him to keep his head.
It began with a vicious Burfect head shot to receiver Antonio Brown after an incomplete pass. the hit left Brown on the turf and possibly unconscious for a few seconds. The ensuing penality sent CB Adam “Pac Man” Jones into a frenzy that culminated in Jones pushing the referee into throwing another flag. 15 yards later, the Steelers kick the ball for an 18-16 win.
“We won the game, that’s all that matters,” QB Ben Roethlisberger said.
The Steelers must now prepare for a trip to Mile High Stadium, where they take on the Denver Broncos in an AFC Divisional match up. Roethlisberger is currently listed as day to day after taking a brutal hit from Burfect at the end of the third quarter. Big Ben was reinserted into the game with a minute and change remaining in the game.
“You’ve got to salute the man,” Steelers guard Ramon Foster said Saturday night. “He’s a guy that’s proven to be a winner.”
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