Pittsburgh Steelers: Old Image of Steelers Football Returns in New Form

The Pittsburgh Steelers have the pleasure of solely focusing their efforts on the game of football. They won’t have any distractions to tear them away from the goal of winning a Super Bowl.

With certain star players now out of the locker room, the black and gold look like an old school team. One that is focused on grinding without worrying about a big payday or how many touches a certain player gets.

The Pittsburgh Steelers once looked like this back when they had linebackers James Farrior and Joey Porter and receivers such as Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El, and Cedric Wilson.

Mike Tomlin will have to be more strict with his players. Especially making sure communication is at an all-time because he and Ben Roethlisberger will certainly grab headlines for the wrong reasons. If there are more distractions it may just put a stranglehold on the Steelers.

This offseason Pittsburgh signed former Kansas City Chief cornerback Steven Nelson and receiver Donte Moncrief.

These are players who not only fit the bill as far as being players that work, they stay out of the limelight. In fact, these are also players who could help the Steelers reach another Super Bowl — that’s the potential impact these free agent signings could have.

The black and gold also re-signed guard Ramon Foster, center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker Anthony Chickillo, defensive end Tyson Alualu and punter Jordan Berry.

This roster isn’t perfect. Pittsburgh will have to get a pass rusher from the draft next month and probably a tight end.

Regardless, the Steelers are creating a culture that their hardcore fans use to see yearly. It’s one that will not only make the team more disciplined, however, it will also add motivation.

Pittsburgh also dealt offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert to the Arizona Cardinals last week for a 6th round pick. Which brings more of an emphasis on this year’s draft. It’s also one that should have fans of the team a little more excited — after all, didn’t a certain receiver get drafted out of Central Michigan in the 6th round back of the 2010 draft?

The Steelers know how to build a team. With a quiet offseason to help recharge the batteries, I would expect big moves to take place. Moves that may reshape them into a Super Bowl caliber team sometime down the road.

How do you feel about the new image of the Pittsburgh Steelers? Leave a comment below.

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