Well, this is it. Seven guys landed on IR this week, including Mike Wallace who may not be back, and the Steelers’ 2012 season ends with the Browns coming to Heinz Field in a game that means absolutely nothing unless you’re Thad Lewis.
Unlike previous underachieving Steelers’ teams, this group just couldn’t catch a break. Yes, there were underwhelming games against the Raiders and Titans early on, but Ben was having an MVP-type season until the Chiefs game. It happens, and maybe in the long run, this will be for the best. Pittsburgh will be picking in the middle of the round and it’ll allow them to get younger on defense.
Oh, one more thing: I tweeted this after the Bengals loss but I’ll mention it here, too: if Haley gets the Cards’ gig (there has been speculation that he’s a favorite of the Bidwells), the Steelers should bring Whisenhunt back to be the offensive coordinator. More likely: running backs coach Kirby Wilson gets the gig (which, frankly, is fine too). But whoever’s calling plays in 2013, it’ll be interesting to see if Ben complains less than he did this season.