2014 NFL Predictions
2014 NFL Predictions
Since the 1972 season the Pittsburgh Steelers have missed the playoffs three straight years only two different times: A four-year run under Chuck Noll between 1985 and 1988, and a three-year run in the Bill Cowher era between 1998 and 2000.
After consecutive 8-8 seasons they enter the 2014 season trying to avoid a third three-year postseason drought.
So what needs to happen this season?
Finally, it’s time for the real games to start. But before that, there was the annual Steelers vs. Panthers preseason finale where the most exciting thing we saw all night was the girl on the corner of Seventh and Penn eating fire after the game.
Let’s call the Steelers a work in progress at this point because, well, that could have gone better.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in Philadelphia to take on the Eagles for what is typically the most important preseason game (the third one). The rules remain the same: Nobody get hurt.
With training camp and two preseason games in the books, it is time to update the projected roster and practice squad we posted following the 2014 NFL Draft.
We’ll get to the three special-teams spots later (where there is a great deal of uncertainty). By our count 34 of the remaining 50 spots are roster locks (barring injury), with another eight players near-locks.
Several players have moved into the latter category with strong performances thus far, including ILBs Terrence Garvin and Sean Spence (who have both looked fantastic and fast), and DBs Antwon Blake and Robert Golden, both of whom are also special-teams coverage standouts.
It’s difficult to draw any conclusions from what you see in preseason football, but if you really wanted to start getting excited about what the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers can accomplish there were some pretty exciting things that happened on Saturday night in their 19-16 win over the Buffalo Bills.
That was everything you expect preseason football to be — sloppy on top of sloppy — but the good news in the Steelers’ 20-16 loss to the New York Giants is that they seemed to come out of it relatively healthy.
A few quick thoughts…
I’m still a young Steelers fan, and when I was first introduced to the team as a kid it was the Bubby Brister era of the late 1980s. By the time I attended my first regular season game as an 8-year-old in 1992, Bill Cowher was already the coach (it was actually Bill Cowher’s first home game in Pittsburgh. Barry Foster ran for 190 yards against the New York Jets. I still remember it, especially since I had a cold and didn’t tell my mom because I REALLY wanted to go to the game — sorry, Mom).
So my memories of the Chuck Noll era Steelers aren’t the same as people that grew up with the team or followed them in the 1970s when he was building the best damn team in NFL history.
I can barely picture a Steelers game with Chuck Noll on the sidelines. But I do have a story that still cracks me up to this day.