Unlike the 1999 and 2000 teams, there is not much hope for the future with the current group of players on Pittsburgh’s roster.
Although the team is set at the quarterback position with Ben Roethlisberger, talented youngsters like Faneca and Smith do not exist along the offensive line. Antonio Brown and the soon-to-be UFA Emmanuel Sanders remind nobody of Ward or Burress, and the tippy-toer Le’Veon Bell couldn’t hold Bettis’ jock-strap.
LaMarr Woodley, Jason Worilds, and Jarvis Jones are not Joey Porter, nor can they even be considered Jason Gildon with the way that they have performed. Steve McLendon has been a pleasant surprise up front, but Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward have not made anybody forget the efforts of Smith and von Oelhoffen.
With so many holes and unanswered questions, it will be up to the coaching staff and front office to acquire and develop the types of players who can turn things around like group that finally did back in 2000.
Make no mistake, I am intrigued to see whether or not this team can improve during their next nine games.
I am just not holding my breath for them to actually turn things in the right direction any time soon.
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