The Pittsburgh Steelers went into last season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, but the team never got a chance to play in the Super Bowl after being eliminated by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional round of the playoffs, spoiling what could have been an all Pennsylvania Super Bowl.
Despite their loss to Jacksonville and the contract situation with running back Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers odds for next football season has them as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl again. But if they plan on playing in the Super Bowl, they will need to be more disciplined and avoid looking past playoff opponents.
Now that we are in the offseason, there will be some changes to the Steelers roster before the start of next season. The team will looking to upgrade their linebacker position as well as their safeties, after struggling against the run all year.
The Steelers will likely try to upgrade their team through the draft, where they have had some success over the years. They could also look at some free agents and sign players they feel can help their defense, which is something they need to do if they want to get past the New England Patriots or Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs next season.
The Steelers will also need to address their quarterback situation with Ben Roethlisberger hinting at retirement in two seasons. The Steelers will need to find their quarterback of the future in the draft and have him learn from Roethlisberger like the Patriots did with Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady.
Even though the Patriots ended up trading Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers because Brady is still playing well and won the MVP award this past season, the Steelers won’t have the same luxury because Roethlisberger doesn’t plan on playing for much longer.
Even though upgrading their roster is their number one priority this offseason, Steelers owner Art Rooney II confirmed this week that the Steelers plan on wearing a new throwback jersey next season.
The team didn’t wear any throwback jerseys this season, but they have won throwbacks in recent years, like the 2016 season when they wore the bumble bee jerseys the team used to wear in the 1930s. The Steelers also wore another throwback jersey that was all black with all gold names and stripes, which they used to wear back in the 1960s.
What makes this interesting is the Steelers have basically sported the same look for the past 50 years, so they don’t have many throwback options to choose from unlike other teams that have experimented with their jerseys over the years.
The lack of alternative jerseys have led to some wondering if the team will embrace the black and gold uniforms that were worn by actors in the “Dark Knight Rises” in scenes that were shot at Heinz Field.
For a team with so much tradition, it won’t make sense to use a uniform from a movie as their throwback jersey, but then again, the Anaheim Ducks were named after a fictional team in a Disney movie.
In all likelihood, the Steelers will likely tinker with some old jersey designs that feature the team’s colors.
@steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the Steelers will wear "new" throwback uniforms, since the "bumblebee's" won't be back. These are the "Batman" uniforms. Should the #Steelers rock these this year?— Move The Chains (@FirstDownMarker) February 15, 2018
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