Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011

After a stellar 2010 NFL season that saw the team coming up just short of a Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011 look to win another AFC Championship.  One of the big question marks going into last season was how Roethlisberger would be able to handle not playing for awhile due to the suspension.  Now that he is back healthy and ready to go in 2011 the Steelers are primed for another playoff run.

When it comes to their offense in 2011 the Steelers look to build upon their wide receiver performances of a year ago with the continued improvement of Mike Wallace, who is shaping up to be a star receiver in the league.  The run game looks solid as well with Rashard Mendenhall taking up most of the work in the backfield.  One of the biggest questions going into the 2011 season is whether the offensive line can give Roethlisberger enough time to use the weapons at his disposal.  Maurkice Pouncey looks to have another solid year, and the second round draft pick Marcus Gilbert should provide some added help in this area.

The defense for the Steelers looks to be in prime shape for the 2011 season, with the team extending the contracts of most of its start players.  Cameron Heyward, the first round draft pick for the team, looks to help the front line along with Casey Hampton and Ziggy Hood.  The secondary should have an even better season with Troy Polamalu looking to repeat on his Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2010.  When you combine star players such as James Harrison and Troy Polamalu with the likes of newcomers such as Heyward one should expect it to take a little while for the defense to gel, and if the first game of the 2011 season against the Baltimore Ravens is any indicator, it make take some time.