NFL 2006: Pittsburgh Steelers

Last season was a dream one for Bill Cowher, the Pittsburgh Steelers and all the fans in the Steel City. Because in 2005, the Steelers finally did win one for the thumb.

Led by a second year quarterback, the Steelers became the first team to win three playoff games on the road and the first sixth-seeded, wild card team to capture a Super Bowl. It was the fifth Super Bowl championship in team history, placing Pittsburgh in a tie with Dallas and San Francisco.

But that’s the recent past. Now a new season is dawning and the question on the minds of football fans everywhere is, can the Steelers repeat in 2006?

Offense: Of course the big concern is with Ben Roethlisberger and how he recovers from a June motorcycle accident that broke his jaw and caused numerous facial injuries.

He won’t be available for training camp and he’ll probably miss the beginning of the regular season. Will his timing, conditioning and strength be seriously lacking when he’s finally ready to go? The answer to that question will determine how well Pittsburgh fares in 2006.

After taking the team to the championship game in  ufabet มือถือ 2005, Roethlisberger did one better last year, becoming only the second player in NFL history to win a Super Bowl in his second year (the other was Kurt Warner for the Rams in 1999). The key to his success is he plays within offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt’s scheme and makes few mistakes. If he can’t go to begin the season, veteran Charlie Batch will start.

The running game is solid but ‘The Bus’ will be missed. Jerome Bettis retired after 13 seasons and will take his 13,662 yards and 94 touchdowns into Canton very soon. His leadership and motivational skills were a big part of Pittsburgh’s success. Undrafted free agent Willie Parker shocked everyone last season by winning the job in training camp and rushing for 1,202 yar