August 18, 2010 2:20 PM
The Steelers were streaky and seemed unsettled a year ago.
And that was when they were coming off a Super Bowl win and were atop the football world.
Entering the 2010 season, they are dealing with a suspension to their quarterback and are far from the position of defending champions.
And I feel like the Steelers may not get settled this entire season.
The story of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2010 season begins and ends with Ben Roethlisberger. He could miss as many as six games - and definitely will miss four - to start the season, leaving the starting duties to Byron Leftwich and/or Dennis Dixon. That's a step down, no matter how you break it down.
The quarterback position, though, is not the only spot where the Steelers are in flux. Gone are Santonio Holmes and Willie Parker, back are former Steelers Larry Foote and Antwaan Randle-El. The biggest addition to the 2010 Steelers might be Troy Polamalu, who was injured for much of last year, and should help boost what was a disappointing defense a year ago.
It probably won't be enough. The Steelers are a team that couldn't get it together last year, when they were 1-2, won 5 straight to get to 6-2, then lost 5 straight to go to 6-7, and turned it on for their final three games to finish at 9-7 and out of the playoffs. That all happened with Roethlisberger, and across the board with a better team than what the Steelers have now.
It should be another streaky season for the Steelers coming up - with longer stretches of losing than winning.
2010 Prediction: 5-11, 3rd place in AFC North