Are Steelers dealing with lack of leadership?
By Alan Robinson
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Is there a leadership void on a Steelers defense that hasnít been intact since the middle of last season?
Troy Polamalu wonít say there is, but he gave an interesting answer when asked to assess this teamís personality.
ďWe donít have guys like James Farrior and Aaron Smith, the core leadership since Iíve been here,Ē he said.
Farrior, the longtime defensive captain and inside linebacker, and Smith retired after last season. Smith missed most of the previous three seasons with injuries, but the Steelers still havenít effectively replaced a multi-skilled defensive end who was adept at pass rushing and stopping the run.
One problem: Stars Polamalu, James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley have played together only once in the past 15 games. The Steelers were 19-6 when Harrison and Polamalu both played the past two seasons and 14-5 when Harrison, Polamalu and Woodley all played.