Re: Any fears????
I have a few fears.
1. Lets start at CB, where we have been "making do" with bargain-basement corners for far too long. Sure, Polamalu helps, but with him in a blitz role more often, leaving undersized, under-talented corners on islands is an invite for disaster. This is one area where the usual Rooney practice of doing next to nothing in free agency may hurt. Not all teams can pull off what the Patriots did and "make do" with a receiver and a few nickel backs filling gaping holes in the secondary.
2. Hines Ward. If neither side softens, it could be a long, Ward-free year. Pride kills- on both sides of this argument.
3. Ben reading defenses. He was pretty well figured out towards the end of last year. Short zones were killers against him. Hopefully, there will be no sophomore slump.
4. Depth at RB will be tested. Staley's durability is always a factor, and the Bus is on his last year. Verron Hayes and Willie P. need to step up- and probably faster than we would have hoped.
I will say that it will be good practice for the Steelers to be Porter and Staley free for a month. It will help us develop some depth that we badly need.