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Five key long-term questions facing the Steelers Nation

11/8/12 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Pittsburgh Steelers are fresh off a third-consecutive win after outplaying the New York Giants’ highly productive offense with 20-24 on Sunday. And now, coach Mike Tomlin leads the Pittsburgh Steelers into next week’s game with promise of another victory, but there are five highly crucial questions facing the long-term future of the team.
 
Will James Harrison be able to contribute despite low sacks? And is this the last year we’ll see the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 3-4 formation?
 
Let’s elaborate on those five burning questions ruling the minds of every Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
 
1. The Pittsburgh Steelers have seen solid performances and big contributions from running backs Rashard Mendenhall (fifth-year), Jonathan Dwyer (second-year) and Isaac Redman (third-year). However, many individuals believe that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line truly deserves credit for this dramatic turnaround. Nonetheless, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks expressed that the recent success can be associated to the end to "running back by committee." What is your observation?
 
2. Despite strong performances from the under pressure defense during the 4th quarter that ultimately guaranteed the previous three victories, the Pittsburgh Steelers have hit an all-time low in terms of sacks and takeaways. Could this lack of “splash plays” be a cause of concern or is the Pittsburgh Steelers defense’ scheme of tripping passes and tackling catches  ultimately helping in limiting the opponents’ yards gained?
 
 
3. Coming back to “Splash Plays,” James Harrison hasn’t comfort with those since returning from knee injury. Still NFL coaches and analysts swear by James Harrison’s overall contribution by winning in key match ups. So, what do you say? Is it enough for the defense with James Harrison winning one-on-one or two’s match-ups or we need to see him step it-up a bit?
 
4. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette expressed a few weeks ago that this may be the last season the Pittsburgh Steelers will deploy their most notable 3-4 formation that’s been under use since 1982. The case rests on the probable departure of Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton, defensive end Brett Kiesel and James Harrison at the end of the of the season as well as other personnel changes. So can you forsee the Pittsburgh Steelers returning to their 4-3 alignment.
 
 
5. Pittsburgh placekicker Shaun Suisham’s play has been slated for the highlight of the 2012 season. And still NFL kickers are turning out to be more accurate than the generation before. A 75 percent accuracy is no longer enough. Do you think the NFL should meet steps with the growing talent in the field and make it a little tougher by narrowing the uprights or increasing the distance by moving the goal post further down from the end zone?
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