Respected writer picks Steelers No. 1

Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News and Playboy has picked the Steelers as the team to beat this year.

Respected pro football writer Rick Gosselin has chosen the Steelers as his team to beat in his first poll of the year.

Gosselin, who covers the NFL for the Dallas Morning News and Playboy, wrote in Sunday's editions of the Dallas Morning News that he feels the Steelers have added far more than they lost from last season and have also corrected the special teams problems that plagued them last season.

"Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher addressed his special teams this off-season, hiring a new coach (Kevin Spencer), signing a kicker in free agency (Todd Peterson) and drafting a return specialist (Antwaan Randle El)," Gosselin wrote. "Cowher also kept an eye on his coverage units when he drafted safety Chris Hope and linebacker Larry Foote in the third and fourth rounds.

"Pittsburgh ranked in the Top 3 in both offense and defense last season. Nineteen starters return from that team. With improved special teams, pencil in the Steelers as the NFL favorite in 2002."

Interestingly enough, Gosselin picked the Green Bay Packers as his No. 2 team.

A Pittsburgh-Green Bay Super Bowl anyone?


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