The guess here is that they'll like what they saw.
As they were last season, the Steelers were all business at minicamp.
Sure, there's some
goofing around. This team has a great rapport. The veterans really
like each other and that
adds to the chemistry in the locker room.
Certainly something was missing in the locker room with the loss not
only of Jerome Bettis, but Antwaan Randle El, Kimo von Oelhoffen and, to a lesser
extent, Chris Hope.
But in speaking with several veterans about that, it doesn't look
like it will be a problem.
Besides, the loss of those locker room leaders will hasten
quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's
growth into the ultimate leader of this team.
© As for the edge the team played with last season, that likely won't
be a problem either.
With the mouth of the Ohio River, Chad Johnson, spouting off a couple
of weeks ago about
how the Bengals were going to dominate the division, to the
oddsmakers making a
number of other teams better bets to win the Super Bowl, the Steelers
will have plenty of
different ways to play the lack of respect card.
It was funny, though, Sunday to hear linebacker Joey Porter laughing
off head coach Bill
Cowher's constant statements about how the Steelers weren't the best
team in the league
Note to Cowher: When Porter figures out that you're trying to play
Jedi mind tricks, it's not
much of a Jedi mind trick.
© The fans are going to love Santonio Holmes.
He's smooth in and out of his routes and can blow by corners if
they're not careful.
This kid will be the eventual replacement for Hines Ward, something
Antwaan Randle El
was never going to be.
© Tyrone Carter a starting free safety on the defending Super Bowl
That's the way things are now. But Ryan Clark will win the job not
long into training camp.
He's a bright guy and should have no problem winning the job.
© I didn't get a chance to ask him, but Willie Parker looks like he's
added a little bulk in
the weight room. I'll have to hit him up with that question in the
Parker likely added the extra weight to help him hold up throughout
the season – provided
he actually did add the weight as I am surmising.
Courtesy of the Observer-Reporter
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