The current Steelers defense compared to its two prior Super Bowl teams


A favorite ‘Tomlinism’ of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, “the standard is the standard,” refers to his high expectations concerning the play of whoever dons the black and gold, including backups in place of starters. As fans, we expect high standards of the team as a whole, especially its defense, and Tomlin likely means this as well.

Expectations aside, the reality is that a team’s talent or its lack must eventually be reflected in its wins and losses. A star-studded roster with weak links might make the playoffs, but its weaknesses will almost certainly lead to its early exit. This was certainly the case with the Steelers in each of its five stalled playoff runs since SB XLV.

To dig into this theory deeper relative to the 2018 Steelers defensive outlook, the following compares the team’s defensive starters of its last two Super Bowl teams with its presumed starters of the pending season.



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