´ Steel Curtain Rising: Steelers-Ravens III - Youth Takes Center Stage

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Steelers-Ravens III - Youth Takes Center Stage

The Steelers have an aging team. Everyone knows it, everyone has been talking about for as long as anyone has listened.

John Harris of the Tribune-Review was the latest to chime in, suggesting that the window on the Steelers Lombardi Trophy opportunities might be closing.

Harris, doubtlessly might be right.

But what is overlooked and perhaps all the more remarkable, is that how many Steelers will be starting their first NFL playoff game.

Steelers starting their first NFL Playoff game:

  • Maurkice Pouncey,
  • Jonathan Scott,
  • Ramon Foster,
  • Mike Wallace,
  • Rashard Mendenhall
  • Ziggy Hood
  • That’s 60% of the offensive line, two starters from the “skills positions,” and one defensive end.

Of course the Steelers will need more than to put them over the top against the Ravens and many of the key backups will be playing their first playoff game:

  • Emmanuel Sanders
  • Antonio Brown
  • Ryan Mundy
  • David Johnson
  • Sylvester Stevenson
  • Arnaz Battle

Numerically, the Steelers strike a good balance between youth and experience. That equilibrium is of course far stronger on the defensive slide of the ball, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Let’s beat Baltimore!

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