- 7 AFC Central Division Titles
- 8 Playoff appearances
- 4 Conference Championships at Three Rivers Stadium or Heinz Field
- 1 AFC Championship
One thing still eluded the Chin, however.
- IT was of course a Lombardi Trophy and the Super Bowl ring that comes with it.
By April 1st 2006, Bill Cowher was no longer anyone's fool. He that ring and the Steelers had Lombardi number 5 thanks to Super Bowl XL. That Cowher made that accomplishment after the arrival of Polamalu and Miller is no coincidence.
- YES, the Steelers did also draft Ben Roethlisberger in the intervening year, and truth be told that move was probably more important to securing One for the Thumb.
On the eve of 2014’s free agent signing period, the Pittsburgh Steelers extended the deal of both Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller, and gain themselves precious cap space in the process.
I am thankful and blessed to be in a position to play my entire career in PittsburghBoth were reported to be three year deals, and both all but ensure that the two men will finish their time in Pittsburgh.
— Troy Polamalu (@tpolamalu) March 5, 2014
Expanding on the Extensions
While both extensions were for the same amount of time and both provided salary cap relief for the Steelers, they’re implications are different.
Heath Miller is 32 and is about 15 months away from the ACL injury he suffered in late 2012. Miller returned during the loss in London, and provided the offense an immediate boost. With that said however, his performance was shaky at times, and he suffered some uncharacteristic drops.
- But ACL injuries take time to fully heal.
Expect Miller to return to full form in 2014. At age 32 Miller is closer to “Life’s Work” (to use the Chuck Noll phrase) than the beginning, but he still has a lot of good years. Good years that will be played in a Steelers uniform.
- Although Polamalu is the same age as Miller, only Polamalu is a little different.
- Thos conclusions would have been reached in Err.
But it is a risk the Steelers are right to take.
Allen to Return Too
The Steelers didn’t finish with cutting Brown, Brown and Foote, and resigning Polamalu and Miller. In 2013 Will Allen was the "one that got away." Here in 2014 the Steelers made him their fourth signing, as Allen could compete for a starting job in spite of his veteran minimum salary.
- With Allen locked down, Ryan Clark's departure from Pittsburgh is all but official confirmed.