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Season is over
January 3, 2010 - John Mehno
Not just the holiday season, but Steelers season.
Everybody goes back to work and school and Monday, and there won't be Steelers playoff games to take the edge off winter. Already, we have issues with 2010.
There's no way to put this delicately, so let's just say it: When your playoff chances hinge on the egregiously bad JaMarcus Russell rallying the Oakland Raiders to victory, you're screwed.
Thus the Steelers were, and they deserved that fate. When you mess up a season with losses to Kansas City, Oakland and Cleveland, that's exactly what you deserve. So they're on the outs in the postseason, just like the aforementioned three crappy teams.
Somehow last week some of the talk show blather was, "The Steelers would be a dangerous team in the playoffs." Based on what? That Troy Polamalu could shake months of rust and single-handedly rescue a terrible secondary? That Ben Roethlisberger could take the team 80 yards in 90 seconds? That's nice, but it doesn't mean much when the defense is likely to surrender 95 yards in even less time.
The extra kick in the pants to all of this is the Steelers don't even get a prime drafting spot. They'll be just on the wrong side of the middle, and this is a year where they need a pretty big talent infusion.
So I'll be turning my attention to a hockey team that's suddenly in crisis, but there will be no shortage of Steelers news in the next few months. There's a lot of work to be done if they're to avoid depending on last-ditch help from JaMarcus Russell next season.