On the clock: Are Steelers still 'relevant'?
April, 7, 2013
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
In the video above, Mel Kiper Jr., Chris Mortensen and Trent Dilfer discuss whether the Steelers' fear factor is gone and talk about how they can develop young talent to remain relevant.
Mortensen believes the Steelers are "on the bubble" when it comes to being relevant. His biggest points are the lack of turnovers generated by the NFL's top-ranked defense and the continued absence of safety Troy Polamalu.
Over the past two seasons, the Steelers have ranked near the bottom of the AFC in forced turnovers. Pittsburgh caused 15 turnovers in 2011 (last in the AFC) and 20 last season (12th in the AFC).
Polamalu's games have dwindled along with the turnovers. He has only had one full season in the past four years. Since 2009, Polamalu has played in 42 games and has missed 22.
6:41 4th Qtr Detroit 23 Buffalo 0 2:19 4th Qtr Indianapolis 7 Cincinnati 35 5:20 4th Qtr New York 7 Philadelphia 36 4:57 4th Qtr St. Louis 13 Miami 14 9:43 4th Qtr Kansas City 14 Green Bay 34 13:39 4th Qtr Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0 3:13 3rd Qtr New England 13 New York 10 15:00 4th Qtr Washington 17 Tampa Bay 10 10:41 3rd Qtr Baltimore 16 New Orleans 13 Halftime Chicago 13 Cleveland 17 14:20 3rd Qtr San Francisco 14 Houston 6 10:57 3rd Qtr Minnesota 16 Tennessee 0 11:53 3rd Qtr Denver 10 Dallas 3 10:00 PM ET Arizona San Diego 10:00 PM ET Seattle Oakland
Final Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14