No one since the Patriots have been to the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons, but that isn’t stopping some Steelers led by last year’s Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes thinking that the 09 season will once again belong to the Black and Gold.
Yes, Holmes thinks the Steelers are going to be Super Bowl bound once again, and told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that the team is going to be back in the big game in 2010 when it’s played down in Dolphins Stadium in Miami (or should I say Landshark Stadium).
“We’re not wondering will we make it back, if we’ll make it back,” said Holmes. “We look forward to going back to the Super Bowl.”
Holmes is not the only one that has a strong opinion that the Steelers will once again be very good in 2009. Fellow linebacker James Farrior, who was a key player on the leagues number one defense last year, also feels that the club could get out of the AFC and make it to the dance.
“We definitely feel like we have a great opportunity ahead of us,” linebacker James Farrior said. “We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We’ve just got to focus on the job at hand and take it through the proper steps, and we feel we can have another good season.”
Le’ts not forget though that the Steelers had similar thoughts in 2006 after winning Super Bowl XL in Detroit over the Seahawks 21-10, but a 2-6 start and a lot of off the field problems like coach Bill Cowher’s pending step down as head coach derailed a repeat from that team making it to the dance. CB Ike Taylor remembers that 06 season which ended with an 8-8 record, and says they won’t let that happen in 2009.
“We remember how that felt and (are) trying not to let it happen again,” Taylor said. “We have enough players on the team who went through it and have it in the back of their heads what it’s going to take to have success. We’ve got a good mix on the team of young guys and old guys. I like us. We have the confidence and the swagger.”
The Steelers are a brash, but very good bunch, and while they are already doing a lot of talking off the field, there’s no doubt they seem headed to being a force to be reckon with on the field. Now we’ll see in about a month if all the talking will be backed up or not by this solid group of players.