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Pittsburgh Steelers: Don't Be Quick to Write Them off

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterbck  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks onto the field against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of the season opener at M&T Bank Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Dominic ErricoCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2011

Warren Sapp had some harsh words for the Steelers after last week's embarrassing 35-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

He said, the Steelers couldn't beat his 13 year old daughter.  Not sure why he's advocating the abuse of his daughter, but that's his own personal agenda.

While I will agree the Steelers looked slow on Saturday, there is depth waiting in the wings that could help alleviate some of those problems. 

Aaron Smith looked like a shell of his former self.  Perhaps, he is still getting back into shape from last season's injury, but the cupboard isn't exactly bare on the defensive line.  First round pick Ziggy Hood, who filled in admirably for Smith last year, and this year's No. 1 Cam Heyward could easily provide speed and burst, up front.

Hines Ward may be losing a step, but there's some great weapons available in Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.  Both have shown great promise and could easily benefit from more passes being directed their way.

To be honest, I think the area of most concern was the offensive line and the play of Ben Roethlisberger.  Ben made passes that left me shaking my head.  It was obvious he was trying to do way too much.  Take what the defense gives you.  Don't heave it down the field where ONLY Ed Reed can catch the ball. 

The O-line issues won't get any easier now that Willie Colon is out for the year.  I think it's time to take a serious look at the conditioning of the offensive line, as it seems like these guys are constantly getting major injuries.  Something's gotta give.

Marcus Gilbert is going to be thrown to the wolves and here's hoping he can have even half the success that Maurkice Pouncey had last year.

Baltimore was fired up for revenge for their severely disappointing loss to the Steelers in the playoffs and it showed.  Pittsburgh can learn a lesson from this and be more prepared for intense football.  They are the defending AFC Champions, so the entire conference will be gunning for them.

If I'm the Steelers, I say, "Bring It On!"

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