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Pittsburgh Steelers: the 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers: The 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

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The Pittsburgh Steelers had yet another disappointing start to their season in 2013, and as a result missed the postseason for the second year in a row. However, the Steelers were still on the hunt for a playoff spot, and that was due to the performance of some outstanding players. The success of the team this year will fall on their shoulders. Here are five players that Pittsburgh can’t do without in 2014.

5. Troy Polamalu

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5. Troy Polamalu

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Troy Polamalu might be on the decline in his Hall of Fame career, but his presence is still matchless. Polamalu’s intelligence on the football field is what sets him apart from any other player in the league.

4. Heath Miller

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4. Heath Miller

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Often lost in the shadows of the other high-profile tight ends in the NFL, Heath Miller is one of the most reliable offensive weapons in the league and is the security blanket for the Steelers offense. Without Miller, converting third-and-longs would be virtually impossible.

3. Antonio Brown

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3. Antonio Brown

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Last season proved to be a breakout year for Antonio Brown. His 110 receptions and 1,499 receiving yards (both second in the NFL) kept the Steelers offense afloat when everything wasn’t clicking. Brown is by far Pittsburgh’s most dynamic player.

2. Maurkice Pouncey

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2. Maurkice Pouncey

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When Maurkice Pouncey went down for the season in Week 1, both the running game and pass protection was at their worst. Pittsburgh’s offensive line will never be at its best if Pouncey isn’t there to anchor it.

1. Ben Roethlisberger

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1. Ben Roethlisberger

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Without a doubt, the Steelers will go as far as the arm of Ben Roethlisberger will take them. Year after year, regardless of Pittsburgh’s situation, Big Ben always finds a way to keep his team alive for the postseason, and nothing will be different for this elite quarterback in 2014.