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10 Reasons Why Pittsburgh Steelers Fans Should Be Excited For The 2014 Season

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10 Reasons Why Pittsburgh Steelers Fans Should Be Excited For The 2014 Season

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history. Needless to say, back-to-back 8-8 seasons is unacceptable in Steelers Nation. The coaching staff has been strengthened and personnel moves were made that makes this team younger and more dynamic. The schedule also sets up nicely for the Steelers to end their two-year playoff drought. Here are 10 reasons why Steelers fans should be excited for the 2014 season.

10. Wide Receiver Depth

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10. Wide Receiver Depth

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This may be a surprise to some, but the Steelers were able to add quite a bit of quality depth despite losing Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey were signed as free agents and Martavis Bryant was drafted in the fourth round. Antonio Brown is one of the best receivers in the entire NFL, and the team has high hopes for 2013 draft pick Markus Wheaton.

9. The Growth of Le'Veon Bell

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9. The Growth of Le'Veon Bell

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At 6-foot-1 and 244 pounds, Bell is built to handle the workload of an every-down NFL running back. After missing almost all of the 2013 preseason and three weeks of the regular season, it took Bell some time to get going in his rookie season. He finished his rookie season looking well worth the second-round pick the Steelers used on him. Bell has had a strong offseason and proved in 2013 that he is a great fit for the Steelers’ no-huddle attack.

8. Jason Worilds Starting Full-Time

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8. Jason Worilds Starting Full-Time

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Worilds has been waiting patiently for his chance to take over a starting role in Pittsburgh. He got that chance in the second half of 2013 and didn’t disappoint. All he did was rack up eight sacks in eight games. Things were really clicking for the former second-round pick at the end of the 2013 season, and should only get better with the added confidence that being a starter gives him.

7. Dri Archer’s Explosiveness

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7. Dri Archer’s Explosiveness

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Archer was the fastest player at the 2014 NFL Combine, and gives the Steelers another weapon on offense and special teams. He has the ability to be a faster version of Darren Sproles, running the ball and catching passes out of the backfield and slot. He also has the ability to be one of the premier kick and punt returners in the NFL. His speed could elevate the Steelers' special teams unit to one of the most dangerous in the league.

6. The Hiring Of Mike Munchak

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6. The Hiring Of Mike Munchak

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The former Titans head coach takes over an offensive line that paved the way for the lowest rushing total for a Steelers team since the 1960s, and saw Ben Roethlisberger get sacked 42 times. Munchak is an offensive line guru, and should help the Steelers in both pass protection and getting the running game back to where it was during their recent Super Bowl runs.

5. An Easier Schedule

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5. An Easier Schedule

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The AFC North is undoubtedly a tough and deep division. With that, the fact that the Steelers only have six games in 2014 against 2013 playoff teams has to come as a relief. The schedule sets up nicely for a hot start out of the gate, and should put the Steelers on track to return to the playoffs in 2014.

4. Mike Tomlin Is In Charge

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4. Mike Tomlin Is In Charge

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Tomlin remains one of the premier head coaches in the NFL and did one of his best coaching jobs in the second half of the 2013 season. Players like to play for him and he demands accountability. As long as Tomlin is roaming the sidelines, the Steelers will be a competitive team.

3. A Strong Locker Room

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3. A Strong Locker Room

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The Steelers have traditionally had great leadership in place throughout the organization. The 2014 season will be no different. It starts from the top with coaches Mike Tomlin and Dick LeBeau, and continues down to veterans like Ben Roethlisberger, Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller.

2. A Younger, Revamped Defense

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during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.

2. A Younger, Revamped Defense

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The Steelers made several additions (and subtractions) that make them younger and faster on the defensive side of the ball. Safety Mike Mitchell was signed to pair with Troy Polamalu at safety, and speedy inside linebacker Ryan Shazier was drafted in the first round. Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones have loads of potential at outside linebacker, and could restore the pass rush that was so critical to the Steelers’ Super Bowl runs a few years ago.

1. An Emphasis On The No-Huddle Offense

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, no-huddle offense
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1. An Emphasis On The No-Huddle Offense

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Ben Roethlisberger was at his best in 2013 when he was working out of the no-huddle. Over the final eight weeks last year, the Steelers went 6-2 and averaged 26.6 points per game using the no-huddle frequently. Early this offseason, Roethlisberger said the Steelers' no-huddle playbook would be expanded. This is great news for Steelers fans.