Anyway, everybody's signed and healthy, and the 2008 season officially starts tomorrow. I'm pumped. Since most of the reports over the next week will be of the "that guy looks really good in practice" variety, this seems like as good a time as any to humbly scribble our expectations for this team, keeping in mind that a) there's no o-line to speak of, b) the special teams is non-existent, and b) Mark Madden no longer works for ESPN 1250.
For me, it's pretty simple: in light of the commissioner obviously wanting the Steelers to fail (thanks for the schedule ... jerk), I'd love to see:
- Big Ben get sacked fewer than 35 times (that's roughly 2.2 times per game, which seems like a lot until you realize he's gone down 400 times the last two seasons),
- a balanced running game that featured fewer -1 yard FWP runs, and more 3-plus-yard Rashard Mendenhall carries,
- an opponents average starting field position after kickoffs of the 35-yard line, and
- an improved sophomore season from ROBO-PUNTER.