Steelers are Playing Tough

nfl_a_blount11_600x400The Pittsburgh Steelers are changing their game this offseason. Their running game is now stronger and they have a younger defense. The biggest shift is from a team that usually plays nice and tries to be very upstanding and blue collar to a team that is finding some grit and starting to play nasty. This shift is very desirable for the team that has been playing pretty average in their last few years of playing. They have not been to the playoffs since 2011 and there are many reasons for that reality. Their personality simply wasn’t strong enough. They used to have a physical edge that made them terrifying to other players, but that dropped off. The whole team became over reliant on Ben Roethlisberger and they didn’t have much else to show. However, that team is starting to disappear as this offseason plays out. They nabbed a couple of young, key players from the draft and they got the former head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Mike Munchak to coach their offensive line.

All of these changes in the Steelers line up and offseason coaching indicate that they know things need to be improved and they are makes moves to do so. They signed LeGarrett Blount last year in free agency and he will help the Steelers with their lack of heavyweight ball carriers. He brings a different style of playing and a fiercer technique to the offense. The big key for the future success of the team lies in keeping their offensive line in good shape. They have had issues with keeping offensive linemen and have had over thirty different combinations of players on their offensive line over the past four years. If they can maintain an offensive line the team will surely improve and come up in ranking in the league. Last season they were at no. 21 and they usually gave up on some of the biggest plays. Now, the Steelers have been revitalized with some new talent and they show promise for being able to push their way back up into the upper crust of the AFC. There are not too many elite teams in the league, so the Steelers have a good shot at some impressive playing this year. They have a strong history and they should be able to make their way back to greatness.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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