Are the 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers Super? We don’t know yet, in fact the Steelers still need to take care of business against the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns – on the road – to even get a shot at earning a ticket to the big dance.
- One thing is clear, few of their Pro Bowl voting peers hold many of the individual Steelers in high esteem.
Voting for the 2015 Pro Bowl squad is now complete, and voters have limited the Steelers Pro Bowl 2015 representatives are limited to Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and David DeCastro. And those are three strong Steelers Pro Bowl 2015 picks, but one could argue that other members of the Black and Gold should be making the trip to Honolulu….
But, discussion of Steelers 2015 Pro Bowl snubs can wait until later, for now we honor the Steelers Pro Bowl 2015 picks.
Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers 2015 Pro Bowl Selection
Ben Roethlisberger is having one of his finest seasons as a Steelers starter. With two games remaining in the 2015 regular season, Ben Roethlisberger boasts his highest completion percentage of his career. His passer rating might be down, but that number does little to show just how dangerous the Steelers offense is with Roethlisberger throwing to Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Heath Miller.
- Under Todd Haley’s tutelage the vertical passing game has returned to Pittsburgh with a vengeance.
And, thus far, Roethlisberger is being sacked far less frequently in 2015 than in perhaps any other season, and that is due in no small part to the stout play of David DeCastro.
David DeCastro – Steelers Pro Bowl 2015 Selection
Everyone expected the Steelers to pick a defensive back heading into the 2012 NFL Draft (sound familiar?). Yet, as the first round unfolded, the top offensive guard began to fall. And he kept falling.
Yet when the Steelers turn came to pick, they wasted little time in drafting David DeCastro in the first round. Since then DeCastro has been everything advertised: A physical, aggressive road-grading offensive lineman with a nasty streak that puts opponents on notice that abuse will not be tolerated.
Antonio Brown – Steelers 2015 Pro Bowl Selection
Last, but certainly not least comes Antonio Brown, the Steelers all-world wide receiver. In 2015 Brown became just the second player after Jerry Rice to post three consecutive seasons with 1,500 plus yards from scrimmage. Brown has also bagged another third consecutive 100 catch season.
- Yet statistics fail to do Brown justice.
It is getting to the point where Antonio Brown isn’t merely one of the best if not the best wide receivers in the game.
- Antonio Brown is simply one of the best football players in the game.
Antonio Brown simply catches everything thrown his way. He gets open and helps in the short passing game. He can work the flats. He makes tough catches over the middle. He can beat you deep. Brown can even return punts, although he should not be doing this at this stage of his career.
Not bad for a 6th round pick.
Interesting Steelers Pro Bowl, Super Bowl Precedent?
Steelers fans will likely smart that only three players from Pittsburgh were picked for the 2015 Pro Bowl. And so they should. But Steelers Nation (God willing) might be able to take solace at one other fact.
The 2008 Pro Bowl squad only continued three Pittsburgh Steelers: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and James Farrior.
Fans, were up in arms at the exclusion of players like Hines Ward, LaMarr Woodley, Heath Miller and arguably Ike Taylor. But few were complaining in early February when the 2008 Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII.