Schein: Football fireworks in 2013
In honor of the Fourth of July, Adam Schein reveals potential sources of football fireworks (i.e., combustible relationships). More ...
Simply put, the pipeline has run dry. Once held up as the draft-and-develop model, the Steelers now have just five players with more than 10 career starts from the draft classes of 2008 to 2012 . To put that in perspective, the Indianapolis Colts have four players who have started at least nine games (plus T.Y. Hilton, who was the team's second-leading receiver) from the 2012 draft class alone.
Even if Roethlisberger plays at an MVP level for the next half-decade, he could be the one player keeping this team afloat. The surrounding talent doesn't support an annual run at the Lombardi Trophy.