The Steelers' identity has changed recently.
The organization that once boasted one of the most fearsome defensive units in all of football, has quickly shifted to sporting the NFL most explosive offense, with defense leaving much to be desired.
For his part, defensive end Stephon Tuitt intends that the team can have both the best offense and best defense in the NFL in 2016.
“We got nothing but high hopes,” Tuitt said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We see the future looking very bright. You see what we can do. I personally believe we can be the No. 1 defense in the run and the pass and we’re going to do it.”
“We got a chance to put all the pieces together,” Tuitt said. “Everybody got a chance to learn together, to learn how each other played. We got a chance to show what we really are like, where we left off, and I can’t wait to pick up from there. . . . I want people to be afraid to play us.”
The Steelers were believed to be one of the most dangerous teams in the playoffs, until a late fumble blew their chance to beat the Broncos in Denver. Tuitt initially was upset, but that didn’t last.
“I went from me being mad to me saying we got a very powerful team in the future,” Tuitt said. “We’re going to have a very fast, physical team. I can’t wait to training camp, to put all the pieces together to keep this train moving forward.”
Watching the Broncos win the Super Bowl only added to the resolve.
“We know what the taste feels like to almost be there, to watch a team we had beat win the Super Bowl,” Tuitt said. “I know that’s in everybody’s mind, and they can’t wait to get back on the field to show that.”
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