Well some of the biggest news today came out of Baltimore where the Ravens released team all-time leading rusher Jamal Lewis. I know Steeler fans have a pure hatred for the Ravens and most of their players, but there are many reasons that they shouldn't for this running back. Jamal Lewis can only help the Steelers. He's some of the stability they totally lost last season.
Ok, yes the Steelers were 8-8 last season. They looked horrible most weeks, like losing to the Raiders. There was also the loss to the Falcons where Vick had a career day. Oh yeah lets not forget the two embarrassing loses to the division winning Ravens. There were a bunch of people to blame for their horrible season. Cowher wasn't in it emotionally, Porter played sub-par, Troy was injured and when he wasn't was getting toasted by a wide receiver, and then there was Ben. Everyone should have known in June when he almost got killed not to expect much this season. He threw more interceptions this year then in his first two years combined. Many people questioned why.
For starters the receivers weren't as experienced this season. The Steelers missed Randal El. The line didn't seem to have the push as it did the year before, and left Ben prone to many sacks. Now Willie Parker had a great season, but please really look closely to the statistics. He didn't do well away from Pittsburgh, and he had a lot of minimal yard gains. Those minimal gains put Ben in bad situations. I am not blaming everything on Parker, but he had his part.
Today, Jamal Lewis became available. That's great news. This is the Steelers chance. They were interested a year ago when they thought he would become free. He is a good fit in Pittsburgh where traditionally its been power running. Jerome Bettis, Bam "smoking my career away" Morris, and Barry Foster. All good power runners. The Steelers knew this was a weakness last season. Why do you think they attempted to get TJ Duckett on draft day? 2nd down and 7 is much better then 2nd and 12, ask Big Ben. Lewis would be a great addition, especially if he can save some mileage by splitting time with Willie Parker. With a good draft and a couple good signings, the Steelers are right back in the thick of things next season.