Talk of Repeat? Slow Down Say Farrior, Taylor.

It’s a question they’re all asked and a challenge each Superbowl winner must face, can they pull off a repeat?  The last team to accomplish the goal was the New England Patriots in Superbowls 38 and 39.  Prior to that the Denver Broncos started the recent AFC domination in the late 1990′s with back-to-back wins.

The Steelers bungled their opportunity to repeat by missing the playoffs entirely following a Superbowl XL win.  It was a strange year, the last of the Cowher era and a difficult one for Ben Roethlisberger.  After narrowly escaping death in a motorcycle accident, he endured an appendectomy and a serious concussion.  The team dug a deep hole and gelled too late, winning 6 of the final 8 to finish with a .500 mark.

But there are young players who expect to go back to the big game.

“We’re not wondering will we make it back, if we’ll make it back,” said Holmes, the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XLIII. “We look forward to going back to the Super Bowl.”
- Tribune Review

Santonio Holmes (Tribune Review)

Santonio Holmes (Tribune Review)

Not so fast, say James Farrior and Ike Taylor, two of the XL veterans who want to make sure the post Superbowl collapse doesn’t happen again.

“We definitely feel like we have a great opportunity ahead of us,” linebacker James Farrior said. “We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We’ve just got to focus on the job at hand and take it through the proper steps, and we feel we can have another good season.”
- Tribune Review

Ike Taylor guaranteed the Steelers won’t take the 2009 regular season for granted. He started on the Super Bowl XL championship team and recalls the heartbreak he experienced when the Steelers finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs the next season.
- Tribune Review

Hopefully, the assumptions of younger veterans will be reeled in by those who’ve been there before.  One expects Coach Tomlin’s presence will play a large role in that area.  When camp wraps, those expecting the Superbowl will be echoing the “one game at a time, one play at a time” mantra drilled into their heads by Tomlin.  They’ll be ready for the rigors of a 16 game season and if things go well, the playoffs and beyond.

Best to leave Superbowl expectations to us fans.  Who among us hasn’t already ticked off the wins on the schedule?  How many losses did you have?  Yeah, me too.

To Superbowl XLIV and victory!

2 comments for “Talk of Repeat? Slow Down Say Farrior, Taylor.

  1. July 5, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I, for one, completely agree with Mr. Holmes.

    I live in California born in Hayward (San Francisco Bay Area). And I have been a total Steelers Fan for 38 wonderful years. True we had a dry spell through the end of the 70′s to the 90′s and even on Nov. 17, 2004 when I sat and watched in disbeleaf when my girl friends S.F. 49ers beat us 35 – 17.

    But it all became history in 2006 when the Steelers joined the niners & Cowboys and became the first AFC franchise to put the 5th Lombardi trophy in Mr. Rooney’s case.

    I have the utmost respect for the most stable NFL franchise in the History of America’s most popular sport. I work 34 years in the middle of the Raider nation, and each and every time I had to hear it for flying my teams colors and logo I always replied with the words I think I made famous in the S.F. Bay Area

    “Just remember, the road to the Super Bowl goes through Pittsburgh!”

    I am one Californian that is glad that the Steelers are the Best of the Best.

    James Douglas

  2. July 5, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    As a resident of the Dallas area, I feel your pain James. It was dreadful after ’95 but I kept my head high – should have won that one.

    I think Tomlin will get the best out of these guys in 2009. Thanks for replying, comments are few and far between.

    Keep on keeping the faith on the left coast!

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