As the Pittsburgh Steelers are now embarking on a new era following Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement, outside linebacker T.J. Watt is still much confident that the team can remain as contenders in the AFC.
Watt took some time to speak on the AP Pro Football Podcast ahead of Super Bowl 56, where he noted that he does not envision a rebuilding period for the Steelers anytime soon.
“I don't know if we'll ever be rebuilding,” Watt said. “That's never the way that I look at things. I think we have more than enough talent on this roster. We have great coaches to be able to win a lot of games. I think we won a decent amount of games this past year being able to get into the playoffs. Every year you're just trying to get into the playoffs and anything can happen.”
Although the Steelers have missed the playoffs multiple times in the Mike Tomlin era, they have not undergone any semblance of a rebuilding phase. The Steelers have finished at .500 or better in each of Tomlin’s seasons so far as head coach in Pittsburgh.
As mentioned, the Steelers will have a notable matter to address in the coming months regarding who will replace Roethlisberger at the quarterback position. The team does have the likes of Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins as options on the roster, although the front office could opt to scour the draft or free agency for its next franchise passer.
Overall, Watt is much confident that the Steelers will find a formidable successor for the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
“We'll see what happens at the quarterback position,” Watt said. “I trust the guys upstairs to be able to bring a guy in that can win us some games, and I'm gonna do everything in my power to take care of things on the defensive side of the ball.”
The Steelers sure will have plenty of franchise-altering decisions to make in the offseason.