NFL Script Spoiler No. 2: Steelers’ Mike Tomlin Extends .500-or-Better Streak To 17 Seasons
Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers are allergic to losing seasons. In his 16 seasons as head coach, Tomlin has never won less than eight games. The team has qualified for the postseason ten times in that span, including one Super Bowl title.
The Steelers finished 9-8 last season, narrowly missing out on a playoff spot. The front office made a concerted effort to continue building the roster around former first-round pick Kenny Pickett. The offensive line welcomes multiple new starters, and veteran pass catcher Allen Robinson now calls the Steel City home.
Defense is where the team improved the most. Pittsburgh landed my top-rated cornerback in Joey Porter Jr. and an instant starter at defensive tackle with Keeanu Benton. Assuming T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward, and Minkah Fitzpatrick stay healthy, this unit will carry the Steelers to the postseason, extending Tomlin’s streak to 17 straight non-losing seasons.
NFL Script Spoiler No. 3: Trevor Lawrence Enters Superstardom
Trevor Lawrence engineered one of the most shocking comebacks in NFL Postseason history when his Jaguars erased a 20-point halftime deficit vs. the Chargers. The former No. 1 overall pick rebounded from a shaky first half by throwing three touchdowns and positioning Jacksonville for a game-winning field goal.
As we enter Year 3 of the Lawrence era in Duval, expect the young signal-caller to ascend to superstardom. Christian Kirk returns, along with Evan Engram and Zay Jones. A primary reason to expect even more from Lawrence in 2023 is the acquisition of Calvin Ridley. The former Alabama standout was suspended for gambling but has since been reinstated and could become a steal of the century for the Jaguars.
He may not win the NFL MVP, and the Jaguars may not be ready to win a Super Bowl quite yet, but 12 months from now, Trevor Lawrence will be a mainstay in “top five” talks. Jacksonville should be over-the-moon thinking about its future with a franchise quarterback.