The Pittsburgh Steelers are ready to bounce back from a disappointing season that resulted in another missed playoff appearance.
It’s easy to forget that the team finish 8-8 despite opening the season 0-4, and they were one Ryan Succop kick away from actually making the playoffs. So it’s hard to blame Ben Roethlisberger when he feels giddy at seeing one familiar target return to his old form.
After all, if one or two things change in 2014, it could be a much different year.
Heath Miller was hampered throughout 2013 by injury and never quite played at the level he wanted to. This year, Roethlisberger says Miller has put all that behind him.
In his latest interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Roethlisberger said, “He has looked healthy right from the get-go, looks kind of like the old Heath. One of the practices, he caught a pass about 12 yards downfield and made a move and actually made a guy miss, and he finished all the way down the field. That was the Heath Miller we love to see.”
Miller isn’t going to blaze by anyone or overwhelm the league with offensive capability, but he does provide something the Steelers need: consistency and dependability. Roethlisberger has trusted Miller throughout the tight end’s career and having that big first down and red zone target will be huge for the offense in 2014.
Between the return of center Maurkice Pouncey and tight end Heath Miller, the Steelers offense stands poised to improve on a surprisingly effective 2013 campaign. If they can do that, returning to the playoffs shouldn’t be a problem. That’s something the team can get behind.