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The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t owned a top-10 defense since 2012, when that Troy Polamalu-led team earned the No. 1 ranking for the fourth time in six seasons.
Since then, Pittsburgh watched a defensive erosion that had the Steelers cratering to the No. 21 ranked defense in 2015. A youth movement began last season, with Bud Dupree, Ryan Shazier, Cameron Heyward, Sean Davis, and Artie Burns playing impact roles, boosting Pittsburgh back into respectability. The No. 12 defense in the NFL last season is a far cry from what Steelers fans are used to watching.

Veteran safety Mike Mitchell joined Pittsburgh in 2014, during the Steelers’ defensive decline. He told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the Steelers’ D has the pieces to climb back up the rankings.

“I think we’ve made some progress, I think we took some strides last year to become a better defense,” Mitchell said. “But if we’re not No. 1, we’re not good enough.

“I think those guys were top three for five, six, seven years in a row. It’s on our walls everywhere, the standard it’s the standard. That’s such a true statement. Until we’re winning Super Bowls on a consistent basis and we’re in the top three on a consistent basis, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Mitchell’s teammates agree with the positive outlook entering training camp.

“We’re going to be a good defense this year,” Bud Dupree said. “We plan on being great.”

The Steelers young corps boasts playmakers at every level, giving Pittsburgh an enticing crew that could make the leap in 2017, if they can stay healthy.

“I think we have the right group of guys to work the right way to be successful,” Mitchell said.

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A year after the level and severity of hits taken by quarterback Cam Newton became the season’s underlying story in Carolina, the team is trying to change that narrative for 2017.

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that the offense was always designed to get the ball out of Newton’s hands faster but that it could become a reality thanks to the addition of running back Christian McCaffrey and hybrid pass catcher Curtis Samuel.

“We struggled last year with [protecting the quarterback and putting playmakers around him],” Rivera said. “The first one being able to protect him. Our left tackle Michael Oher gets hurt and we got to reshuffle our offensive line and move guys around. That wasn’t the best thing for us. We went out and made some moves in free agency to help sure-up the offensive line. Then we go out and feel like we have to continue to put playmakers around him. We went out and found a very versatile, explosive running back who had a tremendous college career, and hopefully that translates to the NFL, in Christian McCaffrey. We went out and got Curtis Samuel out of Ohio State, a very explosive vertical attack.
“That’s something we want to continue to do. And yes, there are some things we want to do in terms of getting the ball out of Cam’s hands and putting it the in hands of the playmakers. And those two young guys, they’re not going to be just the primary targets. We’ve got a tremendous slew of targets on our team, starting with Jonathan Stewart, and being able to run the ball. One thing we found in 2013, 2014 and 2015, we went around and looked at what we did running the football, and how much that translated to victories for us.

“Then we look at what our tight end can do,” Rivera continued. “Greg Olsen, getting vertical and making plays for us. Finding the seams in the defenses. Then Kelvin Benjamin, with his size, and Devin Funchess. We’ve got what we feel like has the potential to be an explosive offense. And yes, a lot of the idea is to take the pressure off our quarterback, and take some of the hits off of him as well.”

The Panthers’ staff as a whole deserves credit for consistently trying to evolve its offense around Newton. Their 15-1 run back in 2015 was the perfect storm of good fortunes, though it featured an entirely unsustainable offensive model. Newton’s mountainous facade crumbled a bit in 2016 due in part to the gloomy defensive strategy that developed among opposing teams during Carolina’s Super Bowl run — take Newton down early and often. While that is always the strategy for defensive coordinators, Newton’s penchant for shifting into a power runner during various zone-read or option-type plays made this a far more likely scenario.

McCaffrey was consistently linked to Carolina this offseason due in large part to his receiving skills and football IQ, both of which could allow him to improvise along with Newton the way Olsen has done successfully throughout his career. The more options Newton has, the quicker he gets rid of the ball. The faster he gets rid of the ball, the fewer hits he takes (in theory). The fewer hits he takes, the longer Carolina has Newton on the field.

For Rivera, lengthening the career of the NFL’s best athlete is always a top priority.