The League

THE QUESTION

Are the Steelers losing their luster?

Is the NFL's model franchise falling in line with the rest of the league's teams amid the allegations surrounding two of its top players?

Posted by Matt Brooks on March 30, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

The Bad Apple Experience, Steelers Style

A couple bad apples - who happen to be two of the franchise's biggest stars - run the risk of damaging the image of the Pittsburgh Steelers...unless they start winning again in September.

Posted by Chris Richardson, on March 30, 2010 1:58 PM

Taking the good with the bad

The current sports media culture feasts on controversy and type of allegations currently swirling around the Pittsburgh Steelers, and as a result, the days of "good guys" and "bad guys" and "model franchises" is over.

Posted by Robert Littal, on March 30, 2010 10:50 AM

Too Early to Tell

While Steelers stars Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes are certainly not bolstering their franchise's stature, the allegations against them have not seriously damaged the Pittsburgh franchise...at least not yet.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on March 30, 2010 8:41 AM

Will offseason trouble linger in Pittsburgh?

Will the current allegations surrounding Pittsburgh Steelers stars Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes have a lingering effect on the franchise?

Posted by Reader Poll, on March 30, 2010 12:08 AM

Short memory spans

While the current allegations surrounding Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes could form a lingering cloud over the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise, like so many other off-season incidents, these will eventually fade away from the media spotlight.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on March 30, 2010 12:00 AM

Reputation at stake

The Steelers need only look to their AFC north neighbors in Cincinnati for proof that legal trouble and negative media attention can irreparably damage an NFL franchise.

Posted by Joe Baker, on March 30, 2010 12:00 AM

Pitt will right the ship

Off-the-field trouble can adversely affect on the field performance, but if the team's current legal trouble blows over as it appears it could, Ben Roethlisberger, Santonio Holmes and the Steelers should return to the playoffs sooner rather than later.

Posted by Larry Brown, on March 30, 2010 12:00 AM

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