BUFFALO, N.Y. — For years, the Steelers have been a team built around their stability. The system, players and coaches have remained the same, making the transition from year to year relatively stable.
It was teams such as the Bills that had constant turnover, something that happens when your franchise goes 25 years between playoff wins and 17 years between postseason appearances.
Heading into their game Sunday at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, the worm has turned. Despite winning the AFC North last season, it’s the Steelers who are the team with massive turnover heading into their regular season opener, while the Bills essentially return everyone from a team that won the AFC East and advanced to the conference championship game a year ago.
“We’re going into a hostile venue versus defending AFC East champions, one of the groups that’s been really consistent over the last several years in the AFC,” Mike Tomlin said. “I think that consistency is really steeped in continuity, whether it’s about the core players that I’m going to mention in all three phases of the game, or the continuity within their coaching staff. I think that’s one of the reasons why they’re regarded the way that they’re regarded.
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