AFC North: Clancy Pendergast
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|Pittsburgh and Arizona meet Thursday night in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
I joined AFC North blogger James Walker and Jeremy Green of Scouts Inc. for a discussion on the Steelers' and Cardinals' chances of making return trips to the Super Bowl. The two teams meet Thursday night at 8 ET on ESPN.
James raised questions about Ben Roethlisberger's recent play through camp amid potential distractions relating to the civil suit against him. I raised questions about the Cardinals' ability to replace what they lost when offensive coordinator Todd Haley left for the Chiefs.
Jeremy and I debated the merits of Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt's decision to replace Clancy Pendergast as defensive coordinator. And I tried to convince James to rethink perceptions of the Cardinals as a team dealing with distractions.
In the end, we agreed on one thing: The Cardinals still must prove they can win consistently, leaving the Steelers as the team more likely to make a return trip to the Super Bowl this season, even if the path through the AFC offers more resistance.