Watching the voluntary coaching sessions this week, one can't help but look at the Steelers as an improved team.
First and foremost, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to be his old self again.
The thumb injury that Roethlisberger played with last season is now completely healed and the Steelers' QB is regularly unleashing balls in practice that travel 65 yards through the air. His out patterns have more zip on them and he's no longer side-arming the ball to get it where he wants to throw it.
Roethlisberger has been nothing short of impressive.
And it doesn't matter whom he's throwing the ball to, either.
Hines Ward was in Washington, D.C., Wednesday meeting with the president about children in North Korea. That left Nate Washington and Cedric Wilson as the starting wideouts.
Roethlisberger still zipped pass after pass to them, threading the ball into coverage with no problem.