All the people who want to trade or cut James Harrison and allow Troy Polamalu to leave as a free agent at the end of the season got a good look what that would look like for the Steelers Friday night against Washington.
It wasn't pretty.
Thankfully for the Steelers, both will be in uniform for them this season.
Sure, the Steelers played pretty vanilla defensively in the first half against the Redskins, but Washington was gouging Pittsburgh on the ground when both teams had their starters in the game. That's something that would be much less likely to happen with Harrison and Polamalu in the game.
© Antonio Brown continues to be perhaps the most impressive-looking player for the Steelers.
It's a shame the new kickoff rules aren't going to allow for him to make too many returns.
© The Steelers started the game with three tight ends, with David Johnson in the backfield and John Gilmore and Heath Miller on the line.
But Jamie McCoy did replace Johnson on the second series as the H-back.
© Tough game for Ryan Mundy. He was getting worked over so much in coverage that you would have sworn the Redskins game planned it.
© The Steelers dodged a bullet with Lawrence Timmons, who went down in the first half with a stinger that looked worse than it apparently was.
They weren't as fortunate with Ike Taylor, who suffered a broken thumb.
Taylor will be ready for the regular season opener, but it will give the Steelers a great opportunity to get some of their young corners more experience - if they can stay healthy.
© If you don't like the way Isaac Redman runs with the ball, you don't like football.
© Ramon Foster started at right guard, but was replaced by Chris Scott in the second series. Scott had a tough go of it, allowing a running play to get blown up and allowing a sack.