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Loss raises multiple concerns about Steelers' defense

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By Mike Wilkening

Every time the Steelers' defense struggles, it will hear about its age. Eight starters are 30 years or older. "I mean, you hear that every year," Steelers ROLB James Harrison, 33, said this week. "It's not like they say, 'You know, that defense, their age is just right to succeed.' It's either you're too young or you're too old." This much is certain, according to one personnel man who watched the Steelers' opener closely: Pittsburgh wasn't very physical vs. rugged Baltimore. The Ravens were the stouter club in the opener, the evaluator said, with the Steelers' defensive line especially struggling vs. the Ravens' offensive line. While the Steelers' ability to match up with potent passing games long has been an under-the-radar concern, stopping the run — and physicality — usually haven't been issues. It's all the more reason the Steelers' ability to bounce back from their disappointing season opener will be monitored closely.

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