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Team needs: Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted by Mike Florio on April 17, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT


The defending AFC champions continue to be one of the finest franchises in the league, even though they missed the playoffs in the season sandwiched between a pair of Super Bowl berths.

To avoid sliding out of the postseason in 2011, the Steelers need to address some of the holes on the roster. There arenít many, but they are there.

OL: The Steelers succeed despite having a patchwork, injury-prone wall of blockers. If they could squeeze a higher lever of performance on a consistent basis out of the tackles, the Steelers could become a dynasty once again. Maurkice Pouncey seems poised to become the next in a long-line of centers who hold the job for many, many years. Chris Kemoeatu is above average at left guard. But the Steelers need to upgrade the other guard position ó ideally with Pounceyís twin brother. Unfortunately, Mike Pouncey likely will be long gone by the time the Steelers use the 31st overall pick.

DL: The starters continue to be on the wrong side of 30, and getting closer to the wrong side of 40. This key aspect of the 3-4 scheme canít be taken for granted. Ziggy Hood, a first-rounder in 2009, has gotten plenty of injury reps, but itís too early to tell whether heíll ultimately be ready to replace Brett Keisel or Aaron Smith.

CB: With a strong front seven and a Hall of Fame safety, the Steel Curtain has gotten by despite the presence of some ragged tin foil at the cornerback position. They havenít had a truly great cover man since Rod Woodson, and they need one.

RB: Coach Mike Tomlin has said he doesnít plan to decrease Rashard Mendenhallís workload. Which possibly means Tomlin doesnít want other teams to think heíll be looking to draft a complement to Mendenhall, who canít carry the ball 385 times per year every year.

S: Troy Polamalu plays with the kind of reckless abandon that sets him up for injury. And when heís injured, the production plummets from his position. Maybe thatís inevitable, given that Polamalu is so good. But the Steelers need to realize that what makes Polamalu such a great player makes him vulnerable. They need a better backup option.

Overview: The Steelers continue to have one of the best coaching staffs and organizations in all of sports. They resisted the strong temptation last year to dump their franchise quarterback, and theyíll continue to be competitive indefinitely into the future. To continue to move closer toward 10 Super Bowl trophies, however, they finally have to address some consistent weaknesses, instead of just assuming that theyíll find a way to overcome them.

BradshawsHairdresser
04-18-2011, 09:03 AM
10 Super Bowl trophies? Now there's a thought I can enjoy! But there's a long way to go, when we haven't even won #7 yet...

As far as a complement to Mendenhall? We already have him. We just need to give him more carries.

And Chris Kemoeatu above average at left guard? I wouldn't go that far.

I agree with the rest of the article though. Especially the conclusion. Time for this team to quit thinking they can continue to be weak in the same old areas, and do nothing to address them in the draft.

Djfan
04-18-2011, 09:37 AM
I agree with the rest of the article though. Especially the conclusion. Time for this team to quit thinking they can continue to be weak in the same old areas, and do nothing to address them in the draft.

Not a bad approach, but the reality is that to get the marquee players in our areas of weakness means to take money from what we have strong now. It seems that the next wave of improvements, to whichever position we want to improve, means to risk having a subpar area coming down the pike.

Sugar
04-18-2011, 01:06 PM
I agree with the rest of the article though. Especially the conclusion. Time for this team to quit thinking they can continue to be weak in the same old areas, and do nothing to address them in the draft.

Not a bad approach, but the reality is that to get the marquee players in our areas of weakness means to take money from what we have strong now. It seems that the next wave of improvements, to whichever position we want to improve, means to risk having a subpar area coming down the pike.

Agreed. The best Linebacking corps in the league does not come cheap. We have top 10 players at about every skill position so something is going to suffer.