I figured somebody would post this, so I beat them to it.
While not mathematically eliminated, any sane fan understands you can stick a fork in this year's version of the Black and Gold.
So, let me amend the title of this thread:
The Steelers Can Still Make the Playoffs NEXT Season!
First, dump Air-head Arians, Dullard LeBeau, and Leaky Ligashevsky.
Next, hire some hungry, innovative assistants who actually understand how to make adjustments based upon the personnel you can field and the situations the game dictates.
James Farrior is shown the door. Timmons can take his place, with Fox moving in for Timmons. Priority ought to be given to finding an up and coming ILB in the draft. It would be nice if we could find someone to push Woodley, but there are probably too many other needs to address that this offseason.
Gay is moved to nickle back. Clark is allowed to walk, Deshea is retired, and Carter is cut. Then, hopefully, we find a couple of DBs that can cover and maybe catch the ball once in awhile. Burnett and Lewis need to actually be given a chance. It would be great to pick up a shut-down corner, but I don't know if there will be any Darrell Revis's showing up when we draft. I wish we had a better #1 CB than Taylor. Maybe this is a place to make a big move in FA.
We have to get younger on the DL. We can no longer rely on Aaron Smith. Thank goodness we re-signed Keisel before the season. Fat Casey is likely departing, and it will be a serious challenge to replace him.
Looks like defense will be the focus of the changes, although I wish we could do more to address our OL. We need to be thinking about replacing Hartwig, and this could be a place for an upgrade. Colon is overrated; he should be let go if he demands big $. But then, we have a tackle to replace. Willie Parker is likely gone.
Tomlin should insist that Ben work all summer with a QB coach who can help him with his decision-making. Since there wasn't improvement in that area this season, maybe a new QB coach would be in order.
Spaeth should be gone. Find a second tight end who can block if you're going to run this offense.
Jeff Reed should be gone, too.
We need to find a couple of ST demons somewhere.
Just a few things for my Christmas wish list.