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    Steelers’ Fixes Far Away From “Just One Year”

    Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs in the end zone after a pass reception for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
    As we mull and ponder the moves Kevin Colbert and Omar Kahn will make over the next few months to keep the Steelers’ competitive, we must remember that the Steelers are far away from just a one year fix. At face value, this team is good. The offense will still have weapons without Mike Wallace, the running back situation without Mendenhall will still be adequate and Ben can sling the ball with the best of them. The defense was number one in the league and that leads man to see that the Steelers have a plethora of talent.
    But look at the teams in the playoffs, specifically the Championship games and you see where the Steelers lack the edge to just flip a switch on an easy 2013 run.
    The Steelers are going to lack playmakers next season aside from a healthy Troy Polamalu, which is in itself a risk. By playmakers, I mean guys who force opposition to fundamentally shift the way they approach the game. The Ravens have Ray Rice and Ed Reed, two players you can key on but will produce. Reed and Ray Lewis are arguably on their last legs but the Ravens production thus far shows their impact.
    The Patriots biggest playmaker their offensive system, designed by a coach who has one of the top three quarterbacks of all time to throw the ball. You can’t hold the Patriots to under 20 points unless you play a 4-3 defense with four great pass rushers, aka why only the Giants and occasionally the Jets have their number in recent memory.
    The 49er’s now have Collin Kapernick and on defense, Patrick Willis is arguably the best linebacker in the league. The 49′ers are the 2009 Steelers all over again: Dominant defense with almost every player playing in their prime, playmaking quarterback with fantastic weapons forcing a defense to take risks every down.
    The only team I see like the Steelers are the Atlanta Falcons, a solid overall team that doesn’t possess playmakers, but as a team is just superior at almost every position. The Steelers though don’t have the talent Atlanta does and this is why the Steelers are at home and the Falcons are the number one team in the NFC.
    I am not saying the Steelers are doomed. The NFL is all about health and “Any Given Sunday” which is why no one goes undefeated and the Giants at 9-7 can win the Super Bowl. But the Giants got lucky in games and played 110% in the last weeks of the season. Honestly, that is what the Steelers need if they wish to win another Super Bowl with the current team in place.
    The draft will yield talented players, however aside from Ben Roethlisberger no Steelers’ rookie has truly been a game changer in year one. The Steelers are entering a new era of transition, not rebuilding. The team will be competitive and playoff worthy. But Super Bowl ?

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    Garbage article to the bone!!

    How can anyone write that a team is "far away" from a one year fix when we see a horrible team like the Indianapolis Colts turn 2-14 season into 11-5 and playoffs?
    The Colts were pathetic last year. Avery poor team. Yet in one off season they were able to turn it around. And I hardly think this current Steeler team is anywhere close to what that Colts team was last year.

    But this is the journalistic world we live in today. Straight out lame!
    Steelers 2015 Draft???....Go Strong! As in....

    1-Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State

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    Yea, I call BS on this article. Pgh could be 12-4 or 6-10 next year. We hardly know. But they tend to rebound coming off a poor year, so it is more likely they will be a double-digit-win team than losers. Let's just look at the OL alone. If the team quits getting drunk, they could bring back Starks and we could have an OL of (going from left to right) Starks, Foster, Pouncy, DeCastro and Adams/Gilbert, with all of the young guys taking the next step from experience.

    At QB, maybe Ben takes the game just a little more seriously and stops being a foolish frat boy playing flag football with a keg on the sidelines.

    Team chemistry will surely improve due to booting the bad apples in Wallace and Mendenhall.

    The D could upgrade it's sacks and pics if they decide to tell Woodley to drop 30 lbs, Troy some how stays healthy and the new guys coming on develop into their prime.

    This author is a hack.

    This off season is going to apply a lot of heat to Tomlin, and maybe he will take things more seriously instead of just trying to be best friends with the players. I think Art 2 is ticked, even if he isn't letting on that he is. I think he is. And he will break some heads to wake this team up.

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    He says the Falcons are alot like the Steelers and don't possess playmakers? Are you frikin kidding me? Atlanta is LOADED with playmakers, something the Steelers really lack on offense. Falcons have Ryan, Gonzales, Roddy White (a freak of nature), Julio Jones (another freak of nature) and Michael Turner, who the Steelers would love to have. Put Ben on that team and they win the Super Bowl easily and more than once.

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    And lloyd, Ben was a much better QB when he was partyin and boozin the kegs. Much more relaxed and fancy free.

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