5 Areas That Must Improve for the Pittsburgh Steelers to Be Contenders

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5 Areas That Must Improve for the Pittsburgh Steelers to Be Contenders
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Most years, a 12-4 record would be good enough for a division title and a deep playoff run, but that was not the case for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

Despite their incredible record, the Steelers failed to win the AFC North after losing to the Baltimore Ravens twice during the regular season.

The result was a fifth seed in the AFC and a first-round exit against the Denver Broncos in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

The lackluster finish to the season meant changes for the Steelers and those changes came in a big way.

Pittsburgh allowed offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to leave and parted ways with a number of players including Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, James Farrior, Chris Kemoeatu and William Gay.

That does not mean the Steelers were not aggressive in upgrading the team. While they were not big players in free agency, the Steelers brought in Todd Haley to run the offense and drafted three linemen (two offensive, one defensive) in the first four rounds of the draft.

These additions should go a long way in helping the Steelers get even better in 2012. With training camp less than a month away, here are five areas in which the Steelers must improve if they want to be Super Bowl contenders.

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