Stat Predictions for Pittsburgh Steelers Key Offensive Players

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Stat Predictions for Pittsburgh Steelers Key Offensive Players
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In 2011, the Pittsburgh Steelers offense was a confusing dichotomy of good and bad, able and anemic and great and groan-worthy. The unit's approach seemed far less about consistent strides and more in line with the story Jekyll and Hyde, often inexplicably going from "gangbusters" to "bubble busters" from play to play, sinner game to game.

Nobody questions that the Black and Gold will field a talented offense once again in 2012. However, Steelers Country is well aware of the need for improvement from the group despite the inherent ability of a retooled roster. Frankly, despite their potential, the end result last season was too often, well.... offensive.

With the infusion of new talent along the offensive line, the optimism begotten from running backs and receivers whose talents are only limited by what amazing feat they will accomplish next, and the return of key veterans—including franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger—it seems likely that group as a whole should match or exceed last season's totals.

Certainly, there will be growing pains. With a new offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, and a "Rosetta Stone" offense, the regular season will not be without its early pitfalls. However, it will not be absent of steady improvement either.

Barring health, a facet of football in which the Steelers are due for good graces, the team should distinguish itself among the more dangerous offenses in the game by midseason by improving in the following ways: more able offensive line play, more advantageous playcalling, increased red-zone touchdown percentage and a little bit of "tweaking" by a certain quarterback that has long been the 'Burgh's favorite gunslinger.

So, which offensive "skill"** players are bound to become the biggest contributors to the Black and Gold cause in 2012? Let's look at some projected statistics for the team's key offensive players this upcoming season.

**-I hate that phrase, as though linemen don't have "skill." Can anyone think of a better term?

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