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It's hard to know where the Steelers need help.
As an astute reader of my last column pointed out, the Steelers spent most of this year playing musical chairs on the offensive line. Their first two picks of the 2012 draft, David DeCastro and Mike Adams, spent time on the sideline with injuries.
That being said, if they progress they way they should and can manage to stay healthy, the Steelers are very young on the offensive line. DeCastro, Adams and Kelvin Beachum were all drafted in 2012. Center Maurkice Pouncey is only in his fourth year this year.
The running backs would seem to be set too. Rashard Mendenhall played well against the Bengals on Sunday, but seems to find himself in the doghouse often. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are both bruising, between-the-tackles backs, while Chris Rainey and Baron Batch are speedy around the outside.
On defense, the secondary seems to be getting younger and better. Ryan Clark has emerged as very good free safety, a compliment to the remarkable Troy Polamalu (when he is healthy). On the corners, the return of Ike Taylor from injury should be a help Keenan Lewis, Will Allen and Cortez Allen continue to improve.
So, it would seem the Steelers could use help along the defensive line, where Casey Hampton is showing his age. And at linebacker, where James Harrison is a shadow of himself, and LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons can never seem to both have a great game in any one game.
This game against the Bengals is a perfect illustration of this last point. Timmons led the Steelers with eight tackles and two sacks, while Woodley had a single tackle. Imagine what this defense could do if both of these guys had good games at the same time!
I think the Steelers need to address the receiving corps, as well. Whether he deserves it or not, Mike Wallace will not get the contract he wants from the Steelers and will most likely be gone via free agency.
Jericho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress are long in the tooth and do not the answer the Steelers' need.
I also happen to think the Steelers might need to think about using a middle-round pick on Ben Roethlisberger's eventual replacement. Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch are to old to be relied upon, and Roethlisberger takes too much punishment to not have a high-quality backup.