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Creating the Perfect Offseason Plan for the Pittsburgh Steelers
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This offseason will be Mike Tomlin's most important as head coach.

The offseason is coming early for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they were eliminated from playoff contention following their 13-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

There was so much promise this season, with the Steelers establishing themselves as one of the best teams in the league halfway through. But things quickly went downhill following Ben Roethlisberger’s rib and shoulder injuries against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Since then, the Steelers have lost five of six games and could potentially add to that dismal record in their season finale on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

While the final outcome of this season may be disappointing, it is not particularly surprising after releasing several key veterans leaders but, more importantly, their recent history with playoff appearances. Beginning in 2001, the Steelers have followed up back-to-back playoff seasons with a missed playoff appearance four different times, missing the playoffs in 2003, 2006, 2009 and now 2012.

The down seasons have allowed the Steelers to add an impressive list of first-round talent in the draft, including Ben Roethlisberger, Lawrence Timmons, and Maurkice Pouncey. They will need to hit on their more than just their top pick if they want to get back into contention next season and beyond.

Just as many tough decisions were made last offseason and the Steelers front office and coaching staff will face many challenges as the team is once again expected to be tight against the cap in 2013 .

As the offseason begins, this article will examine the current issues on the team, state of the coaching staff, potential roster moves in free agency and the draft as well as suggestions to create the perfect offseason plan for the Steelers.

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