The 2012 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers showed promise after a 6-3 start. But a Ben Roethlisberger injury catalyzed a collapse which found its cacophonous voice in a pitiful loss to the Browns in Cleveland and culminated in a disappointing 8-8 finish.
While the Steelers aren't at the rebuilding stage, general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin need a bit of introspection to figure out what went wrong this year and how to answer some pressing concerns for the future.
Colbert promised changes to the Steelers roster. Those changes will mainly center around reducing the Steelers' bloated payroll by cutting ties with underperforming players, overvalued free agents and aging stars.
The purge will lead to holes that need to be filled through the draft. Here's how the Steelers will begin to fill those holes.