Since 2001, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won two Super Bowls and have qualified for the playoffs in eight of 12 seasons. While that makes them one of the NFL's most successful franchises over that span, it didn't lessen the disappointment of missing the 2013 postseason.
The Steelers finished 8-8, which was two games behind the final wild card spot. Whether or not they can bounce back right away next season is the question that will dominate the offseason conversation in Pittsburgh.
They have an aging roster, especially on defense, where they rely on players like James Harrison, Brett Keisel and Ryan Clark. All of those stars are at least 33 years old, though, and the time for a youth movement on that side of the ball is on the horizon.
With that in mind, let's examine each area of the Pittsburgh roster and determine where the team would be best off using its resources during the offseason. If the Steelers miss the playoffs next season, it would be the first time since 1999 and 2000 that it happened twice in a row.