The Biggest Offseason Priorities for the Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Biggest Offseason Priorities for the Pittsburgh Steelers
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For a team that prides itself on winning Super Bowls, missing out on the playoffs and watching its top rival win the championship could be a hard pill to swallow. Not for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

When the Steelers miss the playoffs, it is not for long.

Pittsburgh has missed the playoffs only four times in the past 12 seasons and hasn’t missed in back-to-back seasons since it missed the postseason three years in a row from 1998 to 2000.

Not only do the Steelers bounce back from missed playoff appearances, but they bounce back in a big way.

The Steelers followed postseason misses in 2003, 2006 and 2009 with Super Bowl appearances in 2005, 2008 and 2010. That doesn’t mean that they will be in the Super Bowl within the next two seasons, but the Steelers should once again be competitive.

But unlike the past years, the Steelers do not have the same veteran leadership to help them recover from a down season. Gone are Hines Ward, James Farrior and Aaron Smith, and players such as Max Starks, Casey Hampton and others could soon follow.

It will take a collective effort from the front office, coaching staff and players to make the necessary improvements for the Steelers to make a return trip to the playoffs in 2013.

Here are the biggest offseason priorities for the Steelers.

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