Are This Year's Steelers Better Than Last Year's Steelers?

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Are This Year's Steelers Better Than Last Year's Steelers?
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Cortez Allen is one reason to be excited about the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers.

One could argue that the 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the most talented teams in the league. When healthy, they appeared to be one of the strongest competitors in the AFC and a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

But then injuries to their offensive line—Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and others—began to pile up and it became too much for the Steelers to overcome.

As a result, the team faded out of contention and had their worst season since they finished at 8-8 in 2006.

So while on the surface it may seem as though the Steelers are in a rebuilding mode from their 8-8 record in 2012, they are in reality just retooling their roster.

Assuming everyone is healthy to begin the season, the Steelers will have eight returning starters on offense and eight returning starters on defense.

While a lot of work for the Steelers’ front office remains to be done, it is never too early to evaluate where the team stands heading into the 2013 season.

The Steelers still have free agency and the draft to upgrade their roster, but in its current state, how does it stack up to the 2012 roster?

I will examine six new starters and how they compare to the starter in 2012 and then evaluate whether or not the 2013 Steelers are in a better position than last year’s Steelers.

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