For the first time in a while, the Steelers need to drastically improve on both sides of the ball. The offense in 2012 was anemic, and the defense looked noticeably older and slower.
To be fair, the Steelers tried to correct some of these issues in the draft. They snatched up a quality linebacker in Georgia’s Jarvis Jones, who has the potential to replace James Harrison. And Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell may be just what the doctor ordered to add some power and versatility to a weak Pittsburgh backfield.
They even managed to meet needs that were not entirely obvious, like drafting Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones in the fourth round, presumably to groom him to be Ben Roethlisberger’s trusty backup and eventual successor.
There is only so much a team can do through the draft, though. The Steelers addressed a lot of concerns, but could still use help in a lot of areas.
These are not needs that Pittsburgh can fill right away, mostly because the free-agency pool is dwindling, and, even if it were not, the team is handicapped by the salary cap. But the organization needs to be aware of the weaknesses in their depth chart if they want to get back to playing Pittsburgh Steelers football.