After failing to make the playoffs last season, changes were needed to the Pittsburgh Steelers roster. While they typically make a few minor moves to upgrade their lineup, the Steelers will have at least five new starters for the 2013 season.
By maintaining status quo, the Steelers would have been indicating that they were satisfied with their 8-8 record last season. General manager Kevin Colbert was far from satisfied, via ESPN.com:
"If we don't change 8-8, if we don't change the roster that produced 8-8, we'd be silly to expect a better result if we've got the same group of guys," Colbert said. "We can't box ourselves in and limit what we potentially could do."
Colbert made his comments in mid-January after he had some time to reflect on the season, and he would follow through with them.
The Steelers did not attempt to re-sign Mike Wallace, Keenan Lewis, Max Starks and Casey Hampton and released James Harrison and Willie Colon.
That is a significant loss of talent on both sides of the ball that cannot be easily replaced. However, there are a number of interesting names that will do their best to step into the starting lineup and perform at a high level.
These players include Marcus Gilbert, Emmanuel Sanders, Steve McLendon, Jason Worilds and Cortez Allen.
Not on this list are left guard Ramon Foster and right tackle Mike Adams as they both started games at their respective positions last season. While many believe that Le’Veon Bell will be the starting running back, he has yet to win the job and will also not be included.
Here is a look at which starter will make the biggest impact in 2013.