After more than a decade of excellence, the Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off of a second consecutive missed playoff appearance. To avoid another, they must make some bold moves this offseason if they want to contend in 2014.
Mike Tomlin has already made one big move by firing Jack Bicknell Jr. and hiring Mike Munchak as the offensive line coach. The addition of a quality coach like Munchak should help improve the line, which has been the weakest link on the offensive side of the ball.
While the offense is trending up, the defense is in need of some significant upgrades. Last season, the team fell to 14th in the league in points allowed—its worst ranking since 2003. The Steelers must make some significant changes if they want to avoid their defense becoming a liability moving forward.
Even with their problems, head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert have to feel confident moving into the future after a strong finish to the 2013 season. Despite the strong finish, they must also remember that it was still an 8-8 team.
Neither Tomlin nor Colbert want to experience a third straight year without a playoff appearance. They understand that this is a pivotal offseason and some tough moves must be made to get back to playing winning football.
Here is a preview of the 2014 offseason and what the Steelers need to do to get back in playoff contention.