Reassessing Steelers' Offseason Plan and Breaking Down What's Left to Address

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Reassessing Steelers' Offseason Plan and Breaking Down What's Left to Address
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The 2014 offseason has been uncharacteristically active for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rather than sit back and watch as free agency passes by, the Steelers dove in and added seven new players to the roster.

That is what back-to-back missed playoff appearances will do. At risk of settling into mediocrity, general manager Kevin Colbert broke the mold and is taking an aggressive approach to the offseason.

“It’s huge for our franchise,” Colbert said at the NFL combine, via Greg Bedard of The MMQB. “You go 8-8 in back-to-back years, it’s a huge disappointment, not only to our fans but to the organization. We feel it every day. But we have to fight through it, and hopefully we’re not talking about that next year.”

The Steelers did not go into “panic mode,” but instead made several shrewd moves that they hope will get the franchise back on track and in playoff contention.

Time will only tell if these moves pay off or not, but the Steelers appear to be moving in the right direction. Now with the draft approaching and a second wave of free agents that can be signed later this summer, let’s examine what the Steelers have done and what they still need to accomplish heading into the 2014 season.

 

Note: All coach and player transactions are courtesy of Steelers.com and all stats are courtesy of NFL.com.

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