For years, it was the defense that carried the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout the season, but as many of the top impact defenders have aged and moved on, it is the offense that will be in position to carry the team in 2014.
Several of the top playmakers on Pittsburgh’s roster are on the offensive side of the ball. Players such as Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell will be key components of the offense as they try to develop a top-10 unit this season.
Meanwhile, the Steelers have been unable to adequately replace veteran members of the defense, leaving the team with the lack of young playmakers in the starting lineup. However, players such as Lawrence Timmons, Jason Worilds and Mike Mitchell will look to help the defense regain some of its swagger that has been missing in recent years.
So how does the balance of power on the Steelers roster impact the stats column? Here is what can be expected from some of the top impact players during the 2014 season.