It’s tough to be a mid-level team in the NFL, but that’s where the Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be right now. There’s a lot of really good talent on the roster with a mix of up-and-coming youngsters and veterans who have been around the block.
But there’s also a talent shortage in some important spots and a salary cap that’s been tight for the past two offseasons.
Luckily for Pittsburgh, this team plays in the AFC North, where the Cincinnati Bengals are improving but unproven and where the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns also are going through transitional times.
So what happened in 2012 and what is in store for the Steelers of 2013? Neal Coolong, editor of Behind the Steel Curtain, tells us it’s too early to say where Pittsburgh falls in the hierarchy of the AFC this season. Here’s what he had to say.
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Coolong: It’s so hard to gauge things year-to-year in the...