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When Ben Roethlisberger took over two games into his rookie season the Pittsburgh Steelers they had little concern in terms of offensive leadership, even with a rookie quarterback. In front of Roethlisberger were All-pro linemen Jeff Hartings and Alan Faneca, behind him, at times, was Jerome Bettis, and out wide he had Hines Ward. Over the past seven years, however, the Steelers have watched countless veterans leave and be replaced with youthful players. Now that the last of those leaders have left Roethlisberger finds himself as the most veteran starter on the offensive side of the ball for the Steelers. It will be up to him to be the emotional leader of the offense in 2013. Roethlisberger is prepping for the best year of his career already and is hoping he still has plenty of football ahead of him. On the defensive side of the ball the Steelers have lost lone time leaders James Farrior, Aaron Smith, James Harrison and Casey Hampton all within the past two off-seasons. With Farrior a distant memory and Harrison now gone everyone is looking to LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons to help lead the Steelers defense in 2013. Timmons and Woodley had very opposite seasons in 2013. Timmons has become one of the best defensive players that the Steelers have. As for Woodley he looked like the next dominant outside linebacker for the Steelers, but injuries have ruined his last two seasons and now he will look to put those issues behind him and get back to disrupting offenses as a pass rusher. Ziggy Hood is entering his fifth NFL season and is hoping to finally turn the corner and become a solid replacement for Smith. Cameron Heyward, who like Hood was drafted in the first round, will see more time on the defensive [...]
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