Found November 06, 2013 on Pro Football Zone:

What’s wrong with the Pittsburgh Steelers? Short answer: almost everything. But I’m sure you didn’t come here for the short answer. Let’s start at the top. General Manager Kevin Colbert and Art Rooney II are definitely a part of the blame. The years of bad drafting have put the Steelers in their current stage of disarray. Since Mike Tomlin’s first year in Pittsburgh, 2007, Steelers’ drafting has been subpar. Some draft classes panned out, and some have definitely not. The Steelers don’t have single player from their 2008 draft class still on their roster. 2013 and 2012′s draft classes are not looking great, as of now. Of course, I believe that you need to give those draft picks more time before we call it a complete disaster. The Steelers haven’t been able to construct a good offensive line since the departure of guard Alan Faneca. Many of the offensive line draft picks have been injury prone or busts. Perhaps you can chalk that up to bad luck. Why is the Steelers’ defense so much worse compared to 2012′s version? Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, and Ike Taylor’s respective ages have caught up to them. The Steelers’ secondary shut down offenses last season. This season, it gets picked apart on a weekly basis. It seems like Ryan Clark is ready for his new analyst career at ESPN. Dick LeBeau’s scheme on defense doesn’t fit the Steelers personnel, anymore. The team can’t play zone, nor can it go man-to-man. The Steelers only have one highly capable pass rusher: OLB LaMarr Woodley. Finally, the Steelers don’t have a game-changing player. Players such as Rob Gronkowski, Calvin Johnson, and Adrian Peterson. Nobody on the Steelers offense is a truly special player besides quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Perhaps that is what the Steelers need to focus in on during the first round of the 2014 draft. It’s rebuilding time for the Steelers. It’s time for the team and its fans to embrace it. A couple of years could go by before the Steelers become playoff contenders again. Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post Steelers’ years of contending are gone appeared first on Pro Football Zone.

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  • Please, quit your whining! How about adding when Art Rooney II took over in 2003 they have won two Super Bowls!
  • Your article was spot on, every player reaches a point where they can't play at the level that everyone has come accustomed too, the problem is this has happened too most of our secondary. But I think it has more to do with our philosophy as a team. The first few weeks of the year the defense looked great, a few weeks the offense has looked great. Bad teams don't usually ever look great so that tells me that there is a deeper problem. The problem is our defense is designed to play with a running offense that keeps the ball 33 minutes a game. Our older players are great if they aren't on the field so much which has been a key, because of our inability to stop the run. The key to that I think has been nose tackle, McClendon isn't a bad Nose Tackle but he is not big enough to stop the run when he is tired and we have no options on the bench to replace him or sub in for him. What I would do with this team since one or two more losses mean the end of the season, I would go to a 4-3 put Heyward, Hood, McClendon another DL on the line and play Timmons in the middle, Woodley and Jones at OLB. Doing this will help our pass rush because think about it, it ain't gonna hurt it. Have the corners man up on the wides and have the safeties play closer to the box. Then on offense play wide open and go for 40 every game run and gun. Now we may not make the playoffs but it would be fun to watch and this is the type of offense that we have. The Defense can no longer play to hold for long drives, it's either three and out or bust.
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