Pittsburgh Steelers could not seem to get balance on offense in 2013. They have been known for their smash mouth, grind it out, hit you in the mouth first mentality for decades. The combination of the offensive line not being consistent and a new offensive system run by offensive coordinator Todd Haley may have gotten them off track. Head coach Mike Tomlin and his fiery personality compliments what the Steelers are about and a return to that rugged style of play may be just what is needed to get them back to the top of their AFC North division. Ben Roethlisberger is still capable of leading the offense to wins with his arm, but an improved running game would take pressure off of him to have to pass it 30-40 times a game.
The defense seems to be going through a youth movement and needs to upgrade their overall speed. Veterans LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison, Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, and Ryan Clark have all moved on the last couple of years. The young replacements need to produce for the Steelers to maintain being one of the best defenses in the NFL. I would not bet against Dick Lambeau, one of the best defensive coordinators of all-time, to get the youngsters in positions to have success. Overall, If Pittsburgh finds their power run game and the defense ranks in the top ten they should be in the hunt come playoff time. Look below at key additions that could help Pittsburgh return to the playoffs.