Ok, don't take this the wrong way, by no means am I giving up on this season even though my gut instincts tell me we're not remotely close to being "big dance" material ....
but I can't help but start thinking about our needs for next year ... the "go forward" blueprint if you will that will start making this Tomlin's team.
The best news I have for everyone is that we have one of the best quarterbacks in the league- regardless of what anyone else thinks or tells you ........... that is the truth. Ben is a "gamer" and his style is Steeler football ... now get to work on his extension!
We need a fullback- Davis is a joke, and I'm assuming the FO thinks Kreider doesn't have anything left in the tank (even though he showed he's still 10 times the fullback Davis is).
We are set at tight end.
We need to draft a true #2 flanker (WR) who will be groomed to step into Wards job when he checks out in a few years - I'd love to get a quality WR sometime after the third round ....not sure it's going to happen though givin our OL needs. The Nate Washington experiment, seemingly a good idea at the time, is coming to a close... we need a better #3. If Willie Reid doesn't fit the system or is just a flat out "bust" at the pro level .... then we need to cut his stay short as well.
Offensive Line- Biggest need! 2 of our top 3 picks will be spent on the OL - IMO, we need a mauler at guard. No more of this finesse B.S. We need to upgrade the center and move Mahan over to guard where he is better served. We could also use an upgrade at Tackle. I do hope the FO gives Starks another look even though his pass-pro is substandard against quick/athletic DE's.
As far as the defense is concerned, let's pray Woodley and Timmons can fulfill their potential- we will need.
Mcbean needs to develop or Tomlin needs to find some suitable depth in the mid rounds for once on the DL. Eason and Kirsche have no business stepping on the field.
Ryan Clark, get healthy- we need you for depth.
And most importantly- Arians needs to be shown the door. Mr. Rooney, please lend him your time share ..... then break the news to him once he's there.