Sometimes you can see a team on the verge of greatness or mediocrity based on how well they've played the previous couple years. You can see where a team that has been stock piling talent and learning to win together is finally able to turn the corner with just another few key additions.
Conversely you can see teams that maybe have just allowed themselves to get old, have drafted poorly, have given out too much money to unproven or older players and are now in cap hell and have to purge the team, or other signs that we all have seen in the past.
So my question is in your realistic opinion, how pivotal an offseason is this for our Steelers? Has drafting poorly on day 2 for the last 5 years or so finally caught up with us to the point that we need to totally rebuild? Perhaps there is just a few key positions that need upgraded as we've all talked about for how long now. The Steelers have gotten by in a largely weak division for quite awhile up until the last couple years but with teams like the Browns getting better, and Cincy having a good offense ( even with their short comings on defense and in the locker room) we are on the verge of more competitive division depending on how well Balt and Cincy rebuild. We still are able to play with these teams and we're certainly not 2nd rate to anybody. I like our chances playing them anytime anywhere but the fact remains we are getting old on the DL and the OL is young and both inexperienced and underachieving. We need another WR, and depth at more places than not.
If we don't draft well this year and pick up some key free agents along with guys we already have like Anthony Smith, Polamalu, Davenport, Washington, Woodley, Timmons, etc. stepping up and being accounted for it could be disastrous for this team. We got bit hard by injuries in 2007 and there's no way to tell if that will happen again so IMHO this offseason is paramount for us. We've got a franchise QB that can't keep getting killed, a running game that suffers from poor blocking, sporatic pass rush...if we don't sure things up it could be a long year. Tomlin has spoken about how old we've allowed ourselves to get in several areas so we know he's heading into this offseason with an open mind but the pressure is on and April is right around the corner. Let's no blow this draft!