Aaron Smith - Will be back and is still playing at a high level
Brett Kiesel - Still getting better.
Casey Hampton - Can play, but won't be resigned. Price will be too high.
Chris Hoke - Serviceable back-up NT.
Nick Eason - Has really been playing better lately.
Ziggy Hood - His development has made Kirschke expendable.
Travis Kirschke - See ya!
RaShon Harris - ???
Can't see Casey Hampton re-signing with the Steelers. Age and salary demands will put Casey on the road out of town. Kirschke is another guy who may have seen his last year as a Steeler. I think a day one NT is a huge need. Can also see us drafting another late round DE project.
Lamarr Woodley - Stud who is still getting better
James Farrior - Led the team in tackles and missed A. Smith in front of him.
Lawrence Timmons - Has shown flashes of greatness.
James Harrison - Still a beast. Hard to improve on a DPOY performance.
Keyaron Fox - Adequate back-up but not the long term answer beyond J. Farrior
Patrick Bailey - Career special teamer
Andre Frazier - Career special teamer
Rocky Boiman - Career special teamer
No doubt the loss of Aaron Smith affected the play of the linebacking corps. I would still stack our starting four against any teams. We are very thin here across the board and that is not good on a 3-4 defense. The back-ups are not studs in waiting but perennial special teamers. Wouldn't be surprised if we take an ILB and OLB in this draft.
Ike Taylor - Still never locates the ball and still can't catch a cold (ball).
Ryan Clarke - Sucks and whines about it
Troy Polamalu - Still one of the best when he's on the field.
William Gay - Needs to find something else in life to do!
Ryan Mundy - ???
Keenan Lewis - ???
Joe Burnett - ???
Tyrone Carter - Hold the door for Gay and please follow him out the door.
Anthony Madison - Career special teamer.
Deshea Townsend - Time to retire.
This was our achilles heal in the season and cost us the most games. Gay was pathetic. Carter could not fill the void left by Troy and Clarke was exposed as a whining biatch with no cover skills. Most of our losses could be attributed to the lack of skills in this secondary. Didn't see enough of Burnett, Mundy, or Lewis to give them a grade and I don't think they played enough to develope their skills much. Gay, Clarke, Carter, and Townsend need to move on. We need a quality cover corner badly. Don'tcha miss McFadden about now?