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Author: Jon Kuzma
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We all know the Pittsburgh Steelers have a big time offense. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell can put up points on any team in the National Football League. However if the Steelers want to make it out of the AFC side of the playoff bracket and get to the Super Bowl it will be all about upgrading their defense. This team clearly lost a step when Ryan Shazier went down at the end of the regular season. Opposing teams ran wild on Pittsburgh’s defense with Shazier out of the line up. Which means the defensive front and linebackers must be upgraded in order for the Steelers to be able to compete with the upper echelon teams. General Manger Kelvin Colbert signed Jon Bostic to help tighten things up from a run stopping stand point but it feels like this organization should also call up Lawrence Timmons. Timmons is 31 years old but he can at least be a serviceable defender if Mike Tomlin finds his team in a jam. Then Colbert should draft either Rashaan Evans or Maurice Hurst to bolster their front seven. That’s going to go a long way towards stopping Leonard Fournette once the playoffs roll around. Which was obviously the Steelers’ achilles heal this past season. It was a tough letdown to come up short but Pittsburgh should hold their head high knowing they’re a few adjustments away from getting back on track. Truthfully if Mike Tomlin would have managed the game against the Jaguars better the Steelers could have won. Now this team’s front office has to put more talent on the field and make sure they have enough firepower to overcome bad coaching. By targeting a player like Arden Key in the second round the Steel City could really clamp down on opposing teams. The combination of Evans and Key or Hurst and Key would be enough to put this franchise back in contention. Which really makes this course of action a no brainer.
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