View Full Version : Pittsburgh Steelers: 2012 Team Needs

02-23-2012, 05:43 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers got eliminated from the playoffs by the Denver Broncos last year. The bright side is they went 12 - 4. A very dark point of the Steel Curtain is that WR Mike Wallace will become a restricted free agent. Now going into a free agency with several questions a big one is what will they do to ful-fill their needs. Here is a article discussing this topic http://www.draftnasty.com/football/articles/pittsburgh-steelers-2012-team-needs/ enjoy.

02-23-2012, 05:59 PM
Good summary. I liked the key note's:

QB Ben Roethlisberger is just 3,421 passing yards shy of reaching the 30,000-yard plateau in his career
The Steelers finished 10th in passing yards per game (253.4)
The team's turnover ratio (-13) ranked 29th in the NFL
Despite making just one start, former Bowie State RB Isaac Redman ran for nearly 500 yards (479) and averaged 4.4 yards per carry
14-year veteran WR Hines Ward averaged a career-low 8.3 yards per catch on his 46 receptions in 2011
3rd-year LB Lawrence Timmons finished 3rd on the team in tackles (94 tackles, 2 QB Sacks)
OLBs LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison combined for 18 sacks despite missing 11 games collectively
The Steelers own the 24th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft

02-24-2012, 09:46 AM
The thing that stands out there is the turnover differential which was terrible. Polamalu had a down year in that category which is a big reason, and Harrison was injured and he usually gets several also. Other than that the rest of the team needs to step up. The defense has a lot of good players that do not force turnovers. I think Sylvester would help that. The other thing is that while the offense was the 10th passing offense it produced 30 fewer touchdowns than the Packers passing offense on only a dozen fewer attempts. Need the receiving corps to step up! Plays need to be designed for Miller!