2012-2013 OFF-SEASON REVIEW
In 2012 the offense played sluggish (21st overall) with the running game (25th 96.1 YD) being the key suspect in not keeping the ball moving forward. In regards to the defense they ranked at the top ( first overall) yet still felt the pain (25th in takeaways) of their center fielder SS Troy Polamalu being out (nine games) or playing hurt all of last season. The difference in winning the division and missing the playoffs eventually came down to the agonizing losses at the hands of sub par teams (ex. Raiders , Titans, Chargers).
Then in the off-season with the salary cap still in disarray the team cut ties with key players (ex. Harrison, Hampton) from the success of years past as they let others walk away (ex. Wallace) for greener pastures. Even so the Steelers seemed to have a solid draft bringing in a highly touted LB that fell to them and a RB who has the bruising style the Steelers love to use. This season the Steelers will let fans know if age is really getting the best of them, or if they have found the right combination of young studs to go along with their seasoned veterans.