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The Offseason: No News is Good News?

By Ben Davis

The Steelers, historically, have barely ever gone after big names in free agency during the off season. The team will occasionally dip into the mix to fill some immediate holes, ala Mewelde Moore, Mitch Berger, Ryan Clark, and Justin Hartwig, but they most often opt to build through the draft.

Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin, and former coach Cowher have done an excellent job of perennially solidifying the team we already know and love. Consider the following role players drafted in the past few years: LaMarr Woodley-In hindsight, an absolute steal in the second round. Not only did Woodley provide solid play, but contributed at least two sacks per playoff game. Lawrence Timmons- With freakish athletic ability (A LB playing nickel back in his first season?), and a knack for the big play, is it really hard to see why the Steelers have been so lethargic about resigning James Harrison? Timmons could easily step in and not miss a beat. Santonio Holmes, Heath Miller, Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisburger, Willie Paker...Need I go on?

The real question facing the Steelers heading into the new season, is whether or not they can reload after such an epic Superbowl win. Once again the answer lies within the draft. Will players be able to step right in and contribute from day one? If Colbert and Tomlin are smart enough, they will find players to do just that.

So while teams like the Patriots are stockpiling 30+ year old players like free candy, and TO takes on yet another team, the Steelers will continue to build a solid core of young players.

Quick Thoughts:
-The Offensive line obviously needs to be the number one priority in the early stages of the draft
-Is William Gay ready to fill Bryant McFadden's shoes?
-How will the older defensive players fare? Deshea Townsend, James Farrior, Aaron Smith
-Getting Rashard Mendenhall back will be a huge boost. With effective offensive line play can you imagine the punch of four healthy RB's among Parker (speed), Mendenhall (power), Moore (do-it-all), and Russel (goal-line)?
-Can Limas Sweed fill the third wide receiver role? He's certainly athletic enough, but he and Mendenhall need to work on holding onto the ball during camp.
-Did the Ravens really ask not to play the Steelers in the opening game? Wow.

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  2. Hmmm . . . good point about the Patriots they are stocking up on the thirtysomethings aren't they? Still do you think that's going to bite them later? After all the older a player gets the more experience they bring and sometimes it's the experience in a split second play that makes or breaks a game?

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