The Steelers are coming off another disappointing season.
In addition to a frustrating season franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is retiring, it is time to start thinking about the future of this franchise and the steps needed to continue to be a contender in this league.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently on the outside looking in to make the playoffs this year with a mediocre record of 8-7-1. The tie with the Lions as well as some other bad losses on the season has made Ben’s last year in Pittsburgh a sad departure. There are however some ways to make this team a competitor for next season.
Here is my 3 step rebuild on how the Steelers should go about the off-season in 2022.
Step 1: Fix the Offensive Line
The first part of the rebuild for the Steelers is the offensive line. There are 2 guys I would like the Steelers to acquire in the off-season for this to happen. The first player is in the 2022 draft, Tyler Linderbaum, a 6’3″ 290 pound center from the University of Iowa. He should be sitting there in the middle of the 1st round where the Steelers are likely to be. With Kendrick Green struggling, this is a position the Steelers need to take care of before next season.
The second guy the Steelers should go after during this off-season is soon to be free agent, right guard, Brandon Scherff. He is coming off an amazing season where he has not allowed a sack and has been a very good run blocker. Antonio Gibson for Washington is in the top 10 for rushing this year and that has a lot to do with Scherff. By adding him to this offensive line, Najee Harris will be even more effective. He will cost a lot of money, but the Steelers need to sign a big-time veteran lineman for next year, and he is the guy I would want.
With these two additions to the offensive line, I think it would help a lot. The Steelers could even add another guy later in the draft to help secure some depth. This should be the main priority during the off-season since we need to be a run-first team.