2. Off-ball linebacker
To avoid any confusion, I like to use modern terminology when it comes to defining the 'linebacker' position. We aren't talking about players like T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith here. Off-ball linebackers are non-edge defenders who do just that -- play off-the-ball in the middle of the defense.
In a matter of months, the Steelers completely overhauled the position -- ditching players like Myles Jack, Devin Bush, and Robert Spillane, who all struggled in 2022. However, there's no guarantee that the players they brought in are going to be a step up.
I am excited about the addition of Cole Holcomb and I was impartial to the Elandon Roberts signing. Second-year linebacker, Mark Robinson, could also carve out a role. Despite the fact that Pittsburgh added two former team captains, this unit could still struggle to cover receivers over the middle of the field.
Even if the linebacker unit is improved, it could still very well be one of the weakest positional groups on the Steelers roster in 2023. We just hope that it isn't as big of a liability to the team as it was last year.