3 things we learned from the Steelers offseason

An excting Steelers offseason has taught us these three lessons as we gear up for the 2024 season.
Pittsburgh Steelers OTA Offseason Workout
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an unforgettable offseason, marked by notable signings and trades. The unpredictability of the Omar Khan era has added excitement and intrigue to the team’s moves as the new general manager is already running the operation very differently than Kevin Colbert used to.

As we head into the 2024 season, several recurring themes have emerged and some things about the offseason have become apparent. Here are three lessons we've learned:

The Khan Artist 

Under the new front office regime, we’ve witnessed a complete turnaround in how business is conducted compared to the Colbert era. Over the past two years, the front office has adopted a more aggressive approach in free agency and has not shied away from making strategic trades.

This newfound boldness was evident in the draft, where they traded up to acquire Broderick Jones and almost did it again this year. Omar Khan's commitment to improving the team at any cost is a breath of fresh air, signaling the end of complacency and the start of an exciting new era.

Old school football is back 

The Steelers have made significant investments in their offensive line, using three draft picks this year to bolster that unit. Additionally, their free agency acquisitions on defense indicate a commitment to playing a physical, smash-mouth brand of football.

There's been a noticeable trend in the NFL over the past few years, with teams increasingly focusing on the running game. The Steelers are doubling down on this approach, aiming to revive the classic, hard-nosed style of football reminiscent of the legendary Steelers teams of the past, thanks to the strategic moves they've made and the coaching personnel they've brought on board.

Steelers' playoff losing streak must end 

We've heard from Art Rooney II and other team members that the lack of playoff success must end. Aware of the outside criticism, they’ve decided to go all in. With their stars aging and Father Time not on their side, the urgency is palpable.

Without the burden of a huge quarterback contract, they've invested heavily in building a playoff-ready roster. The organization has acknowledged its shortcomings and is working hard to improve swiftly. This season will reveal whether these bold moves by the Steelers will pay off.