Pittsburgh Steelers best moves of the 2023 offseason
By Tommy Jaggi
4. Cleaning house at linebacker
Kudos to Omar Khan and the front office for recognizing that the Pittsburgh Steelers could not go another season with the off-ball linebacker group they had from 2022. The results have been so pitiful over the past few years that you could make a case for Pittsburgh having the worst LB unit in the league since 2020.
This is something that needed to change drastically, and as far as personnel goes, it certainly did. Khan essentially wiped the slate clean at linebacker -- cutting ties with Myles Jack, Devin Bush, and Robert Spillane. These were Pittsburgh's top three linebackers during the 2022 season, and together, they combined to play 1,939 defensive snaps last year.
In their place, the Steelers signed former Commanders LB Cole Holcomb and former Dolphins LB Elandon Roberts -- both of whom were team captains. Additionally, Pittsburgh is exploring other options, including bringing in former Pro Bowler, Kwon Alexander, for a visit.
Obviously, there's no guarantee that the changes they made will prove to benefit the team, but at least they understood that they can't run it back with the same LB corps and expect different results. The Steelers didn't draft a true off-ball linebacker this year (like many fans wanted them to), but it's possible this current unit could show more signs of life than the one we saw over the past few seasons.