The Pittsburgh Steelers are headed toward their seventh straight season without so much as a single playoff victory. For the first time in Mike Tomlin's career as head coach, this team might not play a meaningful game of football in the Week 18 finale, and fans started checking out weeks ago.
Looking ahead to the offseason has been the popular choice as this team continues to struggle. After they lost to the Cardinals, Patriots, and Colts in consecutive games, fans are conceding that this season is lost and are looking ahead to hope in the future.
There's no doubt that the Steelers will make some significant changes during the 2024 offseason, and while there isn't much to celebrate this year, there are a few individual Steelers worth recognizing. But which players have warranted All-Pro consideration based on their performances in 2023?
T.J. Watt is headed toward another First-Team All-Pro honor
When it comes to First-Team All-Pro honors, there is only a case to be made for one member of the Pittsburgh Steelers... and it's a strong case at that. T.J. Watt has had a few games where he's been relatively quiet, but the 30-year-old former Defensive Player of the Year is well on his way to earning First-Team All-Pro honors for the fourth time in his career.
Unsurprisingly, Watt is once again leading the NFL in the sack department following a 2022 season in which he landed on IR with a pectoral tear. Watt is also third in the Defensive Player of the Year race at the moment, but the Steelers as a team won't be good enough to help him nail down his second DPOY award this year.
The NFL has two other spectacular edge defenders in Micah Parsons and Myles Garrett -- both of whom are deserving of First-Team All-Pro honors. However, as they have done in the past, they could classify players like Watt and Parsons as linebackers to make sure the most deserving players receive All-Pro honors this year.