Time to blow it up: a foolproof plan to rebuild the Steelers in 2024

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin
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The Steelers have put together yet another mediocre season, and in the words of the late, great Owen Hart, "Enough is Enough and it's time for a change!" I have had it with this consistently middling team, and I think it is time for a new face to take over the team. As a longtime fan and impassioned blogger, I feel like I am just the man for the job. Goodbye Rooneys, but I’m in charge now.

On a more serious note, I wanted to give a detailed outline of what I would do if I were in charge of this team. Obviously fictional, I will take you through my feelings on this team and the changes I would be implementing, from coaches to players, to overall philosophy. This is how I personally see the team and the changes I would want to make, and I would love to know what you think and what you would do.

My overview of the Steelers

If you have followed my recent writings, you know that I am overall disappointed with the Steelers. This once-great franchise has fallen on some hard times, and more specifically, the standard for success has dropped. What used to be a perennial Super Bowl competitor is now content just scraping out winning seasons with little to no playoff success.

I want to change that, even if it means a year or two of bottom-dwelling in order to get there. That means that a culture change is needed, which will involve coaching and the players. Given the bloated roster of mediocrity, I’m also ready to tear this team apart and rebuild.

Rebuilds no longer have to be multiseason ordeals. It isn’t impossible to have one good year of compiling talent and then be competitive the following year. Even if it takes one extra season, I want this roster to stop being held together by scotch tape. I want something that is built to compete in a talented AFC for years to come.

On offense, this team is lacking unity and elite talent at an important position. The Steelers have built things the wrong way, and I want to correct that. The defense is a more puzzling one. There is elite talent at all three levels, but for some reason, the unit seems to be a letdown. That said, this is the stronger unit of the two.

I’ll keep the overview brief, as I’ll be digging into the specifics in the upcoming pages. Again, these are the issues I see as pertinent, and the changes I would make. Feel free to let me know what you would do if you were in charge.