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Berger: Steelers Have Improved, But Is It Enough?



Steelers QB Mitch Trubisky

Along with the Eagles, Chargers, Jets and Bengals, CBS Sports’ Bryan DeArdo has the Pittsburgh Steelers as one of most improved team entering the upcoming NFL season.

While there is no denying that Pittsburgh bolstered its roster from a season ago, the remaining question is whether those additions will prove impactful enough for the team to improve upon their first round playoff exit a season ago.

Whether they settle on Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett as their starter, the Steelers’ offense will have more mobility at the quarterback position than it did with a stationary Ben Roethlisberger.

Myles Jack should be an improvement over Joe Schobert at inside linebacker, and adding Larry Ogunjobi will go a long way towards shoring up what was a porous run defense. Replacing an aging Trai Turner with James Daniels will in theory help keep quarterbacks upright and open holes for Najee Harris.

The Steelers have certainly improved and addressed key weaknesses, but the rest of the division and conference have made strides as well.

Cincinnati spent big money on tackle La’el Collins, guard Alex Cappa and center Ted Karras to overhaul an offensive line that got Joe Burrow sacked a league-high 51 times.

Baltimore will be back healthy after their secondary and running back room we’re decimated by injuries in 2021.

Cleveland’s Deshaun Watson could be the best AFC North quarterback if, and that’s a big if, he plays.

Beyond the AFC North, Denver traded for Russell Wilson, Las Vegas and Miami added star wide receivers and the Los Angeles Chargers acquired Khalil Mack.

Kansas City and Buffalo already have two of the best quarterbacks in all of football. The Chargers have one as well.

Pittsburghs made improvements, yes, but their competition clearly did the same.

The Steelers should absolutely be commended for turning over their roster, but I still struggle to see how all their moves move the needle beyond another early postseason disappointment.

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