Pittsburgh Steelers Facing Franchise Downfall as Rebuilding Begins

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Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote (50) leads the defensive huddle during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

One of the NFL’s most treasured franchises may find itself in some hot water following the 2012 campaign.

As the Pittsburgh Steelers address the issues they have heading into the draft and the long ensuing offseason, they will have quite a long list to check off.

A running game had a very disappointing year behind several injuries to running backs as well as a dismal performance by the offensive line all season.

The defense was again strong, despite a shaky start on the rankings. The veteran secondary finished first against the pass, while the linebackers and defensive line were good enough for second in the league in 2012.

Still, defense can’t win games alone, which is where the season fell into the hands of star quarterback Ben Roesthlisberger.

The 30 year-old signal caller led the Pittsburgh passing attack to an NFL ranking of fourteenth. That’s 236.7 yards per game, which is fairly solid, given Roethlisberger’s injury problems during the middle of the season.

However, he had the weapons to do it. Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown, and Mike Wallace headed the effective receiver group, while Heath Miller stands out as the most prominent tight end by far.

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