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Know Your Enemy: Scouting the Steelers with Dom DiTolla

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2. What veteran players do you think the Steelers will part ways with this offseason?

DT: I hope they part ways with all of their veteran dead-weight like Ryan Clark, Brett Keisel, Troy Polamalu, LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote, etc.. The Steelers need to shed as much payroll as possible while they try to rebuild, and they cannot afford to keep these high-priced veterans either on their roster by handing them new deals or continuing to pay them their salary-cap crippling salaries.

3. Which Bengals have the potential to have big games vs. Pittsburgh?

DT: I think Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert have the potential to destroy the Steelers’ defense. After what Charles Clay did last weekend, both of those monsters are incredible matchup nightmares for any of Pittsburgh’s linebackers, safeties and smaller cornerbacks.

AJ Green should also have an enormous day against Ike Taylor, especially since everybody seems to be picking on the veteran who has definitely lost a step or two over the last three seasons. Calvin Johnson, Josh Gordon and Torrey Smith all torched Taylor in recent weeks, and I will look for the talented Green to do the same.

4. How will Pittsburgh attack Cincinnati on offense?

DT: My hope is that they can attack Cincinnati by letting Ben Roethlisberger turn it loose through the air. Without Leon Hall and Terence Newman, Pittsburgh’s talented wide receivers (Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery and Markus Wheaton) should have a field day in the passing game. In addition, Le’Veon Bell and Heath Miller are not chopped liver as secondary options either.

As long as the offensive line can pass-protect, the Steelers should have a chance to hang points up on Cincinnati and stay in the game. Of course, Todd Haley could screw everything up like he did against Baltimore by going to and sticking with the run entirely too early and often.