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How Will the Steelers Do This Year?

It's September, which means our beloved Steelers are back at it for the 2015-2016 NFL season.  A familiar face returns at quarterback, as Ben Roethlisberger begins his 12th season as the Steelers' signal caller.  Actually, all the offensive starters return from last year's 11-5 squad that won the AFC North.  The questions for the Steelers come on the defensive side of the ball, where they have gotten quite a bit younger in recent years, and as a result are still a work in progress.  Let's take a closer look at the team's strengths and weaknesses, and how they might fare in 2015.

2015 Pittsburgh Steelers Offense

As mentioned above, Big Ben returns for his 12th year.  In other words, the QB position is in good hands.  The Steelers' offensive unit as a whole should be quite good, as all the starters return from a year ago, and there is plenty of talent at every position.  At running back, Le'Veon Bell hopes to build on a break-out 2014 campaign, and at receiver, Antonio Brown hopes for a repeat performance after leading the NFL in receptions and yardage last year.

2015 Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

The defense is more of a question mark, and the team will likely have to be carried by the offense until the 'D' can catch up.  The team will be breaking in a new defensive coordinator in Keith Butler, who takes over for Dick Lebeau.  However, Butler will bring a similar philosophy to that of LeBeau, meaning the Steelers will stick with the 3-4 and look to shutdown the opposing team's run game first and foremost.  The team is likely to place an emphasis on the takeaway, after forcing just 41 turnovers in the last two seasons combined.  Some younger players at both linebacker and in the secondary will have to grow up quickly.  If they can, the Steelers could be one of the NFL's better teams in 2015.

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