Pittsburgh Steelers’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

Pittsburgh Steelers' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been stuck in mediocrity for the past two years, and this offseason hasn't seen enough steps to reverse that trend in 2014. Here are the team's five biggest mistakes thus far that could prevent Pittsburgh from climbing back into contention in the upcoming season.

5. Mike Tomlin Should Have Been Fired

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5. Mike Tomlin Should Have Been Fired

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After back-to-back non-winning seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers should have fired head coach Mike Tomlin. An 8-8 record may be cause for celebration in Cleveland, but in Pittsburgh, it should be grounds for dismissal.

4. OC Todd Haley Should Either Be Promoted or Fired

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4. OC Todd Haley Should Either Be Promoted or Fired

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Unless the Pittsburgh Steelers intend to promote offensive coordinator Todd Haley to head coach some time soon, the team should part ways with him in favor of another coordinator better suited to fully utilize the unique skill set of QB Ben Roethlisberger.

3. WR Emmanuel Sanders Should Have Been Re-Signed

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3. WR Emmanuel Sanders Should Have Been Re-Signed

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The Pittsburgh Steelers should have re-signed WR Emmanuel Sanders instead of relying on free agent Lance Moore and unproven Markus Wheaton to fill his cleats.

2. Veteran WR Jerricho Cotchery Should Have Been Brought Back

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2. Veteran WR Jerricho Cotchery Should Have Been Brought Back

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WR Jerricho Cotchery and his 10 TDs will be missed, and his production won't likely be replaced by former first-round bust, Darrius Heyward-Bey.

1. Better Backup QB Should Have Been Signed

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1. Better Backup QB Should Have Been Signed

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The Pittsburgh Steelers should have signed a better backup for QB Ben Roethlisberger. Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones are hardly an improvement over Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich. They would not help the Steelers' playoff cause should the 32-year-old Roethlisberger miss multiple games in 2014.


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  • Timothy Edmunds

    So the guy who made this article clearly knows nothing about football, right? If you fire a coach after a couple of bad seasons you turn into the Browns. Noll had multiple seasons of losing in a row as did cowher. Both were brought back to the team every time, and had they not the steelers might not have any Super Bowl trophies by your logic. We wanted to bring back both of those receivers, but did you not see the cap dilemma? We would never promote hale because he is not a good head coach, he is However a good coordinator. The two backups we have are alright, and Steelers backup qbs always seem to surprise how good they are. Otherwise the team would not have brought those two in. Learn football then you can come back and write an article about the steelers.

    • El Dub

      I agree with you. In a sport where most owners are more interested in winning than showing loyalty, it’s good to know the Rooney’s are still running the team.

  • Rupert

    Complete waste of time…worthless “article” I’ve read in some time! I only agree with Cotchery. Everything else didn’t even make enough sense to comment on. You clearly know nothing about football.

  • jeff

    the only thing I agree with is Cotchery should have stayed in Pittsburgh. That is all. Dumb all the way around, Keep Tomlin, Hailey is in sync with the offense. Sanders had little production for the mouth and didnt want to be there. Backup QB’s such as Laundry will be fine. He is learning from one of the Steelers all time greats.