PG Special Series / Steelers Sunday Spotlight

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Each Sunday, Post-Gazette sports writers look at an aspect of the Steelers as the team navigates the offseason.

Week 1: Running back

The once-proud Steelers running game ground to a crawl in 2012, producing its fewest yards since the "Tommy Gun" offense failed so miserably in 2003. And it's only getting worse. The Steelers have one halfback under contract for 2013, Baron Batch. Read more ...

Week 2: D-Line

In a span of three years, the Steelers used two No. 1 draft choices to bolster what they thought was an aging defensive line. In 2009, after beating the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, they drafted defensive end Ziggy Hood with the 32nd overall pick. Read more ...

Week 3: Speed kills (and so does the lack of it)

In a season gone bad, few positions took the blame as hard as did the Steelers' receivers. The Young Money crew underperformed, dropped passes and fumbles that could have salvaged two or three victories and turned 8-8 into a playoff team. Read more ...

Week 4: Offensive line changes in store

The Steelers offensive line will have a different look in 2013, not just in personnel but also in execution. At least, that is the intent of offensive coordinator Todd Haley and the team's new offensive line coach, Jack Bicknell Jr. And for good reason. Read more ...

Week 5: Linebackers ... a legacy in jeopardy

No position on the Steelers has earned more fame, produced more big plays, visited more Pro Bowls and graced more highlights films than linebacker. Read more ...

Week 6: Zeroing in on safeties

Those defensive backs invited to the combine workouts arrived in Indianapolis on Saturday, and team scouts, coaches and medical personnel will begin poking and probing them today. Read more ...

Week 7: The quarterback ... in Big Ben they trust

Not long after the Steelers' 2011 season ended with an agonizing playoff defeat in Denver -- a game in which Ben Roethlisberger rallied the team with two late scores to force overtime -- team president Art Rooney II said Big Ben would have to "tweak" his game. Read more ...



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