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CAN THE STEELERS FIX THEIR OFFENSE?


How can the Steelers fix their offense? It’s definitely broken.

Ben Roethlisberger is coming back from major elbow surgery. He’s 38. What’s his best-case scenario?

The Steelers' first draft pick is 49th overall. That probably won’t help much, not immediately.

They don’t have a No. 1 running back, No. 1 wide receiver, or No. 1 tight end. They have players capable of filling those roles. None did last year.

The offensive line declined last season. Now a shakeup seems likely, with Matt Feiler moving from right tackle to left guard (replacing Ramon Foster) and either Zach Banner or Chuks Okorafor slotting in at RT.

The Steelers have a great defense. But the NFL isn’t the sort of league where you can win with a great defense and a rotten offense. (The Steelers proved that in the final three games of last season.)

The Steelers’ Super Bowl odds are 18-1. Has their window closed, even with Roethlisberger coming back?

It’s a sticky situation. Lots of “ifs.”

Roethlisberger, James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Vance McDonald, the offensive line…offensively, everything comes with a disclaimer.

The Steelers went 8-8 without Roethlisberger. It’s easy to imagine them winning another game or two if he plays to most of his prior capability. But given the lack of weaponry on offense, another 8-8 year is also easy to imagine.

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