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On The Clock: Steelers

By David Seigerman




Last year, the Steelers drafted Le'Veon Bell out of Michigan State; could Pittsburgh be looking at another Spartan -- cornerback Darqueze Dennard? Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.
Last year, the Steelers drafted Le'Veon Bell out of Michigan State; could Pittsburgh be looking at another Spartan -- cornerback Darqueze Dennard? Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.


Pittsburgh doesn't do change.

When something works, the Steelers stick with it. Only a handful of coaches have been in their current jobs longer than Mike Tomlin's been on the Steelers' sidelines. Only Tom Brady and Drew Brees have been their teams' starting quarterback longer than Ben Roethlisberger has been Pittsburgh's starter. Heath Miller has been around since 2005, Troy Polamalu since 2003. 

Which is why this offseason must feel like a runaway train around the Iron City. They lost a couple of receivers (Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery) and replaced them with a couple of new ones (Darrius Heyward-Bey, Lance Moore). The lost a safety (Ryan Clark) and gained a safety (Mike Mitchell), lost a linebacker (LaMarr Woodley) and gained a linebacker (Arthur Moats), lost a running back (Jonathan Dwyer) and gained a running back (LeGarrette Blount).

It's enough to make a Steelers fan see stars, even without looking at Pittsburgh's helmet.

A lot of questions remain as the draft approaches, particularly about the future of some of the team's long-time fixtures. Pittsburgh needs to find some answers or wind up missing its third-straight postseason -- the wrong kind of consistency around the Three Rivers.