Though the Steelers have a good team, there are still big improvements to be made.
One of the areas in which the team needs improvement is the secondary, which finished 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.
Steelers' owner Art Rooney II was harsh in his criticism of the team's secondary when speaking with reporters this offseason.
“I think we all agree that we need to be better in general as a pass defense,”Rooney said. “I think when you look statistically, we weren't where we would like to be in pass defense,” Rooney said. “I would say that's an area we know we want to improve in. We certainly made progress on defense and got better as the year went on.
“We've made some mistakes. There's no denying that, regarding some of the evaluations. Having said that, we still have players in that group that we think can improve. That's what we are looking forward to: Having that group get better as the years go on. That's what we are looking for this upcoming offseason."
The unit was plagued by injuries this season, and it was obvious that help was needed. Despite moments of brilliance from Antwon Blake and William Gay, the absence of players like Cortez Allen and Senquez Golson proved important.
For his part, Rooney would like to see much more form the unit come next season.
“We need to be better than that," Rooney said. “On that front, I would say no, we aren't satisfied with where we are. (But) I am not going to suggest that we need to do something dramatically different.”
“Obviously, we have to look at some opportunities this offseason, both in terms of free agency and the draft,” Rooney said. “So, it's something we have to keep working on.”