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2021 Pittsburgh Steelers Preview

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin

2020

Record: 12-4

The Steelers defied the odds for 3 months in 2020, riding an elite defense to an 11-0 start, but the fact that the offense was actually pretty bad finally caught up to them, with 5 losses in the last 6 games, including an embarrasing loss to the Browns and a quick Wild Card exit.

2021

2021 Draft Picks

1-24 RB Najee Harris, Alabama

2-55 TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

3-87 C Kendrick Green, Illinois

4-128 T Dan Moore, Texas A&M

4-140 LB Budd Johnson, Texas A&M

5-156 DE Isaiahh Loudermilk, Wisconsin 156

6-216 LB Quincy Roche, Miami

7-245 DB Tre Norwood, Oklahoma

7-254 P Pressley Harvin, Georgia Tech

Another solid draft for the Steelers. Harris is the prototypical Steelers back, and should start week one. Freiermuth was a steal at #55. They did well in the later rounds as well, landing 3 or 4 probable eventual starters.

Key Pick Ups

Joe Haeg, OT- (From Buccaneers)

The cap was a burden; there really wasn’t any money to spend other than trying to sign their own players.

Key Losses

James Conner – RB (to Cardinals)

Bud Dupree – LB (to Titans)

Mike Hilton – CB (to Bengals)

Maurkice Pouncey – C (retired)

Alejandro Villanueva – RT (to Ravens)

Steven Nelson – CB (FA)

The Steelers took quite a few hits in free agency, especially on D and on the O line.

Offense

Offensive Coordinator: Matt Canada

2020 Points Scored: 416 (12th)

Steelers fans probably won’t want to hear this, but Big Ben is now just another former great who held on for too long. He started the season well, but by the end of the year he was just another below average NFL QB. It would be different if this was a classic Steelers team… pound the ball behind a great line, great receivers on the outside… but this isn’t that team. The WR group is average at best, and the running game will lean on a rookie. As sad as it is, a healthy Roethlisberger may find himself on the bench this year, and his backups aren’t exactly promising.

Defense

Defensive Coordinator: Keith Butler

2020 Points Allowed: 312 (3rd)

The D won’t be as dominant as it was in 2020. The line will still be devastating, and should keep them in most games. But the inability… and lack of cap space….. to re-sign everyone… hurt. Still a top 10 unit, but not good enough to carry the team over 17 games.

Special Teams

The Steelers special teams were average last year. There’s competition at every spot other than kicker, so this will be an unknown heading into 2021.

If Things Go Well

If the defense can stay at the elite level we saw in 2020, and Harris settles in and puts up rookie of the year level numbers, and… and this is the biggest if… if Big Ben has one last run in the tank… this might be a wild card team.

If They Don’t

If none of those things happen, this could be the worst Steelers season in decades.

Prediction

The only real question is how ugly the Big Ben situation gets. And with either Dwayne Haskins or Mason Rudolph waiting in the wings… that D will be all for naught in 2021.

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Date Opponent
Thursday
Aug. 5
Dallas Cowboys 
Thursday
Aug. 12
at Philadelphia Eagles 
Saturday
Aug. 21
Detroit Lions 
Friday
Aug. 27
at Carolina Panthers 
Sunday
Sep. 12
at Buffalo Bills
Sunday
Sep. 19
Las Vegas Raiders
Sunday
Sep. 26
Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday
Oct. 3
at Green Bay Packers
Sunday
Oct. 10
Denver Broncos
Sunday
Oct. 17
Seattle Seahawks
Sunday
Oct. 24
BYE
Sunday
Oct. 31
at Cleveland Browns
Monday
Nov. 8
Chicago Bears
Sunday
Nov. 14
Detroit Lions
Sunday
Nov. 21
at Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday
Nov. 28
at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday
Dec. 5
Baltimore Ravens
Thursday
Dec. 9
at Minnesota Vikings
Sunday
Dec. 19
Tennessee Titans
Sunday
Dec. 26
at Kansas City Chiefs
Monday
Jan. 3
Cleveland Browns
Sunday
Jan. 9
at Baltimore Ravens
2021 Pittsburgh Steelers Football Schedule

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