To start off with, this season is done. Drink your kool-aid and hold onto your foolish hope if you must, but we are done and need to start looking to next year. These next three games are just injuries waiting to happen, but also training for the young players we need to develop for next year. We need to focus on getting some TALENTED CBs in the draft, and an offensive coordinator that can make a playbook that highlights the talent and skills we have available on offense. I have absolute faith in LeBeau reworking this defense to be competitive again, and I think Kubiak or maybe Grimm (rumors he might be leaving Arizona) could design a good playbook for offense.
Tomlin also needs to settle on a coaching style. He was a hard ass the first year, was a commander the second, and appears to be just a buddy in his third. He needs to hardline these guys and start benching during games to set a point.
I think, after some thought, I know what this years problem was. With 93% of the team from last year intact, a super-bowl fresh on their minds, and the most intimidating defense since the 85' Bears, I think the coaches and players figured, "Lets just do what we did last year, and no one will be able to beat us." Plus a super "easy" schedule for any other team, and I think the team had their collective heads up their collective asses. Teams watched us, especially our defense and Bens ability to scramble, and the coaches took notes.
Until I am proven wrong, I believe next year we are going to see a very VERY angry and focused Steelers team, with a new gameplan and a revamped offense.
I'm going to remain optimistic this off-season for next year, and watch my taping of XLIII about a million times.