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NFL Network Shaun O'Hara doesn't see the Steelers as the Deebo of the division anymore. Donovan McNabb disagrees, to an extent.

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Gone are James Harrison, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Wallace and Keenan Lewis, says NFL Network.

Certainly not new news.

NFL Network analyst Shaun O'Hara at least gets sort of original, in suggesting much of the 2013 season will be on offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

"Dick LeBeau, he's walking into the meeting room with Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley, and he's saying, 'what more can I do?'" O'Hara said, illustrating his point that the Steelers offense needs to step up in 2013, citing a decline in big-play production from the unit coached by former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to Haley's regime last season.

"The second thing is the run game," O'Hara continued. "It slipped down to 26th. They only averaged 96 yards per game. They've got to do a better job on offense."

O'Hara picked the Steelers to finish third in the AFC North, behind Baltimore and Cincinnati for the second consecutive year.

Former Eagles, Redskins and Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb was a bit more optimistic on the Steelers' chances in 2013.

Citing the health history of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, McNabb noted that concern, but pointed out Roethlisberger had the best third-down rating in the NFL before his injury in Week 10. McNabb also thought Roethlisberger tried to do too much when he returned from that injury.

McNabb picked the Bengals to win the division, the Steelers finishing second and the Ravens third.

"I think he and Todd Haley are going to sit down in training camp, get things hashed out, and I think they're going to explode throughout the season."

O'Hara didn't buy it.

"The Steelers are no longer Deebo," he said, referring to the character in the movie "Friday," after which the former Steeler Harrison was nicknamed. "They're no longer stealing that beach cruiser from the other teams of the division. They are all getting better."

Come the start of the season, we'll see who's bike it is. Punk.

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