Die-hard Steelers fans aren't the only ones predicting the Steelers offense will be the best in the NFL this coming season. Pro Football Focus, known for their in-depth analysis, agrees the Steelers offense will be the unit to beat in 2016. Even with injuries to key players, including running back Le'Veon Bell, center Maurkice Pouncey offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers managed to finish the 2015 season with the fifth-highest PFF grade.
Going into the next season, there is even more reason to be hopeful. Roethlisberger is in top form and his a wide arsenal of targets are also at the top of their game. Antonio Brown had one of his best seasons in 2015 and business should still be booming for the vaunted receiver in 2016. Even though Martavis Bryant is suspended for the 2016 season, the Steelers have plenty of depth at wide receiver, and wide receivers coach Richard Mann is a maven at developing raw talent. Watch for Sammie Coates to have a break out season and Markus Wheaton to step up in Bryant's absence.
The Steelers also have tremendous talent at running back. While Le'Veon Bell is recovering from injury, fans can rest easy that he will do everything in his power to be in top form by opening day. Even though part of his focus appears to be his music career, he is still keeping fans updated on his workouts and recovery via social media. The Steelers are blessed with another phenomenal position coach in James Saxon, who used to coach Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Heath Miller has retired, but the Steelers quickly signed Ladarius Green. Even if he isn't the DeAngelo Williams of tight ends, he should be able to fill well for Miller and develop strong chemistry with Roethlisberger. He is a seasoned veteran who is genuinely excited to be with the Black and Gold.
The offensive line found itself without its center Maurkice Pouncey before the regular season even started. Shortly after the start of the season, Kelvin Beachum fell to injury, leaving Alejandro Villanueva and Cody Wallace filling in on the offensive line. Despite the personnel problems, the line was able to protect Ben Roethlisberger adequately and provide stellar run blocking for Bell and Williams (thanks be to Mike Munchak). A healthy Pouncey, the addition of Ryan Harris, and the year of trial-by-fire experience for younger players can only mean improved performance over 2015.