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The Renegade 2014

A comprehensive look at the Steelers in 2014 - a season preview edition created by Behind The Steel Curtain.

Coaching to talent along defensive line

The Pittsburgh Steelers enter 2014 with a glaring need at defensive end. And believe it or not, a coaching decision made by Bill Cowher 20 years ago has set the stage for one of St. Vincent's most compelling renewal stories.

COLUMN: Winning is critical for Tomlin in 2014

Mike Tomlin begins his eighth season as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers under a small spotlight. If he ends 2014 with a third non-playoff appearance, the lights will turn much brighter.

Welcome to the 2014 Renegade

It's time to break out the flags of Steeler Nation from hibernation.

Spence for Comeback Player of the Year

Just getting on the field in Week 1 should serve as enough reason to cheer for Steelers linebacker Sean Spence. The third-year player who cried himself to sleep after another devastating injury is as inspirational a story as any we've heard.

Steelers Film Room: The Fire Zone Blitz

Steelers Film Room looks at how Pittsburgh can get back to Blitzburgh in 2014.

Steelers updated 2014 salary cap numbers

A look at how the Steelers salary cap stands at the start of camp and how much money may be available for extensions.

Fire from SPARQ: Steelers score high in analytics

The Steelers are tight-lipped when it comes to methods of scouting. Based on the results of the players the team selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, it appears advanced analytics may have played a part in their evaluation.

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Click here for The Renegade 2014 Inside Features

A wide variety of topics are explored in the deepest and most researched portion of the Renegade. It includes contributions from Homer J., Tony Defeo and PaVaSteeler.

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Steelers 2014 position breakdowns

Digging into the details on 14 different position groups, including the coaches, BTSC's Dale Grdnic has his finger on the pulse of the team.

Letter from the Editor of the 2014 Renegade

As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says, "life is about rebounding." The soul of the 2014 Renegade is powered by the strength of one individual who taught me what that really means.

2014 Jersey Rules selections

A battle between a few young bucks on the Steelers in 2014 leads to one of the most labored Jersey Rules Committee decisions ever. This decision comes in wake of a change to a long-standing rule, and an increased frequency of decisions given.

Projecting the final roster way too early

As the Steelers draw ever closer to playing some real football, here's a look at which players stand the best chance of maintaining jobs as the shorts come off and the pads go on.

The greatest day that wasn't meant to be

The Steelers needed several things to happen in order to qualify for the postseason entering Week 17 in 2013. Nearly every tumbler fell into place. Seemingly by cruel punishment, it wasn't to be, but it was the most exciting day in a long time.

Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Running backs

Power, speed and panache, the Steelers' most dynamic running backs group in a while gets set to take center stage in 2014.

Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Wide receivers

Antonio Brown is the unquestioned leader of the receivers, but depth behind him will make or break the success of this group in 2014.

Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Tight ends

Tight end position goes from insecure to fully stable this season with the healthy returns of Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth. The third tight end spot is up for grabs between several players.

Steelers 2014 position breakdown: Offensive guards

Depth may not be ideal heading into camp, but there is some potential behind left guard Ramon Foster and right guard David DeCastro.

Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Offensive tackles

The tackle position is generally young and has potential to be a strong unit on this Steelers' team. The question is whether that potential can be brought together under first-year offensive line coach Mike Munchak.

Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Defensive linemen

The group with the highest ceiling in terms of depth is still in its infancy period. It's a huge camp for several players, including second round pick Stephon Tuitt and free agent acquisition Cam Thomas.

Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Inside LBs

Look for the presence of rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier to help boost the game of veteran Lawrence Timmons in 2014.

Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Outside LBs

It's a big year for Jason Worilds, the Steelers' breakout player in 2013. He'll get the entire 2014 campaign to prove his worth with free agency on the horizon in the offseason.

Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Cornerbacks

It could be a farewell year for Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. His future replacement will likely establish himself this season.

Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Safeties

Mike Mitchell is a welcomed athletic upgrade over Ryan Clark, but the Steelers will still need big production from Troy Polamalu to re-establish this defense as one of the dominant ones in the NFL.

Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Specialists

The yearly battle for punting duties among the Steelers is set for Wing vs. Podlesh this season.

2014 Steelers schedule breakdown and analysis

A game by game look at the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers' schedule and what fans should be looking for within each game.

New t-shirt design unveiled for The Renegade

'Tone's toes were down, the official even said so. Take a look at how Ben Roethlisberger's six-yard touchdown pass came to be with a diagram of who was on the field and how The Touchdown came to be.