Despite recent moves, Steelers fans feel the team still hasn’t met the team’s dire needs

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had, by most measures, a very active offseason. Whether you’re talking free agency additions or the 2023 NFL Draft class, Omar Khan’s first offseason as the team’s general manager (GM) has certainly been action-packed.

Throughout it all, the most notable aspect of what Khan and his front office have done is fill in the necessary gaps on the roster. It’s not only for the 22 starting players in attack and defense, but also in the depth of the team.

But, only the 32 teams in the NFL can attest that it is impossible to not only have an incredible starting lineup, but to have quality depth at every position. In the age of agency, GMs need to manipulate the salary cap and fill those gaps as best they can.

As previously stated, Khan and company have done a lot, but there are still areas to address. Earlier this week, in a Steelers Burning Question article, I asked the fanbase what position the Steelers needed most before returning to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA in July.

Here are the options:

  • HE B
  • OLB
  • Security
  • Center
  • Other

After the votes were tallied, the Steelers fan base was quick to say where they think the glaring hole still lies on this list.

Inside linebacker.

A whopping 58% of the fan base considered the inside linebacker position as the core team needed this offseason. And they are not mistaken when assessing the position and the depth there. Outside of Cole Holcomb and Elandon Roberts, two free agent acquisitions, Mark Robinson is the only player on the current roster with experience in the Steelers system.

Could Tanner Muse become a linebacker in some subsets? Maybe, but he’s rarely done that in his NFL career. Is Robinson ready to take the next step in his development? For a college running back, it might be a bit rushed. Is there a reunion with someone like Myles Jack in the works, if he’s healthy, given he played in Pittsburgh last season?

Either way, the Steelers are still looking for answers at inside linebacker, and it’s something that’s happened every year since Ryan Shazier’s injury in 2017.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest Steelers news and notes as they prepare for the remainder of the 2023 NFL offseason.

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