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Steelers' Top Issues This Year Include Todd Haley's Offense, New Offensive Line

Ed Bouchette names his top five storylines for the Steelers' upcoming season. Unsurprisingly, the top two issues concern Todd Haley's new offense in his debut season as Bruce Arians' replacement, and the offensive line. Despite spending their first two picks in last year's draft on offensive linemen David DeCastro and Mike Adams, the Steelers' line looks a bit like it did last year, due to DeCastro's knee injury. And as with last year, there are plenty of question marks. Even with the uncertainty, though, Bouchette thinks the line could be improved.

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But that still might be a better line. [2011 second-round pick Marcus] Gilbert has the benefit of starting 14 games as a rookie; Pouncey has made two Pro Bowls in his first two years and should only get better. And [Willie] Colon had an outstanding preseason.

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We'll see. Obviously, Storyline No. 2 could have a profound impact on Storyline No. 1 -- if the offensive line doesn't improve, it could make Haley's life difficult as he tries to establish the Steelers' new offense.

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