Hope for the Steeler organization in the immediate future. To qualify, immediate being next 5 years or so. Im not really a sky is falling kind of guy, but the current state of the organization I would consider to be disarray. Simply break down the positional needs on the field. There is not an area that isn't in trouble need-wise. Even at QB, and as much as Ben does on his own running for his life, he is long in the tooth and a replacement needs to be groomed.... and not Landry Jones. Both the offensive and defensive lines are a hot mess. Missed draft picks in the top few rounds the culprit. Linebacking corp, shakey at best. D-backs... OLD and in need of total replacement in the next... well actually, NOW. Running back was a merry-go-round yet again. Bell may be a solution, but he will have to wait until a line is built. How long will he wait ? Then we see a WR, Calvin Johnson go up in the air to snatch balls to the tune of over 300 yards on Sunday, and we look at our WR corp and see the diminutive Brown and Sanders. And as good as Heath Miller has been over the years, the severe knee, coupled with his aging body, spells a need for replacement very soon. Who do we have to step up at TE ? Nobody.
Tomlin I believe is lost. I NEVER thought he was a "brilliant" coaching mind. From the get go, when he spoke, I had him pegged as a cliche' filled dummy that will be exposed for the goof that he was sooner than later. And yes, he did get to 2 superbowls with vet players that had little to do with his talent evaluation. The mantra in the burgh is that he won with Cowher's players, well, HE DID. I'll give him a small hint of credit for actually holding things together enough to get to the big game, but I also believe it was more Arian's and Lebeau than Tomlin that got em there.
OC and DC
Both Lebeau and Haley will be out after this year. Lebeau will realize he is too old to go through a defensive building process, and Haley will be ousted, not of his own volition. That will require new scheme's which take time to learn, instill, and perefect.
This organization had a heck of a run since Cowher took over til now. There were some bumps along the way, but nothing that couldn't be resolved the next season or two. But currently, things look dire, and no, I'm not talking this season, I mean many upcoming seasons. We are more than likely staring at an organization that will drift back to the 80's Steeler football that we not so fondly remember.
Other than that. LET'S GO STEELER'S.