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08:05 AM ET 03.18 | On the surface, Mike Tomlin, sitting on a patio at a posh Arizona resort, didn't seem to have a care in the world, which probably isn't near the truth. His Steelers team is losing starters at an alarming rate -- five and counting since the end of the season. ... And even Tomlin acknowledged the Steelers have to do something to replace them. "We're trying to add talent at all positions -- obviously wide receiver is one of them," Tomlin said Sunday, sitting in the shade and getting ready for the start of the NFL's owners meeting that begins [Monday. "When you lose players the caliber of Mike Wallace, we want to continually add to the talent and our depth."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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March 18, 2013  08:30 AM ET

Perhaps the talent is already on the team ?

March 18, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Perhaps the talent is already on the team ?

Exactly. Mike's a smart guy and if he didn't have it handled he would be pushing hard to get it done. He might be glad that certain players have left.

March 18, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Steelers prefer to evaluate young talent and draft it. Especially with the new CBA, teams that do this well have much better cap numbers.

March 18, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Exactly. Mike's a smart guy and if he didn't have it handled he would be pushing hard to get it done. He might be glad that certain players have left.

<cough, cough (Mendenhall!!!) cough, cough>

March 18, 2013  09:05 AM ET

AFC North champions this season.

Remember, I picked the Skins to take the NFC East.

March 18, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

<cough, cough (Mendenhall!!!) cough, cough>

shhhh

March 18, 2013  10:09 AM ET

This could be a bounce back year in Pittsburgh, the Division is getting tighter and they might be able to once again slip back in, with some smart coaching!!!!

March 18, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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they might be able to once again slip back in, with some smart coaching!!!!

with Todd Haley aka Cam Cameron JR? Goodluck with that.

March 18, 2013  10:25 AM ET

Excuse me, but is that not the GMs job. Tomlin's job is to coach what players he has.

March 18, 2013  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Excuse me, but is that not the GMs job. Tomlin's job is to coach what players he has.

I was about to say... why is the heat on the Coach?

March 18, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I was about to say... why is the heat on the Coach?

You guys... See the big picture.

March 18, 2013  11:45 AM ET

In today's NFL all you really need to compete is a healthy QB with a line that gives him time. Steelers weren't the same after he lost his fastball and that O-line has to stay healthy. People are ignorant if they think injuries aren't an excuse, especially with a 53 man roster and a salary cap.

March 18, 2013  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Excuse me, but is that not the GMs job. Tomlin's job is to coach what players he has.

Yup..he also has seen BAL get worse and CLE is still CLE so...he is feeling like Alfred E. Neuman "What me worry?"

March 18, 2013  12:30 PM ET

It's time for Mike T. to start earning his salary. Up to this point he's been essentially coaching a team Cowher left for him. Cowher rebuilt his team 3 times in his 15 yrs, but couldn't win the big one until he finally got a franchise QB. Let's see what Tomlin (and Colbert) can do this time? I'd say 8-8 would be a major accomplishment.

March 18, 2013  12:57 PM ET
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AFC North champions this season.Remember, I picked the Skins to take the NFC East.

Right there with you. And the J-E-T-S take the AFC East.

March 18, 2013  02:53 PM ET

Wallace gone was addition by subtraction. Look for the Steelers to contend like they pretty much always do. Love the job Tomlin has done since taking over

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March 19, 2013  07:28 AM ET

Wallace and Mendy were givens. Harrison was a bit of a surprise but I figured he didn't have many years left anyway, so it wasn't a shock. Losing Saunders would be a bit of a factor for the long term, but I'm pretty sure it's just a chance for the team and the player to better gauge his fair market value. I'd expect them to match any offer he gets.

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