The sport, boiled down to its most basic of elements, is still about scoring touchdowns. And what the Steelers’ most high-profile offseason acquisitions have in common is a familiarity with and an appreciation of that act.
Compare and contrast:
Gone: Jonathan Dwyer, who served as a complement to Le’Veon Bell at running back in Pittsburgh last season, took two career touchdowns (on 230 attempts) with him to Arizona via free agency. Dwyer scored none on 49 carries in 2013.
Gone: Jerricho Cotchery arrived in Carolina as a free-agent acquisition with 30 touchdown receptions in 145 career games, including a career-high 10 last season. Emmanuel Sanders departed for Denver as a free agent with 11 touchdown catches in 56 NFL games. Sanders had a career-high six in 2013.
Hired: Mike Munchak was the head coach in Tennessee last season when the Titans scored 16 rushing touchdowns.
Gone: Munchak replaced Jack Bicknell Jr. as the offensive line coach in Pittsburgh. The Steelers had nine rushing touchdowns last season.