There is no denying Ben Roethlisberger had a comeback season in 2020 from elbow surgery. Ben managed to put up 3,803 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and just 10 interceptions last season without a running game. He was arguably the best quarterback in the AFC North. The Steelers felt Ben Roethlisberger overcame his elbow surgery in 2019 and felt he was good to bring back in 2020. They were right, but they did not expect their running game to be dead last when the 2020 season was over.
Ed Bouchette recently answered a question on his new article Who will Steelers sign in free agency? Can they really compete in 2021? He was asked why should I be optimistic about 2021? Bouchette says this is a season in which you can view the Steelers glass as half full or half empty. Optimistically, the Steeler's defense should still be good because all of the Steeler's starters should be back except for Bud Dupree and maybe Tyson Alualu, plus the Steelers get back Devin Bush.
Bouchette says if the Steelers draft a stud running back and fix their offensive line he believes Ben Roethlisberger might be better in 2021 than he was in 2020. Especially since he doesn't have to wait for his elbow to heal in the offseason. Bouchette feels the Steeler's ability to compete in 2021 will depend on getting a standout running back and improving the offensive line in which he sees both can be done in the offseason.