Updated: Jun 17
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The Steelers are going through a playoff win drought right now, as they are one of 11 teams in the NFL who haven't won a playoff game in the last five years. You have to go to pre-1972 to the last time the Steelers went five consecutive seasons without a playoff win. That's how rare it's been.
The Steelers have also had a ton of turnover in the last few years. Seven players from the 2020 Steelers are now retired -- Vance McDonald, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro (not officially yet), Vince Williams, Ben Roethlisberger, Alejandro Villanueva and Stephon Tuitt, who retired on Wednesday. Veteran cornerback Joe Haden is also no longer with the team.
With Tuitt retiring, the Steelers have just two players on their roster who have experienced a playoff win with the team -- Cam Heyward and Chris Boswell. That means just two players from the 2016 Steelers are on the current roster, and that was just six years ago.
The Steelers are a really young team heading into the 2022 season, especially on offense, as their oldest starter is center Mason Cole, who's just 26. Mitch Trubisky, who is 27, would be the oldest if he beats out Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph for the starting quarterback spot. Right tackle Chuks Okorafor is the longest-tenured starter on offense and he was drafted in 2018. The Steelers have just two players over the age of 30 on their roster -- Heyward (33) and Tyson Alualu (35).