Starters: Cortez Allen, Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, and Ryan Clark
Back Ups: William Gay, Shamarko Thomas, Robert Golden, Damon Cromartie-Smith, Curtis Brown, and Antwon Blake
Strengths: Cortez Allen looks to be the real thing, and Troy Polamalu is looking like he's in 2008/2010 form. If either of those two trends are sustained, the turnover dearth could be reversed in 2013
Weaknesses: Like other areas of the team, proven depth is thin in the secondary, particularly at safety.
The Skinny: The Steelers gambled that they could get more bang for their buck by letting Keenan Lewis walk, and promoting Cortez Allen; they also made the unheard of move of trading a future draft pick to get Shamarko Thomas, who looked good in preseason. On paper this until looks like its ready to excel, but several unproven players must execute. If they do, good things can happen, assuming that Troy Polamalu doesn't get hurt....