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Go big or stay home. That is the way the Steelers have to think, how they can make something of this season and a necessary mantra for their challenging course. There can be no Steelers football in January if the rest of October and all of November and December aren't about going big.
The offense has not always looked like the Steelers' attack of the past three seasons. There was actually a time when Ben Roethlisberger was allowed to throw the ball, and by that I mean he spiraled it downfield.
The Steelers were basically a top-five team in terms of average yards per pass attempt over the initial eight seasons of the Roethlisberger Era. They made the playoffs six times over that span, winning two Super Bowls, losing one and also falling short in an AFC title game.
Those eight years represent the second-greatest era in franchise history, topped only by those Super Steelers of the 1970s, and we probably took it for granted because it felt like there was a formula in place for the good times to keep going.
Actually, the formula was in place.
Then the Steelers switched their offensive philosophy, replaced coordinator Bruce Arians with Todd Haley and tried to party like it was 1999 when the offense was a bunch of “Bus” rides and short routes. Call the current approach whatever you want — coach Mike Tomlin offered the word “balanced” last week — but it's really running to set up the pass, and it had made for some nice looking numbers, just not the one that mattered.
The modern NFL may be about complicated offenses and defenses deemed successful by making stops only at the most opportune times, but there remains a simple way to win: stretch the field.
Only one of the past five Super Bowl participants has finished outside the top 10 in average yards per pass attempt, and those 2012 Ravens completely changed their attack plan — essentially turning loose quarterback Joe Flacco — after changing... [Read More]
| Oct 19, 2014 - 5:50 PM
It's a new Steelers season and with that comes the inaugural - Fire _____________ Offensive Coordinator. Going back to Ken Whisenhunt on the internet, fans have wanted the Steelers Offensive Coordinator fired.
It must be what the cool kids do.. like wetting their pants in public.
What is it about the Steelers Offense though? Why is it, that the Pittsburgh Steelers Offense, is always under-performing despite the Offensive Coordinator?
The Steelers never consistently score enough Points despite being able to rack up yardage between the 20's. Look at the chart below :
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Brian Hoyer joked that he was actually bored at the end of the Browns game against the Steelers on Sunday. Friggin' Brian Hoyer joked that he was bored. Brian Hoyer!! I think this article by Kirk Larabee at 247 Sports catches the embarrassment and shame the Steelers organization should be feeling right now:
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer reportedly poked a little fun at the Pittsburgh Steelers after his team's 31-10 win on Sunday, saying that he was "a little bored at the end" when the Browns had put the game out of reach.Colin Dunlap of 93.7 The Fan and CBS Pittsburgh says that Hoyer's comments are the "rock bottom" point of Mike Tomlin's time as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hoyer said after Sunday’s dismantling of the Steelers that he was “a little bored at the end” of his side’s 31-10 victory over the visiting club from Pittsburgh."How embarrassing. How humiliating. How degrading," Dunlap wrote in this opinion piece on Sunday. "This wasn’t Brady or Manning, Luck or Brees having a good time ribbing you after the game; this was Brian freaking Hoyer. How’s that hit you Mike Tomlin? How’s that hit you Dick LeBeau? How’s that hit you Todd Haley? How’s that hit you Kevin Colbert? How’s that hit you anyone with the surname Rooney?"I’m tired of... [Read More]
| Oct 03, 2014 - 12:54 PM
2014 has come to an abrupt crashing end for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a great season, filled with a lot of highs and a lot of unseen accomplishments from Josh Harrison coming out of nowhere, to Russell Martin's breakout season offensively.. Edinson Volquez? Nobody saw that one. How about Starling Marte's second half performance? Unreal.
In the end, the Pittsburgh Pirates couldn't overcome a masterful pitching performance in order to advance, much like the 2013 Divisional Playoffs Series against the St.Louis Cardinals and now the collective of fans are sitting around wondering what it will take to get further into the Playoffs in 2015. What needs to be done to avoid the dreaded 1 game Wild Card and win the Division?
One thing that the Pittsburgh Pirates can do, is not have another month like they had in April 2014. The Pirates played .500-.650 ball in every month except for April where they went 9-16. Had the Pirates played .500 ball in that month, those extra 3+ wins would've given them the Division Crown. We're not talking about overachieving for a month, just playing average ball. That's how far away this team was from winning the Division.
Looking forward to 2015, the Pirates don't necessarily need to go out and get better, they need to replicate what they have going on right now and that's not always easy to foresee. For instance, here's 3 questions :
Josh Harrison : He's going to be the opening day starter at 3B in 2015. He earned that, but is he a .315 hitter with an .837 OPS? That's clearly questionable. You need to almost see a player have 2 strong seasons in a row to be certain and next year will be Josh Harrison's chance.
Russell Martin : Provided that they actually are able to resign Russ-Mart, this is a guy who hasn't come close to batting .290 since 2008. Martin saw the ball better this past season, striking out a career low, but duplicating his Offense next year is also questionable. He could easily revert back to being a .220-.250 hitter as he was for the previous 5 seasons.
Edinson Volquez : It's reasonable to assume that he won't post another 3.04 ERA. Prior to this season, his breakout season with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008, Volquez posted a 3.21 ERA. It is reasonable to suggest that he could have an ERA in the 3's again and this is all provided that the Pittsburgh Pirates resign him.
Those are 3 guys who really had... [Read More]
| Oct 03, 2014 - 10:25 AM
8th Annual “Chuck Tanner Awards Banquet”
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh has announced the winner of its 8th Annual Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award. Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles is the 2014 winner.
Each year the Pittsburgh Rotary Club holds its Chuck Tanner Awards Banquet in Pittsburgh. The highlight of the event is the presentation of the Chuck Tanner MLB Manager of the Year Award as selected by a distinguished group of baseball professionals from around the country. Previous winners of the Chuck Tanner MLB Manager of the Year award are Joe Torre, Joe Maddon, Ron Gardenhire, Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin, Charlie Manuel, Davey Johnson and Clint Hurdle. The award presentation will take place at a banquet on November 15, 2014 at the Rivers Club in Downtown Pittsburgh.
The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Dan Zangrilli of 93.7-FM “The Fan.” Returning to conduct the live auction will be James Roddey, former Allegheny County Executive.
Former Pittsburgh Pirates great Dick Groat will also be presented with 2014 Life Time Achievement Award at the event along with others, receiving baseball award presentations.
Erie native and nationally recognized Celebrity Sports Artist Kevin-John is returning to create a special limited edition Dick Groat memorabilia print for everyone in attendance and will be present to personally sign his creation. Kevin-John's artwork has been showcased on ESPN, Spike TV, and NBC, at Super Bowl XXXIX, XL, XLI and the PGA Tour.
To purchase tickets to the banquet or to find out about other ways to support the event, go to www.chucktannerbanquet.com call 412.471.6210. This charitable event and its silent auction of sports memorabilia and other items will be used to support Pittsburgh Rotary Club operations and its programs including:
Annual High School Ethics Symposium (400+ Student Attendees per year)
Rotary Youth Post High-school Scholarships Polio Plus Worldwide
When: November 15, 2014
Where: Rivers Club, Downtown Pittsburgh
Tickets: $180... [Read More]