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Steelers Regular Season Report Card Is In!


Steelers Regular Season Report Card-

 

This is Ed Boucheddy aka your buddy shouting schools out and it’s time to party!

 

Ok,  School isn’t out. It’s playoff time to some and off season grind to others!

 

Hot off the press is our report card grade style end of the year report of your Pittsburgh Steelers!  

 

Below is a recap of how we performed as a team in some general offensive and defensive statistics for your viewing pleasure.

 

 

2016 Stats to compare with 2017’s above:

 

Points per game- 26 per game(12th)

Passing Yards- 215 per game (12th)

Rushing Yards 96 per game (16th)

Total yards 315 yards (15th)









 

QB Final Grade B+

 

Starter- Mathew Stafford-

Backup QB’s- Who cares, We are screwed if they play.

3,969 Passing Yards (12th)

28 Passing TD’s (11th)

109.8 QB Rating (10th)

 

Recap- Matthew Stafford played more controlled and actually listened to his coaches in 2016.  The results were more times sacked (35x)  but that’s because he really focused on reducing his forced throws and turnovers. His ball placement was the best it’s ever been and he’s expected to be the franchise qb of this team for a long time.


 

HB’s Final Grade B-  Where did the run game go?

 

Led by Legarrette the big truck Blount

753 Rushing (16th)

13 Rushing TD’s (6th)

157 carries (17th)

 

Backup HB’s-  

Jonathan Stewart 167/483/5 (95% of these yards were from his time with Texans)

C.J Prosise 30/146/3- Prosise was drafted to play that 3rd down role but I don’t think anyone expected him to hold the starting spot so early.  

 

95% of Jonathan Stewarts yards were from his Texans days. He’s a more than capable starting hb but in Pittsburgh he’s #2 in case of injury to Blount. CJ Prosise was a nice surprise and took control of the 3rd down running back position. Starter and bell cow Legarrette Blount started off the season on fire. The run game looked unstoppable and the Steelers are still trying to figure out what happened.  








 

WR’s Final Grade- B+

 

Desean Jackson 59/951/10

Mike Evans 43/876/4

Phillip Dorsett 43/987/5

 

Jonathan Stewart 19/187/1

CJ Prosise 16/187/1

Anthony Fasano 13/183

Paul Richardson 9/162/1

Michael Thomas 3/58

Legarrette Blount 8/56/1

Tyrell Williams 1/37/1

Tyreek Hill 1/20/1

 

Recap- Desean Jackson proved he’s got jets still and this year showed an improved ability to snag some beautiful sideline and tough catches over the middle. He is no longer a one trick pony. Newly acquired blazer Phillip Dorsett led all WR’s with 987 yards and would have about 1300 yards if it wasn’t for drops and misfires.  With Mike Evans out for the rest of the year possibly. WR Phillip Dorsett is going to have to play like a veteran and truly step it up. Rumor has it the young trio of Michael Thomas, Tyrell Williams and the fastest player in the NML Tyreek Hill have been blowing up practices. Will any of them cause a playoff spark?

 

TE’s- Final grade- A

 

Greg Olsen 42/6266/6

Anthony Fasano 13/183/

Luke Willson 2/29

 

Greg Olsen is one of the best in the game and isn’t playing like he’s going to slow down anytime soon. Anthony Fasano was brought in to block but played admirably when Greg Olsen went down. His 40 yard catch and run vs the KC Chiefs was a major play for us this year. That play where Fasano broke several would be tacklers was just a great show of will power. Luke Willson development has slowed and we wish we saw more from him. He has all the tools to be great. Just hasn’t put it all together yet.



 

OL- Final Grade C-

 

LT A Whitworth

LG M Pouncey

C J Carpenter

RG G Schwartz

RT C Glenn

 

Recap- LT Andre Whitworth is having an ALL Pro caliber season and was brought late in the season to help mentor tackles Cordy Glenn and Morgan Moses.  Cordy’s play slip on his move to RT.  RT Moses Morgan and C Justin Britt have really improved  and should be starting next year.

 

 

Defense Final Grades- Defensive End’s- Final Grade A

 

LE- Michael Bennett- 61 Tackles, 15 sacks, 17 TFL,  4 FF’s, 2 FR, 1 TD  

REJurreal Casey- 59 Tackles, 15 sacks, 13 TFL, 2 FF’s, 2 FR,

 

Backup- Charles Tappers

 

Left or Right it didn’t matter all season. Jurreal Casey and Michael Bennett absolutely feasted this year on quarterbacks. With a total 30 TFL they were stout against the run as well.  Said and done I don’t think you can ask for more production from these two.

 

Defensive Tackles Final Grade- B

 

DT- Linvel Johnson 30 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 PD  

NT- Brandon Williams 16 tackles, 7 TFL,

 

DT’s are hard nosed football players who don’t get a lot of credit in this Steelers scheme. It’s there job to take on two blockers and keep the LB’s free to make plays. Stats are low but the film says these guys are playing well but not quite in the elite status.

 

Linebackers- Final Grade A

 

LOLB- Anthony Barr- 70 tackles, 13 TFL, 10 sacks

MLB- Navorro Bowman- 64 Tackles 7 TFL, 4 Sacks, 4 INT’s 5 PD’s, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 TD

ROLB- Deion Jones- 60 tackles, 3 Sacks, 1 INT, 4 PD’s, 2 FF’s.

 

Bruce Irvin will be missed but his bounty was too great for the ever wheeling and dealing John Schnieder to pass up. Deion Jones stepped right into the starting role and didn’t miss a beat. Rumor has it he’s being groomed to replace Navorro Bowman in the near future. Would the Steelers truly move on from the longtime stud in the middle?

 

Cornerbacks- Final Grade B+

 

Dominque Rodgers- Cromartie- 43 tackles, 3 TFL, 4 INT, 7 PD’s,

Jason Verrett- 61 tackles, 6 TFL, 6 INT, 6 PD’s, 1 TD

Delvin Breauix 33 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INT, 7 PD’s

James Bradberry 21 tackles, 1 tfl, 2 sacks, 2 INT’s, 4 PD’s

Eli Apple 44 tackles, 1 INT

Kendall James 18 tackles, 1 INT, 4 PD’s

Deshawn Shead 5 tackles, 1 tfl, 1 INT

 

Usually we wouldn’t of highlight everyone but this year due to the injuries to DRC and Breaux. Kendall James and Eli Apple played a lot more than expected and deserve to be included. The Steelers are 4th in the league in pass defense (yards) and played great football 15 out of 16 games. The playoffs will be their biggest test yet as they will have to do it without top cb DRC and Breaux.

 

Safeties- Final Grade B+

 

Earl Thomas- 79 tackles, 5 INT, 9 PD’s,

Andre Hal 49 tackles, 3 INT, 1 PD, 1 FF

 

Earl Thomas is the well known to be the best FS in football. This year was no different as he went anywhere and everywhere to get the ball or jarr it loose from people’s bodies. Andre Hal was played remarkably well at SS.

 

Overall Final Grade- B

 

13-3 with a top 5 defense and top 12 offense is great but when you don’t win your own division you can’t pat yourself on the back too much. I look forward to seeing what happens in the playoffs! Will this be the year the Steelers return to the big show?