We were 9th in receiving yards and tied with about 5 other teams at 13th in receiver scoring. This young group showed promise in 2011 so that gave Steeler fans some cause for excitement that we may have a terrific receiving corp with the young money crew. Unfortunately that excitement brought some lofty expectations that weren't lived up to.
Wallace - Held out of training camp when we had a new OC on staff. Had nearly as many drive killing drops as game changing catches. Showed throughout the season he isn't a physical WR at all whether it was failing to come back for the ball when that simple action would of gained his offense the pass interference call on a defender that doesn't turn for the ball, or his poor downfield blocking efforts, he showed his poor effort too often. He doesn't catch the ball with his hands on a vast majority of his attempts, instead letting the ball come to his body which has caused far too many dropped passes. He lacks the physicality and mental toughness to take on a defender with the ball in the air. He truly is a one trick pony.
Eventually he will beat the coverage deep and at a minimum come close to catching the HR ball, if not catching one. That basically makes him almost worthless once the field shortens near the red zone as there isn't enough field to make his one positive attribute, beating a defender in a long foot race, a non factor.
Without a solid running game it gets tougher to draw the defense in so they can sit back in coverage more. Play action would allow us to attempt the long ball more often.
You know, a year ago we had the worst Placekicker in the NFL too.. funny how perceptions change.
Schiavone's Race Career:
I'm not quite doom n gloom on the WR's yet. I thought they were a strength heading into the season. They didn't live up to their potential, with a lot of mental lapses. Maybe some new blood at the WR coaching spot would invigorate this unit. This is the first year with Hines gone, I'm not saying I want him as the coach but maybe he picked up the slack where the WR coach, Montgomery, left off.
Steelers 2013 Draft
1--Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
2--Jesse Williams NT Alabama
3--LeVeon Bell RB Michigan State
4--Jordan Poyer CB Oregon State
5--Earl Wolff SS North Carolina State
6--Josh Boyd NT Mississippi State
6---Conner Vernon WR Duke
7--Vince Williams ILB Florida State
Linebacker finishes with 19 tackles
BY SCOTT HOTARD
January 06, 2013
Kevin Minter is an all-in guy. Just a great leader, a great player. Instinctive.” LES MILES, LSU coach
ATLANTA — Returning to his home state for the final game of his junior season, LSU linebacker Kevin Minter showed everyone back home what most fans in Louisiana saw all season.
Minter finished with 19 tackles Monday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to go with one sack and two tackles for loss, falling two stops short of matching the LSU record for tackles in a game.
About the only thing missing for the Suwanee, Ga., product was a win.
Clemson rallied in the final minutes for a 25-24 victory, sealing the win with two late scores against an LSU defense that was on the field for 100 plays.
“Kevin Minter is an all-in guy,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “Just a great leader, a great player. Instinctive.”
Minter capped a breakout season in which he finished with 130 tackles, placing him fourth in the LSU record books for single-season tackles.
No player since Bradie James in 2002 had finished with more.
With those kind of numbers, it’s no wonder Minter was voted team MVP by his LSU teammates.
“That guy, wow,” LSU offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk said.
“I can’t say enough about what it’s been like to play with Kevin and have him as one of the leaders on defense.”
Returning to the Georgia Dome for the second time of his career, Minter looked like an even better version of the sophomore who helped LSU beat Georgia here in last year’s Southeastern Conference championship game.
Minter had 14 tackles against Clemson in the first half.
He may have gotten to 21 stops by game’s end — the school record, set by Al Richardson in 1982 — had he not missed a chunk of plays in the second half because of leg cramps.
It was the second time this season Minter flirted with breaking Richardson’s single-game record. He had 20 tackles, including 17 solo stops, in a loss at Florida.
“He was everything you want in a middle linebacker,” Dworaczyk said.
Having received his degree from LSU earlier this month, Minter has the option of returning for his senior season or declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft.
If he decides to move on, then his last game as a Tiger will have been a memorable one.
good article, hawaiin. Sounds like he has an attitude any defense would love.