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    Steelers Report Card: Final grade for the season

    Steelers Report Card: Final grade for the season

    January 4, 2014
    By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



    QUARTERBACK

    Early-season mistakes and turnovers by Ben Roethlisberger were a good part of the reason for the team's slow start. And the only comeback victory he directed was in the first meeting against the Ravens. His record number of attempts and five 300-plus-yard passing performances were largely the result of playing from behind. Still, he brought the team back in at least four games where they were headed for embarrassment and is the reason they finished 8-8 and not 5-11.

    Grade: B

    RUNNING BACKS

    The Steelers averaged 3.5 ypc, their lowest in 10 years, and didn't have a 100-yard rusher until Week 15. But the development of Le'Veon Bell as a focal point of the offense had a tremendous impact. Bell set a franchise rookie record for most total yards (1,259), despite missing the first three games, and averaged more than 22 touches a game. In the last five games, he averaged better than 4 ypc and 109.6 total yards.

    GRADE: C+

    WIDE RECEIVERS

    Any question how Antonio Brown would perform as the No. 1 receiver was answered in an emphatic way. His Pro Bowl numbers --110 catches, 1,499 receiving yards -- were the result of consistency and ability to make plays after the catch. Emmanuel Sanders had a productive year (67 catches, 740 yards), but critical drops will be what everyone remembers. And was there a better value in the league that slot receiver Jerricho Cotchery?

    GRADE: B

    OFFENSIVE LINE

    The season got off to a bad start with the injury to Maurkice Pouncey, the ineffective performance of LT Mike Adams and the abandonment of the zone-blocking schemes. But Fernando Velasco was an outstanding pickup, Kelvin Beachum settled in on the left side and G David DeCastro is on the path to the Pro Bowl. After allowing 36 sacks in the first nine games, the line allowed just seven in the last seven. The running game showed signs of improvement, averaging 4.1 ypc in the final five games.

    GRADE: C

    DEFENSIVE LINE

    The emergence of Cam Heyward as a dominant player was the brightest spot for a defense that didn't have many grand moments. And Brett Keisel, when healthy, played as well as he ever has at age 35. But that was about it. Opponents averaged 4.3 yards a rush and had 18 rushing touchdowns, the most since 1988. The biggest hole was in the middle where the defense never learned how to play without NT Casey Hampton.

    GRADE: C-

    LINEBACKERS

    The early-season injury to ILB Larry Foote was more troublesome than imagined. That put the onus on Lawrence Timmons to set the defense and that led to problems. LaMarr Woodley was not able to make up for the loss of James Harrison. Rookie Jarvis Jones failed to keep blossoming after an impressive preseason. But the development of Jason Worilds into a pass-rushing force was a plus. And rookie Vince Williams showed he is capable of being, at the very least, a competent backup.

    GRADE: C

    SECONDARY

    Too many big pass plays and too few INTs were the bane of the unit for most of the season. After allowing four pass plays of 40-plus yards the previous two seasons combined, they allowed 12. Even Ike Taylor struggled. Cortez Allen came on strong and William Gay was more solid than anyone expected. Getting every snap out of Troy Polamalu should have been more of a plus, but a lack of speed created problems.

    GRADE: C-

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    Shaun Suisham missed only two field goals and has converted 63 of 68 attempts in the past 34 games, a 92.6 conversion rate that is the best in the NFL in that period. Antonio Brown had five punt returns of 40-plus yards. But there was no real kickoff-return threat and punting was a problem from the time they cut Drew Butler. Jacoby Jones' 73-yard kick return in Baltimore remains one of the defining moments of a frustrating season.

    GRADE: B-

    COACHING

    The ability to right the ship and stave off a really embarrassing season is a testament to Mike Tomlin. Another 8-8 season is not something of which he and the organization are proud, but everything was headed in a more disastrous direction, especially when the team was 2-6. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley eventually found some common ground with Roethlisberger and entrusted a rookie to be the focal point of the offense. But there is no question the defense performed far below the usual standards of coordinator Dick LeBeau with a league-high 11 scrimmage plays of 50-plus yards.

    GRADE: C+

    THE SEASON'S TEAM GRADE: C

    http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/s...#ixzz2pZu3rI6F

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    I'd give the OL a D+ at most.

    If Bell had been healthy the whole year RBs would have been a solid B. I do think they need to use Dwyer more to keep Bell healthy.
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    I'd give BEN an "A" ....sure he had a terrible start. Mainly due to some poor play calling and terrible O-Line blocking. Down the stretch he showed his true colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SidSmythe View Post
    I'd give BEN an "A" ....sure he had a terrible start. Mainly due to some poor play calling and terrible O-Line blocking. Down the stretch he showed his true colors.

    I could see B+ only because his stubborness was part of the problem. Hopefully the light stays on for him and he embraces what Haley's approach can do for him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    I could see B+ only because his stubborness was part of the problem. Hopefully the light stays on for him and he embraces what Haley's approach can do for him
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Steelers Report Card: Final grade for the season

    OFFENSIVE LINE

    The season got off to a bad start with the injury to Maurkice Pouncey, the ineffective performance of LT Mike Adams and the abandonment of the zone-blocking schemes. But Fernando Velasco was an outstanding pickup, Kelvin Beachum settled in on the left side and G David DeCastro is on the path to the Pro Bowl. After allowing 36 sacks in the first nine games, the line allowed just seven in the last seven. The running game showed signs of improvement, averaging 4.1 ypc in the final five games.

    GRADE: C
    http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/s...#ixzz2pZu3rI6F

    by Ray Fittipaldo

    Pro Football Focus has some end-of-the-season thoughts on the Steelers:

    Some running game and offensive line notes:

    *It appears David DeCastro is by far the teamís top run blocking offensive linemen. The Steelers averaged 5.2 yards between the right guard and center and 3.8 between the right guard and right tackle.

    *Heath Miller had an up-and-down season with more negative grades than positive grades, and he especially struggled with his run-blocking.

    *DeCastro and Ramon Foster and each graded out among the top 14 guards in the league. Foster finished as the second-ranked left guard in terms of pass protection, allowing only two sacks, two hits and 12 hurries in 523 pass-blocking snaps.

    *As a unit, the offensive line ranked 21st in the league in pass-blocking efficiency.

    http://sportsblogs.post-gazette.com/...s/201401100005

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    Generous overall C grade. I always think of a C as being average....8-8 and missing the playoffs shouldn't be average for the Steelers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SidSmythe View Post
    I'd give BEN an "A" ....sure he had a terrible start. Mainly due to some poor play calling and terrible O-Line blocking. Down the stretch he showed his true colors.

    Gotta give Ben an A or at least an A- for the season. He did not miss a play, adapted, gave leadership and was key in keeping things together and finishing strong.
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    Interesting stat about Suisham, I didn't know about the 92% conversion rate. Kickoff coverage was abysmal though for the special teams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    by Ray Fittipaldo

    Pro Football Focus has some end-of-the-season thoughts on the Steelers:

    Some running game and offensive line notes:

    *It appears David DeCastro is by far the team’s top run blocking offensive linemen. The Steelers averaged 5.2 yards between the right guard and center and 3.8 between the right guard and right tackle.

    *Heath Miller had an up-and-down season with more negative grades than positive grades, and he especially struggled with his run-blocking.

    *DeCastro and Ramon Foster and each graded out among the top 14 guards in the league. Foster finished as the second-ranked left guard in terms of pass protection, allowing only two sacks, two hits and 12 hurries in 523 pass-blocking snaps.

    *As a unit, the offensive line ranked 21st in the league in pass-blocking efficiency.

    http://sportsblogs.post-gazette.com/...s/201401100005
    The grade for the offensive line should be split. I'd give them an "F" for the first half of the season and a B+ for the second half. I forget the stat, but the line gave up something like 8 sacks in the last 8 games. I'm sure some of that was the no huddle, but especially for a team with Ben at QB, and give his penchant for extending plays, that is impressive.

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