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mesaSteeler
02-16-2011, 07:29 AM
New statistic shows Steelers secondary better than most believe
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 12:15 AM
Written by Bob Smizik
http://communityvoices.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/sports/bob-smiziks-blog/27498-new-statistic-shows-steelers-secondary-better-than-most-believe

Nobody asked me, but . . .

* Hereís a statistic that sheds some new and different information on the Steelers often-maligned secondary. The Steelers were second, behind Green Bay, in defensive passer rating. They limited opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating of 73.8, which is well below average. For all the criticism of the secondary, particularly cornerbacks Bryant McFadden and William Gay, that numbers speaks well of the unit. And, yes, I know that no stat fully defines anything, but that number, combined with the Steelers allowing the fewest points in the league, would indicate the secondary player better than most believe. (Well I suppose this will be used as justification to draft 4 more linebackers. - mesa)

* The Philadelphia Flyers paid a steep price for Toronto right winger Kris Versteeg -- first and third round picks in the June draft -- but the deal is being portrayed in the Philly media as one that can get the team to the Stanley Cup final. Thatís a premise that's hard to argue against.

* I get a kick out of the fact itís been discovered the Steelers defense is susceptible to elite quarterbacks. What defense isnít?

* Concerning free agency, if it ever comes, LaMarr Woodley is a better football player than Ike Taylor, but Taylor is more valuable to the Steelers.

* In case you missed it, Nate Montana, Joeís son, has left the Notre Dame football team. He will attend -- are you ready for this? -- Montana, where he will be eligible to play during the upcoming season. The young Montana, a quarterback like his dad, played sparingly last season and was buried on the Notre Dame depth chart.

* Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and his staff have a reputation for developing talent, and the many Big East Most Improved Player awards the team has won is testimony to that. But I donít know if Iíve ever seen a Pitt player progress the way Brad Wanamaker has. From a guy who looked as a freshman like he might be able to make some contributions off the bench, Wanamaker has evolved into a one of the best players on one of the best teams in the country. Truly remarkable.

* Hereís a word that is rarely, if ever, associated with hockey players. But following what the New York Islanders did Friday night against the Penguins, it applies: Thug.

* The notion put forth by some that the Steelers should go after potential free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders is pretty ridiculous and is not going to happen. The Steelers take care of their own first, and that would be Taylor. Thereís also the matter of finding the salary-cap room for Asomugha.

* Duquesne cannot afford a letdown after losing to Xavier. The Dukes need to win the Atlantic 10 tournament to make the NCAA tournament, but are a viable candidate for the NIT, if they finish strong. That wonít be easy. Four of their final six games are on the road, including at 7-4 Rhode Island and 9-2 Richmond. The Dukes also play St. Bonaventure, a team theyíve already lost to, at home.

* Ethics: Does this bother you? The New York Times has reported that the ESPN College GameDay crew -- Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso -- has a contract with Nike that involves making speaking engagements in behalf of the apparel giant? Nike has close ties with many, but not all, college teams.

* It was surprising to see Rod Woodson leave his TV gig with the NFL Network to take a job coaching the cornerbacks with the Raiders. From what I know of Woodson, heíll be an excellent coach.

Wallace108
02-16-2011, 08:59 AM
Here’s a statistic that sheds some new and different information on the Steelers often-maligned secondary. The Steelers were second, behind Green Bay, in defensive passer rating. They limited opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating of 73.8, which is well below average. For all the criticism of the secondary, particularly cornerbacks Bryant McFadden and William Gay, that numbers speaks well of the unit. And, yes, I know that no stat fully defines anything, but that number, combined with the Steelers allowing the fewest points in the league, would indicate the secondary player better than most believe.
And that's EXACTLY why I never pay attention to stats. They can be really misleading.

The final score of a game can be 35-28. If you didn't watch the game, you might think, "Wow, that was a close game." But if you did watch the game, the losing team could have scored some late garbage TDs to make it look like it was a close game. So the score wasn't indicative of the game. Same with stats. Regardless of what the stats say, our secondary did not play petter than most of us believe.

Hayeksheroes
02-16-2011, 10:00 AM
The San Diego Chargers had the number 1 offense and number 1 defense statistically. They did not make the playoffs. The only important statistic is the one on the scoreboard.

FanSince72
02-16-2011, 10:16 AM
OK, here's a stat for you:

Suppose I was standing on the first tee on a golf course with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood. Statistically, I'd be the fourth best golfer in that group.

And that would be great --- until we started playing.

I don't care about stats. What I care about is that we can't stop a team on 3rd and 8 and THAT stat has to change.

El Nino
02-16-2011, 11:38 AM
0-3 against elite quarterbacks this year (brady, brees, rodgers)

not good enough.

tony hipchest
02-16-2011, 12:24 PM
0-3 against elite quarterbacks this year (brady, brees, rodgers)

not good enough.not good enough?

the browns beat brady and brees and then fired their defensive head coach.

maybe they are doing something we arent. :noidea: