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Old 02-13-2011, 07:30 AM   #1
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Default Steelers Report Card: 2010 season

Steelers Report Card: 2010 season
Sunday, February 13, 2011
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11044/1124916-66.stm

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Quarterbacks - A

Considering everything that transpired, Ben Roethlisberger's on-field performance might have been the best of his career. His command of the offense and understanding of opposing defenses is one of the reasons he threw a career-low five INTs. His comeback victories vs. the Ravens, especially in the playoffs, were the pivotal points of the season. What's more, the 3-1 record Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch compiled during Roethlisberger's suspension is an accomplishment that is not to be underestimated.
Running backs - B-

The Steelers were faced with an edict to improve the run game and they did. Rashard Mendenhall had a career-best 1,273 yards and 13 rushing TDs and was even better in the playoffs. But his fumble in Super Bowl XLV was the most damaging turnover of the season. And his average of 3.9 ypc was second-lowest among the NFL's 1,000-yard rushers and reflective of the area's inconsistency. Still, the goal-line rush offense was improved and Isaac Redman's TD catch-and-run in Baltimore was one of 2010's biggest plays.
Wide receivers - B

In his second season, Mike Wallace showed he can be one of the most dangerous WRs in the league. He led the team with 1,257 receiving yards and 10 TDs and led the AFC in yards per catch (21.0). But he also showed in the postseason he has to develop into more of a complete receiver. While Hines Ward's numbers declined, his role as a clutch performer did not. TE Heath Miller was not the factor he was a year ago, but the advent of rookies Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown was a pleasant surprise.
Offensive line - B-

Their evaluation cannot be measured in numbers, even though sacks were down and rushing totals were up. Considering they lost both starting tackles and started three different players at right guard, the line can only be commended for what it was able to do. Rookie C Maurkice Pouncey was an instant star. But what the Steelers were able to get from veteran RT Flozell Adams, the only lineman to start every game, was beyond their wildest expectations. Put him up there with line coach Sean Kugler for best 2010 additions.
Defensive line - A

They lost DE Aaron Smith for the final 13 games, including postseason, and DE Brett Keisel for six in the middle of the season and still were the unsung reason the Steelers set a franchise record for fewest yards rushing (1,004). It was also the third lowest total in a 16-game season in NFL history. Attention and acclaim isn't easy to achieve in a three-man line, but Keisel finally earned an invitation to the Pro Bowl. Smith's injury has a silver lining because it allowed for the rapid development of DE Ziggy Hood.
Linebackers - A+

It's hard to imagine a team leading the NFL in rush defense and sacks (48), but that's what the Steelers did. OLBs James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, the only players in franchise history to have double-digit sacks in three consecutive seasons, have become complete players. But the best LB might have been James Farrior. He showed, at 35, he could still play at a high level. He was second with 137 tackles and had a career-high six sacks. And Lawrence Timmons, who had a team-high 149 tackles, should only get better.
Defensive backs - B

For the most part, Dick LeBeau did a good job hiding the biggest weakness on the team because the Steelers led the NFL in scoring defense (232) and had the second-best opposing passer rating (73.1). Troy Polamalu deserved to be NFL defensive player of the year just on the basis of the three consecutive games he changed with big plays. CB Ike Taylor was more than solid. But the Steelers needed to use Polamalu and S Ryan Clark to protect their other corners in the postseason, limiting their defensive options.
Special teams - C+

There is no question the coverage units were improved from 2010. A lot of that credit goes to newcomers Arnaz Battle and Stevenson Sylvester. Antonio Brown's 89-yard kick return TD in Tennessee and the addition of K Shaun Suisham were plusses in a season in which they released long-time K Jeff Reed and lost P Daniel Sepulveda to another season-ending knee injury. But their return units were spotty at best and too many bad penalties late in the season conspired to hurt their overall performance.
Coaching - A+

It is incomprehensible that Mike Tomlin didn't receive a single vote for coach of the year in a season when he should have been a hands-down winner. When you consider all the team had to overcome, from the Roethlisberger incident in March to the number of injuries along the offensive and defensive lines and even at backup quarterback. It is incredible the Steelers lost only four games and won another division title, let alone made it to the Super Bowl. No matter how many bumps, Tomlin never let his team waver off course.

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Old 02-13-2011, 01:17 PM   #2
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Very good analysis but I cannot give our Secondary a B. Troy really helps that grade. They get a C IMHO.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:29 PM   #3
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Very good analysis but I cannot give our Secondary a B. Troy really helps that grade. They get a C IMHO.
Ben gets an A and coaching an A+???? Is this a joke?
Ben deserves a B and coaching a B and I'm being generous.
Our coaching performance in the Superbowl was pathetic, especially STs and O.
Not only Suisham's 52yds FG attempt and the killer penalties on STs, but what about the total lack of adjustment in the passing game after the Packer's secondary was decimated?
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Ben gets an A and coaching an A+???? Is this a joke?
Ben deserves a B and coaching a B and I'm being generous.
Our coaching performance in the Superbowl was pathetic, especially STs and O.
Not only Suisham's 52yds FG attempt and the killer penalties on STs, but what about the total lack of adjustment in the passing game after the Packer's secondary was decimated?
Uhhh the grades are for the entire year...the Super Bowl is one game.

The grading is pretty much correct.
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Ben gets an A and coaching an A+???? Is this a joke?
Ben deserves a B and coaching a B and I'm being generous.
Our coaching performance in the Superbowl was pathetic, especially STs and O.
Not only Suisham's 52yds FG attempt and the killer penalties on STs, but what about the total lack of adjustment in the passing game after the Packer's secondary was decimated?
This may meet your suggested ratings

Steelers Report Card: Super Bowl XLV
Gerry Dulac grades the Steelers' effort Sunday in their loss to Green Bay
Monday, February 07, 2011
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
QUARTERBACKS: B-

This was one time Ben Roethlisberger couldn't produce a miraculous comeback, after the Steelers trailed, 21-3. He couldn't overcome his two turnovers -- a 36-yard interception return for touchdown and another that led to the Packers' third touchdown in the first half. But he tried with a big scoring drive at the end of the first half and another to start of the third quarter to get the Steelers back in the game.
RUNNING BACKS: B-

Rashard Mendenhall was effective in the first half, rushing 8 times for 30 yards. And he kept it up on the first drive of the second half, following a 17-yard run with an 8-yard TD that made it 21-17 -- a big momentum lift for the team. But his fumble at the Packers 33 to start the fourth quarter was the big shift because it led to the touchdown that made it 28-17. Mendenhall finished with 63 yards on 14 carries.
WIDE RECEIVERS: C+

Mike Wallace had nine catches and a big 25-yard TD, but too much of the first half was playing soft and failing to gain separation -- much like the rest of his postseason. Hines Ward was clutch with seven catches and an 8-yard touchdown. And Antwaan Randle El had two big catches for 50 yards in the first half. TE David Johnson had a false-start penalty that stalled an early drive.
OFFENSIVE LINE: B-

The Steelers kept running their counter with success behind pulling G Chris Kemoeatu, which is why they finished with 126 yards rushing on 23 attempts (5.5 avg.). The protection for Roethlisberger wasn't bad (one sack). He scrambled four times for 31 yards, including an 18-yarder that led to a field goal. RT Flozell Adams played with a bad shoulder but did a solid job on sack-leader Clay Matthews.
DEFENSIVE LINE: C+

The Packers had some success running in the first half (37 yards on 7 carries) because the Steelers were using a lot of two-man fronts in their nickel and dime packages. But they finished with 50 yards on 13 carries. DE Brett Keisel had pressure on QB Aaron Rodgers and DE Ziggy Hood had a sack for the fourth game in a row. But nobody could make a play when they absolutely needed one.
LINEBACKERS: B-

This is the strength of the defense, but nobody made a play when it was absolutely necessary. OLBs LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison each had a sack on Rodgers in the second half, but there wasn't enough pressure in the first half to keep the Packers from taking a 21-3 lead. Harrison and James Farrior let Jordy Nelson run around them on a 38-yard catch to the Steelers 2 that set up the winning TD.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: D

CB Ike Taylor always seems to do a good job except for one play, and that came when he allowed a 31-yard pass on third-and-10 to Greg Jennings on the final FG drive. The Steelers really had no answer for Rodgers in the first half when he passed for 137 yards and two TDs. William Gay lost the ball on a 29-yard TD and Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu were late on a Rodgers 21-yard TD to Jennings.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D+

The downfall really started when Ryan Mundy's block-in-the back penalty wiped out a 45-yard kick return by Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger had a pick-six one play later. That has been the case too much this season -- repeated penalties that have disrupted their return game. And there was another senseless personal-foul penalty by Keyaron Fox that forced the Steelers to start from their 13 with 2:02 remaining.
COACHING: C

The Steelers had no answer for the Packers in the first half, getting nailed in the running game in their dime defense and failing to make plays on Rodgers. But, as they have done all season, the players never quit, which is testament to patience and commitment by the coaches. Still, when three turnovers result in three touchdowns, the deficit is usually too much to overcome -- which it was.


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Uhhh the grades are for the entire year...the Super Bowl is one game.

The grading is pretty much correct.
OK, my bad but A for the entire season is too generous for Ben and fpr some elements of coaching staff. No way Arians and the ST coach get an A.
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OK, my bad but A for the entire season is too generous for Ben and fpr some elements of coaching staff. No way Arians and the ST coach get an A.
Ben was going into the post season with 5 interceptions and some 198 passes without one. Coaching, how well they adjusted to Ben's suspension and the fines Harrison got. They used all this to their advantage unlike other teams that would completely breakdown.
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