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2nd Best QB in Steelers History is… Landry Jones??

Posted by on Friday, 25 May, 2018

Okay, I’ll give you a minute to clear the cornflakes out of your sinuses after reading that headline. Nobody in their right mind would consider Landry Jones to be among the very best quarterbacks in Steelers history.

Yet, Landry does acquit himself surprisingly well in a statistical review. For most categories he gets middling results, which frankly is already a surprise given what most thought of him in his first couple of pro campaigns. In a couple of categories he does appear among the best, and even comes out tops in one category.

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Feasting on the NFL’s Turkeys

Posted by on Wednesday, 23 November, 2016

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d offer a reminder of how fortunate we are as Steelers fans. As shown in the table below, the Steelers are the winningest team of the modern NFL era, beginning with the formal merger of the AFL and NFL. The Steelers have the highest winning percentage – the only team with a winning percentage over .600; the most regular season wins (by a fairly comfortable 14 game margin over the second place team and 157 wins more than Cleveland); the most playoff appearances; the most playoff wins; and of course, the most Super Bowl wins. Whatever happens in tomorrow’s game, we have much for which to be grateful.

To access the “live” version of this chart, click here.
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Should Ben try Bradshaw’s myna bird cure?

Posted by on Thursday, 14 January, 2016
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This isn’t the first time a Steelers HOF quarterback had to look for extra special assistance for an ailing arm. Maybe Rajah is still available. (Click to enlarge).

How have the Steelers fared in Roethlisberger’s 2nd games back from injury?

Posted by on Thursday, 5 November, 2015
I really am expecting Ben Roethlisberger to be improved Sunday versus the Raiders by comparison to last week’s game versus the Bengals.
Another week of recovery time on that bone bruise in his left knee should, in theory, give him the confidence he needs to follow through completely on his throws from his plant leg.
Unfortunately, my buddy Earl had to point out that he thought Ben historically had a rough go of it in his second game back as well. So I started digging. Sure enough, Earl, the buzzkill that he is, was right.

Ben 2nd game back

In fact, when you look at Ben’s first two games back from injury over his career, the picture isn’t a pretty one.

Bens 1st and 2nd Games Back

Ben is 33 and I would like to believe that after the 2011 debacle in San Francisco, when he tried to play on one leg after leaving the Factory of Sadness 10 days before in a walking boot, that he now waits until he is at least close to healthy before coming back. Maybe this game will buck the trend. His first 2 games back in 2012 were losses. However, his own stat lines in those games were not too bad, as you can see above.
Ben looked very good on the first drive this past Sunday. On the second drive, Geno Atkins brushed past, hitting Roethlisberger in the knee, and Ben was never the same again. His throws floated and lacked zip. It was obvious that while he was making good decisions about when and where to put the ball, his body was not up to the task of delivering what his mind wanted it to. Ben was not Ben. The tight windows that Ben can typically deliver the ball into were too tight for a guy who could not put enough on the ball because he couldn’t drive through his plant leg when delivering it.
Let’s hope that his knee has healed enough for his performance to more closely match his own standards this week.

A Long Bus Ride to Canton

Posted by on Friday, 26 June, 2015

Some highlights in prep for the HOF.

Troy and the Ecstasy of Gold

Posted by on Saturday, 11 April, 2015

This is a video tribute ripped from Youtube, with the lousy rap video track removed and replaced with L’Estasi Dell’oro by Ennio Morricone. This is sitting on our server so be patient while it downloads. Hopefully it will work reasonably well. Aside from being an awesome tune for a highlight reel, it could not be a more appropriate title for a Steelers reel.

H/T to The Wolf for putting the song in my head. It’s from “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” (AKA, the Steelers, the Browns, and the Ravens).

“Malsor, an expert on Steelers matters, had this to say…”

Posted by on Monday, 3 November, 2014

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Such beauty to behold when the Steelers get nostalgic

Posted by on Friday, 24 October, 2014

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Best, Worst, and Ordinary Draft Classes

Posted by on Saturday, 30 August, 2014

As we get ready for the launching of the 2014 draft class next weekend, a class that has promise of being a good one, let’s take a look at draft history for context. It’s pretty much universally agreed that the best draft class in Steelers history, and indeed in all NFL history, is 1974. That draft class delivered an astonishing four Hall of Famers in the first five picks, a feat unlikely to be matched in our lifetimes. But what were the other top classes? And what about the worst? The sortable table below helps to reveal the answers. (Before you object, this kind of analysis is of course very limited. For one thing, the numbers follow the players rather than the team. The data reveals something about the value of Steelers draft selections regardless of whether the players played for Pittsburgh or for other teams.)

In this chart, we are looking at all draft classes from 1969 to 2008. The “modern era” can be considered to have begun for the Steelers with the drafting of Joe Greene in 1969, so that sets the start of the evaluation. Because recent draft classes are still writing their stories, we can’t look at them. Classes that are less than about five or six years are still largely active in the NFL so their full numbers will not be known for awhile. On the other hand, we know that the story of the 2008 class is now complete because none of the draftees remain active in the NFL. Not only does this hint at some of the answers to come, but it also provides a good ending point for the evaluation. It is true that there are a smattering of active players from previous years, but not too many. Seasons prior to 2000 are officially “in the books” as there are no longer active players, but years from 2000-2007 are still incomplete, and in the cases of 2004 and 2007, significantly incomplete. But, we have to start and stop somewhere.

The chart shows the following results for each year: HOF players, total games played by draftees, total all-pro player-years, total pro-bowl player-years, total player-years as primary starters, and total game starts. If we look by HOF players, there is no doubt that 1974 wins easily so we need look no further. Total games played (G) is not necessarily an indicator of the greatness of individual players, but it does tell us something about the overall net impact of the class on the team and therefore is a good indicator of the quality of the draft. By this measure, ’87, ’71, and ’93 were the best, with over 1000 total games played each. On the other end of the scale, the very worst draft class is 2008 which produced only 201 games played. At 285, the 2006 class was not much better.

The results for all pro (AP) and pro bowl (PB) are consistent with each other. The best are ’74 and ’87 by a significant margin. Similarly, years as primary starters (PS) and total game starts (GS) are consistent. 1987 produced the most primary starters and game starts, followed by ’71 and ’74. On the flip side, 1983 and 2008 tied for the most anemic starters by a wide margin, with only 5 player-years as primary starters from each of those classes. The 1983 years would have been somewhat better had the Steelers selected Dan Marino, but instead the most significant player from that class was a punter. Total game starts reveals an additional bad year, 1978. That class produced only 75 total game starts, consistent with the beginning of the end of the Dynasty. To be fair, it must have been hard to break into the extant starting lineup. 2008 provided only 81 game starts, while 1985 produced 87 and 1983 produced 89, delivering the doldrums of the Steelers Lost Decade. It’s easy to see how one or two bad drafts can result in several years of mediocrity. Given the 2008 class, there is little room for error in 2014.

Click below to see and sort the table.

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Badass Extraordinaire, A Fond Fairwell

Posted by on Saturday, 30 August, 2014