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The season offensively was horrible. Big part of it was Ryan Mallett's injury and starting Powell as the HB 1. When Ryan played he showed how solid he is, if he is healthy can help the team get into the playoffs and more.

Defensive side was different. Rush D was the 10th lowest ydsgame which is pretty decent. Pass D, well that was awful. 9th worst shows how weak the secondary is.
The team needs to be better in all fronts. The revamped OL should work better in passing and running game as well.
The team finished the season with 8-8, which is better than last years 7-9 but not enough for the playoffs. 3rd position in the division, but what a difference. Last years 2-4 in the division was a nightmare. The team performance was way better against the division rivals. The Steelers finished the season with 4-2 in their group.

The season started with a home win against the Baltimore Ravens. Decent performance 20-10.

On the second game we could not stop the Chiefs run game, and we could not produce enough on the ground to secure the win. 13-17 loss away.
Third game was an away game against the Jets. We stopped the run, the pass game won the game. We suffered on the ground once again. 19-13.
Week 4 was a point galore away game against the Brownies. We have changed the starter HB to Johnstone, in a hope of a better performance. Aaand he delivered. Almost a 100yds, TD, long possession. Decent performace from Mallett 285 yds, 4 TDs, 128.2 QB rating. 48-35 away win.
The game against the Titans in week 5 was a heartbreaking one. They were the better team, only our running game worked, still we were leading until the last minute... 21-20 loss.
Week 6 big loss against the Packers. No running game whatsoever, no Run D. Lets move on. 17-35.
Overtime loss against the Texans in week 7. Mallett got injured the last game, so Kevin Kolb tried to show his skills. He did not. Decent running game, no Run D. 20-17 home loss.
Week 8 BYE. The team went to a wellness weekend to regenerate themselves before the division rivalry game against the Bengals.
Big win against the Bengals. The Run D and the secondary won the game for us. 10-24 home W.
Week 10 Steelers travelled to Baltimore and lost. The good running game did not help much with only 88 yds an 2 INTs from Kolb. Run D was horrible, the first time of the season. Well deserved loss. 16-23.
We could not resist the Bears at home in week 11. We scored 14 in garbage time, Chicago was better in every aspect of the game. 17-23.
Week 12 is a painful loss. No passing game from Kolb, amazing passing game from Gainey. The only positive thing from the game was Johnstone 171yds. Horrible pass D allowed the Bengals to go over 350 yds. Well deserved loss. 14-15.
At this point of the season the Steelers knew they did not have a chance to get into the playoffs.
Without this burden the team won 4 out of the last 6 games.




Offseason



Retirements
QB Kevin Kolb

He was the starter after QB Ryan Mallett went down with a season ending injury. He played acceptable, the 77 QB rating shows you that he played decent. His contract ended, so he decided to retire at the age of 35


SS Justin Thorton
Did not play last season, he was only a backup. He decided to retire at the age of 32.

Players Lost


Expired Contracts :

OLB Martin Butler
Very loyal player, played his whole career as a Steeler. He regressed twice, so his physicals went below acceptable. Did not get a contract extension.

C Barry Barnes
Backup Center, he might comeback in UFA.

RT Levi Brown

Long term Steeler, aging got him. It was his third regression, at the age of 37 we decided to let him go.

QB Andy Dalton

He was picked up after Mallet went down for the season.


LG Jake Long

Signed for one season, but did not dominate the field as we expected.

Cuts:


DT Haloti Ngata
Signed last season to mentor our young DTs, but having cap issues made us cutting him.


Acquired Players




DRAFT
Heading into the draft we had needs as follows: OL, OLB, aging MLB, FS and CB.

1.19 - OT Sepulveda Wright- 65SPD 93STR 63AWR 68AGI 80ACC 82PBK 82RBK
The deep OL pool allowed to still get a decent starter RT at 1.19. Good ACC and STR. Traditionally i like to build my own OL, he will be an essential part of my new OL.

2.11- LG Timmy Porter - 63SPD 90STR 66AWR 65AGI 77ACC 84PBK 80RBK
Originally wanted to draft a CB but all of the 2nd round worthy corners were picked before my pick. The deep OL group helped me out and allowed me to pick a starter Guard.

4.19 - TE Austin Cooper
Unfortunately my original TE target Tyler Bush got picked before i could choose, so i selected him. He has decent CTH 83 and his blocking is good too with PBK 59 RBK 57. He might get a starter role during the season.

5.19 - LG Byron Tyler
Quite happy with him. Pretty awesome backup. With ACC 75 and SPD 66 he has the physicals needed at the position. With a lucky skew he could be an emergency starter if needed. His blocking ability with PBK 77 RBK 76 is pretty solid too. This OL class was crazy deep.


5.28 - QB Nate Sudfeld
He is a balanced backup QB. If he gets lucky with the skew he is a solid backup.
6.3 - CB Myes Zander
Again i was pretty happy that he was available at 6.3. He is 6'1" and ACC 96 with JMP 93. Little weak STR 55 and his AGI 85 could be higher, but defenately one of my favourite pick of this draft.
6.19 - SS Jonas Moore
3rd string SS might be handy if the others are tired.



Post-Draft Free Agency
The team will go after some backups. Nothing major, all position is covered plus we lack of cap space.




Training Camp


WR : Bradd Reid, Brad Edwards, DeAndre Brown

Where Edwards is quicker, Reid and Brown are taller and a bigger target. The Steelers does not have their favorite yet. Reid last season was a dissapointment, but missing Mallett for the whole season is a key part of that. Still he managed to reach 71 REC and 829 yds. Brad Edwards and Brown could prove himself over the training camp once again. Edwards has the edge with his speed at the moment. A healthy and productive training camp can help their chances.

HB 1: Derrick Johnstone and Bilal Powell

Last season i tried something new with Powell being my HB1. Well I realised fast enough that his strenght will not be enough. Johnstone managed o avarage 4.82 yds per carry, missing with only 3 yds the 1300 barrier.

CB: Brady Shields, Jamell Fleming, and Samuel Price

At the moment it looks like Shields will be CB 1. His athleticism helps overcome his size. 95 SPD 95 ACC 96 AGI is pretty awesome. CB 2 is pretty open, i’m thinking to start Felming who is smaller but a lot more athletic. Price is regressing pretty steep, so he might be only CB 4.

TE: Fendi Onobun, Rock Muhammad and Austin Hopper
Not sure yet. Most probably will go with Hooper as TE1 and Onobun as TE2. Hooper was drafted to take over the starting role from the aging Onobun who already phyz regressed twice.

Training Camp Focus

This year 8 rookie will enter the camp plus a few new faces from the UFA market. Not an easy decision who would be in the focus to progress. The coaching staff decided that the following players will receive some bonus time on training.

ROLB Scottie Powers

We have decided to continue developing this young talent. His ACC will be close to the 90 landmark, which is pretty high for an outside linebacker. The reasoning behind the decision is that he can be a unique player if we continue focusing on his speed. This will help the Steelers to put some more pressure on the opponent QBs who are already affraid of our front seven.
TE Austin Hooper
Future starter in a new TE heavy system. Adding some speed will help him to stay at the team for a long time.

LOLB Kamalei Correa
We drafted him hoping he will have some nice skew, but he did not. He is a reach. One of the biggest mistakes as a GM ever. With the added ACC hopefully he will play up to his potential.


LG Timmy Porter
With an ACC boost he can play good enough to progress and he will be a stabil starter. He is already at 84PBK 80RBK, and he has 66AWR for a rookie. I really like him, hopefully he will live up the expectations.

FB Hassan Perry

The young FB needs to improve his ACC to match his great blocking skills. It will be his second boost on ACC. He will get his final boost next offseason.



2020 Outlook

This will be my 2nd season as a Steelers coach, and after the first full offseason our aim is to get into the playoffs. We managed to draft 3 starters and some quality back ups.
We have a bunch of 1 year contract players, but luckily only a few of them is a starter, so we will see how they perform. I anticipate a 10-6 this season, which should be enough for a wildcard place.

Is Ryan Mallett still has enough left in the tank?

I surely hope so. After the short season behind him its gotta motivate him to show his value one last time. The first half of the last season started really promising. There were voices, that the Steelers should get a young QB via the draft, but the staff has full confidence in the veteran player.

Can the team perform better with a heavier running game?
I drafted 2 OL starter in the first and second round to help the running game. I'm planning to use lots of heavy sets since we really want to use 2-3 TEs very often to help keeping the offense honest. With a smarter gameplan, better blocking it is expected to be better at running the ball.

Is this team ready to return to the playoffs?
Yes,absolutely. Avoiding injuries is the key. If Mallett stays healthy anything could happen. Its a tough division, with good Gms. We will pray to the almighty Kraken for a division dominance. The biggest question is to find the right gameplan. Its not an easy task, but we will do some extra work to overcome it.

How will the younger OL perform?

I hope good. I have the "veteran" RG Brendon Thomas OVR 94, its gonna be only his fifth season. His progressing nicely. He is 94PBK 92RB and he is already a mentor. RT Sepulveda Wright OVR 77, he is one of the rookies. He is a balanced OT with PBK 82 and RBK 82. LT Austin Laurie the 7 year veteran is one of the cornerstones of the OL. LG Timmy Porter is another talented rookie starter 84PBK 80RBK. C Max Tuerk is a first round pick from last year. Needs to improve his preformance, if he has long term plans at the team.

Can the secondary's performance improve?
Honestly it is all about the gameplan. We feel that the players we have are good enough to play better defense.




Starting Lineup Predictions

Offense:

QB: Ryan Mallett
HB: Derrick Johstone
FB: Hassan Perry
TE: Fendi Onobun
TE2: Rock Muhammad
WR: DeAndre Brown
WR2: Bradd Reid
WR3: Brad Edwards
LT: Austin Laurie
LG: Timmy Porter
C: Max Tuerk
RG: Brandon Thomas
RT: Sepulveda Wright

Defense:

DT: Archie Waters
DT2: Julius Walker
LE: Bruno Smith
RE: D'Qwann Miller
ROLB: Scottie Powers
MLB: Sean Weatherspoon
LOLB: Kamalei Correa
FS: Jimmy Rivera
SS: Deaone Bucannon
CB1: Brady Shields
CB2: Jamell Flemming
CB3: Jammel Fleming

Special Teams:


K: Joshua Day
P: Michael Koenen
KR: Kenjon Barner
PR: Kenjon Barner
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Steelers 2019 Recap


The season offensively was really productive for the Steelers finishing 6th best yds/game overall with 373.4 yds/game. Big part of it was Ryan Mallett and his leadership on the field finishing the 3rd best pass offense with 272.2 yds/game. He finished the season with 4417yds, 19TD and 18INT with a 79.8 passer rating. The coaching staff needs to reduce those INT numbers, otherwise elite performance from the veteran QB.
These numbers are really promising, but getting in to the Redzone, and score, thats another question. Ranked 15th best scoring offense with 23.4 pts/game… The Steelcity Team only managed to get into the Redzone 38 times, which is the 8th worst in the league. As a new GM, I assume this has to do something with the bad running game, which was the 9th worst in the league last season, with 101.2 yds/game. Running the ball is certanly one thing that we will concentrate next season.
Defensevily 14th lowest points allowed with 349.3 yds/game. Pass defense was only the 19th best in the league with 241.0 yds/game. Another field where we need to get better. On the other hand defending the rushing was top10, finishing the 9th lowest yds/game with 108.3 yds/game. Pass rush was exceptional with 45 sacks last season. Only managed to takeaway 29 balls from the opponnets which is only the 17th highest. The turnover ratio was -6.

The team finished the season with 7-9, whih is absolutely unacceptable for a team with such rich hostory. 4th position in the division, 2-4 against the rivals is a nightmare.

The horror started right off the bat against the Browns. Huge loss 17-34. The defense could not stop the brownies allowing them to gain 431yds.
Week 2 was a bounce back, with a 50-7 win against the Texans. Shotdown secondary performance with 5 INTs.
Heartbreaking loss against the Giants in Week 3. Mallett managed to throw 5INTs!!! Simply put, terror. 0-20...
Week 4 another loss 17-23. Bills running game and running defense was the key for their victory.
Loss against the Ravens in Week 5. The score is 20-28. Mallett threw a pic6… At this point Steelers was in a 3 loss in a row nightmare…
Another div loss against the Bengals. Steelers were dominating the lil kitties all game long, but if you dont score, you dont win. Mallett had 321yds with 3 INTs…
Week 7 a solid performance from Mallett. 315yds, 1TD 1INT. Really good pass D this week, 31-20 to the Steelers.
Week 8 BYE week.
Another big loss against the Browns. You cannot win a game with a turnover ratio of -3. 19-33 loss.
A lucky week 10 victory over the Raiders, 26-12. At this point of the season the luck of running game really hurts the team.
Another loss in week 11, this time the Redskins crushed us overtime, 30-36.
This game showed you how to win with -3 turnover ratio. 27-17 victory over the Cowgirls in week 12.
The last five games Steelers won 3games, one big one against the Striped Kitties.




Offseason



Retirements
LG Evan Detrich-Smith
He was signed as a backup, never played, not a big loss. He is 33 years old.


Players Lost


Expired Contracts :

DT Brian Price
Signed to be a starter for a year. Managed to produce 7 sacks, 6 TFL, 21 tackles, decent performance.

Lost In Free Agency:

C Maurkice Pouncey
Steelers legend has been lost in free agency due to a missed deadline on paperworks. He had 641 pancakes and 37 sacks over the 10 yrs. (He had one horrible season with 11 sacks. WTF?)He has one year left until regression, would have been nice to keep him one more season. Future Hall of Famer. The managament wishes him the best.

FB Fred Munzenmaier

Another great veteran lost in free agency. Superb run blocker. 641 pancakes(!!!) over the 10 seasons only 2 sacks. Wow what a career as a Steelers. We wish him the best, for the rest of his career.


Cuts:


LOLB Enrique Webb
Decent backup, the management decided to go forward without him. Played 3 seasons. He does not have the skillset we are looking for in a veteran. Low AWR is the main reason he is not part of the organization anymore.

P Daniel Sepulveda
Horrible punter, the new GM fired him almost right after he got off the plane. An avarage of 42.90 yds per punt. His kicking power is so low, that we could pick up a guy playing soccer in europe like him easily. He was in last third amongs the punters. I dont see he has a future anywhere else in the NFL.

LE Michael Johnson
11 yrs veteran DE. He is a special talent, the previous management decided to cut him due to cap issues. Understandable decision. The DE section is rich in talents, he would not be a starter anymore.


Acquired Players




DRAFT

First draft in GZL as a GM, tried to the my best not to fail the organization. Managed to pick up 3 starters, who can have a long future at the club. Unfortunately the scouts did not do a good enough job to find great value second day in the draft.

1.18 - C Max Tuerk - 68 SPD 90 STR 67 AWR 66 AGI 80 ACC 85 PBK 86 RBK

After all the players who were targeted to be picked at 1.13 went all gone, decided to trade down a few places. I did not know what to accept from the league, was hoping for … The best Center ever came out of GZL draft. Some might say a 1.18 is a reach on a Center, i say i will have the best Center in the league for 10 seasons. He is a unique talent, the only Center in the league with the skillset he has.


2.13 - DT Julius Walker - 78 SPD 86 STR 67 AGI 82 ACC 70 TAK

Drafted to have a young DT duett in our 4-3 Defense. He needs to gain some weight during the offseason, currenlty the 299lbs seems a little light for a DT. There are only 10ish similar players in the league, on of them is our 1.24 pick from last year, Archie Waters. Really promising DL we have.

3.13 - FB Hassan Perry - 79 SPD 86 STR 65 AWR 76 ACC 79 CAR 59 PBK 62 RBK

The organization needed to draft a starter FB. The third round looked the ideal time to do that. He is smart enough to find the right player to block, has the RBK ability to support the run on a high level. He is fairly slow, so cannot support the outside runs too much. Inside runs, draw, dives, counters should be no problem.


4.13 - LOLB Thanh Plante - 80 SPD 74 STR 57 AWR 82 ACC 79 TAK

Good backup. His AWR might be low, but i believe he can overcome that. Athletic enough for the position. Never intended to be a starter anyways.

5.13 - TE Bobby Gough - 77 SPD 63 STR 82 ACC 81 CTH 47 PBK 54 RBK

Wanted to draft a third string TE. Never tried a smaller frame player at this position before. He is only 6’1” with 80 JMP and 230lbs. The 81 CTH was honestly the main reason i decided to draft him. Might cut him later on, who knows.

6.13 WR Damian Butler - 91 SPD 64 AWR 80 AGI 91 ACC 81 CTH

Weak, not too tall, low jumping. His ACC and SPD and CTH should be good enough to be a 5-6th WR on the roster. The 81 CTH feels really nice in the 6th round.



7.13 LE Mayor Robison - 73 SPD 73 STR 73 AGI 77 ACC 77 TAK

Really like this pick at 7.13. For a 4-3 DE backup he feels fast enough, big enough. His tackling skills is really high for his draft position. Honestly i would like to think that he is the best value in the 7th round.



Post-Draft Free Agency

The Steelers had filled up some spots via draft, but they still had players that they wanted, and they were able to pick up for both with decent short term contracts or long term backups and mentors.

DT Haloti Ngata
2 Years 15.92M/4.14M

In the 4-3 defensive scheme is better to have 4 DTs, so you have enough backups. Ngata is a little too expensive to be only a backup, he will mentor our young talents.

TE Rock Muhammad
5 Years 18.35M/3.3M

He will be our #2 TE, until Fendi is gone, then he might overtake the starting role.

LOLB Peter White
5 Years 13.05M/2.15M

Quality long term backup.

SS Justin Thorton
1 Year 970k/ no bonus

3rd string SS, which is a must against heavy passing teams.

P Michael Koenen
1 Year 1.5M/650k

We lost the blind bid war for our target at the position Jon Ryan. Our offer was 2.8M per year, we thought it will be more than enough. Well the winning bid was over 3M, which is crazy talk… Koenen is a less powerful punter, but he will be just fine for a year.



Training Camp


WR : Bradd Reid, Brad Edwards, DeAndre Brown

Where Edwards is quicker, Reid and Brown are taller and a bigger target. The Steelers does not have their favorite yet. Reid proved himself last season with 1397yds last season, which means most probably he will be WR1. Brad Edwards and Brown could prove himself over the training camp. Edwards has the edge with his speed at the moment. A healthy and productive training camp can help their chances.

HB 1: Derrick Johnstone and Bilal Powell

At the moment i’m thinking to start Powel over Johnstone. Derrick is not fast enough, but he is really really strong, perfect for 3rd and short situations. Depending on the training camp performances most probably will start Powell and Johnstone will be a 3rd down guy for now.

CB: Brady Shields, Jamell Fleming, and Samuel Price

At the moment it looks like Shields will be CB 1. His athleticism helps overcome his size. 95 SPD 95 ACC 96 AGI is pretty awesome. CB 2 is pretty open, i’m thinking to start Felming who is smaller but a lot more athletic.

Training Camp Focus

This year 7 rookie will enter the camp plus some new faces from the UFA market. Not an easy decision who would be in the focus to progress. The coaching staff decided that the following players will receive some bonus time on training.

ROLB Scottie Powers

We have decided to continue developing this young talent. His ACC will be close to the 90 landmark, which is pretty high for an outside linebacker. The reasoning behind the decision is that he can be a unique player if we continue focusing on his speed. This will help the Steelers to put some more pressure on the opponent QBs who are already affraid of our front seven.


DT Archie Waters

Not much to do here, he is the future of the DL. Will do some extra work on the field to make sure he stays on the field long enough to make an impact.



RE D'Quann Miller


Last year he put some extra work in his speed, but the new GM feels that he is not strong enough for the position. Every other physical attribute is awesome for a DE, except his strenght. He has a bright future at the club.

LE Bruno Smith

He needs get even faster from the line, so can attack the QB before he realizes he is in trouble. Him and Miller are gonna be big pass rush tandem next season.

HB Bilal Powell

We believe he is the starter at his position, and would like to make sure to improve him a lot during this years training camp. He is too skinny, only 204lbs for an HB is not enough. Hopefully he will gain around 10 lbs and a little bit of extra strenght in the weight room. He needs to work on his acceleration as well, so he can have a little more speed for counters, tosses and sweeps.

FB Hassan Perry

The rookie FB needs to improve his speed to match his great blocking skills.



2020 Outlook

This will be my first season as Steelers GM. I joined a little late in the offseason, so i had no idea who to go after in the Pre-draft Free Agency. The draft was mehh, got 3 starters, and some roster fillers.

We have a bunch of 1 year contract players, but luckily only a few is a starter, so we will see who can stay after the season.

Is Ryan Mallett the best possible QB to start for the season?

Probably not. We will see how can the veteran QB bounce back after last years questionable performance. Teddy Bridgewater was avialable at 1.13 at the time the pick was up, but i did not feel that a QB is what we need to the success. Planning to play in a different system, which might be better for him.

Is starting Bilal Powell over Derrick Johnstone a good idea?

Probably not, but running the same way as last season is not the solution for our low rushing yards. Johnstones INJ is too low to start, plus he is a power back. I’m not gonna start a power back in any league. Powell will be the starter with 65/35 most probably, to give Johnstone enough reps to prove himself. If Powell does not prove himself, we will change them up.

Is this team ready to return to the playoffs?

Yes,absolutely. We need to controll the division. We have a very talented core, a good mix between veterans and young guns. We know that the Bengals performance was luck, not gonna happen in the next few years. Some luck needed to get where we want to be, need to avoid injuries, need to beat our rivals.

How will the young front seven perform?

Archie Waters was drafted last season at 1.24, our other starter DT Julius Walker was drafted this draft at 2.13. Both of them really talented, and rdy to prove that they belong amongs the best in the league. The DE section is young and talented as well. RE D'Qwann Miller has been position changed this offseason. LE Bruno Smith will be the starter, after sitting on the bench for 2 seasons. Both of them under YP2. The veteran MLB, Weatherspoon gives leadership to the youngsters. Last drafts first rounder, Scottie Powers can continue to raise into an elite OLB one day, while veteran Martin Butler gives good tips to the second year player.




Starting Lineup Predictions

Offense:

QB: Ryan Mallett
HB: Bilal Powell
FB: Hassan Perry
TE: Fendi Onobun
TE2: Rock Muhammad
WR: DeAndre Brown
WR2: Bradd Reid
WR3: Brad Edwards
LT: Austin Laurie
LG: Bull Victorino
C: Max Tuerk
RG: Brandon Thomas
RT: Levi Brown

Defense:

DT: Archie Waters
DT2: Julius Walker
LE: Bruno Smith
RE: D'Qwann Miller
ROLB: Scottie Powers
MLB: Sean Weatherspoon
LOLB: Martin Butler
FS: Jimmy Rivera
SS: Deaone Bucannon
CB1: Brady Shields
CB2: Jamell Flemming
CB3: Samuel Price

Special Teams:


K: Joshua Day
P: Michael Koenen
KR: Kenjon Barner
PR: Kenjon Barner
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Steelers TC Article



Season 2018


Although they didn't know it, the 2018 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers would bring a time of change for the franchise. Since drafting Ben Roethlisbergr in 2004, the Steelers have been a favorite in their division and a constant threat to reach the Superbowl year after year.

Although the star QB's age was finally catching up to him, the Steelers had faith that even with a little less power in his arm, his knowledge and leadership could still bring the team back to the playoffs, and to the big stage one more time. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Everything started alright. They won their first game against their division rivals, the Bengals, and then they managed to bring the Chiefs game to a tie in week two. They followed that with a 3 game victory streak to bring their record to 4-0-1. They proceeded to lose two in a row to the Rams and the Ravens. Both teams would eventually win their divisions, and one would win the superbowl. Two more wins put them at 6-2-1. A record that would surely lead them to a playoff berth and a possible division win.

What followed was a reminder that Ben Roethlisbergr was getting far to old to manage a 16 game regular season. Two more losses, one to the Titans, and another in the second Ravens game brought them to 6-4-1. A record that had everyone in Pittsburgh worried that they'd see a repeat of the 2016 season where they couldn't even manage to make the playoffs. 3 weeks later, and two more losses brought them to 7-6-1. A winning record for sure, but not one that would likely put them within the reach of a wildcard playoff berth. In an effort to save Ben Roethlisbergr's arm for next season, and perhaps as a last ditch effort to save this seasons playoff chances, Ryan Mallett was named the starter to finish the last two games and the season. Ryan Mallett was able to lead the Steelers to victory in the last two games of the season, and because of that, the team was able to see the playoffs.

The decision to keep Ryan Mallett as the starting QB into the playoffs is still being discussed among fans but no matter how many fans wish it didn't happen, Ryan Mallett faced the Broncos as the starting QB in the playoffs... and lost. It was a close game, with a final score of 23-20 Broncos, but that didn't stop fans from demanding QB Roethlisbergr presence for 2019, and the immediate release of Ryan Mallett.

The Steelers fans watched as their division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, who took the division from their grasp with an insane 11 game winning streak lose to the Broncos as well. They too were without their starting QB, but because of injury and not incompetence.

The post season ended with a disappointment, and the off season will start with a bigger one.

Before the disappointment becomes newsm their would be a lot of questions on the minds of Pittsburgh fans everywhere. Is Ben coming back? Will he able to lead this team to success one last time? And if not, do the Steelers stand a chance against the rising Ravens next year?

Offseason


Retirements

QB Ben Roethlisbergr -

As promised, the offseason started off with a bang that left fans everywhere heart broken. Ben Roethlisbergr officially announced his retirement. A shoe in for the hall of fame in eligible, Ben finished his career with 217 Touchdowns and a GZL Career QB rating of 94.4

TE Shawn Nelson -

As the second string TE for the Steelers since 2015 after a trade with the Chargers, Nelson was a much needed addition to the offense when another large target was required. Although never putting up many stats by himself, him being on the field helped move chains, and usually allowed Onobun to get less attention. The man will be missed.

Players Lost


Expired Contracts :

Mike Wallace - 61 Receptions : 761 Yards : 4 Touchdowns : Steeler since 2008
DT Glenn Dorsey - 33 Tackles : 3 sacks : Steeler for six seasons
MLB Arthur Cook - 25 Tackles : Steeler for five seasons
DT Ron Brace - 12 Tackles : 4 Sacks : Steeler for five seasons
RE Jacquez Michaels - 13 Tackles : 2 Sacks : Steeler for four seasons
ROLB Keith Rivers - 29 tackles : 1 Sack : Steeler for two seasons
WR Johnny Knox - 26 Receptions : 452 Yards : 5 touchdowns : Steeler for one season
LT Dave Burton : Steeler for one season

Lost In Free Agency:

CB Antonio Brown : 54 Tackles : 5 Interceptions : Steeler for two seasons
Lost to the Redskins : 5 Year 80M/32M Contract

Cuts:

MLB Lawrence Timmons - Steeler for 12 Seasons
K Rob Bironas - Steeler for 9 seasons
QB Leslie McMurphy - Steeler for 2 seasons
FS Tortuga Rivera - Steeler for 2 Seasons
LOLB Lucas Bulgari - Steeler for 1 season

Acquired Players


Pre-Draft Match Eligible Free Agency

Steelers spent more money than they ever have in Free Agency this season while under the management of GM Robbins. This spending started with these three players in the Match-Eligible Free Agency.

K Joshua Day from the Falcons
3 Years 12.91M/5.16M

WR Brad Edwards from the Browns
4 Years 37.66M/15.05M

CB Jamell Fleming from the Saints
4 Years 30.35M/12.12M

Pre Draft FA Bidding

Steelers continued to spend as they tried to fill up large holes left in the defense by signing short term veteran players.

ROLB Sean Weatherspoon
1 Year 9M/3.4M

LOLB Lawrence Wilson
1 Year 8.5M/2.96M

DT Brian Price
1 Year 3.5M/1.4M

The idea behind these three signing was to make sure we had veteran, skilled leadership in the front 7, but also leave ourselves cap room next year for younger players, and cap room this year for some rookies who could potentially lead the team for years to come.

DRAFT

The Steelers came into the draft with two first round picks, and were excited to make a dent in their many needs for the season.

1.13 - ROLB Scottie Powers 6'3" 240 lbs - 88 SPD : 70 STR : 83 AGI : 87 ACC

The Steelers were just one pick away from drafting LE Owa Odighizuwa, the best Defensive End in the draft. Unfortunately, the player had already fallen too far at 1.12, and the Patriots moved up to grab him. The Steelers were happy to settle on Scottie Powers, a speedy outside linebacker. At 6'3" he's not too short, and at 70 Strength, he's not too weak. He is however lacking in field awareness and tackling skills, but the Steelers feel like both of these skills can be worked on for the years that the Steelers expect to have him in their backfield.

1.24 - DT Archie Waters 6'4" 310 lbs - 70 SPD : 91 STR : 70 AGI : 83 ACC


As the clear #1 DT in the draft for the Steelers 4-3 Defense, the organization knew right away that this was a player that they desperately wanted. They even thought about grabbing him at 1.13 if all their other options were gone. However, they felt like there was a high chance that the quick DT would be far more likely to fall to 1.24 than any of their other choices, and therefore let him sit. Good thing too, because he fell to 1.24, and the Steelers were quick to grab him. DT Archie Waters should have no problems coming in and starting for the Steelers from day one. Their only other option being Brian Price, a FA they picked up for a one year contract.

2.24 - LE D'Quann Miller 6'1" 267 lbs - 83 SPD : 71 STR : 80 AGI : 85 ACC

Although their plans to grab Owa were spoiled by those pesky Patriots in the first round, they found themselves lucky to watch D'Quann Miller fall to 2.24. Although not a perfect speciman. His physical attributes are more than enough to start for the Steelers. He's a little small to be an ideal player, but the Steelers can't complain about such a player falling to almost the third round.

3.24 - LOLB Daniel Cieszko 6'3" 253lbs - 83 SPD : 75 STR : 65 AWR : 79 AGI : 80 ACC

Daniel Cieszko has since been moved to MLB and has suffered a -5 AWR hit, but he was never drafted to start for the Steelers. As a likely career backup, Daniel Cieszko would require a lot of work to become a star caliber starter. I can see the guy starting for the Steeler farther down in his career, but right now. He's going to add physically gifted depth to the Steelers roster.

4.24 - SS Byron Douglas 6'0" 187 lbs - 91 SPD : 57 STR : 69 AWR : 87 AGI : 88 ACC

At six feet and 91 SPD, Douglas is at an ideal height and speed to play at backup safety for the Steelers. He also has 69 Awareness, which isn't too bad of a starting point for the young guy.

5.24 LT Mark Wilke

Career Backup

7.24 RE Denzel York

Career Backup

Post-Draft Free Agency

The Steelers had filled up some spots via pre-draft FA and the draft, but they still had players that they wanted, and they were able to pick up both with decent short term contracts.

QB Kevin Kolb
1 Year 4M/1.48M

No team wants to be caught with just one quarterback on their roster and watching the man go down in week one, so the Steelers grabbed Kevin Kolb. They didn't have the cap room to splurge on a higher skilled player, but Kevin Kolb should give the Steelers a little bit of breathing room if Ryan Mallett goes down temporarily.

TE Jimmy Graham
2 Years 7.42M/2.96M

The Steelers put an offer into Jimmy Graham because of the retirement of Shawn Nelson, but they weren't really expecting to get him. But get him they did. At about 3.5M a year, we hope Jimmy will earn his keep at #2 TE, and potentially #1 if Fendi Onobun goes down with an injury.

Training Camp


Training camp will be crazy this year. The Steelers have themselves 15 new players this season, 6 of which are clear starters. Possible position battles however, still remain.

WR2 : Bradd Reid and Brad Edwards

The Brads have different skills. Where Edwards is quicker, Reid is taller and a bigger target. The Steelers clearly have their favorite in Brad Reid, who has been groomed to replace Mike Wallace. Brad Edwards could prove himself over the training camp. His superior awareness of the field could give him the starting job. One thing is for sure, neither wants to get themselves injured in the preseason. It's clear that the Steelers will go with the healthy candidate.

Linebacker : ROLB Scottie Powers and Lawrence Wilson.

Lawrence has the knowledge, Scottie has the higher ceiling. With Sean Weatherspoon being the only linebacker with the strength required to play in the middle, and Martin Butler being the defensive captain, it's clear the only position battle that will be happening here is between these two. Will the Steelers want to play the guy who may be a long term solution for them down the road, or do they want to play Wilson, who will give them immediate results in order to pay for the 8.5M contract they just gave him.

TC Focus

With so many new players both veterans and rookies, the Steelers will have a hard time trying to find the players that stand out as future stars for the organization. But there are many options this year as to where they should spend their time.

ROLB Scottie Powers

The first clear option is the Steelers 1.13 draft pick. GM Robbins prefers to draft players than to trade for them, so it's clear that the Steelers plan to hold onto the player for awhile.

They have a few options as to what they should have the young player focus on, but it's more likely than not they will try to increase his speed even more. He'll never become a strong linebacker, but he has a chance of becoming the fastest linebacker in the league, and that's something I think the Steelers would find very appealing.

DT Archie Waters

Their second first round pick is another option, but probably less likely. At 91 STR, Archie Waters has plenty of strength for a 4-3 DT, but it probably wouldn't hurt to raise it even further. His 83 ACC could also be a key focus for the Steelers. an even faster DT1 off the line is always a tempting idea.

LE D'Quann Miller

Miller needs the most work to be a star player, but an increase in speed would probably improve his play by a lot, so the young player should expect to see a lot of drills dedicated to improving his top speed, and his quickness off the snap.

RG Brandon Thomas

The Steelers have been working on improving Thomas' strength for two seasons now. It's possible they have it where they want it at the moment, but one can never have enough strength when your duty is protecting your quarterback, and creating lanes for your halfback.

2019 Outlook


As discussed in the beginning of this rather lengthy report, the Steelers have had a huge off season. The benching of their star quarterback, the retirement of their star quarterback, and now their largest player turnover in the history of GM Robbins' reign has many people across the state worried about the upcoming season.

Will all these 1 year contract players have much if any incentive to play at their best? Can Ryan Mallett and Kevin Kolb possibly lead the Steelers to the playoffs for the third year straight? Well, we can't answer those questions just yet, but we can speculate the answers to some of them.

Is Ryan Mallett ready to start?

Ryan Mallett was drafted in 2012 and has been a Steeler for two seasons now. If he's not ready to start now, then the Steelers made a large mistake trading for him to begin with. The Steelers organization wishes that the 30 year old could have spent just one more year in this offense before being placed at the helm of it, but that's not the way it worked out. Ben Roethlisbergr has been quoted as saying that he feels like he left the Steelers in the best hands possible at the right time, but only time will tell if Mallett remains the very inexperienced quarterback that he entered the league as.

Can HB Derrick Johnstone keep himself healthy again this season and put up another 1500 yards?

Well we sure hope so! With Bilal Powell being our only possible backup option this offense is a deck of cards that can all come tumbling down with the loss of any of the key players, and one of them is Johnstone. With only 71 Injury, he's a risk every season, and all we can do is pray that our offensive line keeps him away from any of the heavier players, and he only has to take hits from speedy linebackers and defensive backs.

Will the Steelers see the playoffs?

With the recent rise of both the Ravens and the Browns, another trip to the playoffs will be an uphill battle whose outcome may depend on luck as much as anything else. If the Steelers remain healthy throughout the season, I feel like the Steelers have a good shot at getting into the playoffs with a wild card spot. If the Ravens have injury problems, that wild card spot could very well turn into a divisional victory.

How will the new front seven perform?

With three veteran additions in Sean Weatherspoon, Lawrence Wilsdon, and Brian Price, and three rookies in Scottie Powers, Archie Waters, and D'Quann Miller, the Steelers have a lot of work to do in the training camp and practice to make sure everyone is on the same page. The only two players that have ever worked together before is Michael Johnson and Martin Butler. It should be entertaining to watch for anyone who isn't a Steelers fan.

Starting Lineup Predictions

Offense:

QB: Ryan Mallett
HB: Derrick Johnstone
FB: Fred Munzenmaier
TE: Fendi Onobun
TE2: Jimmy Graham
WR: DeAndre Brown
WR2: Bradd Reid
WR3: Brad Edwards
LT: Austin Laurie
LG: Bull Victorino
C: Maurkice Pouncey
RG: Brandon Thomas
RT: Levi Brown

Defense:

DT: Archie Waters
DT2: Brian Price
LE: Michael Johnson
RE: D'Qwann Miller
ROLB: Lawrence Wilson
MLB: Sean Weatherspoon
LOLB: Martin Butler
FS: Jimmy Rivera
SS: Deaone Bucannon
CB1: Jamell Flemming
CB2: Samuel Price
CB3: Brady Shields

Special Teams:

K: Joshua Day
P: Daniel Sepulveda
KR: Kenjon Barner
PR: Kenjon Barner





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Ben Roethlisbergr Retirement




Ben Roethlisbergr Announces Retirement



It's a sad day in the Steelers Nation, for Ben Roethlisbergr has officially announced his retirement. Many speculated that this would happen when the Steelers Organization benched Ben late last season in favor of starting Ryan Mallett. Whether or not it was because of poor performance from Roethlisbergr or for other reasons was answered today during his retirement press conference. Ben was clear when a reporter asked if this retirement was the direct result of being benched last season. Ben had this to say,

"This decision was made halfway through last season, but it took me awhile to admit it to myself, and even longer to tell these coaches what my plans were. I wasn't performing to the best of my abilities, and I almost wish I retired the season before, going out with a Superbowl trophy."

It's unclear whether or not the Steelers will stick with Ryan Mallett for the foreseeable future or not. The 30 year old quarterback has been thrown into starting position before, and has failed spectacularly. When asked if he thinks he has what it takes to fill the gap left by Roethlisbergr's retirement, Mallett seemed confidant in response,

"No one can fill Bens spot on this team, his name will be remembered by Pittsburgh and the NFL for decades to come. However, I will do my best to improve daily and to prove to myself, and these coaches that I can lead this team to victory in the years to come."




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Win One ; Lose Two




Win One ; Lose Two



The Steelers recovered nicely from their 41-17 lose at home against the Cleveland Browns in week one by overcoming the Chiefs in a 30-10 Victory. Ben recovered his game nicely, showing an improvement of over 100 QB Rating from the week before with an impressive 76.92 Completion Rating.

The bad news is that during this game, a handful of players all left the game with an injury, never to return.

WR Mike Wallace was the first to get taken off the field, too hurt to continue. This was followed by LOLB Martin Butler, SS Deone Bucannon, and CB Samuel Price.

Days after this dismantling of the Steelers team due to injuries, word has come back that although Mike Wallace and Deone Bucannon have recovered enough to return this week, both LOLB Martin Butler and CB Samuel Price will take months to heal. The rumor is that the Steelers won't see Martin Butler or Samuel Price back in uniform until the season is over half way over.

The rumor is that the Steelers are already targeting the recently cut CB Jim Welch to help out on defense, but the already limited CB talent on the Steelers has been reduced by just about half with the loss of Samuel Price.

Either Aaron Maybin or Enrique Webb is expected to fill in for Martin Butler during his absence. Fortunately, with the pick up of Keith Rivers in the off season, the Steelers will only have one weak link in the linebacker corp.

Jimmy Rivera is expected to return in a week or two, taking duties away from SS Sam McGee, who's been trying to fill the veteran's shoes, but clearly struggling. Hopefully his return will be in time for the match up against the Buccaneers, where the Steelers will need all the help that they can get.


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At A Glance

STEELERS FRONT OFFICE
GM T_Collins
Head Coach Ron Rivera
Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin
Defensive Coordinator Eric Mangini
Special Teams Danny Crossman
Salary $161.04M
Cap Penalty $0K
Cap Room $12.96M

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER POS OVR LENGTH

AFC North
RNK TEAM W-L-T PCT DIV
#12 Bengals Bengals 1-0-0 1.00 1-0
#19 Browns Browns 0-1-0 0.00 0-0
#32 Steelers Steelers 0-1-0 0.00 0-0
#25 Ravens Ravens 0-1-0 0.00 0-1

STEELERS SCHEDULE
WK DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT
1 Sun vs Chiefs Chiefs #1
Lost 21-72
2 Sun at Redskins Redskins #10 TBD
3 Sun at Bengals Bengals #12 1:00pm
4 Sun vs Colts Colts #23 1:00pm
5 Sun vs Bengals Bengals #12 1:00pm
6 Sun at Browns Browns #19 1:00pm
7 Sun at Cowboys Cowboys #28 4:15pm
8 Sun vs Giants Giants #9 4:00pm
9 Sun at Jaguars Jaguars #11 1:00pm
11 Sun at Titans Titans #13 4:15pm
12 Sun vs Texans Texans #22 4:00pm
13 Sun vs Browns Browns #19 1:00pm
14 Sun at Ravens Ravens #25 1:00pm
15 Sun at Dolphins Dolphins #26 1:00pm
16 Sat vs Ravens Ravens #25 1:00pm
17 Sun vs Eagles Eagles #17 1:00pm

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