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Ben’s “”Rust” Issue, Part II

via Steelers.com

via Steelers.com

In Tuesday’s post I took a preliminary look at Ben Roethlisberger after he sits out a game for any reason, trying to decide whether his generally poor performances after returning from an injury are a matter of “rust” or something more insidious. The numbers were certainly indicative. Here, so you don’t have to switch to the previous article, are the numbers at issue:

Career Averages

Completion %: 64.0 QB rating: 94.0;TD/INT: 289/154

First game after sitting at least a week, for any reason:

Completion %: 63.7; QB rating: 87.0; TD/INT: 35/28

First game after sitting due to injury:

Completion %: 59.5*; QB rating: 72.3; TD/INT: 8/10

*This figure is corrected. It’s still bad, but not as bad as shown in the previous post. Read more

The Case for The Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016: Part 1

by Ivan Cole

Dan Rooney, Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert, Art Rooney II

AP photo

In some ways it can be argued that this post is premature. For one thing, as I write this the roster hasn’t been cut to 75 yet, much less the final 53.

However, this year, more than most, the issues which will influence this team’s fate seem pretty straightforward and are unlikely to be significantly affected by personnel decisions involving lower in the depth chart players.

Also, as they say, any battle plan goes out the window once the first shot is fired. Acknowledging such, I am more interested in some level of accuracy as it relates to the broader themes as opposed to the details, and to my thinking, the themes are clear.

Leadership and management

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What’s So Special About 30 Points per Game?


Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports

If you pay even the least attention to offseason Steelers news, you’ve probably read that the offense intends to achieve the Holy Grail of 30 points per game this season.

Last season the offense did in fact manage 30 points or more per game for six games in a row later in the season, and the ultimate figure of 26.4 was considerably higher than the old standard of 20 points per game.

Why has the desired number changed so much? This should be pretty obvious—the stifling defense of old is no more. Under the old Dick LeBeau defenses you could pretty much count on winning the game if the offense managed to put up 20 points, or that was the theory. Read more

More on the Rooney Rule, from Ivan Cole

via USA Today It’s good to have a parent in the business…

I decided to exercise my editorial privileges and remove a comment left by Ivan Cole in yesterday’s post, Is the Rooney Rule Ripe for Dismissal? It was more than worthy to be its own article, and here it is. He begins:

All the preceding arguments are interesting and valid, but I believe there is an important part missing here.

Some of the “arguments” Ivan refers to are presumably those made in the article, but were also in a comment by Elpalito, referring back to his original comments to the Baltimore Beatdown article. Here they are, edited for length:

The [Rooney] rule was put in place because very good minority applicants weren’t even getting a sniff at an interview. In a sport dominated by players of color, it is odd that you can count the minority head coaches on one hand.

You [Baltimore Beatdown writer Wola Odeniran] are absolutely right though, the best person SHOULD be the one hired. But how do you know who the best person is when you refuse to interview a specific subset of experienced individuals? The Rooney Rule only requires an interview…an opportunity, a chance to show an owner that you can do the job… because whether you want to accept it or not, the truth is that plenty of the old, elitist owners aren’t so inclined to hire someone of color.
Good owners don’t need this rule. There are, however, surprisingly few good owners in the NFL.

This expansion into hiring more women? Like you, I care more about the best person being hired. But if no women are ever granted an interview…how would you know?

…[J]ob interviews are tough. If a minority candidate can’t get any interviews, how can he even practice? A person’s opportunity to interview shouldn’t only come up when the Steelers have an opening. Getting an interview is not a guarantee of a job offer — it is only the guarantee of a chance.


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Things Bigger than Football: Head Coach Mike Tomlin



I’ve really enjoyed the feature “Asked and Answered” on steelers.com. In it Bob Labriola fields an astonishing variety of questions. This question from October 29th got the normally phlegmatic Labriola a little fired up:

Bill Cowher won with average quarterbacks. Mike Tomlin has a franchise quarterback. Tomlin is a defensive coach like Cowher and the Steelers defense is below average. Do you think Tomlin deserved a contract extension?

[Bob Labriola answers:]

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you don’t believe Mike Tomlin deserved a contract extension, but let me ask you a few things: Exactly what did Bill Cowher win with an average quarterback? Not the Super Bowl, because the Lombardi Trophy won during his tenure came after Ben Roethlisberger was drafted. Certainly not the AFC Championship games – at home – in 1994, 1997, and 2001. And let me take this discussion in a different direction and ask you: What did Bill Belichick ever win, either in Cleveland or in New England, without Tom Brady? What did Chuck Noll ever win without Terry Bradshaw? Tom Landry never won anything until the Cowboys went with Roger Staubach. Read more

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