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Crunching the Numbers: Evaluating the Pittsburgh Steelers first quarter of 2018 Coach Mike 1 год 8 мес. назад #247

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Tomlin mentioned in his Tuesday press conference how the team just went through their first quarter evaluation for 2018. When asked about the reason for the evaluation , Tomlin stated he generally does it every year after the first four games. With 2018 being the second-worst four-game start of a Tomlin-coached Steelers team, the evaluation needed to take place whether it was precedented or not.First Four of 2018With the Steelers currently 1-2-1, there is reason for concern in salvaging the 2018 season. The team is currently ranked 10th in offensive scoring, third in passing yards, and 28th in rushing yards. The team is also ranked dead last in giveaways, leading the league with nine.On the defensive side of the ball, the highest league ranking the Steelers have managed is sixth in the number of takeaways. The next highest team ranking for the defense is 21st in rushing yards allowed. The Steelers are toward the bottom of the league otherwise, ranked 28th in scoring and 29th in passing yards surrendered.The rankings on special teams are another reason for concern. The Steelers are ranked 31st in field-goal percentage and 30th in PAT percentage. They are also 28th in average punting yards. In the return game, they are ranked 23rd in kick off returns and a much-improved 10th in punt returns.There have been many reports about how the Steelers have been the most penalized team in the NFL so far in 2018. There have been 42 accepted penalties against the Steelers. On the flipside, the Steelers have also been the beneficiary of the most penalties of any team in the first four games , accepting 39 penalties called against their opponents. Historical Perspective The Steelers have never gone 1-2-1 in the first quarter of a sixteen-game season. In fact, they have never had this record in any quarter of a season since 1978 when the league expanded to 16 games. The only other time the Steelers had a season of 16 games which included a tie was in 2002 when the Steelers went 2-1-1 in the third quarter of the season on their way to a record of 10-5-1.The Steelers have only had two seasons under Mike Tomlin where they were not at least .500 in the first four games. Other than this current season, 2013 was the Steelers’ worst start when they began their season 0-4. Strangely, the Steelers have never gone 1-3 in the first quarter under Coach Tomlin, and have only had three instances of this record in any quarter of the season. Under Bill Cowher (1992-2006), the team started 1-3 three times (2000, 2002, and 2006). Interesting enough, under Coach Cowher the Steelers never began the season 4-0 or 0-4. Under Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll, the Steelers had a record for the first quarter of the season of 1-3 three times as well (1986 Cheap Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , 1988, and 1990). Is important to note that even though Coach Noll began coaching in 1969, a quarter of the season consisted of four game starting in 1978 when the regular season was expanded from 14 games to 16 games.The first quarter of 2018 is the sixth time under Coach Tomlin the Steelers did not have at least a .500 record in any quarter of the season. The Steelers were at least 2-2 on 39 of the 45 four-game quarters. Of the other five instances, the Steelers have made the playoffs in two of those seasons. In both of those circumstances, the Steelers finished no worse than 3-1 in any other quarter of the season.Only five times has a Tomlin-coached team gone 4-0 in any quarter of the season, with none of those instances in the first four games. In fact, the Steelers have not began a season 4–0 since their Super Bowl-winning season of 1979. Additionally, the Steelers began 4-0 in 1978 as well when they began the season 7-0.Evaluation While considering the state of the Steelers after the first quarter of the season, it is important to point out how fan confidence basically goes as far back as the last game. Even if the Steelers were 3-1 but were coming off their miserable performance against the Ravens, there would still be a high level of concern. On the other hand Youth Sean Davis Jersey , if the Steelers were 1-3 and coming off a dominant victory over Baltimore, fans would have confidence in the team trending in the right direction.Starting strong has not been the norm for the Steelers under Coach Tomlin. In 12 seasons, the Steelers have finished above .500 in the first quarter of the season five times, with each time the Steelers going on to make the playoffs. In order to reach the postseason after beginning 1-2-1, the Steelers will need to have marked improvement along the way. With the defense ranked towards the bottom of the league and an offense which seems unbalanced, turn-over heavy, and out of sync at times, there will be a lot to overcome for the 2018 Steelers to make the playoffs. Thomas Davis said Carolina's most recent loss could turn out to be a positive for the Panthers moving forward.That's why Davis thanked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin at midfield for "humbling" the Panthers after his team put up 52 points on Carolina's once-vaunted defense last Thursday night.The 13-year NFL veteran explained Wednesday that the embarrassing performance might have been just what Carolina (6-3) needed to regain its focus on defense, for players to get on the same page and make a playoff run beginning this Sunday when the Panthers visit the Lions."If you are true competitor, you want to bounce back and you want to do something about it ," Davis said. "I'm a competitor and I want to get that taste out of my mouth."The Panthers have been a perennial top 10 defense since middle linebacker Luke Kuechly's arrival in 2012, making their performance against Pittsburgh all that much more surprising. The Steelers scored on seven of their first eight possessions; the only time they failed to do so was when they took a knee before halftime to run out the clock."It's not something that happens a lot around here," Kuechly said of surrendering 52 points.Things have gone so well for Carolina on defense in recent years that the last two coordinators left to take head coaching jobs 鈥?Sean McDermott in Buffalo and Steve Wilks in Arizona.But things aren't going so well for Eric Washington, Carolina's third defensive coordinator in three seasons.The Panthers are 15th in the league overall and 31st in red zone defense.Washington said a "myriad of things" went wrong against the Steelers."We had execution issues," said Washington, the team's defensive line coach from 2011-2017. "... We have calls, we have leverage, we have gap responsibility. We have things that we have to do from one down to the next in terms of our assignment. And we did not get that done."Washington's body of work as a defensive line coach was impressive.Since 2012, the Panthers have more gotten more sacks from their defensive linemen (234) than any team in the league. So for the Panthers to have only 22 sacks this season is disappointing to him."We're his pride and joy," defensive tackle Kawann Short said. "That's one of those things where he demands more out of us , and he knows what every guy in that room is capable of."The Panthers didn't watch game film from Steelers loss as a team, instead electing to move on to preparations for Detroit. But Short said it feels like players are trying to do too much on their own instead of playing as a team."We just need to light our hair on fire, and just go," Short said.Washington called the Steelers game an "anomaly," guaranteeing the Panthers will rectify their problems.When players returned from a long weekend off he reminded them of this team's long-standing identity as a defensive power, as well as the amount of talent in the locker room. Along with defensive end Julius Peppers, Kuechly has a chance to be a Hall of Famer."We have a high opinion of what we should be able to do every time we step on the football field," Washington said.Kuechly said now it's time to focus on Detroit."One game doesn't define a season," Kuechly said. "And I don't think you can waste time thinking about something in the past when you play a good team this week."
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