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NFL Report Card: Pittsburgh Steelers

Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!


2015 was a very solid year for the Steelers as they finished 10-6 and second in the division. The offense was the most explosive, and arguably the best in the league when they were healthy. Unfortunately, that’s the problem: they were never healthy. They started the year without Martavis Bryant, lost Le’Veon Bell for the season after starting without him too, and they had to play several weeks without Ben Roethlisberger. When Big Ben was on the sideline, this offense was BAD. Even with four weeks without their quarterback, the Steelers still finished third in the league for offensive yards with 395.4.


The Steelers are still rebuilding this defense, and the youth showed at times. There were also times where their quickness and athleticism showed. This group was strong against the run and rallied to the ball well as they generated 48 sacks with 30 turnovers. They finished top-five against the run by giving up only 91.2 yards per game, but that is partly due to game flow and the weakness of their secondary. The Steelers finished the season third from the bottom in yards allowed through the air with 271.9 per game.

Final Grade: B

Biggest Off-Season Need?

The Steelers have been relatively quiet in free agency besides re-signing a few players and bringing in athletic tight end Ladarius Green. Right now, it is a vacant wasteland at cornerback outside of veteran William Gay, who is nearing the end of his career. In fact, only one of their other five corners on roster have ever started a game in the NFL! Given how bad their secondary was last season, this will be a major point to address this off-season.

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