The Pittsburgh Steelers need to improve their return game, Dan Rooney’s public memorial, and more
Today’s Pittsburgh Steelers news roundup is led by stories detailing owner Dan Rooney’s public viewing at Heinz Field on Monday.
Also featured is a piece from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which says the Steelers’ return game is in need of an upgrade. Ray Fittipaldo wrote that field position is one of the reason Pittsburgh tied for 11th in the league in scoring.
The Steelers were 27th in the NFL in average starting field position after kickoffs, mostly because their return game struggled. Their average starting field position was the 24.3-yard line, Fittipaldo wrote.
If the Steelers simply knelt on the ball when it was kicked into the end zone they’d improve their field position without much effort. It’s like signing your name on the SAT. It’s free yards.
Yet the Steelers continually gave their returners the green light to take the ball out of the end zone, and they continually failed to get to the 25. Many times, they failed to get to the 20, or even the 15. And other times their undisciplined blockers would get penalties that set them back even farther.
Read that story and more in today’s roundup: