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Steelers Report Card: Grading the Steelers’ awful 21-7 loss to the Browns in Week 11 on TNF

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BTSC breaks out the red pen and assigns grades to the Steelers after Week 11 of the 2019 season.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The Steelers had an opportunity to go 6-4 and start realizing their playoff destiny, but nothing went right. The game was miserable to watch. I have had more enjoyable prostate exams.

For some reason, I’ve been given the responsibility to rate the performance of the squad. It’s not easy, but I’ll give it a whirl. Despite my less than prestigious BTSC teaching certificate, I have to issue the necessary disclaimer. You know the story; of course, I’m not a football coach, or a teacher, but I play one in blogs and podcasts. All week, I had certain expectations of this contest, then the game happened and judgments abound.

Grading games is an extremely difficult and somewhat thankless task. While the coaches’ grades, of course, are what counts the most, the media and fans can’t help but evaluate as well. All letter grades are simply based on the eye test of somebody watching at home. In this case, it’s my moronic opinion.

So let’s take a look at BTSC’s early perceptions:


Offense: F

Mason Rudolph was way too stationary and the offensive line barely helped him out. He wasn’t getting too much time at all. When he did, he wasn’t that good. In fact he was terrible. Four interceptions. Speaking of the line, Conner didn’t have any holes to go through. Then he got hurt again. JuJu got hurt. Diontae Johnson got hurt. Nothing went right.

Poll

What grade do you think the offense deserves after the impotent loss in Cleveland?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    A
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    B
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    C
    (6 votes)
  • 5%
    D
    (71 votes)
  • 93%
    F
    (1224 votes)
1313 votes total Vote Now

Defense: B-

Baker Mayfield is tough to bring down. The Front Seven had chances to bring No. 6 down, but could not as often as they needed. They kept the Steelers in the game, but failed to score. Couldn’t carry the offense this week.

Poll

What grade would you assign the defense after the 21-7 loss to Baker Mayfield and the Browns?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    A
    (48 votes)
  • 34%
    B
    (433 votes)
  • 45%
    C
    (580 votes)
  • 13%
    D
    (165 votes)
  • 3%
    F
    (38 votes)
1264 votes total Vote Now

Special Teams: C

A bad bobble by Berry kept Boswell from converting his first attempt. That was actually one of the more positive things. Berry had to punt the ball five times for a 49.6 average, but landed only one inside-the-20. Boswell miss wasn’t really on him. The return game continues to be invisible without Switzer.

Poll

What grade did the ST Unit earn afterwards series of mistakes from the Steelers by the lake?

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  • 0%
    A
    (5 votes)
  • 7%
    B
    (85 votes)
  • 39%
    C
    (442 votes)
  • 41%
    D
    (465 votes)
  • 10%
    F
    (118 votes)
1115 votes total Vote Now

Overall: D

The defense did everything that they could to win the game, but the offense was so dreadful. Injuries didn’t help either. But a miserable affair.

Poll

What overall grade is most appropriate after the Steelers stupid loss to the Browns?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    A
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    B
    (8 votes)
  • 2%
    C
    (34 votes)
  • 42%
    D
    (491 votes)
  • 53%
    F
    (627 votes)
1167 votes total Vote Now

Valedictorian: None

Honor Roll: T.J. Watt

Requires Improvement: Mason Rudolph, Alejandro Villanueva, Matt Feiler, Jaylen Samuels, Mark Barron


Now it is your turn to play teacher. Use the polls and the comments section below. We can compare notes in the teachers lounge.