Almost across the board, the conventional numbers say the Steelers offense was among the best in the league, and for the better part of 80 yards, it was all of that. It ranked among the leaders in total yards (seventh overall) and time of possession (third).á
ItÆs the hidden numbers that tell the real story of the 2009 Steelers offense, however. What they say is that, based on experience and talent level, coordinator Bruce Arians and his group underachieved to some extent this season.
Based on the league average of one point for every 15.6 yards gained, the Steelers should have averaged 23.8 points per game. They finished at 23.0, a 13-point difference that was crucial for a team that lost five games by a mere field goal apiece.
Where did the Steelers leave those po ...
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