Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

24 Sep 2005

Randle El, Wilson Let Steelers Go Deep

Hey, maybe tall receivers are overrated as downfield threats. Hmmm, where have we heard that before?

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 24 Sep 2005

8 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 10:42pm by B


by SteelerBill (not verified) :: Sat, 09/24/2005 - 4:35pm

So far so good - only two weeks in of course...

by Justin Zeth (not verified) :: Sat, 09/24/2005 - 8:21pm

I keep hearing commentators pointing out that Roethlisberger has a persistent problem with underthrowing deep passes. I wonder how long it's going to take for them to realize that he's doing that intentionally.

by Countertorque (not verified) :: Sat, 09/24/2005 - 9:50pm

It's nice watching the receivers actually catch the deep passes this year, instead of watching them clank off of Plax's cement hands and hear everyone rationalize that he's stretching the defenses just by being on the field.

by Israel (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2005 - 5:39am

Cklick on my name for a parallel article in the Trib-Review, with some more detailed stats on this same subject.

by Vlad (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2005 - 10:11pm

Randle El sure didn't have it today. Even beyond having a case of the drops, that stupid lateral's still making my blood boil.

by Carl (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 11:06am

The irony is that Randle-El played in a quasi-option offense at Indiana University (he was the Michael Vick of the Big 10). What he did on that play was routine in Bloomington, not so much in Pittsburgh.

by Trogdor (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 10:31pm

What's funny is, if Ward had caught the lateral, it would have been a touchdown, and everyone would be raving about what a brilliant move RandleEl made, and Ward would soon be digitally replaced by the Burger King. I don't know that the idea was horrible as much as the execution - Ward obviously wasn't looking for it, which is what cause the fumble. He never should have pitched it to someone who wasn't ready, but what if Ward was expecting it?

by B (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 10:42pm

There's a reason those plays are usually saved for desperation times.