So far, we have not seen very good grades out of the Steelers’ offense. The quarterbacks got average marks, while the running backs came in below average.
Wide receiver is the trickiest position to evaluate of the skill positions. There are so many factors that go into a solid passing game that it is hard to quantify them all.
Let’s see how we can break this down.
A check on footballoutsiders.com (which is a website that tries to do for football what Sabermetrics did for baseball), we can see that Antonio Brown led the Steelers in what Football Outsiders calls Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement (DYAR). That being said, he was only 45th in the league in that stat. He had 787 yards on 66 receptions, and five touchdowns. That’s an increase of three scores over 2011, but at a loss of over 300 yards of production. Not exactly the kind of numbers the Steelers might have been looking for when they signed Brown to a five-year, $42.5 million deal in July of last year.
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