Pittsburgh Steelers 2009-10 Regular Season Review

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is lifted into the air by offensive linemen Justin Hartwig #62 and Ramon Foster #73 after Roethlisberger's touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller #83 in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers ended the regular season, with a (9-7) record.

The Pittsburgh Steelers battled many injuries throughout the year. Troy Polamalu only playing in 5 games this whole season, one in which he went down before the first quarter even started, Ben Roethlisberger missing a critical divisional game against the Ravens. Starting Guard Chris Kemoeatu missed 4 games, and Defensive End Travis Kirschke missed 5 games, and Aaron Smith missed 10 games.

The Good

The Steelers have wins over San Diego, Minnesota, and Green Bay these all three are play-off bound teams.

The Steelers offense gains 369.2 yards a game, 263.1 coming through the air, and 106.1 coming on the ground. The Steelers defense only allows 305.5 to opposing offenses’, and allows 89.3 yards a game on the ground.

Many passing records broken by Ben Roethlisberger: completion percentage, completions, attempts, and yards.

Steelers a 6-2 record at home, 47 sacks, 41 total touchdowns and 3 defensive touchdowns

The Bad

5 of the Steelers losses has come from blowing 4th quarter leads. The Steelers defensive stats may be impressive; however they’ve played not so well when it comes to the last stanza.

5-game losing streak; The Steelers went on a 5-game losing streak losing to: Cincinnati, Kansas City, Baltimore, Oakland, and Cleveland. The Steelers have logged a record of 2-4 against teams with losing records.

Special Teams; The Steelers special teams was far from special this year. The Steelers allowed eight straight returns, either a kickoff or defensive return.

The Steelers allowed a 100-yard rusher, for the first time in the first 33 games. Pittsburgh has been notorious for stopping the run, but not here allowed Ray Rice to rush for 141 yards.

A (2-4) record in the AFC North, after coming into the season heavily favored to win the division. The Bengals swept the Steelers, and the Steelers tied both the Ravens, and Browns.

To sum things up, the Steelers didn’t beat the teams that they needed to beat. If they hold on to those fourth quarter leagues the Steelers would be 14-2. They’ve developed a new receiving attack with Mike Wallace as the speedster, Hines Ward as Mr. First Down, and Santonio Holmes as the two-prone attack. Heath Miller has improved and has become more of a threat in the offense, and Rashard adds the second dimension with the run game.

Your MVP is, Ben Roethlisberger

No brainer with this pick, Roethlisberger is the first Steelers quarterback to go over 4,000 yards, and threw 26 touchdowns. He is also this year’s Steelers Offensive Player of the Year. His best game was at Green Bay, not only did he throw the game-tying touchdown; Big Ben threw for 503 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Rookie of the Year is, Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace this season has 39 receptions, on 756 yards with 6 touchdowns. Best game coming at Green Bay when Mike caught the game-tying touchdown, Mike finished with 79 yards and 2 touchdowns

Most Improved Player is, Rashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall ended the season with 1,108 yards, 261 receiving yards, 8 total touchdowns, 7 rushing and 1 receiving. Only starting 12 games this season, and his most impressive game came against the Chargers where he rushed for 165 yards, 2 touchdowns and 26 receiving yards.

Defensive Player of the Year is, James Harrison

James Harrison this year has been elected to the Pro Bowl and here is why. The Steelers outstanding Linebacker has 79 tackles, 11 sacks and 5 forced fumbles. Best game coming at Detroit where he had 8 tackles, 3 sacks and a forced fumble.