The Pittsburgh Steelers had way too many drops during the 2020 season, and that’s a problem area of offense to be resolved in 2021. In total, looking at what the Pro Football Focus has, the Steelers had 43 drops in 2020, and that includes their playoff tab.
Earlier today, I took it upon myself to map out all 43 Steelers drops from last season so I could better contextualize each one. You can see both mapping and play-by-play data for each drop below, and that includes the route that the drop ran.
Below are several observations from my mapping and contextualization of all 43 drops. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
2020 Drop Totals by Player:
|Ray-Ray McCloud III||WR||1|
|Anthony McFarland Jr.||RB||1|
All but six of the Steelers 2020 drops happened 10 or fewer yards from the original scrimmage.
Six of the Steelers’ 43 drops in 2020 came behind the original scrimmage line.
All but 12 Steelers 2020 drops happened 5 or fewer yards from the original scrimmage line.
Of the 15 drops that wide receiver Diontae Johnson had in 2020, only three came off the numbers on the field.
10 of Johnson’s 15 drops in 2020 came 3 or fewer yards from the original line of scrimmage.
14 of the Steelers’ 43 drops in 2020 came either on a fast slope or tow route.
6 of the Steelers’ 43 drops in 2020 came 3rd down with 5 or fewer yards needed. They lost only one of the four games in which the special drops occurred.
6 of the Steelers’ 43 drops in 2020 came against the Washington Football Team, a Week 13 Monday night game that they eventually lost. It was their first loss of the season.