1986 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1986 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
General manager Dick Haley
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 3rd in AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers RB Earnest Jackson
LB Mike Merriweather
AP All-Pros none
Team MVP Bryan Hinkle
Team ROY Anthony Henton
Timeline
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< 1985 1987 >

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1986 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Arthur J. Rooney
  • President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Controller – Dennis P. Thimons
  • Assistant Controller-Management – Dan Ferens
  • Traveling Secretary – James A. Boston
  • Publicity Director – Joe Gordon
  • Assistant Publicity Director – Dan Edwards
  • Director of Ticket Sales – Geraldine Glenn
  • Assistant Controller-Tickets – Jim Ellenberger
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – William Nunn, Jr.
  • Pro Talent Scout – Tom Modrak
  • Talent Scout – West Coast – Bob Schmitz
  • College Talent Scout – Joe Krupa
  • Talent Scout – East – Tom Donahoe
  • Talent Scout – Midwest – Jesse Kaye

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Tom Moore
  • Offensive Line: Tackles/Tight Ends – Ron Blackledge
  • Offensive Backfield – Dick Hoak
  • Offensive Line: Centers/Guards – Hal Hunter
Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning & Training Coach – Walt Evans
  • Dentist – Dr. George P. Boucek
  • Opthalmologist – Dr. Phillip Buzzelli
  • Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. Thomas W. Cowan
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Neurological Surgery Consultant – Dr. Joseph C. Maroon
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Richard Rydze
  • Physician, Consultant – Dr. Abraham J.Twerski
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Anthony P. Yates
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Trainer – Fran Feld
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi
  • Field Manager – Rodgers Freyvogel
  • Video & Film Director – Bob McCartney
  • Photographers – Mike Fabus, Bill Amatucci

[1]

Roster[edit]

1986 Pittsburgh Steelers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad [2] [3] [4]


Rookies in italics
50 Active, 9 Inactive, Practice squad

Offseason[edit]





Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 7 at Seattle Seahawks Kingdome 4:00 pm NBC L 30–0 0–1
2 Mon. Sep. 15 Denver Broncos Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 pm ABC L 21–10 0–2
3 Sun. Sep. 21 at Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1:00 pm NBC L 31–7 0–3
4 Sun. Sep. 28 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 1:00 pm NBC W 22–16 OT 1–3
5 Sun. Oct. 5 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 27–24 1–4
6 Mon. Oct. 13 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 9:00 pm ABC L 24–22 1–5
7 Sun. Oct. 19 New England Patriots Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 34–0 1–6
8 Sun. Oct. 26 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 30–9 2–6
9 Sun. Nov. 2 Green Bay Packers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 27–3 3–6
10 Sun. Nov. 9 at Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 16–12 3–7
11 Sun. Nov. 16 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 21–10 4–7
12 Sun. Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 37–31 OT 4–8
13 Sun. Nov. 30 at Chicago Bears Soldier Field 1:00 pm NBC L 13–10 OT 4–9
14 Sun. Dec. 7 Detroit Lions Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 27–17 5–9
15 Sat. Dec. 13 at New York Jets Giants Stadium 12:30 pm NBC W 45–24 6–9
16 Sun. Dec. 21 Kansas City Chiefs Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 24–19 6–10

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 7, 1986): at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
Seahawks 0 6 10 14 30

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

  • Game time: 4:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 61,461
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Tom Hammond (play by play), Dave Rowe (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Seattle – Turner 4 pass from Krieg (kick failed)
  • Seattle – Brown 18 interception return (Johnson kick)
  • Seattle – FG Johnson 24
  • Seattle – Largent 10 pass from Krieg (Johnson kick)
  • Seattle – Morris 49 run (Johnson kick)

Week 2 (Monday September 15, 1986): vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 7 7 7 21
Steelers 0 0 3 7 10

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Denver – Watson 21 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 42
  • Denver – Sewell 34 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Erenberg 7 run (Anderson kick)
  • Denver – Winder 13 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)

Week 3 (Sunday September 21, 1986): at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 0 7
Vikings 14 3 7 7 31

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 56,795
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Minnesota – Jones 55 pass from Kramer (C. Nelson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 18 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Minnesota – Jones 16 pass from Kramer (C. Nelson kick)
  • Minnesota – FG C. Nelson 48
  • Minnesota – Rice 12 run (C. Nelson kick)
  • Minnesota – Gustafson 9 pass from Kramer (C. Nelson kick)

Week 4 (Sunday September 28, 1986): at Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 0 3 10 3 6 22
Oilers 3 7 0 6 0 16

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Scoring Drives:

  • Houston – FG Zendejas 45
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 42
  • Houston – Givins 35 pass from Moon (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Sweeney 19 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 45
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 29
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 28
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 23
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 3 run

Week 5 (Sunday October 5, 1986): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 10 7 3 7 27
Steelers 0 14 7 3 24

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This was Cleveland's first win in Pittsburgh since 1969.

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – Slaughter 15 pass from Kosar (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 22
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Erenberg 5 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – McNeil 100 kickoff return (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 6 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 39
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 45
  • Cleveland – Byner 4 run (Bahr kick)

Week 6 (Monday October 13, 1986): at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 2 10 3 22
Bengals 7 7 0 10 24

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 9:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 54,283
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Frank Gifford (play by play), Lynn Swann (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – Holman 32 pass from Esiason (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Brister 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cincinnati – McGee 7 pass from Esiason (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Hayes forced out of end zone
  • Pittsburgh – Jackson 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 24
  • Cincinnati – Hayes 61 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 40
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 44

Week 7 (Sunday October 19, 1986): vs. New England Patriots[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 10 14 7 3 34
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 54,743
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • New England – FG Franklin 31
  • New England – Starring 43 pass from Grogan (Franklin kick)
  • New England – Marion 37 interception return (Franklin kick)
  • New England – Collins 10 pass from Grogan (Franklin kick)
  • New England – Scott 2 pass from Grogan (Franklin kick)
  • New England – FG Franklin 36

Week 8 (Sunday October 26, 1986): vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 3 3 3 9
Steelers 3 14 6 7 30

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday November 2, 1986): vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 10 3 7 7 27

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 9, 1986): at Buffalo Bills[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 12 0 12
Bills 6 7 0 3 16

at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Scoring Drives:

  • Buffalo – Reed 3 pass from Kelly (kick failed)
  • Buffalo – Riddick 5 run (Norwood kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Jackson 5 run (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Thompson 11 pass from Malone (kick failed)
  • Buffalo – FG Norwood 29

Week 11 (Sunday November 16, 1986): vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 3 0 0 10
Steelers 14 7 0 0 21

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 12 (Sunday November 23, 1986): at Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 7 7 7 10 0 31
Browns 0 21 7 3 6 37

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 76,452
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Dickey 2 run (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – Mack 1 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 38 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Newsome 20 pass from Kosar (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Dickey 4 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 25
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 40
  • Cleveland – Slaughter 36 pass from Kosar

Week 13 (Sunday November 30, 1986): at Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 0 3 7 0 0 10
Bears 3 0 0 7 3 13

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Scoring Drives:

  • Chicago – FG Butler 39
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 30
  • Pittsburgh – Gothard 12 from Newsome (Anderson kick)
  • Chicago – Payton 3 run (Butler kick)
  • Chicago – FG Butler 42

Week 14 (Sunday December 7, 1986): vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 10 7 0 17
Steelers 3 7 14 3 27

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 45,042
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Verne Lundquist (play by play), Dick Vermeil (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 15 (Saturday December 13, 1986): at New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 17 0 28 45
Jets 0 14 3 7 24

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Scoring Drives:

Week 16 (Sunday December 21, 1986): vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 7 17 0 0 24
Steelers 0 6 7 6 19

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 47,150
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Kansas City – Cherry recovered blocked punt in end zone (Lowery kick)
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 47
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 31
  • Kansas City – Green 97 kickoff return (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 31
  • Kansas City – Burruss 78 blocked field goal return (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 31
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 26

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Cleveland Browns(1) 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 391 310
Cincinnati Bengals 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 409 394
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 10 0 .625 3–3 4–8 307 336
Houston Oilers 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 274 329

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1986 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1986 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1987 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/1986_roster.htm".