1988 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1988 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
General manager Dick Haley
Owner The Rooney Family
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 5–11
Division place 4th in AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers OT Tunch Ilkin
AP All-Pros none
Team MVP David Little
Rod Woodson
Team ROY Warren Williams
Timeline
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< 1987 1989 >

The 1988 Pittsburgh Steelers began the season with the death of Hall of Fame team founder & owner Art Rooney at age 87 less than two weeks before the start of the season. The team would wear AJR patches on the left shoulder the entire season in memory of "The Chief".

The team finished the season at 5–11, their worst record since finishing an NFL-worst 1–13 in 1969. As of 2011, the 5–11 mark remains the team's worst record since 1969, and have only finished with ten losses twice since, in 1999 and 2003.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1988 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.
  • Business Manager – Joe Gordon
  • Controller – Ralph Meacham
  • Chief Negotiator – James A. Boston
  • Office Manager - Stadium – Dan Ferens
  • Publicity Director – Dan Edwards
  • Assistant Publicity Director – Pat Hanlon
  • Director of Ticket Sales – Geraldine Glenn
  • Computer Director - Accounting – Jim Ellenberger
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Tom Modrak
  • Talent Scout – East – Tom Donahoe
  • Talent Scout – Midwest – Jesse Kaye
  • Talent Scout – West Coast – Bob Schmitz

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

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

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Roster[edit]

1988 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
53 Active, 1 Inactive, Practice squad

Offseason[edit]

The Steelers saw two of its last three remaining players who won all four Super Bowls retire in wide receiver John Stallworth and strong safety Donnie Shell, who were both from the team's famous Class of 1974 that saw four players go on to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (although Shell was undrafted, he was still from the same rookie class), and in the case of Stallworth, retired as the team's all-time leading receiver. (Stallworth's record was surpassed by Hines Ward in 2005.)

Mike Webster, who was also from the Class of 1974, entered the season as the sole remaining member of all four Super Bowl teams. However, change appeared to be imminent when the team drafted Kentucky guard Dermontti Dawson in the second round of the 1988 draft. Although Dawson would be playing guard his rookie season alongside Webster, it was apparent that Dawson was drafted to be groomed as Webster's eventual replacement at center. Webster would be released by the Steelers in the following offseason, officially ending the team's link to all four Super Bowl clubs.

To the delight of Steelers fans, and even most of the players, the Mark Malone era officially ended in the offseason as well. Malone, who had lost the starting quarterback job to Bubby Brister the previous year, was traded to the San Diego Chargers during the offseason. Malone had also become hugely unpopular with fans and teammates for blaming his mistakes on other players and acting as if he were the "heir" to the QB position after the retirement of Terry Bradshaw. At one point, a locker room fight between Malone and the rest of the team ensued before being broken up by veteran offensive tackle Tunch Ilkin.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 4 Dallas Cowboys Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 24–21 1–0
2 Sun. Sep. 11 at Washington Redskins RFK Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 30–29 1–1
3 Sun. Sep. 18 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 17–12 1–2
4 Sun. Sep. 25 at Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 36–28 1–3
5 Sun. Oct. 2 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 23–9 1–4
6 Sun. Oct. 9 at Phoenix Cardinals Sun Devil Stadium 4:00 pm NBC L 31–14 1–5
7 Sun. Oct. 16 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 34–14 1–6
8 Sun. Oct. 23 Denver Broncos Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 39–21 2–6
9 Sun. Oct. 30 at New York Jets Giants Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 24–20 2–7
10 Sun. Nov. 6 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 42–7 2–8
11 Sun. Nov. 13 Philadelphia Eagles Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS L 27–26 2–9
12 Sun. Nov. 20 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 27–7 2–10
13 Sun. Nov. 27 Kansas City Chiefs Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 16–10 3–10
14 Sun. Dec. 4 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 8:00 pm ESPN W 37–34 4–10
15 Sun. Dec. 11 at San Diego Chargers Jack Murphy Stadium 4:00 pm NBC L 20–14 4–11
16 Sun. Dec. 18 Miami Dolphins Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 40–24 5–11

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 0 7 7 21
• Steelers 10 0 7 7 24

Scoring Drives:

  • Dallas – Newsome 3 run (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Jackson 15 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 32
  • Pittsburgh – Brister 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Dallas – Irvin 35 pass from Pelluer (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Jackson 29 run (Anderson kick)
  • Dallas – Alexander 8 pass from Pelluer (Zendejas kick)


Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 10 6 10 29
• Redskins 7 3 7 13 30

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 33
  • Washington – Clark 55 pass from Williams (Lohmiller kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 24
  • Washington – FG Lohmiller 37
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 80 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Brister 6 run (kick failed)
  • Washington – Morris 1 run (Lohmiller kick)
  • Washington – FG Lohmiller 46
  • Pittsburgh – Stone 72 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 43
  • Washington – Bryant 7 pass from Williams (Lohmiller kick)
  • Washington – FG Lohmiller 19


Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Bengals 0 7 3 7 17
Steelers 2 0 7 3 12

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Montoya penalized for holding in end zone
  • Cincinnati – Wilson 13 pass from Esiason (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 9 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • CIncinnati – FG Breech 32
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 19
  • Cincinnati – Brown 65 pass from Esiason (Breech kick)


Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 14 28
• Bills 10 6 14 6 36

Scoring Drives:


Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Browns 0 7 6 10 23
Steelers 6 3 0 0 9

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 49
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 35
  • Cleveland – Manoa 1 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 45
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 22
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 21
  • Cleveland – Washington 75 interception return (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 40


Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 7 14
• Cardinals 7 17 7 0 31

Scoring Drives:

  • Phoenix – Awalt 32 pass from Lomax (Del Greco kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Woodson 92 kickoff return (Anderson kick)
  • Phoenix – FG Del Greco 19
  • Phoenix – Jordan 1 run (Del Greco kick)
  • Phoenix – J. T. Smith 13 pass from Lomax (Del Greco kick)
  • Phoenix – J. T. Smith 3 pass from Lomax (Del Greco kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 12 pass from Bono (Anderson kick)


Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Oilers 6 12 7 9 34
Steelers 0 7 0 7 14

Scoring Drives:

  • Houston – Rozier 2 run (pass failed)
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 50
  • Houston – Safety, Seale blocked punt out of end zone
  • Houston – Givins 43 pass from Moon (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lockett 9 pass from Blackledge (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – Pinkett 1 run (Zendejas kick)
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 27
  • Houston – Hill 24 pass from Moon (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 1 run (Anderson kick)


Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 7 14 21
• Steelers 14 13 3 9 39

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Carter 64 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Blackledge 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 30
  • Pittsburgh – Carter 10 pass from Blackledge (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 32
  • Denver – Kay 17 pass from Kubiak (Karlis kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 21
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 37
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 22
  • Denver – Kay 14 pass from Kubiak (Karlis kick)
  • Denver – Nattiel 74 pass from Karcher (Karlis kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 30


Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 0 0 10 20
• Jets 0 10 7 7 24

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 25
  • Pittsburgh – Carter 24 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • New York Jets – FG Leahy 41
  • New York Jets – Shuler 2 pass from O'Brien (Leahy kick)
  • New York Jets – Hector 2 run (Leahy kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 21
  • New York Jets – McNeil 5 run (Leahy kick)
  • PIttsburgh – Jackson 17 run (Anderson kick)


Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 0 7
• Bengals 14 7 14 7 42

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – Brown 86 pass from Esiason (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Brister 9 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cincinnati – McGee 5 pass from Esiason (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – Brooks 3 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – Brooks 2 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – Brown 6 pass from Esiason (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – Brooks 9 run (Breech kick)


Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Eagles 0 14 3 10 27
Steelers 10 6 7 3 26

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 52
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 13 pass from Lipps (Anderson kick)
  • Philadelphia – Byars 1 run (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 21
  • Philadelphia – Cunningham 7 run (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 29
  • Philadelphia – FG Zendejas 34
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 89 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Philadelphia – Cunningham 12 run (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 41
  • Philadelphia – FG Zendejas 18


Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7
• Browns 3 14 7 3 27

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 32
  • Cleveland – Tennell 2 pass from Kosar (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – Minnifield 11 blocked punt return (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Carter 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Langhorne 77 pass from Kosar (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 34


Week 13[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 0 3 10
• Steelers 6 7 3 0 16

Scoring Drives:

  • PIttsburgh – FG Anderson 23
  • PIttsburgh – FG Anderson 20
  • Kansas City – Paige 4 pass from DeBerg (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 10 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 22
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 26


Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Steelers 3 14 7 13 37
Oilers 0 13 14 7 34

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 45
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 36
  • Pittsburgh – Stone 92 kickoff return (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – Rozier 6 pass from Moon (Zendejas kick)
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 41
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 80 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – 65 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – White 90 kickoff return (Zendejas kick)
  • Houston – Moon 2 run (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 2 run (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – Moon 3 run (Zendejas kick)
  • PIttsburgh – Hoge 16 pass from Brister (kick failed)


Week 15[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 14 14
• Chargers 0 14 0 6 20

Scoring Drives:

  • San Diego – Flutie 6 pass from Malone (DeLine kick)
  • San Diego – Malone 1 run (DeLine kick)
  • San Diego – FG DeLine 24
  • Pittsburgh – Gothard 3 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Brister 3 run (Anderson kick)
  • San Diego – FG DeLine 42


Week 16[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 10 7 0 7 24
• Steelers 7 13 7 13 40

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Woodruff 78 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – Hampton 4 run (Reveiz kick)
  • Miami – FG Reveiz 20
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 39 run (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – Hampton 1 run (Reveiz kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 34
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 43
  • Pittsburgh – Carter 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 34
  • Pittsburgh – Jordan 28 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 22
  • Miami – Clayton 13 pass from Jaworski (Reveiz kick)


Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Cincinnati Bengals(1) 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 448 329
Cleveland Browns(4) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 6–6 304 288
Houston Oilers(5) 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 424 365
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 336 421

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1988 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "1988 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-12-23.