1990 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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The Steelers did not score an offensive touchdown until the 5th game of the season, but did rebound to a 9–7 record (the same they posted the previous season). Unfortunately, unlike the previous season, 9–7 was not enough to gain a playoff berth.

1990 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
General manager Dick Haley
Owner The Rooney Family
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd in AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros Rod Woodson (1st team)
Team MVP Rod Woodson
Team ROY Eric Green
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1989 1991 >

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1990 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Director of Communications – Joe Gordon
  • Controller – Ralph Meacham
  • Chief Negotiator/Travel – James A. Boston
  • Business/Stadium Coordinator – Dan Ferens
  • Public Relations Director – Dan Edwards
  • Community Relations Coordinator – Pat Hanlon
  • Ticket Sales Manager – Geraldine Glenn
  • Office Manager/Computer – Jim Ellenberger
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Director of Pro Personnel and Development – Tom Donahoe
  • College Scouting Coordinator – Tom Modrak
  • Talent Scout – Bob Schmitz
  • Talent Scout – Max McCartney
  • Talent Scout – Charles Bailey

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – George Stewart

Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning Coach – Jon Kolb
  • Dentist – Dr. George P. Boucek
  • Opthalmologist – Dr. Phillip Buzzelli
  • Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. Thomas W. Cowan
  • 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
  • Video Assistant – Pat Dolan
  • Photographers – Mike Fabus, Bill Amatucci

[1]

Roster[edit]

1990 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
49 Active, 4 Inactive, 1 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 9 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 4:00 pm NBC L 13–3 0–1
2 Sun. Sep. 16 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 8:00 pm TNT W 20–9 1–1
3 Sun. Sep. 23 at Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 4:00 pm NBC L 20–3 1–2
4 Sun. Sep. 30 Miami Dolphins Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 28–6 1–3
5 Sun. Oct. 7 San Diego Chargers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 36–14 2–3
6 Sun. Oct. 14 at Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium 4:00 pm NBC W 34–17 3–3
7 Sun. Oct. 21 at San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park 4:00 pm NBC L 27–7 3–4
8 Mon. Oct. 29 Los Angeles Rams Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 41–10 4–4
9 Sun. Nov. 4 Atlanta Falcons Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 21–9 5–4
10 Sun. Nov. 11 Bye
11 Sun. Nov. 18 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 8:00 pm ESPN L 27–3 5–5
12 Sun. Nov. 25 at New York Jets Giants Stadium 4:00 pm NBC W 24–7 6–5
13 Sun. Dec. 2 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 16–12 6–6
14 Sun. Dec. 9 New England Patriots Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 24–3 7–6
15 Sun. Dec. 16 at New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome 1:00 pm NBC W 9–6 8–6
16 Sun. Dec. 23 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 35–0 9–6
17 Sun. Dec. 30 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 8:00 pm ESPN L 34–14 9–7

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 9, 1990): at Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 0 3
Browns 0 0 10 3 13

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 78,298
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 19
  • Cleveland – Blaylock 30 fumble return (Kauric kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Kauric 28
  • Cleveland – FG Kauric 47

Week 2 (Sunday September 16, 1990): vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 7 2 0 9
Steelers 7 3 0 10 20

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 54,814
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (TNT) Skip Caray (play by play), Pat Haden (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – D. Johnson 26 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – White 1 run (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 31
  • Houston – Safety, Childress tackled Brister in end zone
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 27
  • Pittsburgh – Woodson 52 punt return (Anderson kick)

Week 3 (Sunday September 23, 1990): at Los Angeles Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 0 0 3
Raiders 0 3 3 14 20

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 50,657
  • Referee: Howard Roe
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Paul Maguire (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 31
  • Los Angeles Raiders – FG Jaeger 40
  • Los Angeles Raiders – FG Jaeger 45
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Allen 1 run (Jaeger kick)
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Fernandez 66 pass from Schroeder (Jaeger kick)

Week 4 (Sunday September 30, 1990): vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 14 0 7 28
Steelers 0 3 3 0 6

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Miami – S. Smith 1 run (Stoyanovich kick)
  • Miami – S. Smith 7 run (Stoyanovich kick)
  • Clayton 35 pass from Marino (Stoyanovich kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 46
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 35
  • Miami – Paige 1 run (Stoyanovich kick)

Week 5 (Sunday October 7, 1990): vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 0 7 0 14
Steelers 3 14 7 12 36

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 53,486
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Joel Meyers (play by play), Ahmad Rashad (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 45
  • San Diego – Plummer 2 pass from Tolliver (Reveiz kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Green 8 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Green 1 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – W. Williams 2 run (Anderson kick)
  • San Diego – L. Miller fumble recovery in end zone (Reveiz kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Stone blocked punt out of end zone
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 45
  • Pittsburgh – Foster 2 run (Anderson kick)

Week 6 (Sunday October 14, 1990): at Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 7 13 34
Broncos 10 7 0 0 17

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

Scoring Drives:

  • Denver – Winder 1 run (Treadwell kick)
  • Denver – FG Treadwell 24
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 6 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Denver – Sewell 2 run (Treadwell kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Green 3 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 6 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Green 10 pass from Brister (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Green 3 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)

Week 7 (Sunday October 21, 1990): at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 0 7
49ers 0 10 10 7 27

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 64,301
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Bill Walsh (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Bell 2 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • San Francisco – FG Cofer 39
  • San Francisco – Sherrard 5 pass from Montana (Cofer kick)
  • San Francisco – FG Cofer 20
  • San Francisco – Rathman 1 run (Cofer kick)
  • San Francisco – Rathman 1 run (Cofer kick)

Week 8 (Monday October 29, 1990): vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 3 0 0 10
Steelers 14 3 10 14 41

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Los Angeles Rams – Greens 100 kickoff return (Lansford kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 6 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Green 17 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Los Angeles Rams – FG Lansford 32
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 42
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 30
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stone 8 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 2 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)

Week 9 (Sunday November 4, 1990): vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 6 3 0 0 9
Steelers 0 0 7 14 21

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Atlanta – FG Davis 41
  • Atlanta – FG Davis 43
  • Atlanta – FG Davis 38
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 11 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mularkey 19 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Williams 70 run (Anderson kick)

Week 10 (Sunday November 11, 1990): Bye Week[edit]

Week 11 (Sunday November 18, 1990): at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 3 3
Bengals 7 3 14 3 27

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – Woods 5 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 21
  • Cincinnati – Taylor 1 run (Breech kick)
  • CIncinnati – Bussey 70 fumble return (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 31
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 33

Week 12 (Sunday November 25, 1990): at New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 3 14 24
Jets 0 7 0 0 7

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Scoring Drives:

  • New York Jets – Moore 53 pass from O'Brien (Leahy kick)
  • Pittsburgh – W. Williams 5 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 33
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 3 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)

Week 13 (Sunday December 2, 1990): vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 9 0 0 16
Steelers 6 0 3 3 12

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 32
  • Cincinnati – Brown 50 pass from Esiason (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 36
  • Cincinnati – Safety, Francis tackled Brister in end zone
  • Cincinnati – Brooks 7 run (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 29
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 48

Week 14 (Sunday December 9, 1990): vs. New England Patriots[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 3 7 7 7 24

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,354
  • Referee: Dale Hamer
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Tom Hammond (play by play), Joe Namath (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 42
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 8 run (Anderson kick)
  • New England – FG Staurovsky 49
  • Pittsburgh – Green 14 pass from Brister (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 41 run (Anderson kick)

Week 15 (Sunday December 16, 1990): at New Orleans Saints[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 6 9
Saints 0 0 3 3 6

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 68,582
  • Referee: Howard Roe
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Paul Maguire (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 29
  • New Orleans – FG Andersen 50
  • New Orleans – FG Andersen 43
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 42
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 43

Week 16 (Sunday December 23, 1990): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 21 14 0 0 35

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 17 (Sunday December 30, 1990): at Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 7 14
Oilers 7 17 7 3 34

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Scoring Drives:

  • Houston – White 1 run (Garcia kick)
  • Houston – Givins 14 pass from Carlson (Garcia kick)
  • Houston – Hill 3 pass from Carlson (Garcia kick)
  • Houston – FG Garcia 47
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 4 run (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – Jeffires 53 pass from Carlson (Garcia kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoge 3 run (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – FG Garcia 45

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cincinnati Bengals 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 360 352 W2
Houston Oilers 9 7 0 .563 4–2 8–4 405 307 W1
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 292 240 L1
Cleveland Browns 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 228 462 L2

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1991 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/1990_roster.htm".