1996 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1996 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Bill Cowher
General manager Tom Donahoe
Owner The Rooney Family
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 1st in AFC Central
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 42–14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 28–3
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVP Jerome Bettis
Team ROY Jon Witman
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1995 1997 >

Bill Cowher's fifth season as head coach of the Steelers resulted in yet another trip to the playoffs for the team, as Pittsburgh won the AFC Central Division championship for the fourth time under Cowher. However, the team's 10–6 record was not good enough to earn the Steelers a first-round bye. In their first playoff game, a rematch of the previous year's AFC Championship Game, the Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts; their season would end a week later at the hands of the New England Patriots.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1996 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Vice President and General Counsel – Arthur J. Rooney II
  • Administration Advisor – Chuck Noll
  • Director of Marketing – Joe Gordon
  • Marketing Coordinator – Mark Fuhrman
  • Merchandising Manager – Tim Carey
  • Assistant Marketing Manager – Lynne Molyneaux
  • Media Relations Coordinator – Rob Boulware
  • Assistant/Community Relations – Ron Miller
  • Director of Business – Mark Hart
  • Business Coordinator – Dan Ferens
  • Accounts Coordinator – Jim Ellenberger
  • Office/Ticket Manager – Geraldine Glenn
  • Football Operations
  • Director of Football Operations – Tom Donahoe
  • Scouting Staff
  • College Personnel Coordinator – Tom Modrak
  • Pro Personnel Coordinator – Charles Bailey
  • BLESTO College Scout – Mark Gorscak
  • College Scout – Phil Kreidler
  • College Scout – Bob Lane
  • College Scout – Max McCartney

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning Coordinator – Chet Fuhrman
  • Medical Staff
  • Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. James P. Bradley
  • Opthalmologist – Dr. Randy Beatty
  • Neurological Surgery Consultant – Dr. Joseph Maroon
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Richard Rydze
  • Physician, Consultant – Dr. Abraham J. Twerski
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Anthony P. Yates
  • Training Staff
  • Head Trainer – John Norwig
  • Assistant Trainer – Rick Burkholder
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi
  • Field Manager – Rodgers Freyvogel
  • Field Assistant – Rich Baker
  • Video Coordinator – Bob McCartney
  • Video Assistant – Pat Dolan
  • Player Development Coordinator – Anthony Griggs
  • Administrative Assistant – Lou Spanos
  • Photographers – Mike Fabus, Bill Amatucci

[1]

Notable additions include Jerome Bettis, Earl Holmes and Carlos Emmons.

Roster[edit]

1996 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, 3 Inactive, 2 Practice squad

Season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars Alltel Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 24–9 0–1
2 Sun. Sep. 8 Baltimore Ravens Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 31–17 1–1
3 Mon. Sep. 16 Buffalo Bills Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 24–6 2–1
4 Sun. Sep. 22 Bye
5 Sun. Sep. 29 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 30–16 3–1
6 Mon. Oct. 7 at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 17–7 4–1
7 Sun. Oct. 13 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 20–10 5–1
8 Sun. Oct. 20 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 4:00 pm NBC L 23–13 5–2
9 Sun. Oct. 27 at Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 1:00 pm NBC W 20–17 6–2
10 Sun. Nov. 3 St. Louis Rams Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm FOX W 42–6 7–2
11 Sun. Nov. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals Cinergy Field 1:00 pm NBC L 34–24 7–3
12 Sun. Nov. 17 Jacksonville Jaguars Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 28–3 8–3
13 Mon. Nov. 25 at Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 24–17 9–3
14 Sun. Dec. 1 at Baltimore Ravens Memorial Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 31–17 9–4
15 Sun. Dec. 8 San Diego Chargers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 16–3 10–4
16 Sun. Dec. 15 San Francisco 49ers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm FOX L 25–15 10–5
17 Sun. Dec. 22 at Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 18–14 10–6

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 1, 1996): at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 3 3 0 9
Jaguars 7 7 0 10 24

at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 70,210
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Sam Wyche (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 2 (Sunday September 8, 1996): vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 10 0 0 17
Steelers 14 14 3 0 31

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 75 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 57,241
  • Referee: Gerry Austin
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Sam Wyche (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 3 (Monday September 16, 1996): vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 0 3 0 6
Steelers 7 17 0 0 24

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Sunday September 22, 1996): Bye Week[edit]

Week 5 (Sunday September 29, 1996): vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 0 14 2 16
Steelers 17 3 0 10 30

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 59 °F (Mostly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 58,608
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Beasley Reece (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 16 pass from Tomczak (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 33
  • Pittsburgh – C. Johnson 62 pass from Tomczak (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 36
  • Houston – Davis 4 pass from Chandler (Del Greco kick)
  • Houston – Lewis 36 interception return (Del Greco kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG N. Johnson 36
  • Pittsburgh – Perry 13 interception return (Johnson kick)
  • Houston – Safety, Edge ran out of end zone

Week 6 (Monday October 7, 1996): at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 6 8 3 17
Chiefs 0 7 0 0 7

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Game time: 9:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 79,189
  • Referee: Howard Roe
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Al Michaels (play by play), Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf (color commentators)

Scoring Drives:

Week 7 (Sunday October 13, 1996): vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 0 3 7 10
Steelers 3 0 7 10 20

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 64 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 58,875
  • Referee: Gary Lane
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Charlie Jones (play by play), Randy Cross (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 33
  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 19
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 32 pass from Tomczak (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 22
  • Pittsburgh – Woodson 42 fumble return (Johnson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Pickens 3 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)

Week 8 (Sunday October 20, 1996): at Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 0 3 13
Oilers 3 6 0 14 23

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 50,337
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Beasley Reece (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday October 27, 1996): at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 14 3 20
Falcons 7 3 0 7 17

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 58,760
  • Referee: Ron Blum
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dan Hicks (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 3, 1996): vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 3 0 6
Steelers 14 7 14 7 42

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 38 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 58,148
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Joe Buck (play by play), Bill Maas (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 11 (Sunday November 10, 1996): at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 17 7 0 24
Bengals 3 14 7 10 34

at Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 57,265
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Beasley Reece (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 32
  • Pittsburgh- FG Johnson 46
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 6 run (Johnson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Carter 1 run (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Dunn 90 kickoff return (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Bieniemy 33 run (Pelfrey kick)
  • Cincinnati – Carter 12 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 34

Week 12 (Sunday November 17, 1996): vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 14 14 0 0 28

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 58,879
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Jim Lampley (play by play), Bob Golic (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 13 (Monday November 25, 1996): at Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 7 7 24
Dolphins 7 7 3 0 17

at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida

Scoring Drives:

Week 14 (Sunday December 1, 1996): at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 7 0 17
Ravens 7 17 0 7 31

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 51,882
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Jim Lampley (play by play), Bob Golic (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 15 (Sunday December 8, 1996): vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 0 3 0 3
Steelers 6 7 0 3 16

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 40 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 56,368
  • Referee: Gerry Austin
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Tom Hammond (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 16 (Sunday December 15, 1996): vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 16 6 0 3 25
Steelers 0 0 8 7 15

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 38 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 59,823
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Pat Summerall (play by play), John Madden (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • San Francisco – Rice 4 pass from S. Young (Wilkins kick)
  • San Francisco – Safety, B. Young sacked Tomczak in end zone
  • San Francisco – Rice 4 pass from S. Young (Wilkins kick)
  • San Francisco – Owens 20 pass from S. Young (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 1 run (C. Johnson pass from Tomczak)
  • San Francisco – FG Wilkins 22
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 42 pass from Tomczak (Johnson kick)

Week 17 (Sunday December 22, 1996): at Carolina Panthers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 0 14
Panthers 7 2 6 3 18

at Ericsson Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Scoring Drives:

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 6 0 .625 344 257
Jacksonville Jaguars 9 7 0 .563 325 335
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 372 369
Houston Oilers 8 8 0 .500 345 319
Baltimore Ravens 4 12 0 .250 371 441

Playoffs[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff (Sunday December 29, 1996): vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 14 0 0 14
Steelers 10 3 8 21 42

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 29
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 50
  • Indianapolis – Daniel 59 interception return (Blanchard kick)
  • Indianapolis – Bailey 9 pass from Harbaugh (Blanchard kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 1 run (Farquhar pass from Stewart)
  • Pittsburgh- Bettis 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Witman 31 run (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 3 run (Johnson kick)

AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday January 5, 1997): at New England Patriots[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 3 0 3
Patriots 14 7 0 7 28

at Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Scoring Drives:

Honors and awards[edit]

Pro Bowl Representatives[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1996 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1996 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1997 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/1996_roster.htm".