1999 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1999 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Bill Cowher
General manager Tom Donahoe
Owner The Rooney Family
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 4th in AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers none
AP All-Pros none
Team MVP Levon Kirkland
Team ROY Troy Edwards
Timeline
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For the second consecutive season the Steelers failed to make the playoffs after starting off the season by winning 5 of their first 8 games. Losing seven of the remaining eight dropped Pittsburgh to 6–10 for the year, their worst record under Bill Cowher.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1999 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President and General Counsel – Arthur J. Rooney II
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Administration Advisor – Chuck Noll
  • Director of Business – Mark Hart
  • Business Relations Coordinator – Dan Ferens
  • Business Accounting Coordinator – Jim Ellenberger
  • Office/Ticket Coordinator – Geraldine Glenn
  • Accounting Manager – Jodie Spagnolli
  • Communications Coordinator – Ron Wahl
  • Public Relations/Media Manager – David Lockett
  • Website/Network Administrator – Kim Smith
  • Marketing Coordinator – Mark Fuhrman
  • Merchandising Manager – Tim Carey
  • Marketing Manager – Lynne Molyneaux
  • Luxury Suite Manager – Lisa Weinzetl
  • Ticket Manager – Brian Bonifate
  • Stadium Project Manager – Heidi Edwards
  • Football Operations
  • Director of Football Operations – Tom Donahoe
  • College Scouting Coordinator – Max McCartney
  • Pro Personnel Coordinator – Doug Whaley
  • College Scout – Mark Gorscak
  • College Scout – Phil Kreidler
  • College Scout – Bob Lane
  • College Scout – Dan Rooney
  • College Scout – Bill Schieder

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Jay Hayes
  • Administrative Assistant – Lou Spanos
  • Administrative Assistant – Mike Miller

Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning Coordinator – Chet Fuhrman
  • Medical Staff
  • Opthalmologist – Dr. Randy Beatty
  • Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. James P. Bradley
  • 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 – Ryan Grove
  • Football Staff
  • Player Development Coordinator – Anthony Griggs
  • Equipment Manager - Rodgers Freyvogel
  • Field Manager – Rich Baker
  • Field/Equipment Assistant – Paul Gallagher
  • Video Coordinator – Bob McCartney
  • Video Assistant – Andy Lizanich
  • Photographers – Mike Fabus, Mike Drazdzinski

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Notable additions include Joey Porter and Aaron Smith.

Roster[edit]

1999 Pittsburgh Steelers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad

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Rookies in italics
52 Active, 4 Inactive, 4 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 12 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium 8:20 pm ESPN W 43–0 1–0
2 Sun. Sep. 19 at Baltimore Ravens PSInet Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 23–20 2–0
3 Sun. Sep. 26 Seattle Seahawks Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS L 29–10 2–1
4 Sun. Oct. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS L 17–3 2–2
5 Sun. Oct. 10 at Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium 1:00 pm CBS L 24–21 2–3
6 Sun. Oct. 17 at Cincinnati Bengals Cinergy Field 1:00 pm CBS W 17–3 3–3
7 Mon. Oct. 25 Atlanta Falcons Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 13–9 4–3
8 Sun. Oct. 31 Bye
9 Sun. Nov. 7 at San Francisco 49ers 3Com Park 4:15 pm CBS W 27–6 5–3
10 Sun. Nov. 14 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS L 16–15 5–4
11 Sun. Nov. 21 at Tennessee Titans Adelphia Coliseum 1:00 pm CBS L 16–10 5–5
12 Sun. Nov. 28 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS L 27–20 5–6
13 Thu. Dec. 2 at Jacksonville Jaguars Alltel Stadium 8:20 pm ESPN L 20–6 5–7
14 Sun. Dec. 12 Baltimore Ravens Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS L 31–24 5–8
15 Sat. Dec. 18 at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 12:30 pm CBS L 35–19 5–9
16 Sun. Dec. 26 Carolina Panthers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm FOX W 30–20 6–9
17 Sun. Jan. 2 Tennessee Titans Three Rivers Stadium 4:15 pm CBS L 47–36 6–10

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 12, 1999): at Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 13 6 17 43
Browns 0 0 0 0 0

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 1 run (Brown kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 18
  • Pittsburgh – Huntley 5 pass from Stewart (Brown kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 28
  • Pittsburgh – Huntley 3 run (kick blocked)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 19
  • Pittsburgh – Huntley 21 pass from Tomczak (Brown kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Ward 1 pass from Tomczak (Brown kick)

Week 2 (Sunday September 19, 1999): at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 3 6 23
Ravens 7 3 0 10 20

at PSINet Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 68,965
  • Referee: Gerald Austin
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Mark May (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 8 run (Brown kick)
  • Baltimore – Rhett 2 run (Stover kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Huntley 17 run (Brown kick)
  • Baltimore – FG Stover 45
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 32
  • Baltimore – FG Stover 28
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 28
  • Baltimore – Ismail 19 pass from Case (Stover kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 36

Week 3 (Sunday September 26, 1999): vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 17 9 0 3 29
Steelers 0 0 0 10 10

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 78°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 57,881
  • Referee: Phil Luckett
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Kevin Harlan (play by play), Sam Wyche (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Seattle – Hanks 23 interception return (Peterson kick)
  • Seattle – Rogers 94 punt return (Peterson kick)
  • Seattle – FG Peterson 45
  • Seattle – FG Peterson 51
  • Seattle – FG Peterson 41
  • Seattle – FG Peterson 26
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 33
  • Seattle – FG Peterson 38
  • Pittsburgh – Edwards 16 pass from Tomczak (Brown kick)

Week 4 (Sunday October 3, 1999): vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 7 3 7 17
Steelers 0 3 0 0 3

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 59°F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 57,308
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Verne Lundquist (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Jacksonville – McCardell 7 pass from Brunell (Hollis kick)
  • PIttsburgh – FG Brown 48
  • Jacksonville – FG Hollis 27
  • Jacksonville – FG Hollis 41
  • Jacksonville – Safety, Stewart fumbled ball out of end zone
  • Jacksonville – Safety, Smeenge sacked Stewart in end zone

Week 5 (Sunday October 10, 1999): at Buffalo Bills[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 0 7 21
Bills 7 10 7 0 24

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 71,038
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Mark May (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Ward 12 pass from Stewart (Brown kick)
  • Buffalo – Gash 2 pass from Flutie (Christie kick)
  • Buffalo – Moulds 49 pass from Flutie (Christie kick)
  • Buffalo – FG Christie 29
  • Pittsburgh – Edwards 17 pass from Stewart (Brown kick)
  • Buffalo – Riemersma 8 pass from Flutie (Christie kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 1 run (Brown kick)

Week 6 (Sunday October 17, 1999): at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

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

at Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 1 run (Brown kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 37
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 5 run (Brown kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 43

Week 7 (Monday October 25, 1999): vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 0 0 9 9
Steelers 7 6 0 0 13

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Huntley 13 pass from Stewart (Brown kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 51
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 25
  • Atlanta – Mathis 5 pass from Chandler (Andersen kick)
  • Atlanta – Safety, Miller stepped out of end zone

Week 8 (Sunday October 31, 1999): Bye Week[edit]

Week 9 (Sunday November 7, 1999): at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 3 3 7 27
49ers 3 3 0 0 6

at 3Com Park, San Francisco, California

  • Game time: 4:15 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 68,657
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Greg Gumbel (play by play), Phil Simms (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 1 run (Brown kick)
  • San Francisco – FG Richey 19
  • Pittsburgh – Ward 13 pass from Stewart (Brown kick)
  • PIttsburgh – FG Brown 28
  • San Francisco – FG Richey 20
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 38
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 22 run (Brown kick)

Week 10 (Sunday November 14, 1999): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 0 0 9 16
Steelers 3 0 9 3 15

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – K. Johnson 35 pass from Couch (Dawson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 41
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 32
  • Pittsburgh – Huntley 5 run (run failed)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 47
  • Cleveland – Edwards 5 pass from Couch (run failed)
  • Cleveland – FG Dawson 39

Week 11 (Sunday November 21, 1999): at Tennessee Titans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 3 10
Titans 14 0 2 0 16

at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 66,619
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Don Criqui (play by play), Steve Tasker (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Tennessee – McNair 2 run (Del Greco kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Edwards 15 pass from Stewart (Brown kick)
  • Tennessee – McNair 3 run (Del Greco kick)
  • Tennessee – Safety, Stewart penalized for intentional grounding in end zone
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 24

Week 12 (Sunday November 28, 1999): vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 14 10 3 0 27
Steelers 3 10 7 0 20

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 45°F (Mostly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 50,907
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Bill Macatee (play by play), Beasley Reece (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – Scott 76 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)
  • Cincinnati – Blake 4 run (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 35
  • Cincinnati – Heath 58 interception return (Pelfrey kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 29
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 33
  • Pittsburgh – Shaw 15 pass from Tomczak (Brown kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Ward 34 pass from Tomczak (Brown kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 29

Week 13 (Thursday December 2, 1999): at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 3 0 6
Jaguars 0 6 7 7 20

at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 40
  • Jacksonville – FG Hollis 25
  • Jacksonville – FG Hollis 32
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 39
  • Jacksonville – Smith 27 pass from Brunell (Hollis kick)
  • Jacksonville – Stewart 1 run (Hollis kick)

Week 14 (Sunday December 12, 1999): vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 3 21 0 31
Steelers 10 0 7 7 24

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 42°F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 46,715
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Mark May (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Ward 21 pass from Bettis (Brown kick)
  • Baltimore – Holmes 64 run (Stover kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 31
  • Baltimore – FG Stover 19
  • Baltimore – Ismail 54 pass from Banks (Stover kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Edwards 6 pass from Tomczak (Brown kick)
  • Baltimore – Ismail 59 pass from Banks (Stover kick)
  • Baltimore – Ismail 76 pass from Banks (Stover kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 11 pass from Tomczak (Brown kick)

Week 15 (Saturday December 18, 1999): at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 3 0 6 19
Chiefs 7 14 7 7 35

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – T. Edwards 12 pass from Tomczak (Brown kick)
  • Kansas City – Gonzales 15 pass from Grbac (Stoyanovich kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 42
  • Kansas City – D. Edwards 28 interception return (Stoyanovich kick)
  • Kansas City – Gonzales 2 pass from Grbac (Stoyanovich kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 47
  • Kansas City – Alexander 82 run (Stoyanovich kick)
  • Kansas City – Morris 10 run (Stoyanovich kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Shaw 11 pass from Tomczak (pass failed)

Week 16 (Sunday December 26, 1999): vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 13 0 0 20
Steelers 10 13 0 7 30

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 30°F (Light Snow)
  • Game attendance: 39,428
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Ray Bentley (play by play), Ron Pitts (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Brown 46
  • Pittsburgh – Davis 102 fumble return (Brown kick)
  • Carolina – Lane 41 run (Kasay kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Huntley 25 run (fumbled snap)
  • Carolina – Jeffers 88 pass from Beuerlein (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Ward 9 pass from Tomczak (Brown kick)
  • Carolina – Jeffers 43 pass from Beuerlein (Kasay kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 8 run (Brown kick)

Week 17 (Sunday January 2, 2000): vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 7 24 9 7 47
Steelers 7 0 22 7 36

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:15 PM EST
  • Game weather: 66°F (Mostly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 48,025
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Don Criqui (play by play), Steve Tasker (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Tennessee – Wycheck 9 pass from McNair (Del Greco kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Huntley 8 run (Brown kick)
  • Tennessee – Thomas 11 run (Del Greco kick)
  • Tennessee – Wycheck 26 pass from O'Donnell (Del Greco kick)
  • Tennessee – Kearse 14 fumble return (Del Greco kick)
  • Tennessee – FG Del Greco 42
  • Pittsburgh – Ward 15 pass from Tomczak (Ward pass from Tomczak)
  • Tennessee – Safety, Thorton sacked Tomczak in end zone
  • Tennessee – Roan 24 pass from O'Donnell (Del Greco kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 1 run (Brown kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Porter 46 fumble return (Brown kick)
  • Tennessee – Walker 83 fumble return (Del Greco kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Shaw 35 pass from Tomczak (Brown kick)

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Jacksonville Jaguars 14 2 0 .875 396 217
Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 .813 392 324
Baltimore Ravens 8 8 0 .500 324 277
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 10 0 .375 317 320
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 283 460
Cleveland Browns 2 14 0 .125 217 437

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1999 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1999 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/1999_roster.htm". 
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2