Articles by Sean McKaveney

Roethlisberger Completions Report: Updated Through Week 6

Every week I will chart Ben Roethlisberger’s completions across a variety of categories in an effort to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the Steelers’ passing game.  As we get deeper into the season and as more throws get recorded, this information will become more reliable in identifying various trends…


Anatomy Of A Steelers Play: “Mesh Concept”

The “Mesh” passing scheme is one of the most common and effective concepts in football. It allows receivers to quickly out leverage defenders in Man coverage, it creates open areas and soft spots in Zone defenses, and it gives the quarterback clear and simple reads that lead to easy completions….


Roethlisberger Completions Report: Updated Through Week 5

Completion Percentage by Coverage Shell After 99 total passing snaps against Man (Cover 0, Cover 1, and Cover 2-Man) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has completed only 55.6% of his passes, compared to 72.3% after playing 94 snaps against Zone (Cover 3, Cover 4, and Cover 2-Zone). WR Target Percentage…


Roethlisberger Completions Report: Updated Through Week 4

With a quarter of the season now in the books, Ben Roethlisberger’s strengths and weaknesses in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2017 passing game are beginning to come into focus. He has been better at completing passes against Zone than he has against Man Coverage; he has struggled significantly in the deep…


Roethlisberger Completions Report: Updated Through Week 3

Every week I will chart Ben Roethlisberger’s completions across a variety of categories in an effort to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ passing game.  As we get deeper into the season and as more throws get recorded, this information will become more reliable in identifying various…


Roethlisberger Completions Report: Updated Through Week 2

Every week I will chart Ben Roethlisberger’s completions across a variety of categories in an effort to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the Steelers’ passing game.  As we get deeper into the season and as more throws get recorded, this information will become more reliable in identifying various trends…


Eli Rogers’ 2016 Targets And Route-Types Analysis

I recently took a look at Martavis Bryant’s career targets and charted his catch rates by route-type and target area, as well as the routes he ran from various pre-snap alignments.  Given the overall competitiveness of the Pittsburgh Steelers receiving corps this year, I have decided to conduct a similar…


Martavis Bryant Career Targets And Route-Types Analysis

With wide receiver Martavis Bryant returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers offense this season, I wanted to examine how he had previously been used in Todd Haley’s system. For this study, I looked at all 171 of his career targets and recorded his catch rates by route type and target area,…


A Closer Look At Ben Roethlisberger’s Road Struggles: Part 2

In the first part of this study, I charted the differences between Ben Roethlisberger’s home and away QB Rating, TDs/INTs, Attempts and Completions Per Game, Yards/Game, and Attempts/Game and found that he performed worse in each of these categories when playing on the road. In this article, I tried to…


A Closer Look At Ben Roethlisberger’s Road Struggles: Part 1

In this two-part study, I first take a look at Ben Roethlisberger’s statistical performance at home vs on the road from 2014-2016; then, in part 2, I tried to find some possible explanations for the great disparity in his quality of play by looking at the opponents he faced. Specifically…



2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: LSU RB Leonard Fournette

From now until the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to showcase as many prospects as possible and examine both their strengths and weaknesses. Most of these profiles will feature individuals that the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to have an interest in, while a few others will be top-ranked…


2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: San Diego CB Jamal Agnew

From now until the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to showcase as many prospects as possible and examine both their strengths and weaknesses. Most of these profiles will feature individuals that the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to have an interest in, while a few others will be top-ranked…


2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: California WR Chad Hansen

From now until the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to showcase as many prospects as possible and examine both their strengths and weaknesses. Most of these profiles will feature individuals that the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to have an interest in, while a few others will be top-ranked…


2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford

From now until the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to showcase as many prospects as possible and examine both their strengths and weaknesses. Most of these profiles will feature individuals that the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to have an interest in, while a few others will be top-ranked…