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1953 Pittsburgh Steelers

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6-6-0, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.5, Offense: -3.0, Defense: -0.5, SoS: 0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 211 points (17.6/g), 7th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 263 points (21.9/g), 8th.
 Differential of -52 points (-4.3/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 4.5-7.5.

Coach: Joe Bach (6-6-0)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: St. Bonaventure University (Allegany, New York)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
General Manager Francis Fogarty

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 211 3399 869 3.9 35 14 11 206 189 416 1850 10 21 4.2 97 432 1549 13 3.6 98
Team Defense 263 3381 758 4.5 35 14 11 184 193 372 2256 22 21 5.8 110 366 1125 9 3.1 63
Lg Rank Offense 7 7 2 2 6 3 8 11 4 9 2 8 6 10
Lg Rank Defense 8 2 12 9 1 10 9 12 11 7 2 2 2 1

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 27 boxscore L 0-1 @ Detroit Lions 21 38 18 319 223 96 3 20 432 375 57 1
2 Sat October 3 boxscore W 1-1 New York Giants 24 14 14 208 102 106 2 8 205 156 49 5
3 Sun October 11 boxscore W 2-1 Chicago Cardinals 31 28 24 354 268 86 5 16 233 161 72 5
4 Sat October 17 boxscore L 2-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 23 12 168 114 54 3 17 326 259 67 1
5 Sat October 24 boxscore W 3-2 Green Bay Packers 31 14 24 351 69 282 2 11 125 91 34 1
6 Sun November 1 boxscore L 3-3 Philadelphia Eagles 7 35 15 262 207 55 5 19 422 256 166 1
7 Sun November 8 boxscore L 3-4 @ Cleveland Browns 16 34 22 356 209 147 2 16 422 218 204 4
8 Sun November 15 boxscore W 4-4 @ New York Giants 14 10 8 247 142 105 1 18 323 216 107 2
9 Sun November 22 boxscore L 4-5 Cleveland Browns 16 20 17 288 72 216 3 13 235 175 60 1
10 Sun November 29 boxscore L 4-6 Washington Redskins 9 17 16 285 242 43 4 17 216 77 139 3
11 Sun December 6 boxscore W 5-6 @ Chicago Cardinals 21 17 18 210 63 147 3 14 212 165 47 4
12 Sun December 13 boxscore W 6-6 @ Washington Redskins 14 13 18 351 139 212 2 15 230 107 123 7

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
7 Jim Finks 26 QB 11 9 4-5-0 131 292 44.9% 1484 8 2.7 14 4.8 77 5.1 3.5 11.3 134.9 49.8 0 0
13 Bill Mackrides 28 qb 4 3 2-1-0 48 94 51.1% 453 1 1.1 5 5.3 36 4.8 2.6 9.4 113.3 46.1 0 0
17 Ted Marchibroda 22 4 0 9 22 40.9% 66 1 4.5 2 9.1 16 3.0 -0.2 7.3 16.5 25.9 0 0
49 Lynn Chandnois* 28 KR/PR/RH 12 0 1 3 33.3% 11 0 0.0 0 0.0 11 3.7 3.7 11.0 0.9 45.1 0 0
25 Ray Mathews 24 LH/LS 12 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
18 Pat Brady 27 P 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
27 Jim Brandt 24 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
33 Fran Rogel 26 FB 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 25.1 12 6-6-0 189 416 45.4% 2014 10 2.4 21 5.0 77 4.8 3.1 10.7 167.8 47.1 0 0
Opp Total 12 193 372 51.9% 2413 22 5.9 21 5.6 6.5 5.13 12.5 201.1 68.5 20 157 5.8 4.5 5.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
33 Fran Rogel 26 FB 12 0 137 527 2 58 3.8 43.9 11.4 19 95 5.0 0 19 1.6 7.9 622 2 2
49 Lynn Chandnois* 28 KR/PR/RH 12 0 123 470 3 38 3.8 39.2 10.3 43 412 9.6 0 55 3.6 34.3 882 3 9
25 Ray Mathews 24 LH/LS 12 0 65 260 2 31 4.0 21.7 5.4 27 346 12.8 4 77 2.3 28.8 606 6 5
27 Jim Brandt 24 12 0 42 106 3 9 2.5 8.8 3.5 2 15 7.5 0 11 0.2 1.3 121 3 1
39 Leo Elter 24 12 0 26 81 0 10 3.1 6.8 2.2 3 29 9.7 0 15 0.3 2.4 110 0 0
35 Tom Calvin 27 10 0 13 65 0 15 5.0 6.5 1.3 4 28 7.0 0 16 0.4 2.8 93 0 0
13 Bill Mackrides 28 qb 4 3 13 25 1 4 1.9 6.3 3.3 25 1 3
7 Jim Finks 26 QB 11 9 12 0 2 4 0.0 0.0 1.1 0 2 3
17 Ted Marchibroda 22 4 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 3.8 0.3 15 0 0
81 Elbie Nickel* 31 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 62 743 12.0 4 40 5.2 61.9 743 4 1
89 Ed Barker 22 LE 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 172 10.1 1 22 2.8 28.7 172 1 0
88 George Sulima 25 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 131 13.1 0 17 1.0 13.1 131 0 1
80 Jack Butler 26 RDH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 43 21.5 1 33 0.2 3.6 43 1 0
Team Total 25.1 12 432 1549 13 58 3.6 129.1 36.0 189 2014 10.7 10 77 15.8 167.8 3563 23 28
Opp Total 12 366 1125 9 3.1 93.8 30.5 193 2256 11.7 22 16.1 188.0 3381 31 29

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
49 Lynn Chandnois* 28 KR/PR/RH 12 0 26 101 0 15 3.9 21 610 1 93 29.0 1593
25 Ray Mathews 24 LH/LS 12 0 16 128 0 54 8.0 10 261 0 44 26.1 995
27 Jim Brandt 24 12 0 6 34 0 18 5.7 6 135 0 44 22.5 290
61 Lou Tepe 23 10 0 3 47 0 18 15.7 47
80 Jack Butler 26 RDH 12 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 48
26 Art DeCarlo 22 LDH 12 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 1
39 Leo Elter 24 12 0 1 23 0 23 23.0 133
72 Bob Gaona 22 LT 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
65 George Hughes* 28 RT 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
17 Ted Marchibroda 22 4 0 1 25 0 25 25.0 40
Team Total 25.1 12 50 269 0 54 5.4 44 1101 1 93 25.0 4933
Opp Total 12 50 1380 0 27.6 37 604 0 16.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
18 Pat Brady 27 P 12 0 80 3752 64 0 46.9
75 Nick Bolkovac 25 K 12 0 12 4 33.3%% 28 27 96.4%%
Team Total 25.1 12 12 4 33.3%% 28 27 96.4%% 80 3752 64 0 46.9
Opp Total 12 19 11 57.9%% 33 32 97.0%% 83 3530 42.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
80 Jack Butler 26 RDH 12 0 9 147 1 28 0 0 0 3 0 0
49 Lynn Chandnois* 28 KR/PR/RH 12 0 0 9 3 0 0
25 Ray Mathews 24 LH/LS 12 0 1 17 0 17 0 0 5 3 1 1 1
26 Art DeCarlo 22 LDH 12 0 5 83 0 27 0 0 1 1 0 0
13 Bill Mackrides 28 qb 4 3 0 3 3 0 0
60 Dale Dodrill* 27 MG 12 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 16 1
7 Jim Finks 26 QB 11 9 0 3 1 0 0
57 Dick Flanagan 27 LLB 12 0 2 23 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 Marv Matuszak* 22 RLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
33 Fran Rogel 26 FB 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
27 Jim Brandt 24 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
24 Claude Hipps 26 RS 5 0 2 0 0 0 0
66 John Schweder 26 LG 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
61 Lou Tepe 23 10 0 0 1 1 0 0
75 Nick Bolkovac 25 K 12 0 0 0 1 14 1
63 Darrell Hogan 27 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 George Hughes* 28 RT 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
81 Elbie Nickel* 31 RE 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
88 George Sulima 25 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
82 George Tarasovic 23 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 3 0
Team Total 25.1 12 21 273 1 28 0 0 28 28 34 3 2
Opp Total 12 21 29 15

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
75 Nick Bolkovac 25 K 12 0 1 1 27 4 45
25 Ray Mathews 24 LH/LS 12 0 2 4 1 7 1 44
49 Lynn Chandnois* 28 KR/PR/RH 12 0 3 1 4 24
81 Elbie Nickel* 31 RE 12 0 4 4 24
27 Jim Brandt 24 12 0 3 3 18
80 Jack Butler 26 RDH 12 0 1 1 2 12
7 Jim Finks 26 QB 11 9 2 2 12
33 Fran Rogel 26 FB 12 0 2 2 12
89 Ed Barker 22 LE 6 0 1 1 6
60 Dale Dodrill* 27 MG 12 0 1 1 6
13 Bill Mackrides 28 qb 4 3 1 1 6
78 Lou Ferry 26 LDT 12 0 1 2
Team Total 25.1 12 13 10 1 3 1 28 27 4 2 211
Opp Total 12 9 22 1 32 11 263

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 @ DET L, 21-38 1 14 pass Elbie Nickel 14 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
2 1953-09-27 @ DET L, 21-38 2 1 fumble Ray Mathews 1 yard fumble return (Nick Bolkovac kick)
3 1953-09-27 @ DET L, 21-38 4 15 pass Elbie Nickel 15 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Nick Bolkovac kick)
4 1953-10-03 NYG W, 24-14 1 93 kickoff Lynn Chandnois 93 yard kickoff return (Nick Bolkovac kick)
5 1953-10-03 NYG W, 24-14 4 4 pass Elbie Nickel 4 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
6 1953-10-03 NYG W, 24-14 4 14 fumble Nick Bolkovac 14 yard fumble return (Nick Bolkovac kick)
7 1953-10-11 CRD W, 31-28 2 1 rush Fran Rogel 1 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
8 1953-10-11 CRD W, 31-28 3 19 pass Ray Mathews 19 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
9 1953-10-11 CRD W, 31-28 4 4 rush Fran Rogel 4 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
10 1953-10-11 CRD W, 31-28 4 4 pass Ed Barker 4 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
11 1953-10-17 @ PHI L, 7-23 3 23 pass Ray Mathews 23 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
12 1953-10-24 GNB W, 31-14 1 4 rush Jim Finks 4 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
13 1953-10-24 GNB W, 31-14 2 6 rush Lynn Chandnois 6 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
14 1953-10-24 GNB W, 31-14 3 2 rush Jim Brandt 2 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
15 1953-10-24 GNB W, 31-14 3 1 rush Jim Brandt 1 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
16 1953-11-01 PHI L, 7-35 2 11 pass Ray Mathews 11 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
17 1953-11-08 @ CLE L, 16-34 1 2 rush Ray Mathews 2 yard rush
18 1953-11-08 @ CLE L, 16-34 2 77 pass Ray Mathews 77 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
19 1953-11-15 @ NYG W, 14-10 1 16 fumble Dale Dodrill 16 yard fumble return (Nick Bolkovac kick)
20 1953-11-15 @ NYG W, 14-10 4 33 pass Jack Butler 33 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
21 1953-11-22 CLE L, 16-20 1 1 rush Jim Finks 1 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
22 1953-11-22 CLE L, 16-20 4 1 rush Ray Mathews 1 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
23 1953-11-29 WAS L, 9-17 4 5 rush Lynn Chandnois 5 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
24 1953-12-06 @ CRD W, 21-17 3 1 rush Jim Brandt 1 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
25 1953-12-06 @ CRD W, 21-17 4 6 pass Elbie Nickel 6 yard pass from Bill Mackrides (Nick Bolkovac kick)
26 1953-12-06 @ CRD W, 21-17 4 2 rush Bill Mackrides 2 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
27 1953-12-13 @ WAS W, 14-13 4 23 rush Lynn Chandnois 23 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
28 1953-12-13 @ WAS W, 14-13 4 5 interception Jack Butler 5 yard interception return (Nick Bolkovac kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 @ DET W, 38-21 1 73 interception Lew Carpenter 73 yard interception return (Doak Walker kick)
2 1953-09-27 @ DET W, 38-21 2 1 rush Gene Gedman 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
3 1953-09-27 @ DET W, 38-21 2 49 pass Leon Hart 49 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
4 1953-09-27 @ DET W, 38-21 3 8 pass Doak Walker 8 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Doak Walker kick)
5 1953-09-27 @ DET W, 38-21 4 29 pass Bob Hoernschemeyer 29 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
6 1953-10-03 NYG L, 14-24 1 2 pass Randy Clay 2 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Randy Clay kick)
7 1953-10-03 NYG L, 14-24 2 55 pass Buford Long 55 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Randy Clay kick)
8 1953-10-11 CRD L, 28-31 1 1 rush Johnny Olszewski 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
9 1953-10-11 CRD L, 28-31 2 34 pass Gern Nagler 34 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
10 1953-10-11 CRD L, 28-31 2 6 pass Gern Nagler 6 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
11 1953-10-11 CRD L, 28-31 3 3 pass Don Stonesifer 3 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Pat Summerall kick)
12 1953-10-17 @ PHI W, 23-7 3 28 pass Pete Pihos 28 yard pass from Adrian Burk
13 1953-10-17 @ PHI W, 23-7 4 16 pass Hal Giancanelli 16 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
14 1953-10-17 @ PHI W, 23-7 4 1 rush Frank Ziegler 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
15 1953-10-24 GNB L, 14-31 3 1 rush Babe Parilli 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
16 1953-10-24 GNB L, 14-31 4 5 pass Fred Cone 5 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
17 1953-11-01 PHI W, 35-7 1 7 rush Hal Giancanelli 7 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
18 1953-11-01 PHI W, 35-7 1 48 rush Jerry Williams 48 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
19 1953-11-01 PHI W, 35-7 2 21 pass Bobby Walston 21 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
20 1953-11-01 PHI W, 35-7 4 26 pass Pete Pihos 26 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
21 1953-11-01 PHI W, 35-7 4 8 pass Hal Giancanelli 8 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
22 1953-11-08 @ CLE W, 34-16 2 7 rush Ken Carpenter 7 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
23 1953-11-08 @ CLE W, 34-16 2 44 rush Ray Renfro 44 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
24 1953-11-08 @ CLE W, 34-16 2 79 blocked field goal Ray Renfro 79 yard blocked field goal return (Lou Groza kick)
25 1953-11-08 @ CLE W, 34-16 4 17 pass Dante Lavelli 17 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
26 1953-11-15 @ NYG L, 10-14 3 6 pass Frank Gifford 6 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Frank Gifford kick)
27 1953-11-22 CLE W, 20-16 1 54 pass Ray Renfro 54 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
28 1953-11-22 CLE W, 20-16 2 31 pass Pete Brewster 31 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
29 1953-11-29 WAS W, 17-9 2 5 pass Hugh Taylor 5 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Bill Dudley kick)
30 1953-11-29 WAS W, 17-9 4 5 pass Julie Rykovich 5 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Bill Dudley kick)
31 1953-12-06 @ CRD L, 17-21 1 1 rush Johnny Olszewski 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
32 1953-12-06 @ CRD L, 17-21 4 5 pass Don Paul 5 yard pass from Steve Romanik (Pat Summerall kick)
33 1953-12-13 @ WAS L, 13-14 1 34 pass Paul Dekker 34 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Bill Dudley kick)