1983 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1983 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
General manager Dick Haley
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 1st in AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 38–10
Pro Bowlers PK Gary Anderson
LB Jack Lambert
C Mike Webster
AP All-Pros Jack Lambert (1st team)
Mike Webster (1st team)
Gary Anderson (2nd team)
Team MVP Gary Anderson
Timeline
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< 1982 1984 >

Personnel

Staff

1983 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Arthur J. Rooney
  • President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Controller – Dennis P. Thimons
  • Assistant Controller – Dan Ferens
  • Traveling Secretary – James A. Boston
  • Public Relations Director – Ed Kiely
  • Publicity Director – Joe Gordon
  • Assistant Publicity Director – John Evenson
  • Director of Ticket Sales – Geraldine Glenn
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – William Nunn, Jr.
  • Pro Talent Scout – Tom Modrak
  • Talent Scout – West Coast – Bob Schmitz
  • College Talent Scout – Joe Krupa

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning Coach – Jon Kolb
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Anthony P. Yates
  • Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. Paul Steele
  • Neurological Surgery Consultant – Dr. Joseph C. Maroon
  • Dentist – Dr. George P. Boucek
  • Opthalmologist – Dr. Phillip Buzzelli
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Assistant Trainer – Gary Stragar
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi
  • Field Manager – Rodgers Freyvogel
  • Film Director – Bob McCartney
  • Photographers – Harry Homa, Bill Amatucci

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Roster

1983 Pittsburgh Steelers 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
51 Active, 4 Inactive, Practice squad

Offseason

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 4 Denver Broncos Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 14–10 0–1
2 Sun. Sep. 11 at Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 1:00 pm NBC W 25–21 1–1
3 Sun. Sep. 18 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 1:00 pm NBC W 40–28 2–1
4 Sun. Sep. 25 New England Patriots Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 28–23 2–2
5 Sun. Oct. 2 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 17–10 3–2
6 Mon. Oct. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 24–14 4–2
7 Sun. Oct. 16 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 44–17 5–2
8 Sun. Oct. 23 at Seattle Seahawks Kingdome 4:00 pm NBC W 27–21 6–2
9 Sun. Oct. 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 17–12 7–2
10 Sun. Nov. 6 San Diego Chargers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 26–3 8–2
11 Sun. Nov. 13 at Baltimore Colts Memorial Stadium 2:00 pm NBC W 24–13 9–2
12 Sun. Nov. 20 Minnesota Vikings Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS L 17–14 9–3
13 Thu. Nov. 24 at Detroit Lions Pontiac Silverdome 12:30 pm NBC L 45–3 9–4
14 Sun. Dec. 4 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 23–10 9–5
15 Sat. Dec. 10 at New York Jets Shea Stadium 12:30 pm NBC W 34–7 10–5
16 Sun. Dec. 18 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 30–17 10–6

Game summaries

Week 1 (Sunday September 4, 1983): vs. Denver Broncos

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 7 0 7 14
Steelers 0 7 3 0 10

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,233
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bob Costas (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 2 (Sunday September 11, 1983): at Green Bay Packers

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 6 3 9 25
Packers 7 7 0 7 21

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,144
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bob Costas (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – F. Harris 3 run (Anderson kick)
  • Green Bay – Lofton 71 pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stoudt 1 run (kick blocked)
  • Green Bay – Lofton 73 pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 30
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Green Bay – Lofton 13 pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Kohrs tackled Dickey in end zone

Week 3 (Sunday September 18, 1983): at Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 6 6 14 14 40
Oilers 7 0 0 21 28

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 44,150
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Sunday September 25, 1983): vs. New England Patriots

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 7 7 7 28
Steelers 7 6 0 10 23

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Sweeney 3 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • New England – Weishuhn 27 run with lateral of interception by Nelson (J. Smith kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 20
  • New England – Ramsey 4 pass from Grogan (J. Smith kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 34
  • New England – Collins 4 run (J. Smith kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 28
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 26 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • New England – Starring 76 pass from Grogan (J. Smith kick)

Week 5 (Sunday October 2, 1983): vs. Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 3 7 0 10
Steelers 0 7 0 10 17

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Monday October 10, 1983): at Cincinnati Bengals

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

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Woods 38 fumble return (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 35
  • Cincinnati – Johnson 1 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – J. Griffin 41 interception return (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Johnson 34 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Clayton 70 interception return (Anderson kick)

Week 7 (Sunday October 16, 1983): vs. Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 7 7 0 17
Steelers 20 14 0 10 44

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 8 (Sunday October 23, 1983): at Seattle Seahawks

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 17 0 3 27
Seahawks 0 0 7 14 21

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday October 30, 1983): vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 6 3 3 0 12
Steelers 0 0 0 17 17

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 57,468
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Jim Kelly (play by play), John Dockery (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Tampa Bay – FG Capece 26
  • Tampa Bay – FG Capece 49
  • Tampa Bay – FG Capece 27
  • Tampa Bay – FG Capece 28
  • Pittsburgh – Capers 11 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 42
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 2 run (Anderson kick)

Week 10 (Sunday November 6, 1983): vs. San Diego Chargers

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 17 3 3 3 26

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,191
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bob Costas (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 11 (Sunday November 13, 1983): at Baltimore Colts

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 10 0 7 24
Colts 3 3 7 0 13

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Scoring Drives:

Week 12 (Sunday November 20, 1983): vs. Minnesota Vikings

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 0 10 0 17
Steelers 7 0 0 7 14

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,417
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Jim Kelly (play by play), John Dockery (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Cunningham 3 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • Minnesota – McCullum 30 pass from Dils (Ricardo kick)
  • Minnesota – Galbreath 6 pass from Dils (Ricardo kick)
  • Minnesota – FG Ricardo 39
  • Pittsburgh – Stoudt 4 run (Anderson kick)

Week 13 (Thursday November 24, 1983): at Detroit Lions

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 0 3
Lions 17 7 7 14 45

at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 77,724
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Detroit – Sims 2 run (Murray kick)
  • Detroit – FG Murray 27
  • Detroit – Norris 13 pass from Hipple (Murray kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 38
  • Detroit – Sims 2 run (Murray kick)
  • Detroit – Martin 81 punt return (Murray kick)
  • Detroit – Norris 4 yd pass from Eric Hipple (Murray kick)
  • Detroit – Chadwick 5 pass from Danielson (Murray kick)

Week 14 (Sunday December 4, 1983): vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 14 3 3 3 23
Steelers 0 3 0 7 10

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – Johnson 1 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – Johnson 16 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 19
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 48
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 27
  • Pittsburgh – F. Harris 29 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 32

Week 15 (Saturday December 10, 1983): at New York Jets

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 13 7 7 34
Jets 0 0 7 0 7

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY

Week 16 (Sunday December 18, 1983): at Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 0 7 17
Browns 9 14 7 0 30

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 72,313
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bob Costas (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 34
  • Cleveland – Belk 64 pass from Sipe (kick failed)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 30
  • Cleveland – Holt 3 pass from Sipe (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stoudt 3 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Feacher 4 pass from Sipe (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – Holt 1 pass from Sipe (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – F. Harris 2 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers(3) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 355 303
Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 356 342
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 4–2 4–8 346 302
Houston Oilers 2 14 0 .125 1–5 1–11 288 460

Playoffs

Game summary

AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday January 1, 1984): at Los Angeles Raiders

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 7 0 10
Raiders 7 10 21 0 38

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 90,380
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 17
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Hayes 18 interception return (Bahr kick)
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Allen 4 run (Bahr kick)
  • Los Angeles Raiders – FG Bahr 45
  • Los Angeles Raiders – King 9 run (Bahr kick)
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Allen 49 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 58 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Hawkins 2 run (Bahr kick)

References

  1. ^ 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/1983_roster.htm". 







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