Question: Have the Pittsburgh Steelers ever finished the season #1 in overall defense, #1 in rushing defense and #1 in passing defense?
Mike Leach, Easton, MD.
BOUCHETTE: As you might know, they are ranked No. 1 across the board at the moment in the NFL. The quick answer to your question is no, they never have finished 1-1-1 since the NFL merger in 1970. They have come close, and they came the closest most recently. In both 2004 and 2001 they finished No. 1 overall, No. 2 vs. rush and No. 4 vs. pass. In 1996, they were 2-3-5 respectively. In 1990, they were 1-11-1. you have to go back to 1976 to find anything closer, when they were 1-1-6, and in 1974 when they were 1-6-1.