| Synopsis: The Pittsburgh Maulers, original fleet of expansion six in 1984. Joe Pendry left the Philadelphia Stars offensive cordinator's job to become the franchises' first head coach. USFL's newest expansion team. At that time the Maulers had no team name, no stadium in which to play in, no front office personnel, no coaches and most importantly no players. The Maulers evaluated over 2000 players and ended up signing over 100 before they headed to training camp. Pittsburgh had been negotiating with three backup NFL quarterbacks, Rick Trocano of Cleveland, Glenn Carano of Dallas and Matt Cavanaugh of the 49ers. They settled on Glenn Carano to lead the team on to the field for the upcoming expansion season.
The Maulers and coach Joe Pendry struggled through their only year in the league with a 3-15 record. Coach Pendry didn't even make it through the whole year as Ellis Rainsberger took over the helm midway through the season. The presence of Heisman Trophy winning runningback Mike Rozier could right the Maulers' ship. Pittsburgh only managed victories over the Oakland Invaders and the Washington Federals (twice). Many of their problems could be blamed on a defense that gave up a league-leading 492 points. The pathetic performance on the field didn't hurt the team at the gate and selling out their first home game against the Birmingham Stallions. Many of the fans came to boo and throw things at Stallions and former Steeler QB Cliff Stoudt. Edward Debartolo, father of the former owner of the 49ers and now the Cleveland Browns President, folded the team when the league announced its move to the fall.