View Full Version : Maybe the Steelers can learn something from Dallas

12-02-2008, 10:57 PM
What is one of the biggest complaints everyone has about the passing game?

The lack of throwing to our talented tight end, Heath Miller.

This is something the Cowboys do very well, and Miller is almost a clone of Cowboys TE Jason Whitten.

Now I will say that part of the reason he's not as involved in the passing game is because he's prbally being asked to stay in and pass protect.

So hopefully we can upgrade out offensive line so Miller can run some more pass patterns. But after watching tape on the Cowboys all week, maybe the offensive coaching staff finally learned how to incorporate a big, physical, talented tight end into the passing game.

12-02-2008, 11:00 PM
I'll defer to others here who are surely more knowledgeable, but my opinion on the matter, from having talked to a lot of people about this very subject, is that Heath and Spaeth aren't utilized as targets more often because they are needed for pass protection a lot more than anyone would like.

I totally agree, he has good hands and his yards after catch are as good as any TE in the league.

tony hipchest
12-02-2008, 11:05 PM
about 4-6 weeks ago, pat kirwan did research on how often tight ends were targeted. at that point (around week 7 or so) ben was right at the bottom of the league throwing to the tight ends just 20 times.

tony romo was right near the top, throwing to his 59 times.

keep in mind, these werent receptions, but the times the TE was thrown to. i went and looked and our TE's had caught like 18 of the ones they were targeted.

anyways, the final analysis was that the steelers needed them to stay in and block.

12-04-2008, 06:04 AM
I really believe Miller has the best hands out of all our talent at WR and TE. It has been good to see Miller more involved in the passing game since his return to action. Hopefully that continues.