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mesaSteeler
02-25-2012, 08:45 AM
Colbert: Big changes unlikely for Steelers under Haley
Saturday, February 25, 2012
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ben Roethlisberger likely doesn't have to worry that the Steelers offense could be set back two or three years if new offensive coordinator Todd Haley implements changes.

General manager Kevin Colbert said it is difficult and not very practical for a coordinator to make wholesale changes when the team has been largely successful.

He equated Haley's arrival to when Mike Tomlin replaced Bill Cowher as head coach in 2007 and inherited one of the best defenses in the league.

"I think any coach coming into a situation, just as Mike did when we were a 3-4 team, he looked at what we did and how we did it and decided maybe he wants to add his personal touches," Colbert said. "But, for the most part, [the defense] hasn't changed.

"So, it's hard to come in and drastically change your philosophy because of the group of players that you have. You can't overhaul a whole roster. Nor are we looking to because this group of players has been very successful."

Roethlisberger passed for more than 4,000 yards, Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown each had more than 1,000 yards receiving, and the Steelers had their best rushing average (4.4 yards) in the past 10 years last season. But they finished 21st in the NFL in scoring -- a point of contention with team president Art Rooney II that helped facilitate the departure of previous offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Roethlisberger said Haley's arrival could set back the offense back "two or three years" if the terminology and philosophy are drastically changed.

"He'll learn what we have," Colbert said of Haley. "We'll learn what he's kind of thinking about and looking for, and we'll try to keep progressing."
Likely to lose Dixon

The Steelers are expected to part ways with Dennis Dixon, who primarily has been the No. 3 quarterback since he was picked in the fifth round of the '08 draft.

Several of Dixon's teammates have said he wants to go a team where he will at least be the No. 2 quarterback -- something that does not appear likely if the Steelers re-sign veterans Charlie Batch or Byron Leftwich, or both.

And Colbert sounded as if Dixon does not fit into their plans as Roethlisberger's top backup, even though he has started more games (3) than Leftwich (none) in three seasons. Dixon is an unrestricted free agent.

"Being a young quarterback, I anticipate Dennis will [look elsewhere], and I anticipate Dennis will have a lot of interest around the league," Colbert said.

"I don't think the league has seen the best of Dennis Dixon, only because he's behind a great quarterback and he's been held back by some injuries. Even coming into the league, he was behind the eight ball, coming in with the knee injury."
Browns in great draft spot

The Cleveland Browns not only have two picks in the first round (Nos. 4 and 22), but they also have three of the top 36 picks in the draft.

The Browns might have to move up a spot or two if they want Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner. But they seem receptive to the idea of using their picks to move around in the first round.

"We're willing," Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. "With two first-round picks, we have flexibility. We can just stand pat and take two really fine players, guys that we would hope to be starters for us. Having two first-round picks, you have flexibility if you want to do something."
Colbert on Harrison

Several members of the national media asked Colbert about the style of play exhibited by outside linebacker James Harrison, who has been fined numerous times by the league for illegal hits.

One of the questions was from a Cleveland-based writer who remembered the hit in a December game that knocked out Browns quarterback Colt McCoy and gave him a season-ending concussion.

Colbert was asked if the team had reached a "breaking point" with their four-time Pro Bowl linebacker.

"No. Absolutely not," Colbert said. "James Harrison is a great player. He tries to play within the rules. Sometimes, the penalty is unavoidable, and he ends up getting a suspension out of it. He served his time. We've all moved on.

"We know James Harrison plays the game very hard. He plays it within the rules the best he can. Sometimes, circumstances happen in the course of a game, and you have to live with the consequences. But in no way are we ever going to be disappointed with that player."

Asked if Harrison is treated fairly by the NFL, Colbert said: "He's treated within the rules. The rules are the rules. We all have to abide by them and follow them. We try to do that. Again, sometimes circumstances lead you outside of it. But if it's not intentional, I don't have any problem with the player. And I know it's not intentional."

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pete74
03-04-2012, 01:48 PM
I like Haley as our OC and think we will be a better team with him. What im sick of is people saying we need to get back to steeler smash mouth football. We run the ball enough times and dont need to run anymore, we just need to run better. I saw an interview on the news were Ben said when he spoke to Mr Rooney about the direction the team is headed they agreed that the smash mouth style we used in the 70'smorning would not work today. He said you may win 1 or 2 games but when a team scores 35 points like alot do today your not going to win.
we have a great QB and one of the best WR tandum in the NFL(if we keep Wallace) and we need to throw. Were a pass first team and thats what we need to stick with and work on. A 55-45 split seems good to me. Im just sick of hearing how we need to run more. We ran enough last season but Mendy didnt do a good job. Redman looked awesome against Denver and im excited to see him start next year.
Haley is new and has no favorites so he's goung to play the best person period and i think we will look like a much better offense with him. I predict top 5off as long as we keep Wallace

lloydwoodson
03-04-2012, 02:23 PM
I am so tired of hearing that "2-3 years set back" quote. Look at what the Carolina Panthers did offensively last year with a rookie quarterback. The Panthers scored 5 more points per game than the Steelers and had 70 more yards per game. That was a team with a rookie quarterback who had never played with his receivers or linemen. No excuses!

JPPT1974
03-04-2012, 02:28 PM
Well it seems as though that a new direction will be coming. As hopefully Haley can and will deliver. As he sounds like he is on the right foot with the team and the Rooneys. Hopefully this will help them as he can do his job right as a new era of the offense, has just begun.

stb_steeler
03-04-2012, 02:44 PM
As stats would have it, we should of been throwing the ball all over the place in the redzone, instead of running it 3 times to no avail....

FrancoLambert
03-04-2012, 03:42 PM
A more creative playbook.
Playing to our strengths.
Exploiting opponents' weaknesses.
Considering man to man match-ups when game planning.

If these changes occur with Haley they will be big enough for me.

stb_steeler
03-04-2012, 03:52 PM
Im sure Haley will have a better game plan than BA did. Cant be any worse.

Ricco Suavez
03-04-2012, 05:00 PM
1. Fewer turnovers
2. Fewer mental mistakes
3. Fewer penalties
4. Quicker routes, mixing the run and the long ball occasionally.

Nothing to do with the offense , but if the defense does not finish near the bottom in creating turnovers this team will score more. The question is will more scoring equate to more wins.

BritishSteel
03-05-2012, 04:09 AM
I like Haley as our OC and think we will be a better team with him. What im sick of is people saying we need to get back to steeler smash mouth football. We run the ball enough times and dont need to run anymore, we just need to run better. I saw an interview on the news were Ben said when he spoke to Mr Rooney about the direction the team is headed they agreed that the smash mouth style we used in the 70'smorning would not work today. He said you may win 1 or 2 games but when a team scores 35 points like alot do today your not going to win.
we have a great QB and one of the best WR tandum in the NFL(if we keep Wallace) and we need to throw. Were a pass first team and thats what we need to stick with and work on. A 55-45 split seems good to me. Im just sick of hearing how we need to run more. We ran enough last season but Mendy didnt do a good job. Redman looked awesome against Denver and im excited to see him start next year.
Haley is new and has no favorites so he's goung to play the best person period and i think we will look like a much better offense with him. I predict top 5off as long as we keep Wallace

I agree, There aren't too many run dominated teams in the upper echelons of the NFL - and the one run-dominated team that did make it beat us through the air before being pounded by a team that has a running game as an afterthought. We're not going to turn into Jacksonville on the back of Haley. The issue last year wasn't running or passing, it was converting possession into points and not getting enough turnovers on D. Clever drafting and the D getting the ball more often will help us improve our O stats next season.

wera176
03-05-2012, 11:23 AM
A more creative playbook.
Playing to our strengths.
Exploiting opponents' weaknesses.
Considering man to man match-ups when game planning.

If these changes occur with Haley they will be big enough for me.

^This.

From my armchair, it almost never appeared to me that BA had a solid plan, at least not one that I was ever able to discern. It's been joked about here, but it often felt true: when something was working, then we'd go away from it to fool the defense or something: "That's working, let try something different, they'll never expect it!"

I don't care that they run more, whatever gets points on the board with the talent we have against whomever we are playing against: what I do what is that when we do have to run, we can. Bettis was never a home run hitter, but damn, when we needed 2 yards he'd (along with the OL) get us 3. Everyone in the stadium and watching on TV KNEW he was going to get the pumpkin, it was still money. It was attitude, it was commitment, and it was planned and practiced. Like Mendy said, we didn't even call the run plays they'd practiced.... Hard for any back or running game to succeed with that level of commitment...

Fire Arians
03-05-2012, 11:29 AM
the only change i care about is scoring more touchdowns in the red zone