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Hawaii 5-0 05-15-2013 12:43 AM

Has The Steelers Offense Improved Enough?
 
Pittsburgh Steelers: Has The Offense Improved Enough?

May 14th, 2013 by Matt Shetler

Coming off of a disappointing 8-8 season in 2012, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a lot of holes to fill on both sides of the ball.

As badly as they needed playmakers on the defensive side, they also needed some on the offensive side as well.

Last season, the Steelers offense finished a disappointing 21st in total yardage and 22nd in points per game. Disappointing seasons by Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall were a major reason for this poor performance.

Wallace and Mendenhall are gone, which ultimately could be a good thing. Tight end Heath Miller also must be replaced for the short-term as he is coming off an ACL injury suffered late last season.

Give Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert credit for addressing the need as they focused on the offense in the middle rounds of the draft.

But did they do enough to dramatically improve a struggling offense?

Let’s take a look position by position:

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Quarterback

Any time you have Ben Roethlisberger under center, you are in better shape than three quarters of the teams in the NFL. The problem is that Big Ben often can’t be counted on to play 16 games. That being said, the backup quarterback position needed addressed. There will be a lot of talk about Landry Jones, who the Steelers drafted in the fourth round, but if things go right then Jones will never have to play a snap.

The biggest improvement the Steelers made wasn’t drafting Jones, but it was the signing of Bruce Gradkowski. Gradkowski isn’t anything special, but he represents an upgrade over both Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich. In addition Jones gives them a quarterback with upside. Overall, the Steelers are in a much better spot with Gradkowski and Jones behind Roethlisberger instead of Leftwich and Batch.

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Running Back

The Steelers needed a running back and they got one in Le’Veon Bell, but did they get the right guy?

Coming off of a season in which they finished 26th in the league in rushing, averaging 3.7 yards per carry, the Steelers needed a feature back that can carry the load. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are both back and can spell Bell, but there is the possibility of Dwyer potentially being traded. The thing I don’t like is that the Steelers basically have three plungers. Bell is faster than both Dwyer and Redman, but I worry about his lack of breakaway speed.

Not having a back with home run type speed could prove to be a problem in the long run, but I do like the versatility of Bell as he can be a factor in both the running and passing games. I also like the idea of bringing in LaRod Stephens-Howling to possibly fill the third-down back role.

Bell is big at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds and runs with power. Despite his size, he has deceptive speed and can run between the tackles or get to the outside. The Steelers had him as their top rated back in the draft. They need to be right.

More importantly, Bell can block out of the backfield and has soft hands that will help him get onto the field early—potentially as the Week 1 starter.

If Bell can become a legitimate No. 1 back, he will help in more ways than one. Roethlisberger is fantastic with play action, but you have to be able to sell the run. That’s something that wasn’t possible a year ago.

There’s no doubt that the Steelers have improved in the backfield. How much remains to be seen.

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Wide Receiver

The loss of Wallace hurts and the Steelers didn’t do much to replace him. Their best player is Roethlisberger and surrounding him with weapons is the easiest way to win games.

The talent at receiver is very thin.

Antonio Brown will miss having Wallace on the outside and his production is likely to decrease again. Sanders will get the first crack to fill Wallace’s shoes, but I have my doubts on what kind of performer he can be playing on the outside. I like Sanders playing in the slot where he can take advantage of frequent mismatches, but putting up big numbers on the outside is a different story. The Steelers could do worse than Sanders, but they certainly can do better.

I like the Markus Wheaton draft pick but whether he is ready to contribute right away remains to be seen. The Steelers will need him to be a big part of their offense.

Wheaton is a small, quick receiver in the mold of Brown and Sanders and will fit offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s scheme well. He is a strong route runner with excellent speed and can make plays happen after the ball is in his hands. These skills will translate well to the short passing game as either an inside or outside receiver.

I like the idea of him starting on the outside and leaving Sanders in the slot but we will see how that plays out.

Wheaton can add a dimension to this offense because of his terrific deep speed. He may not be the pure burner that Wallace was for the Steelers, but he has the speed to pull away from defenders on deep patterns.

Plaxico Burress and Jerricho Cotchery are back and hopefully they play bigger parts in the offense.

Overall I don’t like the looks of the receiving corps on paper but they have enough talent to potentially be a surprise.

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Tight End

I don’t particularly like where the Steelers are at wide receiver, but I really don’t like where they are at tight end to begin the season.

With Miller sidelined to begin the year, the Steelers will have to rely on the likes of Matt Spaeth and David Paulson to fill Miller’s shoes.

That’s something they can’t do and without the threat of Miller being able to stretch the middle of the field, more attention can be paid to the Steelers wide receivers.

The tight end is a weapon for Roethlisberger and it’s something he doesn’t have the luxury of relying on to begin the season.

Hopefully they will be able to get by with the likes of Spaeth and Paulson, but they won’t be able to fill Miller’s shoes.

Overview

As long as their young offensive line lives up to expectations, the new playmakers on offense will provide a nice boost for the offense. Anytime you have No. 7 under center, things can turn around in a hurry. I believe the Steelers have upgraded enough to be more explosive, but they still have a ways to go to become one of the elite offenses in the game.

Health will always be a concern, especially at quarterback and the offensive line, but if the Steelers stay healthy, they should be able to put up more points on the board in the second year of Todd Haley’s offense.

The problem here is they will be relying on a lot of young players to play big roles, which usually isn’t a good thing. But talent always wins and the Steelers have at least upgraded their talent level at a few key positions.

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teegre 05-15-2013 12:51 AM

Re: Has The Steelers Offense Improved Enough?
 
A healthy BB = 2.5 more wins

A healthy O-line = 1.5 more wins

Add a great RB = 1.5 more wins

Minus Wallace & Heath = 2 losses

Add Wheaton = .5 win

Total: 4 more wins... (12-4) (I still say 19-0.)

Steelstoned1972 05-15-2013 01:14 AM

Re: Has The Steelers Offense Improved Enough?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by teegre (Post 1117683)
A healthy BB = 2.5 more wins

A healthy O-line = 1.5 more wins

Add a great RB = 1.5 more wins

Minus Wallace & Heath = 2 losses

Add Wheaton = .5 win

Total: 4 more wins... (12-4) (I still say 19-0.)

I like your thinking !

Fire Arians 05-15-2013 03:45 AM

Re: Has The Steelers Offense Improved Enough?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by teegre (Post 1117683)
A healthy BB = 2.5 more wins

A healthy O-line = 1.5 more wins

Add a great RB = 1.5 more wins

Minus Wallace & Heath = 2 losses

Add Wheaton = .5 win

Total: 4 more wins... (12-4) (I still say 19-0.)

add shamarko thomas = $500,000 more fines from roger goodell

http://www.stillers.com/UserFiles/Im...Goodell-01.png

add giving alameda ta'amu a beer before a game = leads all NTs with 50 sacks, +4 wins

http://www.drinkapint.com/wp-content..._blue_beer.jpg

so that means 16-0 with #1 seed

and here's a picture of dr. dre cause we finally got a running back whos a THUG (according to former_rb)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...TheChronic.jpg

VaDave 05-15-2013 07:48 AM

Re: Has The Steelers Offense Improved Enough?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Fire Arians (Post 1117689)
add shamarko thomas = $500,000 more fines from roger goodell

http://www.stillers.com/UserFiles/Im...Goodell-01.png

add giving alameda ta'amu a beer before a game = leads all NTs with 50 sacks, +4 wins

http://www.drinkapint.com/wp-content..._blue_beer.jpg

so that means 16-0 with #1 seed

and here's a picture of dr. dre cause we finally got a running back whos a THUG (according to former_rb)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...TheChronic.jpg

Love the photo shop Goodell pic.:hatsoff:

VaDave 05-15-2013 07:52 AM

Re: Has The Steelers Offense Improved Enough?
 
As the OL develops, so goes the offense. The article said a lot about everything else. The deal is, if Adams, and or Gilbert flame out, or any of our frontline starters go down, we're in a state of deep doowee.

ebsteelers 05-15-2013 08:45 AM

Re: Has The Steelers Offense Improved Enough?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by teegre (Post 1117683)
A healthy BB = 2.5 more wins

A healthy O-line = 1.5 more wins

Add a great RB = 1.5 more wins

Minus Wallace & Heath = 2 losses

Add Wheaton = .5 win

Total: 4 more wins... (12-4) (I still say 19-0.)

i got us at 23-0 in including preseason

or maybe its 0-23 with us averaging 3 points a game

ebsteelers 05-15-2013 08:47 AM

Re: Has The Steelers Offense Improved Enough?
 
but in all seriousness ben being healthy all season, alone adds atleast one if not 2 victories.

even 1 more win last year and were in the playoffs and everyons 2013-2014 darling the bengals arent in the playoffs.

i hate "ifs" but if ben was healthy i like our chance of beating the chargers, cowboys or bengals a heck of a lot better.

lipps83 05-15-2013 10:33 AM

Re: Has The Steelers Offense Improved Enough?
 
I thought the offense was fine before BB got hurt last year. The problem before he went down (in my eyes) was the defense.

After he got hurt, the D stepped up but the O was never the same.

Buddha Bus 05-15-2013 11:37 AM

Re: Has The Steelers Offense Improved Enough?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Fire Arians (Post 1117689)
add shamarko thomas = $500,000 more fines from roger goodell

He's gonna pick somebody from the Steelers to focus. If not Thomas, then Ryan Clark. I just hope those guys make the hits worth the fines. :tt04:


Quote:

Originally Posted by Fire Arians (Post 1117689)
add giving alameda ta'amu a beer before a game = leads all NTs with 50 sacks, +4 wins

+ at least 2 arrests.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fire Arians (Post 1117689)
so that means 16-0 with #1 seed

Except we'll get the job done that the Pats* couldn't. :wink02:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fire Arians (Post 1117689)
and here's a picture of dr. dre cause we finally got a running back whos a THUG (according to former_rb)

Good God... you had to bring up former_rb. :doh:

Could you imagine if he, thumper, Tim Lumber, and booby jr. all showed up here at the same time? Can you say "apocalypse"? :sofunny:


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