Originally Posted by Fire Arians
green bay also started to struggle on offense when SF started shutting down their running game. the run game will NEVER be obsolete in the NFL
even in a lot of these "pass-first" offenses, a lot of people overlook what kind of job the running backs did. the most prolific passing game of all time (the rams in the early 2000s), the biggest reason why it was so successful was because defenses had to respect the run game (faulk)
rarely ever will you find a very good offense that doesn't at least have a respectable running game, you can not be 1 dimensional in the NFL and expect to win games.
That's what has been killing the Steelers Offense over the past couple years. Ben and Arians fell in love with the passing game so much they virtually neglected the concept and merit of a solid complimentary running game.
Like Stephen A. said, the 70's Steelers were not all Bradshaw to Swann & Stallworth, they had Franco and Rocky in the backfield as well.
The 2005 Steelers. People say that team doesn't win if the Steelers don't unleash Ben in the postseason, and that's true, but here's the idea. The Steelers were a widely respected rushing team. Their Running Game was FEARED. Opponents had to account for it. Opponents were EXPECTING them to run. Ben doesn't have the degree of success he has without the respect of the running game.