Re: Ben throwing early and often
It's typical Steelers fashion to run on first down, always has and probably always will be as long as cowher is around. Not to say that we dont throw on first down, we do, however we run alot on first down, to setup play action, and try and stay out of 2nd and long which translates into must have downs to get to a manageable 3rd down situation. As ben progresses they'll allow him to throw more and more on first down, but I'd expect to still see alot of runs, so we dont get our selves out of our game plan on every series.
They rationalize it, as if we can gain a few yds atleast on 1st down, then second down leaves the playbook atlot more wideopen when you have 2nd and 5 instead of 2nd and 10 because of a dropped or misfired pass.