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Old 01-09-2013, 11:36 PM   #31
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OC Todd Haley Leaving Pittsburgh Steelers Could Give Ben Roethlisberger Second Chance

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According to Ed Bouchette, the Pittsburgh Steelers may soon be in the market for a new offensive coordinator as Todd Haley interviews with the Arizona Cardinals for their vacant head coaching position. Haley only arrived in Pittsburgh last year, but was a head coach with Kansas City Chiefs previously as well as an offensive coordinator with the Cardinals before that. Although he hasn’t appeared to endear himself to fans or his quarterback, the Steelers would likely prefer not to have to endure another coaching staff change after just one season.

Should Haley leave, the Steelers will be intent on keeping running backs coach Kirby Wilson, who has also been under consideration for potential roles elsewhere this off-season. Wilson was initially a candidate to be the offensive coordinator last season, but a house fire that hospitalized him took him out of the running. Wilson’s running backs haven’t exactly impressed during his tenure, but he was hired by Mike Tomlin in 2007, which would work in his favor. Much like the Steelers learned with Sean Kugler, it is unwise to use the performance of the player’s being coached to judge the actual work of the coach. Instead it must be clear that the man involved is a good fit in the specific role that needs filling.

If Wilson, or anyone else, is to be fit in the role of offensive coordinator for the Steelers, there are a few alterations that must be made.

Although it wasn’t completely his fault, Haley’s relationship with Ben Roethlisberger was key to the Steelers’ failings this year. Roethlisberger never appeared to buy into the Steelers’ offensive ideal. Haley was brought in to establish the running game and reign in Roethlisberger’s punishment by establishing a short passing game. Because Roethlisberger was blatantly still upset with the release of Bruce Arians, combined with the simple fact that this offense required him to be more disciplined and play an unnatural game, the Steelers never got the best out of him this year.

Not only is Roethlisberger the best offensive player the team has, he is also the best player the team has. Furthermore, as the quarterback, the franchise’s future hangs almost conclusively on what he can do. This is not the Troy Polamalu-era, nor the James Harrison-era. It’s the Ben Roethlisberger-era and the Steelers need to act accordingly. Instead of replacing Haley (presuming he leaves) with someone who can effectively implement the current scheme, the Steelers should seize this second opportunity to accept what Roethlisberger is and play to his strengths.

Under Arians he may have taken too many hits and held onto the ball too long, but he also made plenty of plays and did more than enough to help the Steelers win consistently. Roethlisberger doesn’t have pinpoint accuracy or a great ability to diagnose defenses before or after the snap, but he does have an innate ability to avoid pass rushers and hit receivers on the move. Instead of trying to box him in for his own safety, the Steelers should find an offensive coordinator who will allow him to drop into the shotgun consistently and use three wide receiver sets not to run from, but to repeatedly pass. Much like the Dallas Cowboys use Tony Romo, the Steelers need to put the ball in his hands and look for big plays instead of asking him to act like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger won two Super Bowls by being a play-making quarterback who first complemented a strong running game and then a historically good defense. Ken Whisenhunt and Bill Cowher somewhat limited his impact during his first two seasons, but since then he has never worked well with a leash holding him back. The Steelers can’t try to extend Roethlisberger’s career if that career is one of a mediocre quarterback. Three elite seasons is much more valuable than seven of what was put on show this year.

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It's telling how the article mentions how he came into the league as this lanky kid, and all these years later he still refuses to hit the weights or do anything to compliment his talent. I have never seen such noodle arms on a man of his size. It's like he hasn't ever lifted ever. I think seeing that, and his seeming lack of reading defenses means to me he doesn't prepare well enough, hearing him whine, and his off the field issues will not help him with HOF. People can say how good he was against ARI but let's not forget the single worst performance by a SB winning QB in the SEA game nor the lackluster effort versus GB. He needs another ring or he doesn't get in.
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It's telling how the article mentions how he came into the league as this lanky kid, and all these years later he still refuses to hit the weights or do anything to compliment his talent. I have never seen such noodle arms on a man of his size. It's like he hasn't ever lifted ever. I think seeing that, and his seeming lack of reading defenses means to me he doesn't prepare well enough, hearing him whine, and his off the field issues will not help him with HOF. People can say how good he was against ARI but let's not forget the single worst performance by a SB winning QB in the SEA game nor the lackluster effort versus GB. He needs another ring or he doesn't get in.
BB's three play-off games before XLV were outstanding (highest QB rating in NFL history).

Plus, HIS promise to get Jerome Bettis a SuperBowl victory kept that team focused & motivated.
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Steelers Under Roethlisberger Average Only 22.6 Points Per Game

Sunday, January 13th, 2013
By Jeremy Hritz

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin always talks about splash plays, and I wonder if he was watching the divisional playoff games this past Saturday night.

Huge bombs for touchdowns, long special teams returns for scores, pick sixes, quarterback scrambles for TDs, strip sacks: there was definitely no mistaking the Broncos, Ravens, 49ers, or Packers as the Steelers.

Most interesting is that all four of those teams scored at least 31 points, a total that the Steelers only reached once in 2012 in a loss against the Oakland Raiders.

There is no question that if the Steelers are to get back into the playoffs and threaten for a championship again, they are going to have to start scoring points, or at least start scoring points when they need them. However, when examining the total points scored by the Steelers since Ben Roethlisberger took over the helm as the starter, it is curious to see that the Steelers have only averaged 22.6 points per game, hardly a formidable number.

Points Scored by the Steelers Offense with Ben Roethlisberger at Quarterback

Year Average Total Points
2004 23.2 372
2005 24.3 389
2006 22.1 353
2007 24.6 393
2008 21.7 347
2009 23 368
2010 23.4 375
2011 20.3 325
2012 21 336

Average of 22.6 points per game

The statistic to note from these numbers is that Steelers teams under Roethlisberger average only 22.6 points per game. When considering the type of ball-control offense that the Steelers run, the commitment to the running game, and the solid play of the Steelers defense, some of this statistic can be justified, yet as the offense becomes more pass-centric, the responsibility has to shouldered by Roethlisberger and his wide receivers.

As the Steelers move into the offseason almost certainly losing Mike Wallace and without a quality running back, the offense could be in some serious trouble in 2013. The wide receiver corps, which was touted too early as being one of the best in the league, minus Wallace, will feature Antonio Brown, who failed to live up to the expectation he set last season, and Emmanuel Sanders, who can make the big catch, but not without fumbling it away, especially in crucial situations. Without Wallace for defenses to focus on, teams will be able to commit to an already poor Steelers rushing attack, and the likelihood of scoring more than 22 points next season seems tenuous at best.

Outside of Roethlisberger, the Steelers do not have any players on offense that can take the game over and shift momentum, and heading into 2013, they cannot expect addition by subtraction by losing Wallace, or for a different result from run-of-the-mill running backs. Yeah, the offensive line was beat up again this year, but even with Isaac Redman or Jonathan Dwyer behind a consistent offensive line does not strike fear into any opponent.

With salary cap issues and holes at outside and middle linebacker, addressing the lackluster offense will be difficult to do. However, if a viable threat on offense is not added, the Steelers may dip below 22 points per game, unless a youngster can step up and emerge, but we have all seen how that has worked out for the players that have been drafted over the last few years.

Will the Steelers stay conservative and count of the development of their own players, or will they try to solve the cap puzzle and make a move in free agency? History says yes to the conservative approach and no to being aggressive.

Just like their offensive philosophy.

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