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Old 02-10-2014, 05:45 PM   #1
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Default Steelers lack of play-action passing didn't hurt, using it more could only help

The Hawks "are" pretty good at this, don't know if Ben has the speed if the play broke down ?

No QB used play-action less than Ben Roethlisberger at just 11.6% in 2013. Russell Wilson led NFL at 34.1% PA.

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Default Re: Steelers lack of play-action passing didn't hurt, using it more could only help

You have to have a very dependable rushing attack for play action to be effective. Until the end of the year, I wouldn't exactly say our rushing attacked put the fear in to many defensive coordinators....
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You have to have a very dependable rushing attack for play action to be effective. Until the end of the year, I wouldn't exactly say our rushing attacked put the fear in to many defensive coordinators....
Reliable offensive line play is also needed In order to successfully run play action. During the first half of the year, the Steelers had neither. Using it to often would have been suicide for BB.
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Default Re: Steelers lack of play-action passing didn't hurt, using it more could only help

What @VaDave said. We need to establish a consistent ground attack with Le'Veon (can we stop giving Dwyer the ball unless it's third and short please? Bell isn't Dwyer - he doesn't need to be spelled after 5 carries) for the play action game to be effective.

Improved offensive line play is an absolute must, but I have the utmost confidence in Munchak. I think our offensive line is going to be a strength on this team next year. If Roethlisberger has a clean pocket, AB's numbers are going to be silly. I made the joke of "115+ catches and 1600 yards", but that might be a reality. If we can establish a legitimate running game, work off of play action and hit AB - our offense is going to be in the top 5 next season.
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What @VaDave said. We need to establish a consistent ground attack with Le'Veon (can we stop giving Dwyer the ball unless it's third and short please? Bell isn't Dwyer - he doesn't need to be spelled after 5 carries) for the play action game to be effective.

Improved offensive line play is an absolute must, but I have the utmost confidence in Munchak. I think our offensive line is going to be a strength on this team next year. If Roethlisberger has a clean pocket, AB's numbers are going to be silly. I made the joke of "115+ catches and 1600 yards", but that might be a reality. If we can establish a legitimate running game, work off of play action and hit AB - our offense is going to be in the top 5 next season.
Did anybody ever get the lowdown on why we parted ways with Jack Bicknell? I gather there was some sort of schism in the lockerroom, but prior to him coming here, didn't all of his Olines average like over 5 ypc running the ball?
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Did anybody ever get the lowdown on why we parted ways with Jack Bicknell? I gather there was some sort of schism in the lockerroom, but prior to him coming here, didn't all of his Olines average like over 5 ypc running the ball?
He wasn't Tomlin's first choice right from the get go. After Pouncey went down and he abandoned the Zone Blocking scheme, that was ultimately the demise of his tenure in Pittsburgh. Our offensive line -- emphasis on DeCastro -- is built to run the Zone Block. I honestly think the acquisition of Velasco was a message to continue running it, but it was still abandoned. There's an exact percentage of how often we ran it for our running game, and it equated out to averaging close to 5 YPC.

The combination of not really wanting him in the first place, abandoning the zone blocking scheme and lack of development of Adams definitely played a key role in his firing. I think the final nail was the fact that the offensive line assistant basically took over Bicknell's job at midseason, and we only allowed 7 sacks in the final 7 games. Ultimately, he never really worked here.
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Did anybody ever get the lowdown on why we parted ways with Jack Bicknell? I gather there was some sort of schism in the lockerroom, but prior to him coming here, didn't all of his Olines average like over 5 ypc running the ball?
it was also leaked that Bicknell wasn't the best teacher, and apparently a lot of credit for the O-line improvement was given to an offensive assistant coach behind the scenes.
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