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Old 12-14-2008, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Offense-- I wonder if THIS is the reason

OK.

In thinking through another thread. . . I wonder if I have stumbled upon the problem (or at least part of the problem).

Last year, we faded late. Remember that the team, both vets and rooks, were in pads throughout the season. There were comments about how they were getting worn down. Plus, the training camp last summer.

I wonder if the pendulum has swung the other way a little TOO far. So as to not wear down the team. While that is great for the D, they don't have to worry as much about timing. . .

I wonder if it has hurt the timing of the offense a little bit. Especially when some of the vets are out.

Just a thought.

Please... Let's not make this a "fire Arians" or ----sucks thread. There are VAST differences from last year to this year. I am interested in why THAT has happened.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: Offense-- I wonder if THIS is the reason

hmm, good question Preach. You do have a good point. But I'm not sure that is/was the problem.

Because... I think If both Ben and Parker had been 100% for the duration of the season, we wouldn't have had as many crashes on offense.

We destroyed Houston in game one. That's when Ben got hurt and it seemed like all downhill from there. The load went on Parker and then he got hurt too. Whether or not some fans would like to see someone else run the backfield, Parker is our man and when he's down it brings a different taste to the O. (props to MeMo for stepping in admirably though!)

Now though, we're getting healthier and back into rhythem at the right time.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:36 PM   #3
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Default Re: Offense-- I wonder if THIS is the reason

I hope they can start clicking a bit better. Hopefully that bye week will help out with that.
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Default Re: Offense-- I wonder if THIS is the reason

Interesting idea but I don't buy it. The entire O is just putrid & inconsistent plain and simple.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:12 AM   #5
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Default Re: Offense-- I wonder if THIS is the reason

Don't read into it.

It's been the injuries, the schedule, and the injuries some more. Heath missed a few games. Santonio was suspended a game. Ben has the shoulder issue. Parker missed 5 games with the knee. We lost two starting o-linemen.

How the hellsky does a team find continuity under those circumstances? Give these guys some credit. They're now 11-3 and in the playoffs!

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Default Re: Offense-- I wonder if THIS is the reason

its just a tough schedule and an accumulation of injuries, BUT...

our offense should be able to score 38 points against our defense.

we really need a sarcasm....
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Default Re: Offense-- I wonder if THIS is the reason

Last year our biggest thing was injuries that caused the fade down the stretch. This season we are getting healthy at the perfect time.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:07 AM   #8
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Default Re: Offense-- I wonder if THIS is the reason

I dont think it was a matter of "fading down the stretch".

On NFL Network, Tom Waddle said something like "the Steelers lack of a solid running game will hurt them vs. the Ravens and is a foreshadowing of things to come in the playoffs, just like last season"

I tend to agree, but hope we can somehow overcome it all and get a ring for the other hand.
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Default Re: Offense-- I wonder if THIS is the reason

Im gonna say injuries have caused alot of the problems on the offense but whe nit matters we score. You dont always have to win huge.
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Default Re: Offense-- I wonder if THIS is the reason

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I dont think it was a matter of "fading down the stretch".

On NFL Network, Tom Waddle said something like "the Steelers lack of a solid running game will hurt them vs. the Ravens and is a foreshadowing of things to come in the playoffs, just like last season"

I tend to agree, but hope we can somehow overcome it all and get a ring for the other hand.
I've given this some thought and I'm starting to come to the conclusion that Arians (for better or worse) and Tomlin are looking at changing our whole offensive philosophy and that this is an offence in a state of transition. Player acquisition and draft picks as well as some unorthodox line-ups on ofence seem to suggest this - Arians obviously likes utility players -we've got a back who's a receiving threat in Moore, a TE in McHugh who could play as a big brusing FB if needed, hell, we've even lined up with Max Starks at tight end on a few plays - we picked up Dixon who's obviously a utility player - I think the aim is to produce an offence which is unpredictable, which has a range of different options.

If you accept the transition argument (and one of the things Tomlin did first was simplify the play book) then it stands to reason that it'll take time to get the players we need to make it work (I think we're more or less there with the sword, we just need to upgrade the shield - the O line) and for those players to get used to the change in philosophy. It'll also mean that we become less reliant on the power running game because we'll be looking at backs that have more versitility rather than raw power. If this is the case, it relies a lot on Big Ben making good decisions and managing the wider variety of options likely to be available to him in the future. I don't doubt that he's up to it - game management is one of his strongest suites, so he should thrive.

I'm making no judgement about whether this is right or wrong - only results will determine if this is the case, but it does explain why our O has perhaps striuggled a little in places this season. A clever draft and a good pre-season with players really buying into a philosphical change in offensive priorities will see a marked improvment in Offensive production next year, I think.
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