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Old 09-14-2009, 06:41 AM   #1
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Default With no-huddle, Steelers make it snappy

With no-huddle, Steelers make it snappy
http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/...lers-no-huddle
By F. Dale Lolley, Staff writer

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PITTSBURGH - With its running game stalled again Thursday, the Steelers spent a good portion of their season-opening 13-10 overtime win against Tennessee moving in reverse.

When the running game struggled - something that has occurred with regularity in recent seasons - the Steelers were forced to improvise.

Pittsburgh eventually settled on a three-receiver, one- running back, one-tight end set. From this no-huddle attack they were finally able to move the football.

The Steelers were also resourceful in stumbling upon a three-receivers, one-back, one-tight end set coupled with a no-huddle approach that produced results when the Steelers absolutely had to have them.

"It saved us," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. "That package gives us an ability to stretch the whole field."

The Steelers used the no-huddle on five possessions, gaining 270 yards and scoring all 13 of their points. Their other eight possessions netted 87 yards and no points.

Could the Steelers finally become a no-huddle team, using wide receivers Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes and rookie Mike Wallace or Limas Sweed in combination with tight end Heath Miller and running back Mewelde Moore?


"We have so many plays in the no-huddle it's not necessarily something teams could pick up on," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.

It's certainly something that seems to be the team's go-to package. After winning the coin toss in overtime, the Steelers came out in their no-huddle offense, quickly driving for Jeff Reed's game-winning field goal.

"I thought we had them a little tired from that last drive, and I knew they'd gas pretty quickly. They started all-out blitzing because they couldn't get there with four," Arians said. "We picked those up and we made plays that we didn't make earlier in the game. I was really pleased with that."

Arians likes what Roethlisberger does with the no-huddle offense. The Steelers work on the no-huddle daily and Arians and Roethlisberger talk about what parts of it they'd like to run against a particular opponent.

"It's more of a walk through. We practice five plays on Friday, but we walk through them Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Arians said. "We have about 100 plays out of the no-huddle that he (Roethlisberger) can use. He does a good job of mixing it up."

The Steelers will still try run the ball rather than become a straight no-huddle team.

"I'd still like to try to run it a little bit," Arians said. "I'm hard-headed."

Still, the Steelers know that with the game on the line, they have the ability to go to their quick-strike offense.

"We just have to get a feel, get whatever we can get early in the game," Holmes said. "If it's not working for us we'll just go to our bread and butter, and (the no-huddle) seems to be our bread and butter right now and we're going to stick with it until they stop us."
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Default Re: With no-huddle, Steelers make it snappy

How about trying a few running plays out of the no-huddle? You already have the defense tired and on their heels...why not? If defenses have to worry about the run AND pass, it could make it even more effective.
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:05 AM   #3
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Default Re: With no-huddle, Steelers make it snappy

I really like the no-huddle and would like to see it used as much as BA, Ben and the O feel they can utilize it to their advantage. Confuse those opposing D's and tire 'em out like they did to the Titans which yielded only good results!
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Default Re: With no-huddle, Steelers make it snappy

We are lucky enough to have a QB that can really utilize the no huddle offense. I too would like to see it more often. Maybe even start the first drive with it. Wouldn't that be a nice surprise for the opponent defense.
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Default Re: With no-huddle, Steelers make it snappy

well since i always get spit on around here, ill try again.

is no huddle helping the execution of our offensive play?

or is it calling plays quicker and does it let ben read the D and call a better play quicker.

does ben not have 3 or 4 plays he can call
on each down.? in no huddle?

i think so...

but im sure you guys will let me know.
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5 WIDE!!!
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Default Re: With no-huddle, Steelers make it snappy

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5 WIDE!!!
4 and 5 wide....

they would need to put McDonald in a jersey also...

he seems to catch well.
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Default Re: With no-huddle, Steelers make it snappy

5 WIDE = shotgun, no-huddle, spread offense!

It's not a literal translation
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5 WIDE = shotgun, no-huddle, spread offense!

It's not a literal translation
they still need mcdonald suited up.
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Default Re: With no-huddle, Steelers make it snappy

I would love nothing more than to see the no huddle a lot more on game days. I don't care what your defensive rank is because I have yet to witness a defense shut us down when running the no huddle. The only time it stalls is when we go back into the huddle.
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