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fordfixer
12-18-2009, 02:34 AM
Steelers need to step up on offense
December 17th, 2009
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Despite what Ryan Clark might think, the Steelers’ secondary is not the most criticized group or person on the team.

That dubious honor belongs to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who no doubt had Steelers fans apoplectic on the third play of the Dec. 10 game in Cleveland.

With the Steelers facing a third-and-one deep in their own territory, they lined with receivers flanked to the left and right of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and in an empty backfield.

The Steelers were hoping to hit the Browns with a big pass play to rookie wideout Mike Wallace. Instead, Cleveland sacked Roethlisberger — and set the tone in the game that ended with the Steelers’ worst loss in a season filled with bad defeats.

“It said third and one on the scoreboard, it was really third and two,” Arians said of the play call. “We had the wind and thought we could get Mike open down the field. We were covered and didn’t get it off.”

The call — and the fact that Steelers managed just two field goals against a team that entered the game last in total defense in the NFL — only intensified fan criticism of Arians.

It also provoked more calls for the Steelers to get back to their roots and start running the ball more, especially since Rashard Mendenhall has emerged as a feature back.

If Arians hasn’t shown any inclination to change neither has the sentiment the Steelers are somehow being unfaithful to their fans and themselves when they are not trying to run over, through and around defenses.

“This is the only town that says that,” Arians acknowledged of the desire to pound the opposition with the run, “and I understand that. It’s getting spread around pretty good.”

Indeed, the Steelers, barring injury, will have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers for the first time since 2001.

Wide receiver Hines Ward observed today that it is “weird” that the Steelers have gotten that kind of offensive production yet only have a 6-7 record to show for it.

The reason all of those yards haven’t translated into more points than the 21.4 the Steelers are averaging a game: they have had to settle for field goals too often, and they have been too inefficient on third down.

During their five-game losing streak, the Steelers have converted just over 28 percent of the time on third down. Not good enough, as Arians said today.

“It’s all about points, it’s all about making first downs,” Arians said. “It’s not how many times you run it, it’s about getting first downs, getting down there and knocking it in.”

Some of Arians’ playcalling has been curious at times but the same can be said of just about every other offensive coordinator.

His returning to the Steelers next season, however, may hinge on the offense showing marked improvement in two areas over the last three games: converting on third down and when the Steelers are inside their opponents’ 20-yard line.

Of the criticism Arians has gotten, Ward said, “I don’t know if it’s unfair. We’re all in it together, coaches are included too. When you’re 6-7 you’re trying to find an answer.

“He may call a play and it may not be particularly the best play or positive play but if we don’t go out there and execute it, it doesn’t matter what coordinator you bring in.”

sd steel
12-18-2009, 02:47 AM
Steelers need to step up on offense
December 17th, 2009
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Despite what Ryan Clark might think, the Steelers’ secondary is not the most criticized group or person on the team.

That dubious honor belongs to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who no doubt had Steelers fans apoplectic on the third play of the Dec. 10 game in Cleveland.

With the Steelers facing a third-and-one deep in their own territory, they lined with receivers flanked to the left and right of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and in an empty backfield.

The Steelers were hoping to hit the Browns with a big pass play to rookie wideout Mike Wallace. Instead, Cleveland sacked Roethlisberger — and set the tone in the game that ended with the Steelers’ worst loss in a season filled with bad defeats.

“It said third and one on the scoreboard, it was really third and two,” Arians said of the play call. “We had the wind and thought we could get Mike open down the field. We were covered and didn’t get it off.”

The call — and the fact that Steelers managed just two field goals against a team that entered the game last in total defense in the NFL — only intensified fan criticism of Arians.

It also provoked more calls for the Steelers to get back to their roots and start running the ball more, especially since Rashard Mendenhall has emerged as a feature back.

If Arians hasn’t shown any inclination to change neither has the sentiment the Steelers are somehow being unfaithful to their fans and themselves when they are not trying to run over, through and around defenses.

“This is the only town that says that,” Arians acknowledged of the desire to pound the opposition with the run, “and I understand that. It’s getting spread around pretty good.”

Indeed, the Steelers, barring injury, will have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers for the first time since 2001.

Wide receiver Hines Ward observed today that it is “weird” that the Steelers have gotten that kind of offensive production yet only have a 6-7 record to show for it.

The reason all of those yards haven’t translated into more points than the 21.4 the Steelers are averaging a game: they have had to settle for field goals too often, and they have been too inefficient on third down.

During their five-game losing streak, the Steelers have converted just over 28 percent of the time on third down. Not good enough, as Arians said today.

“It’s all about points, it’s all about making first downs,” Arians said. “It’s not how many times you run it, it’s about getting first downs, getting down there and knocking it in.”

Some of Arians’ playcalling has been curious at times but the same can be said of just about every other offensive coordinator.

His returning to the Steelers next season, however, may hinge on the offense showing marked improvement in two areas over the last three games: converting on third down and when the Steelers are inside their opponents’ 20-yard line.

Of the criticism Arians has gotten, Ward said, “I don’t know if it’s unfair. We’re all in it together, coaches are included too. When you’re 6-7 you’re trying to find an answer.

“He may call a play and it may not be particularly the best play or positive play but if we don’t go out there and execute it, it doesn’t matter what coordinator you bring in.”

"if we don't go out ther and execute it, it doesn't matter what coordinator you bring in".

Flasteel
12-18-2009, 07:44 AM
"if we don't go out ther and execute it, it doesn't matter what coordinator you bring in".

He may call a play and it may not be particularly the best play or positive play...” :P

Mister Pittsburgh
12-18-2009, 08:26 AM
If you call run after run against the Ravens front 7 that is intact, yet their secondary doesn't have a starter on the field, and get stuffed for 1.5 yard gains every time.......is it the execution that should be blamed or the fact the OC is dumb enough to call run play after run play?

If you line up with an empty backfield showing you are obviously passing, and the D all out blitzes you, is that execution that should be blamed or the fact you are stupid enough or cocky enough to show pass from the get go allowing the D to all out blitz you with no fear of the run?

JTP53609
12-18-2009, 10:29 AM
im just waiting for another game like the one we had at home against SD..pure domination on the offensive side, we want to get sloppy in the second half on defense and ST, so be it we can put up 35 and cover it..

RuthlessBurgher
12-18-2009, 10:53 AM
“It said third and one on the scoreboard, it was really third and two,” Arians said of the play call. “We had the wind and thought we could get Mike open down the field. We were covered and didn’t get it off.”

Oh, so if it was only one yard, you'd have brought in a fullback and an extra TE and blasted it for the first down, but because it is a yard-and-a-half of so, go empty backfield and try to throw a bomb to Wallace.

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“This is the only town that says that,” Arians acknowledged of the desire to pound the opposition with the run, “and I understand that. It’s getting spread around pretty good.”

No, I've got another town for you. How about New Orleans. People think that they are the Drew Brees aerial show and nothing else. Well, they are 5th in the league in rushing. The high flying Saints have 400 rushing attempts, while the Pittsburgh @#$%ing Steelers have only 350. The Steelers have called 467 passing plays (Ben's 429 attempts plus 38 sacks) to the Saints 448 passing plays (Brees' 433 attempts plus 15 sacks). They are undefeated while the Steelers are, well, not.


“It’s all about points, it’s all about making first downs,” Arians said. “It’s not how many times you run it, it’s about getting first downs, getting down there and knocking it in.”

You have a RB who is averaging 4.8 yards per carry this season. FOUR POINT EIGHT!!! If you want to get first downs and score points on a cold, windy day, you might want to think about not dropping back to pass more than twice as often as you hand the ball off to your RB's (16 carries for Mendenhall and 3 carries for Parker vs. 32 passes attempts, 8 sacks, and 3 rushes for Ben). The idiot Browns even realized that in those conditions, it was smarter to run the ball 37 times and pass it 19 times (and they were facing the #1 ranked rush defense in the NFL, not a team who hasn't been able to stop the run all year, even before they lost Shaun Rogers and D'Qwell Jackson to injury).

JDSteeler
12-18-2009, 11:18 AM
That FAT OC is nothing more than a frigging MOLE and a LIAR!!!!!

Brucie only has one running play in the playbook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RUN UP THE MIDDLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I see it over, and over, and over again and again, AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brucie NEVER, and I mean, NEVER gives the defense a different look, or even
tries to run the ball into a different gap. He's set on running into one gap, the same
gap, all game long!!! Even if we ran the ball more, we would just get stuffed
that many more times!!!!!! The defenses have watched the tape, and they only
have to study the ONE running play that Brucie calls...ALL GAME LONG!!!!!

Brucie makes it too easy for the defense to stop the run, period, end of story.

Until we actually start being creative, and give the defense multiple formations,
the offense will continue to SUCK as much as BRUCIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JD