View Full Version : Turmoil Ahead in Steeler Nation?

05-25-2012, 09:23 PM

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Changing the offensive philosophy of the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.rantsports.com/pittsburgh-steelers) could be a blessing and a curse. New Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley (http://www.rantsports.com/pittsburgh-steelers/2012/02/08/hire-of-todd-haley-will-change-steelers-offense-for-the-better/) has come into Pittsburgh’s organized team activities implementing an offensive scheme that is said to be significantly different from previous seasons.
Haley in known for his heavy-run oriented offensive attack. This scheme was run by Haley while with the Kansas City Chiefs (http://www.rantsports.com/kansas-city-chiefs), which led the NFL (http://www.rantsports.com/nfl) in rushing in 2010 with 164.2 yards per game.
Focusing more on the running game could be a double-edged sword for the Steelers.
On one hand, running the ball could increase the team’s time of possession every game, which would keep Pittsburgh’s aging defense off of the field as much as possible. This could also protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (http://www.rantsports.com/pittsburgh-steelers/2012/05/07/pittsburgh-steelers-quarterback-ben-roethlisberger-receives-degree-in-education-over-the-weekend/), who has been sacked 122 times since 2009 (most in the NFL).
On the other hand, concentrating on the ground attack would mean that Pittsburgh’s playmakers would have fewer opportunities to have the ball in their hands.
Roethlisberger, who passed for over 4,000 yards, led the Steeler’s aerial attack in 2011. On the receiving end of over half of those yards were wide receivers Mike Wallace (http://www.rantsports.com/pittsburgh-steelers/2012/05/23/pittsburgh-steelers-wr-mike-wallace-should-learn-from-tennessee-titans-rb-chris-johnson-2/) and Antonio Brown (http://www.rantsports.com/pittsburgh-steelers/2012/02/09/antonio-brown-spends-super-bowl-weekend-with-twitter-fan/). Wallace had 72 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns (all team highs). Brown added 69 receptions for 1,108 yards and two touchdowns.
Now let’s look at the big picture. Having a run-oriented scheme with the stable of running backs the Steelers have may not be the best idea. Running back Isaac Redman (http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2012/05/21/top-50-fantasy-football-running-backs-for-2012/) has said that he is ready to fill in as the starting running back, and I’m sure that he feels ready to do so. However, I believe that without Rashard Mendenhall (http://www.rantsports.com/­redzonetalk/­2011/­05/­03/­steelers-­rb-­rashard-­mendenhall-­caught-­up-­in-­twitter-­controversy-­over-­osama-­bin-­laden-­comments/­), this scheme will not be as affective as it was for Haley in Kansas City.
Redman might be able to carry the majority of the load as a starter, but he is by far no Jamaal Charles (http:// www.­rantsports.­com/­blog/­2011/­09/­22/­nfls-­use-­of-­injured-­jamaal-­charles-­in-­fantasy-­football-­ad-­is-­tasteless/­), a back who was second in the league in rushing in 2010 under Haley.
In addition, switching to this game plan will further upset Wallace. The Pro Bowl (http://www.rantsports.com/redzonetalk/2012/04/26/reports-nfl-moving-to-suspend-pro-bowl-game/) receiver is already disgruntled about not getting the contract that he wants. Not giving the team’s leading receiver the ball will only add more gas to the fire, and will eventually lead to Wallace wanting to play elsewhere in 2013.
Somehow, someway, Haley, Roethlisberger, and the rest of Pittsburgh’s offense will have to come to some common ground before the 2012 season starts. If this doesn’t happen soon, then there will be turmoil in Steeler Nation.

05-25-2012, 10:01 PM
Bush league shallow speculation presented as fact. "Affective" ... did he mean "effective" ???

05-25-2012, 11:23 PM
:Blah Bush league indeed.

05-25-2012, 11:38 PM
Yeah. There is nothing here at all.

Va Steelr
05-26-2012, 12:00 AM
Waste of time and vocabulary !!!

05-26-2012, 09:22 AM
The sky is falling. The sky is falling.

As far as "upsetting" Mike Wallace? Screw him. If he cared he would be here learning the new offense. I hope that Brown and Sanders have great seasons.