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SteelCrazy
07-09-2012, 09:36 PM
Scoring troubles: The Pittsburgh Steelers offense struggled in 2011, finishing 21st overall in scoring with an average of 20.3 points per game. Part of the issue was the play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, as his completion percentage fell nearly 15 percentage points in the red zone. Although the team addressed offensive line issues during the offseason, receiver Mike Wallace is still in the midst of a contract dispute, and running back Rashard Mendenhall might start the season on the physically unable to perform list list. Throw in the quarterback’s relationship (or lack thereof) with OC Todd Haley, and more questions than answers remain if the offense can improve this season. After Roethlisberger finished 13th among all fantasy QBs and was plagued by turnovers, fantasy owners should take a more cautious approach. Though the quarterback is expected to see plenty of passing opportunities this year, his status remains as a borderline No. 1 or 2 quarterback.

Now or never?: According to NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi, Tony Romo is the key to the Cowboys’ success in 2012. “If Romo works hard and prepares hard, great things can happen for the ‘Boys this year.” Compounded with owner Jerry Jones‘ belief the “window is getting shorter,” expectations are as high as ever for the quarterback. After coping with injuries to key offensive players last year, Romo looks to enter training camp with all his weapons healthy. There is no reason to believe Romo won’t maintain his status as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2012. Although his play has been called to question on the field, he has been one of the more consistent producers at the position in fantasy leagues. Expect him to go off the board in the second or third round.

Losing patience: Playing in a celebrity softball game over the weekend, Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was booed by hometown fans. With a losing record (18-22) when at the helm, the clock is ticking on Cassel to produce. Even if he does perform well on the field, his fantasy potential is limited. The offense is expected to feature a run-heavy attack behind Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis, leaving little scoring opportunity for the 8th-year quarterback. Expect to find Cassel on the waiver wire after fantasy drafts, as he will be picked up only if owners suffer a rash of injuries at the position.


http://blogs.nfl.com/2012/07/09/three-and-out-roethlisberger-has-red-zone-woe-zone/

hawaiiansteel
07-09-2012, 09:50 PM
that's only because Art II the two-bit lawyer forces Ben to hand off too often and because Ben has to protect the defense since Dick LeBeau allows too many 4th quarter comebacks.

Run the ball Yoi!

SteelCrazy
07-09-2012, 10:05 PM
I love that sig

hawaiiansteel
07-09-2012, 11:30 PM
I love that sig

thanks, it cracked me up the first time i saw it. :Cheers

NorthCoast
07-11-2012, 09:49 AM
thanks, it cracked me up the first time i saw it. :Cheers

"whole mess" sums it up! I will be keeping one eye on Indy's offense this season just for kicks (maybe need to watch a quarter of play to see Arians trademark cluster appear on offense).

Oviedo
07-11-2012, 09:54 AM
Remember that you have TEs who are bigger than the guys covering them and we would go a long way to solving red zone issues.

RuthlessBurgher
07-11-2012, 10:21 AM
"whole mess" sums it up! I will be keeping one eye on Indy's offense this season just for kicks (maybe need to watch a quarter of play to see Arians trademark cluster appear on offense).

After seeing Arians trying and failing to run a multi-TE offense with the likes of David Johnson or Matt Spaeth prominently involved, it was interesting to see the Colts draft BOTH of the top 2 TE's in the draft with the two picks following the Luck selection.

ikestops85
07-11-2012, 10:53 AM
After seeing Arians trying and failing to run a multi-TE offense with the likes of David Johnson or Matt Spaeth prominently involved, it was interesting to see the Colts draft BOTH of the top 2 TE's in the draft with the two picks following the Luck selection.

I'm still hoping Saunders comes out and becomes our big pass catching TE. I've got a feeling this guy is going to be good if he gets his head on straight.

Slapstick
07-11-2012, 11:09 AM
Spaeth was not a bad receiving TE...he was only rarely used as such by BA...

Oviedo
07-11-2012, 11:15 AM
Spaeth was not a bad receiving TE...he was only rarely used as such by BA...

I agree, but I think the blame is both on Arians and Ben who didn't throw to Spaeth. I rewatched lots of games where Spaeth was wide open for a 8-10 yard gain and Ben kept looking for someone deep.

feltdizz
07-11-2012, 11:51 AM
I agree, but I think the blame is both on Arians and Ben who didn't throw to Spaeth. I rewatched lots of games where Spaeth was wide open for a 8-10 yard gain and Ben kept looking for someone deep.

...and this is why I'm anxious to see what Ben does in this new offense. Will Haley flip out on Ben when Heath is wide open on 3rd and 6 and Ben is looking for Wallace deep?

NorthCoast
07-11-2012, 12:00 PM
...and this is why I'm anxious to see what Ben does in this new offense. Will Haley flip out on Ben when Heath is wide open on 3rd and 6 and Ben is looking for Wallace deep?

one thing is for sure, we certainly know BA would never 'flip out' on Ben, even in some games when a dose of it may have done good.

grotonsteel
07-11-2012, 12:21 PM
Why would Ben looking towards Wallace deep in Red Zone??

Steelers never had issues with moving the ball. So whatever Steelers are doing on 3rd down it is working.

grotonsteel
07-11-2012, 12:22 PM
one thing is for sure, we certainly know BA would never 'flip out' on Ben, even in some games when a dose of it may have done good.

I guess you are looking for drama on the sidelines...I would prefer improved red zone offense.

Sugar
07-11-2012, 06:23 PM
one thing is for sure, we certainly know BA would never 'flip out' on Ben, even in some games when a dose of it may have done good.

I have to disagree. I can understand if the head coach wants to deal with somebody in his executive role. However, IMO, it's usually not good to do that stuff in public- especially for a coordinator. He can show Ben the stills and show him what's there. If Ben, for whatever reason, won't listen then it's Tomlin who needs to deal with him.