Through the years the Steelers were never known as an offensive juggernaut, the only year we were really good offensively was 1979 where we averaged 26 points a game. At that time teams were more balanced and not the pass happy league it is today, so scoring an average of 26 back then was damn good.
Even when coach Cowher was here it was like get a lead, rely on our Defense to hold the lead, and run the ball to eat time off the clock instead of expanding on that lead.
If the Patriots score 30 they aren't satisfied, they want 40 they go for the juggler where the Steelers play that close to the vest stuff, and rely on the defense to hold leads.
How we play worked for the most part, we've been to 3 Super Bowls after the 70's era, but the way the game is being played now even the best defenses can't hold leads because the game favors the offense, so teams like the Steelers need to be more aggressive in the offensive department.
You need a good defense to win championships, but you have to have the offense to get there . Case in point the Patriots score at will during the regular season, usually outscoring their opponents by a wide margin. Then when the big game hits, the other opponent can score too but the difference is they also can make stops when needed by their defense to off-set the Patriots machine.
We can't rely on our defense like we did in the past to bail us out on close games, the Steelers need to take that next step to increase offensive production and score points. How we do it is the question?
In my opinion Ben has to play well but they can't put it all on him, he's not going to average 30 points a game, but if you give him an offensive line that can block, a run game where they produce then we'll see a better offense on the field.
Teams like the Patriots, Colts when Manning was there,Saints,Packers, all had very good o-lines. Give Ben a solid O-line and he will be great something he didn't have for years now. So the best thing the Steelers can do to enhance our offense is get better line play, it ALL starts up front!
The Steelers offensive philosophy was working until Ben got hurt...
If the running game can improve, so that he isn't required to be so heroic on 3rd downs, and the red zone offense can improve (which I believe a more effective running game can only help!) life will be good...
My main concern is ball security on offense and not giving up big plays on defense and special teams...