And you might be tempted to think Mike Wallace was at the receiving end of those passes more often than not, and you would be wrong. Brown caught 6 for 94, Wallace 4 for 86.
I would love to think Haleyesque football means we do whatever it takes to win and switch up the formula based on the opponent but the AFCW looked like they had Haley figured out last year.
It wasn't game plan, but execution...
Not only in the AFCN games last year, but also the NE game in 2011...
His offense has looked completey different everywhere he has been, based on the peices available.
Sure Ben has an arm and Wallace was fast but we DONT have a great pass blocking oline. Thus the terndancy toward short passes.
He went from air Zona, to ground and pound KC, to what we had.
It was fine before the injury Dizz.
You mentioned the nati game. We did not do a dink and dunk at all.
Three deep passes to Wallace alone. Here are throws set Wallaces way that day:
1st quarter (6:26) (No Huddle) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass incomplete deep left to 17-M.Wallace. Coverage by #23 Newman.
2nd quarter (13:26) (Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass incomplete deep left to 17-M.Wallace. Coverage by #24 Jones.
3rd quarter(7:44) (Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass short left to 17-M.Wallace to CIN 29 for 13 yards (24-A.Jones).
4th quarter (Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass deep right intended for 17-M.Wallace INTERCEPTED by 20-R.Nelson at CIN 44.
Brown had a touchdown on a deep throw.
The Steelers Yards Per Completion of 16 that day would lead the league BY THREE YARDS if spread over a season DESPITE the deep drops that dont figue in.
Similarly the Cowboys AND Tenn games you metioned had a YPC that bested the league high average of 13.0 YPC of the unstoppable Panthers.
Of the games mentioned, only the Denver game was what one might call dink and dunk.
As a reminder... Ben didn't like it either...
Ben Roethlisberger didn't love the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense last season under new coordinator Todd Haley.
After a mediocre season and a poor offensive performance, the Steelers haven't just changed offensive personnel, they've tweaked the playbook. And Big Ben is happy to see those changes.
"There's been some changes this offseason in some of the offensive philosophies, playbook and some things that I think are good," Roethlisberger said Tuesday via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It's some compromise from all the different position coaches, the running back coaches, the line, and quarterback coaches. I think we've taken a little bit of everything and made it a lot better."
Last year, Roethlisberger was vocally critical of what he called a "dink-and-dunk" offense. His frustration boiled over after a December loss to the Dallas Cowboys, when he questioned the play calling.
Entering his 10th season with the Steelers, Roethlisberger wouldn't let on to exactly what sort of changes were made to the offense -- throwing vertical more frequently?
"You'll have to wait until the first game," he said.
Of course Ben was asked about life without wide receiver Mike Wallace, but sounded ready to focus on the revamped playbook.
"Obviously, we're going to miss Mike as a person, friend and teammate," Roethlisberger said. "(But) we've got to be ready to move on."
the point is, your franchise QB doesn't like your system and calls it ineffective, it's ineffective. u guys can argue to the contrary all you want, but, Ben's opinion trumps every one of ya.
Ben also disliked the playcalling of the coaches who produced the Steelers best regular season record with Ben as QB in 2004 and his best playoff run in 2005.
Ben would call for a big receiver and had smurfs excel while being nothing but complimentary of his putrid oline.
Ben complained about dink and dunk after the Cowboy game? Really?
His first pass was an incomplete bomb to Wallace
Threw a second incomplete deep ball to Wallace on second possesion of the game
Completed a 60 yard bomb to Wallace in the third.
Ben completed 24 passes for 339 yards.....Dink and dunk?
Does Ben need to throw deep on every play to be happy?
We lost because of "dink and dunk?"
How bout being ties a 24 in OT and throwing a HORRIBLE lame duck pass to Wallace that is picked and return to the ONE for a gimme Cowboy FG to win the game?
Dude has a unique skill set and can do things no one else can do, but football smarts aint what makes Ben great.