Colon: Steelers lacked an identity
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 23, 2010 8:52 PM ET
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Add another voice to the chorus singing that Pittsburgh needs to get back to "Steeler football."
Right tackle Willie Colon says he bit his tongue during the season, but made it clear he was uneasy with the direction of the team's offense.
"We haven't had an identity," Colon to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "We'll throw the ball really well, and then there will be some games where we run the ball really well. Being committed to the run will help us manage the game better.''
We'd argue that late game defensive collapses and terrible special teams play were equally important factors in Pittsburgh's 9-7 record. But Colon says the Steelers didn't play to their linemen's strengths.
"We have the ability to pass block -- we have athletic guys that can get it done,'' said Colon. "[But] when you look at the mind-set of a lot of our guys, running the ball probably is our suit. We have a bunch of guys that love to get after it.''
Colon has allies in coach Mike Tomlin and team president Art Rooney II.
"I think Mike and I certainly agreed coming off the season that we need to run the ball more consistently to get to where we want to get to," Rooney said last week.
Now it's up to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to deliver.