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    I'm also pretty sure that together they work on the no huddle during the week. We could give Haley a touch of credit for that.

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    Had to be Ben in first,third,fourth quarter and Haley in the second....

    This offense is a passing one so that is what you do...period!!! the more you do it the better you become at it....
    However, running doesn't work the same....

    we cannot run so please don't run up the Freaking middle when everyone on this planet knows your about to!!!!!
    And then what happens your stuffed like a turkey......I'm not against the run but you do it at the right times.....

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    No-Huddle A Tactic, Not A Sea Change

    By Jim Wexell
    Posted Nov 19, 2013

    Ben Roethlisberger passed for more than 350 yards for the fourth time this season on Sunday, and the Steelers won for the first time in those four games.

    But this one meant something more, philosophically, because attacking the Detroit Lions through the air was the Steelers' intention, not merely a tool used to catch up.

    The Steelers opened the game in a no-huddle attack, and kept it up through much of the contest.

    Roethlisberger threw 23 passes without a huddle (118.8 passer rating) and 22 passes after a huddle (119.7 passer rating).

    That first number is likely a career high in a win, and it's what Roethlisberger and his followers have been demanding of Steelers coordinators since the early years of his career.

    They all got their wish against the Lions, but Mike Tomlin told reporters Tuesday that it was merely a preferred method of attacking that team and not a change in approach.

    "(Ndamukong) Suh and (Nick) Fairley were big, dominant guys. We thought we could throw them off balance and maybe minimize some of the things they were capable of doing, maybe even let fatigue set in a little bit. That was one element of it," said Tomlin.

    "Another element of it was it changes the flow of defensive communication and maybe minimizes some of the things that you see. ... We have a certain scripted set of questions that we ask if we choose to employ it as a weapon. If enough things are favorable for us, then obviously it's something we will consider, work on, prepare, and utilize."

    Tomlin was asked if, in the right set of circumstances, it could become the team's base offense.

    "In the right set of circumstances, but you have to understand that you're not going to be very multiple. There's limited communication when you're snapping the football and not huddling to communicate. There are audio things to be concerned about. Technology has changed the way that that is viewed. Television copy of no-huddle offenses has a lot of information on that video. It's something that's been going on in football for a number of years, so you've got to be very cautious about employing it, how much you employ it, how you change your verbal communication. There are a lot of things that are capable of limiting your ability to run no-huddle besides your willingness or desire to."

    The playcalls are being picked up by microphones?

    "Certainly," Tomlin said. "Particularly in prime-time television games when there are boom mikes in stuff working with cables above the field."

    Tomlin said the coaching staff has the ability to remain in communication with Roethlisberger up until 15 seconds remain on the play clock, and often does.

    "Guys, make no mistake, there's a lot of preparation that goes into this," Tomlin told a reporter attempting to identify whom exactly is calling how many of the plays.

    "There's a menu of plays that's decided upon collectively during the course of the week, and he's simply picking from that menu. We're not out there unscripted, leaving him up to his own devices. Even though he's fully capable, that wouldn't be fair to him.

    "Those plays we employ in no-huddle, we also employ in our normal offense. So it's not like it's a different set of plays. It's just how we choose to communicate it prior to the ball being snapped, and the smaller menu of play selection associated with no-huddle offense."

    Tomlin revealed why he chose the no-huddle option against he Lions after being asked about his running game that produced only 40 yards on 27 carries.

    "They've got great people inside and up front and in some instances we were playing with backups," Tomlin said. "If you're overly concerned about style points and our ability to run the ball, or move 'em, than that can be discouraging. But I'm not. I knew the circumstances coming into the game. I knew who we were playing with (Guy Whimper); I knew who they were playing with (Suh, Fairley). We did what was necessary to win, no-huddle being an element of that obviously. We're more pass-oriented in no-huddle. We thought that was a strength of ours relative to the match-up.

    "We'll see what strength of ours is relative to this match-up this week. It may be the same. It may be different. We'll do whatever's required to win."

    NOTES -- Tomlin listed two defensive reserves -- ILB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring) and S Shamarko Thomas (ankle) -- as doubtful for Sunday's game at Cleveland. The other injured players -- RDE Brett Keisel (foot), LG Ramon Foster (ankle), LOLB LaMarr Woodley (calf), C Fernando Velasco (knee), LT Kelvin Beachum (hip) and WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) -- will be limited early in the week but "have a legitimate opportunity to participate in the game," Tomlin said. ... TE Matt Spaeth was to have undergone an important evaluation later Tuesday to determine whether the Steelers would activate him off the injured reserve-recall list. Once Spaeth begins practice, the team has 21 days to decide whether to activate him or keep him on IR. ... The Steelers signed former Pitt RB Ray Graham to their practice squad and released RB George Winn.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Tomlin"
    "We'll see what strength of ours is relative to this match-up this week. It may be the same. It may be different. We'll do whatever's required to win."
    It's hard to imagine that our strength relative to anyone will dictate a standard huddle, power run game this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eich View Post
    It's hard to imagine that our strength relative to anyone will dictate a standard huddle, power run game this season.
    yep... but it makes sense for Tomlin to act as though we have options. I love when teams get a 15 to 20 yard gain and go no huddle on the next play. I'm not a fan of the no-huddle series followed by a huddle up series. Ben should be able to go no-huddle whenever he feels like it.


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