I actually think the whole or a majority of the playbook is open to Ben in the no huddle. If it wasn't, it wouldn't take long for opposing DCs to figure out what the plays being used during the no huddle were. That said, I think they have discussed plays to use during certain situations, plays Ben is comfortable with and plays Haley is comfortable with. Also, I would think that even though they are in no huddle, there are times when Haley is in Ben's ear.
All that said, for Moye and especially Wheaton, the opportunity to build some one on one chemistry with Ben has to be a godsend. And even if it doesn't help the team, it sure as hell can't hurt.
The Steelers know if Wheaton is or isn't a #2. Since he DIDN'T show he "was" on the field...The logic is sound. Wheaton is a "Rookie" who knows the playbook in '14. Wheaton played in 12 games. He ran wrong routes & couldn't create separation against other teams #3rd & #4th CBs. Wallace, Brown, & Sanders all played with more talented WR depth their rookie years. They all averaged 13 games played & 28 catches. Wheaton logged 12 & caught 6 balls. Wheaton didn't do anything in game during '13 to tell the Steelers he can hold down the #2 spot. He could be that guy...But he has to do it in game. From what he showed me..He may be a #3 & will excel in the slot. He can't get off the LOS against #1 & #2 CB & until he can show me he could...He is the Project.
The Steelers have a long term 2nd contract in one WR & a 1st selection gives them a lower cap number with an option year (5 year deal). Rookie scale & New CBA. I have no idea what you are talking about "future money" at WR. JJ's biggest cap hit is his last year at 2.7 mil. There won't be any large $$$ at WR with a 1st round pick added. It is exactly the Steeler way.
The "Optimistic" Offseason:
Taylor, Polamalu, Keisel, & Harrison - Retire
Cortez Allen & Shamarko Thomas - Steelers Believe They Are Starters
Cut - C Thomas & L Moore
Re-Sign Blake, McCain, Golden, W Johnson, & Moats
Re-Sign Worilds ($6 Mil Avg) OR Sign Jabaal Sheard LOLB
1st Danny Shelton NT
2nd Eli Harold OLB
3rd Jacoby Glenn CB
4th Jesse James TE
5th Matt Jones RB
6a James Sample S
6b Ray Drew DE
7th Kaelin Clay WR
Second, what I mean about future money is that the Steelers don't like wrapping up tons of money in the WR position...a position where a #2 might see 5 touches a game. So, Brown is locked into big money. What if a guy like Evans proves he can be a #1, which is what you expect from a #1 draft pick. Now you have two guys commanding 50 and 60 million dollar contracts...at the WR position. They let Wallace go and that supports my reasoning. If they wanted two expensive WRs, Wallace did really well with Ben. Brown and Wallace were a terrific 1/2 punch. Why break them up, only to spend a top draft pick to get another WR? Makes no sense. Since you believe it's the Steeler way to do so, I would love to know at any point in modern Steeler history where they locked up that much money in the WR position. I can't think of a time. If they wished to lock up 100 million dollars into the WR position they would have signed both Wallace and Brown.
Shawn, I agree with JPN on this one. Wheaton did nothing to show that he can be a #2. Yes, he was injured for part of the season, but he didn't show anything that allows anybody to believe, with confidence, that he can be a #2. Not saying that he can't be, but it would be foolish to count on him.
As for the money issue, Brown will be 31 when the rookie completes his 5th year. What are the odds that a smaller WR who relies on quickness will command a huge third contract at 31? Pairing Brown with a high pick gives the Steelers a run of a few years with strong complimentary WRs.
As for the contract, that is a really good point. But, lets look at it this way. The rookie will be at the end of a 4 yr rookie contract when Brown is 29. I haven't looked at Browns contract but many are backloaded. So, Browns contract will be on the heavy end just as the #1 pick wants his payday. Not sure it's quite as clean as you think.