OFFENSE MAY NOT CHANGE MUCH IN 2012

11 Mar

Posted by Tyler Dunn, March 11 2012, 5:39 pm EST

Things between Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and newly named offensive coordinator Todd Haley are just peachy now.

This after an apparent ego driven game of cat and mouse between the two.

But don’t expect the pair to have many more problems from here on out.

That’s because outside of an occasional situational disagreement on the field, coach & quarterback might not have all that different of philosophies.

Much to the delight of Steelers fans, Haley is known for building an offense around the talent available on his teams. That means the team will be running more, right? Not necessarily.

It doesn’t even necessarily mean the deep ball is going away – it may not even be cut back upon.

Let’s look at the roster.

In the trenches, you have a group of players who are probably better suited for run blocking.

At runningback, you have a grinder and two relatively unknown youngsters.

At receiver, you have the best deep threat in football and two other quick guys who also like to run medium to deep routes.

And of course, the quarterback. Roethlisberger can do anything you want him to. But what he wants to do is going to play a part in what happens – whether you like or not.

And he wants to go deep.

Thankfully, for Steelers fans, the running game should transition to more of a power scheme with Rashard Mendenhall injured.

Unfortunately, for Steelers fans, with the weapons Haley has at receiver and Ben’s rocket arm – deep passes will still make up a major part of the offense.

Big Ben is known for running around, throwing a deep touchdown, getting smacked – then getting up off the ground and saying “Yes! Touchdown!” followed by “Ouch, that hurts.”

Just because Sheriff Haley came to town – doesn’t mean you should expect that to disappear.

It may not occur on every play.

But Ben will still be saying “ouch” a lot next season.

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