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Film Room: How Steelers OC Arthur Smith Sequences Plays

Film Room: How new Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith sequences his plays to maximize potential.

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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith during rookie minicamp on May 11, 2024. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

After the failed Matt Canada experiment, the Pittsburgh Steelers were desperate in their search for a qualified play caller which led them to Arthur Smith’s doorstep. But there’s more that goes into that process than just the designs on the white board. There’s an art-like element to the role that is beautiful when we’ll executed. We’ve discussed new offensive coordinator  Smith’s foundation at length: the wide zone rushing attack and play-action passing game but how does it all come together over the course of a game?

SN analyst Derrick Bell breaks down the science behind how Smith, among other NFL coordinators, sequence their plays calls to keep NFL defenses off balance. This video covers the idea of building concepts off one another and the classic “counter-counter punch” approach and never-ending battle between the offensive and defense coordinators. With a brand new quarterback room, an offensive line flooded with recent investments and several young players yet to reach their ceiling, Smith faces a tough task of making the entire operation successful on the fly. In order for the Steelers to break their postseason win drought, they’re relying on his scheme to take them back to offensive relevance. 

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