The Steelers have very obviously struggled at times to perfect their offense. Meanwhile, it has appeared that their no-huddle package might be their best manner to move the football.
However, Ben Roethlisberger did comment earlier that the no-huddle package is not nearly what it used to be under previous offensive coordinators. He got into that yet again on Tuesday while talking with the media, and the limits it can bring within the offense.
“Yeah, we don’t necessarily have a no-huddle per se that we’ve had in the past where we have 100 plays,” Roethlisberger said. “We have some plays that we can kind of pick and choose from. Like I said when we talked about this last week or two weeks ago, we have a two-minute offense that’s closer to that. You’re right though. You have to walk a fine line of guys getting tired.”
Roethlisberger revealED that the no-huddle package is rather short this year. While there were upwards of 100 plays previously, Canada has shortened it for the sake of the efficient two-minute offense. That, however, does not mean they can not run more of this package. As they showed on Sunday, they were willing to use it whenever they felt they needed to do it. However, while tempo can help, Roethlisberger thinks it is a simple matter of execution.
“When guys are getting banged up and we’re getting thin, you have to be careful with what you’re doing,” Roethlisberger said. “But we need to just execute the plays that are called. Our coach does a great job of taking the blame and he doesn’t need to take any more. We, as players, need to take more accountability and blame. The plan is right, and we need to execute the plan and make it work.”
The offense clearly knows that change is needed, but that can not magically happen. There has to be a cognizant effort on both ends with accountability and improvement on the field. Whether or not that will come is truly up to the entire offense and their level of preparation.