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Saying Heath Miller needs to have a breakout season in 2012 doesn't mean his performance leaves anything to be desired.
It just means that Miller has an opportunity to flourish in Todd Haley's system.
Miller was the first player Haley mentioned by both first and last name at his introductory press conference as offensive coordinator, saying he's "one of my favorite players that I've studied and prepared for."
Miller caught 51 passes in 2011. The only other season in which he caught more than 50 passes was 2009, when he caught 76.
The Steelers offense needs to be more efficient. Ben Roethlisberger's ability to make something out of broken plays is cool to watch, but it wouldn't hurt to look for Miller more and make those 10-yard completions over the middle.
That's what Roethlisberger did in the Steelers' 25-17 win over the Patriots in 2011. Miller had his best game of the season, catching seven passes for 85 yards. Six of those catches and 76 of those yards came in the first quarter, when the Steelers built a 10-0 lead.
By essentially using their short passing game as their running game, the Steelers gave the Patriots a taste of their own medicine.
The Steelers cleared a hurdle in that game by beating Tom Brady for just the second time. Unfortunately, that regular-season win is the most cherished memory of the 2011 season for Steelers fans.
For the Steelers to provide pleasant postseason memories in 2012, those chants of "HEEEEEAAAAATH!" at Heinz Field and Steelers bars across the country need to be more frequent.