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Working Plaxico Burress into an expanded role this week is only part of the offensive plan for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They also need to throw the ball a lot.
This would be the perfect time to temporarily revert to a more open offense that relies on the pass and intermediate and deep routes. While nobody wants to see a return to the Bruce Arians system, dipping into that realm for a game won’t hurt anyone.
The San Diego Chargers aren’t bad against the run. They have comparable defensive numbers there to Pittsburgh. Against the pass, however, they’re terrible.
Against a team with a strong-armed, accurate passer and a stable of diverse and talented receivers, they should stand no chance.
In fact, the only thing that stands between a big passing day and Pittsburgh’s offense is the way Todd Haley calls the game.
Ball control is appreciated. But just this once, Haley needs to go for it all.