Pittsburgh’s offense has spent far too much time horizontal in the last few weeks. Passes and runs go east and west instead of north and south. The results have been rather hideous.
In fact, the Steelers have gone from a team that could score frequently and with some decent regularity to a group that couldn’t find the goal line with a GPS.
The return of Ben Roethlisberger should have fixed those issues, but the plays called by offensive coordinator Todd Haley have allowed them to continue. The Steelers have robbed themselves of their punch.
It’s time to bring the power of this offense back to life.
Pittsburgh’s receivers, as a group, are the fastest and most versatile in the NFL. It’s time to send them out on deep routes and to let Roethlisberger use his arm to beat teams.
Short passes and a ball control offense are great, but they have to be supplemented liberally with a quick strike offense that can gobble up yards in one play. The Steelers have leaned far too much in one direction.
Against Dallas, the Steelers need to open it up and unclog the running lanes so that they can have those long, clock-killing drives. If they don’t, their offense will stay stuck in reverse along with their playoff aspirations.