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Todd Haley’s play-calling drew the ire of Ben Roethlisberger recently. While some have been quick to tell Roethlisberger to keep his mouth shut and run the correctly called plays, I will say that his criticism is justified, however inappropriate.
Haley’s play-calling has been, well, pitiful. For weeks fans have been treated to nothing but ill-advised devotion to a crumbled rushing attack and short passes that leave the Pittsburgh Steelers punting from deep in their own territory.
It’s time to open things up a little more. The Steelers are throwing deep two or three times a game. They should be doing that five or more times a game. They should actually be doing it on every drive.
The reason the running game is plugged up in the backfield is that, with a short passing game, defenses can play up. If a team backs them off with some long throws, they’ll have to respect the pass enough to give runners some room.