It is obvious from watching the Steelers that they are dead set on remaining the run dominant team that they once were. And it is painfully obvious with every unfruitful attempt at a run that Bruce Arians feels the pressure to becoming that type of team again as well.
The problem is that you should not try and change your identity during the season, more importantly, not in the middle of or during a game. That is what the off season is for.
I agree with the importance of being a multi-faceted offense and being good at both the run and the pass but you should not waste one to three plays every set of downs trying to establish something that simply is not working.
The Steelers need to take a good look in the mirror and realize that they are not that run dominant team any longer and move forward. Make some moves in the off season to address the running game but do not waste this season trying to be a team that you no longer are.
It is quite clear to nearly every Steeler fan that we have become a passing team. Our receivers outperform our running backs. And our quarterback is second to none. They should not be allowed to shine only when there is under two minutes left in either half.
We need to stick with what is working for us. We need to use the no huddle more throughout the entire game and realize short dumps and screens can be every bit as effective as the run in keeping the opposing defense honest and soften them up for the deep threat.
We need to start Mewelde Moore. He is a better blocker and pass catcher than our other backs. And we need to incorporate more screen plays into our offense and Heath Miller should also be used more in the short passing game.
I also feel we need to bring up Isaac Redman from the practice squad as he showed to be our only back capable of making the important short yardage plays. He played with his heart on his sleeve and that is exactly the type of spark we need at this point. He obviously filled a need that we have in being able to continue drives and finishing them once in the red zone.
We can not simply continue to waste so many drives trying to be something we no longer are! Again, now is not the time! Make changes during the off season to fix our running problems.
I am a big believer in having a good running game but I am also realistic.
I can not imagine the type of success we would have if the coaches would simply recognize this themselves and allow Ben and our receivers to do their thing. The sky is the limit.
Realize that if the run is not working, other plays can be just as effective at bringing in the defense and even more effective at gaining positive yardage.
In fact, I feel it is common sense and if our coaches do not realize this themselves then they do not deserve to be coaching this team. Wake up and smell the coffee guys.
You have a super bowl team right under your noses. You are holding them back.
All you got to do is let them do what they do best then sit back and watch what would become the best show on grass.