There's been a lot of complaining this year about different problems, perceived or real, that the Steelers have. Two of these are as follows; "it's not Steelers football, they need to pound the ball". How's the saying go? "pound, pound, pound and throw it on third down".
One other I've heard frequently is about how the offensive line wasn't addressed in the off season, either through free agency or the draft, even though they picked one in the third round.
Before addressing the above mentioned complaints, I'd like to first mention Mike Tomlin has won a Super Bowl in 50% of the years he's been a head coach. O.K. so he's only been a head coach for two years, but you get the point.
Also Kevin Colbert has found a lot of talent, especialy in the first three rounds of the draft and with free agents since coming to Pittsburgh. I could probably end the article here, but what the heck, let's keep going.
Since Steeler fans are the most astute in the world, I won't bore you with the stats from Kevin Colbert's draft picks in the first three rounds or the free agent finds, some of you may even know them by heart.
Running the ball: I do agree, (along with most of the free world) that the Steelers need to run the ball more often and more successfully, but only to the point of having a more balanced attack.
Surely no one wants to go back to the days of Bill Cowher, when the Steelers lost all of those AFC title games, mainly because they were out of balance in the opposite direction of the one they now find themselves in.
I enjoyed the "Cowher era", as most fans did, but let's be real here, some of it was torturous. I don't blame our former coach as much as I do the lack of having a franchise quarterback.
You can call it "Steeler football" when they run the ball to the point the offense is out of balance, but in actuality it's not, at least it wasn't for Chuck Noll.
Ground chuck was the other Chuck, (Knox) who like Bill Cowher was a coach, that ran the ball too much and was rewarded with truckload of regular season victories, but not nearly as many postseason ones as the teams record would seem to require.
Chuck Noll's offenses were a little run heavy early on, but that was in part because Terry Bradshaw wasn't developing as fast as Chuck would've liked.
A quote I heard on T.V. back in the day goes something like this "The Steelers won their first two Super Bowls in spite of Bradshaw and won their second two because of him"
Some of the switch by Chuck was also do to rule changes that favored the receivers and encouraged more passing.
Bruce Lee (yes that Bruce Lee) was once asked about how he utilized parts of different fighting philosophies (Kung Fu, Karate, Boxing etc...) he responded with his immortal saying of "use what is useful". I believe in a way, that was Chuck Noll's philosophy when it came to football, whatever works.
My favorite example of Coach Noll's lack of adherence to an overly Conservative approach to offense is in his final Super Bowl. He's on the sidelines talking to Terry Bradshaw and saying something to the effect of "were not going to beat these guy's with something short, we're going to have to go deep.
As I stated earlier about the astuteness of Steeler fans, most of you know either through experience or archives what happened next. Number 12 then called a 60 prevent, slot, hook and go. Bradshaw goes deep over the middle to Johnny Stallworth. The rest is history.
In other words all they need is a little balance. Ben and his receivers can handle the rest