Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Should Run the Option

TJ JenkinsAnalyst IMay 14, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Dennis Dixon #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Gone are the days of Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh—and with him the days of an unexpected play.

No more passes from the wide receivers or the running backs, no more reverses, and no more throwing the defense off of their game.

I’m proposing that the Pittsburgh Steelers bring that age back.

Let’s throw something at opposing defenses that stop them in their tracks and leaves them scratching their heads in wonder and amazement.

Let’s run the option.

Let’s give it a shot. At least for the first four games when the team will be without Ben Roethlisberger. Let’s give Dennis Dixon, Maurkice Pouncey, and Jonathan Dwyer a shot at running an offense that all three are very familiar with.

I’m not suggesting that we make it the centerpiece nor the focus of the offense, but let’s at least run it a few times.

If Bruce Arians wanted, he could make the veer work in the NFL. At least for a time.

Think about it, not only are the Steelers going to need an offensive spark with our most prolific playmaker sidelined for a quarter of the season, but three players at the least would be put in an offensive scheme in which they have excelled in the past.

Of course, I doubt it happens because Arians is comfortable with running his offense his way and no one else’s opinion matters. We all know how that goes.

Not to mention it would make the fullback a central point of the offense, perhaps allowing Dwyer and Mendenhall to be in the same backfield, and that would go against Arians's offensive scheme as well.

But, look at it this way.

If it DOES happen, Dixon has the speed and agility to get off to a fast start and certainly has the footwork to make some defenders miss no matter how big or fast they are. Look at the Ravens game when he got out of the pocket.

In reality, the option is never going to be a legitimate NFL offense, especially not in a Bruce Arians-run Pittsburgh offense, but it can and has worked for many of the players that are currently on the roster.

I’m afraid, though, that to make it through the games sans Roethlisberger that the team is going to need a shock value aspect to it.

At any rate, thinking outside of the box is never a bad thing.