Ben Roethlisberger Is Back But Bruce Arians Will Decide Steelers' Fate

David KlinglerCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2010

LATROBE, PA - AUGUST 8: Bruce Arians, offensive Coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, talks with Hines Ward #86 during training camp at St. Vincent College on August 8, 2007 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Pass to score, run to win. That old axiom could determine the Steelers' success in the upcoming months.

The Steelers have been hard at work to revive the moribund running game since the order was passed down and all indications are that it is coming along nicely.

Pittsburgh's eighth ranked rushing attack has shown the ability to produce first downs and touchdowns, particularly in short yardage situations, where they were previously lacking.

Bruce Arians has consistently stuck with the running game and consequently, the Steelers have done a better job controlling time of possession and establishing the tempo.

Don't think the Steelers' defense hasn't benefited from less time on the field either. They look energized and well rested after it appeared they wore down late in games last season.

So the question is, will Bruce Arians continue to make running the ball a priority?

Let's hope so. The Steelers need to be balanced on offense. Last season's pass happy play-calling often left the defense on the field too long and they simply got tired, leading to numerous fourth quarter collapses.

Everybody knows Ben Roethlisberger can throw the ball effectively. He doesn't need to throw it 40 times for the Steelers to win.

Steelers' fans won't soon forget the debacle in Cleveland last season when the Steelers continued to throw the ball against the depleted Browns defense, when it appeared they would have been better suited to grind it out on the ground some.

Will the Steelers continue to run?

Only Bruce Arians can answer that question.