The Steelers Can Offensively Go Where No Team Has Gone Before

Timothy KesslerAnalyst IJanuary 5, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 hands off to Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on December 27, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Pittsburgh won the game, 23-20. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers season has come to a close, it is time to move on and start to think about the future.

Although that includes the entire team as a whole, I am focusing this article on one area of the team…the offense.

There has been a lot of talk recently about the job security that Bruce Arians may or may not have. I, for one, believe that for the Steelers to improve, they need to split ways with Bruce Arians or at very least demote him.

Although the offense has improved slightly this year over last, it has been two things that an offense should never be…very inconsistent and way too predictable.

The Steelers' short yardage offense and red zone production was among the worst in the league.

When the team held a lead, the offense was never capable of grinding out the clock with a productive running game, despite having a great runner in Rashard Mendenhall.

The overwhelming amount of talent on the Steelers offense covered up its deficiencies and has unfortunately kept Bruce Arians on this team as the offensive coordinator for way too long.

So where do the Steelers go from here?

Most people would say that the first step is to fire Arians and start looking for a new offensive coordinator. However, I disagree.

Without getting into who should hold what position, let me explain where I feel the Steelers should go from here.

This would certainly be a bold move, but I feel the Steelers should redefine the offensive coordinator position all together.

Instead of having ultimate control over the offense as far as play calling and such, the offensive coordinator would simply review the weekly tapes with the offensive players after each game, study upcoming opponent's defensive schemes, and finally, follow the action during each game as to inform the offense of possible adjustments being made by the opposing team's defense.

There should also still be a quarterbacks coach, an offensive line coach, and a wide receiver coach.

Maybe Arians can remain on board in this newly redefined role of offensive coordinator. Or maybe he would do well as simply the quarterback’s coach, since he has a good relationship with Roethlisberger, eliminating any ill will that would come from his firing.

However, the offensive players themselves should make up the all-new "offensive coordinating team" with Ben Roethlisberger as their captain and play caller…the head honcho so to speak.

The offensive coordinator would now be more of an assistant to the offensive coordinating team.

Of course, Roethlisberger would still have to answer to Tomlin, who would make the major in-game decisions such as whether or not to go for it on certain downs.

We wouldn't want Roethlisberger's head to get much bigger than it is already since he is prone to receiving concussions and a bigger head means a bigger target.

Talk about the Steelers entering the twenty-first century!

Who knows more about what the players are capable of than the players themselves?

It would be like a company selling stock to its workers who will then work harder as a result, in an attempt to benefit themselves. They would take an active interest in their own plays and would try that much harder to get the job done, as any failure would reflect badly upon themselves.

More accountability would be the key to this system's success. Not to mention how much easier it would be to learn an offense that they helped make.

The players would take more pride in their accomplishments, making them try that much harder to prove their plays can work, week in and week out.

I am aware it may be a little tough to implement, but it is certainly doable. As Roethlisberger has already done it himself throughout the season in his no-huddle drills and in no-huddle game situations.

We all know the success that came along with that offensive set. It seemed to me that the only time the Steelers would score touchdowns is when Roethlisberger was calling the plays. So is it really that far-fetched?

I think it could work. A bold move that could pay dividends on the field as well as in their pocket books, as Roethlisberger gets paid enough to hold both positions already.

This would be a “best of both worlds” scenario as the Steelers offense would no longer be held back by Arians predictable play calling, yet they would keep a familiarity amongst the offense and Roethlisberger happy.

Big Ben, the player...the play caller...the legend. Sounds good to me. 


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