It is no secret that the Steelers’ offense was not up to par in the 2012 season. So many times we are reminded of how badly the team finished statistically. 26th in rushing, 22nd in scoring, and 26th in turnovers. It is no surprise that the Steelers and offensive coordinator Todd Haley had to make some changes to better suit the offense.
“Ideally, you want to give a base foundation for what you potentially could do throughout the year,” said Haley while talking to Steelers Digest reporter Bob Labriola discussing OTA’s and minicamp. “Really, it’s from a language standpoint, because we have words to do pretty much anything we want to do. You try to indoctrinate as many of these guys to as many of these words as you can to get it locked in and roll from there. Then you’re assuming that when you get to training camp you’re not learning it again. That’s the biggest thing overall: teaching everybody the words and what it means to each one of them.”
Haley admits that the Steelers were lacking in communication last year, but that is now the goal to achieve moving forward.
“One of our main focuses for the offseason from a coaching staff standpoint was to get better at communicating,” said Haley. “As you go through a year, it goes so fast that it’s only when you look back that you realize some communication misses may have occurred, for whatever reason. So we made that a focus.”
Media and players would call what the Steelers are doing change, but Haley says it is a natural progression once you know player’s strengths and weaknesses.
“I think it’s an evolution,” said Haley. “There are some changes, but it’s an evolution that I think would happen whenever you’re in a situation where you’re in year two and already have a year under your belt. You naturally know your players better. It’s a natural progression/evolution.”
When Ben Roethlisberger was interviewed last week, however, he gave us some insight about what plays the Steelers were keeping and were not going to keep. Roethlisberger said that they went to each position coach and asked them what they liked and did not like. What plays they felt worked and what they felt did not for their position.
As the second week of OTA’s starts on Tuesday, we are starting to get a little bit of a grasp of how the Steelers will be forming their offense in 2013.