After a poorly played preseason by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where they failed to pull away with a win in their four match ups, there is no doubt that they have questions that they must answer in the 2013 season starting with the offense.
Head coach Mike Tomlin missed the playoffs for just his second time last season since taking the helm in Pittsburgh in 2007. After the dismal preseason and the 8-8 record last year losing five of their last seven games, has the Steelers ranked to finish third in the division almost everywhere on the web.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has continued to tell the media that he believes in the offense and that there will be much better production out of it in year two under offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s scheme.
It is also believed that the lack of the rushing attack hurt the Steelers in 2012. Finishing 26th in the league, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer were unable to make a spark in the run game. Causing the Steelers to draft Le’Veon Bell in the second round of the draft, cutting Dwyer, sign LaRod Stephens-Howling, and trade for Felix Jones. The Steelers backfield, if healthy, looks to be very talented.
“There are a lot of good players on the roster every year. There are plenty of guys to make plays,” tight end Heath Miller said. “We just have to figure out how to play together and work as a team.
“With (Wallace) gone, it just creates opportunity for other guys. It’s just about guys earning their opportunities and what they do when they get them.”
Miller is correct. With the deep threat of Mike Wallace gone, it challenges and opens a role for the rest of the receivers on the roster. Antonio Brown and Emmanual Sanders will now be the two weapons of the offense until Heath Miller is able to return.
“There’s no added pressure,” Antonio Brown said. “The chips will fall in place, so it’s time to go to work. Everything will come together.
“It’s a challenge every year, so I don’t buy into the questions about our offense. My job is to be productive, so we’re not going to worry about who isn’t here. I expect the best from everyone wearing a hat and do what they can to help the team win.
“Everyone has to wait to see what we’re going to do. We are developing a repertoire offensively and the physicality with the run game that’s needed to set up our passing game to be successful.”
Next week we will see the Steelers square off for the very first time of the regular season as they will take on the Tennessee Titans in Heinz Field. Although Brown does not think there is questions that need to be answered, I think all of Steeler Nation would disagree.
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