The 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers offense finished strong and were among the best the NFL had to offer.The Steelers offense finished 2nd in the NFL in total offense and set several franchise records including points scored in a season with a total of 436 points.
One might think the Steelers are satisfied with their offense after such lofty accomplishments, but think again.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made his expectations for the 2015 Steelers offense perfectly clear as he spoke to reporters this week from the 2015 NFL Owners Meetings…
Mike Tomlin: “My expectation is they’re capable of being the very best because we have the goods, we’ve got guys who are capable. We’ve got guys who know what they’re doing. We’ve got guys who have played together for an extended period of time now.
(Being the very best) is a reasonable expectation.”
You don’t have to look very hard or long to see that Mike Tomlin’s expectations are very reasonable.
The Steelers have all the key components that go into having a top offense heading into the 2015 season. They have a franchise quarterback that is at the top of his game and is comfortable in the offense and with the players around him.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a career season in 2014 finishing the season tied for most passing yards in the NFL with 4952 yards.
He had 32 touchdown passes and only 9 interceptions. He finished the season with a QB rating of 103.3 and was selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl.
Roethlisberger should continue to thrive in this offense in 2015.
The Steelers have a good young offensive line that should only get better with another year under the tutelage of Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Munchak.This is a luxury that Roethlisberger has rarely experienced during his NFL career.
Roethlisberger also has plenty of offensive weapons at his disposal.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown was the top wide receiver in the NFL in 2014.He led the NFL in receiving with 129 receptions and 1698 yards receiving. The 129 catches were second on the NFL all time list. Brown was selected to the Pro Bowl and named an All Pro. Brown seems to only get better and is among the elite at his position.
Running back Le’Veon Bell established himself as an elite NFL running back in 2014, able to do it all out of the backfield. He picked up blitzes and was QB Ben Roethlisberger’s safety valve outlet on many occasions.
Bell ran for 1361 yards for a 4.7 yard average and 8 touchdown. He also caught 83 passes for 854 yards and 3 touchdowns. Bell was named team MVP by his teammates in 2014.He was selected to the Pro Bowl and was named as an NFL All Pro.
Bell is heading into his third season and the sky is the limit for this young running back.
Wide receiver Markus Wheaton showed great progress in 2014 catching 53 passes for 644 yards and two touchdowns. Wheaton should only get better heading into his third season.
Rookie sensation wide receiver Martavis Bryant provided a great deep threat in 2014 catching 26 passes for 549 yards and 8 touchdowns.He averaged 21.1 yards a catch for the season. Bryant looks to have a very bright future and may push for the number 2 wide receiver spot in 2015 not to mention he is a great red-zone target.
Factor in Mr. Reliable, tight end Heath Miller who showed last season he still has plenty left in the tank as he caught 66 passes for 761 yards and 3 touchdowns. Miller is also a key run blocking asset in the running game.
So, as you can see, the future looks bright for the Steelers offense .
Head coach Mike Tomlin has high expectations for the Steelers offense in 2015 and the Steelers offensive fire power makes being the best a very reasonable expectation.
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