At times this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers offense has looked unstoppable, being able to score at will any way they see fit. The last three games the offense has trailed late in the game and the offense seems to be out of sync. It’s clear adjustments need to be made, but in what way?
Early in the season, starting in week seven, the Steelers made a positive effort to get Martavis Bryant more involved in the offense. Bryant has caught 17 catches for 344 yards and six touchdowns. In recent weeks Bryant has cooled off and it would greatly help the Steelers offense to throw more passes Bryant’s direction throughout the game, especially down the field where his size and speed are too much for some defensive backs.
Le’Veon Bell has improved in the past two weeks rushing for over a 100 yards and also catching 8 passes for 159 yards receiving. Overall, Bell has excelled this season.
It would be helpful and more effective for the offense if wide receiver Markus Wheaton and/ or running backs Dri Archer and Josh Harris become more involved. It would take pressure off of Bell and allow him to be fresher as the regular season winds down. Defenses would struggle, deciding who to cover this way because Bell would not be the main option every other play.
Archer clearly has speed to make things happen, but the offensive line must do a better job at blocking to get him in the open field.
Bryant needs to get involved often and early as that will allow Wheaton to make more plays in one on one coverage where he can use his quickness more.
Against the New Orleans Saints last sunday, the no-huddle offense was effective. However, after waiting until the 3rd quarter to use the no huddle offense, it was too little, too late.
Going forward, the Steelers should use the no-huddle anytime they see necessary with all the talented wide receivers on the roster. The Steelers, over the next 4 games, need to at least win three of those games to have a realistic chance of making the playoffs.
If the offense is inconsistent they will not make it. But if the offense gets on a roll, as it has at times in 2014, the Steelers could very well make the playoffs on a hot streak.
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