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coldrolled
12-18-2009, 07:50 AM
Steelers need to step up on offense
TribLive

December 17th, 2009 Despite what Ryan Clark might think, the Steelers’ secondary is not the most criticized group or person on the team.

That dubious honor belongs to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who no doubt had Steelers fans apoplectic on the third play of the Dec. 10 game in Cleveland.

With the Steelers facing a third-and-one deep in their own territory, they lined with receivers flanked to the left and right of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and in an empty backfield.

The Steelers were hoping to hit the Browns with a big pass play to rookie wideout Mike Wallace. Instead, Cleveland sacked Roethlisberger — and set the tone in the game that ended with the Steelers’ worst loss in a season filled with bad defeats.

“It said third and one on the scoreboard, it was really third and two,” Arians said of the play call. “We had the wind and thought we could get Mike open down the field. We were covered and didn’t get it off.”

The call — and the fact that Steelers managed just two field goals against a team that entered the game last in total defense in the NFL — only intensified fan criticism of Arians.

It also provoked more calls for the Steelers to get back to their roots and start running the ball more, especially since Rashard Mendenhall has emerged as a feature back.

If Arians hasn’t shown any inclination to change neither has the sentiment the Steelers are somehow being unfaithful to their fans and themselves when they are not trying to run over, through and around defenses.

“This is the only town that says that,” Arians acknowledged of the desire to pound the opposition with the run, “and I understand that. It’s getting spread around pretty good.”

Indeed, the Steelers, barring injury, will have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers for the first time since 2001.

Wide receiver Hines Ward observed today that it is “weird” that the Steelers have gotten that kind of offensive production yet only have a 6-7 record to show for it.

The reason all of those yards haven’t translated into more points than the 21.4 the Steelers are averaging a game: they have had to settle for field goals too often, and they have been too inefficient on third down.

During their five-game losing streak, the Steelers have converted just over 28 percent of the time on third down. Not good enough, as Arians said today.

“It’s all about points, it’s all about making first downs,” Arians said. “It’s not how many times you run it, it’s about getting first downs, getting down there and knocking it in.”

Some of Arians’ playcalling has been curious at times but the same can be said of just about every other offensive coordinator.

His returning to the Steelers next season, however, may hinge on the offense showing marked improvement in two areas over the last three games: converting on third down and when the Steelers are inside their opponents’ 20-yard line.

Of the criticism Arians has gotten, Ward said, “I don’t know if it’s unfair. We’re all in it together, coaches are included too. When you’re 6-7 you’re trying to find an answer.

“He may call a play and it may not be particularly the best play or positive play but if we don’t go out there and execute it, it doesn’t matter what coordinator you bring in.”

ejsteeler
12-18-2009, 09:39 AM
“It said third and one on the scoreboard, it was really third and two,” Arians said of the play call. “We had the wind and thought we could get Mike open down the field. We were covered and didn’t get it off.”

Are you F'ing kidding me?!!! Run the ball!!!!

LatrobePA
12-18-2009, 09:40 AM
This offense is unable to step up with this shitbag calling plays!

75Steeler
12-18-2009, 11:39 AM
Somene please send Bruce Arians this link:

http://www.uc.pa.gov/portal/server.pt/community/uc_pa_gov/11449

Maybe he will get the message!!

:stirpot:

stLlRfn14
12-18-2009, 11:47 AM
2 reason why our offense can have sustainable/productive drives:
1. Ben holds on to the ball too long! Needs to read the coverage and make his decision within 2 seconds of getting the snap, not 8. Plus he has no deep ball and puts his WR's in horrible position to catch the ball because he cant lead them.
2. Arians play calling on 3rd downs and in the red zone. We cant settle for field goals 9 times out of 10. Run the ball more dumb ***.

It makes me sick that these things are happening. And as far as throwing to wallace deep on 3rd and one/two??? What the hell is going through Arians head? I mean come on, we have a pretty powerful back named Mendenhall if you remember, why not be ballsy and run it instead of risking going 3 and out like usual lately. We go deep too much when we should be running more slants and out routes, because that puts ben in a position to succeed. Thats when ben is at his best. I think that ben holds on to the ball too because he has his mind wrapped around the fact that he can get away from the sack and extend plays. Well that works when people aren't open, but last thursdays game when he was sacked 8 times by the browns! he had guys open on each one. It should be; step step step step throw, not step step step step....wait....wait some more....and yet again some more...and then avoid a sack that should have never taken place...then finally make a decision. LMAO just look at even stafford or shaub or sanchez, these guys make quick decisions. I know they haven't won two super bowls but they have the right mind set to get rid of the ball in a quick and efficient manner. Plus their team doesn't ask them to throw long on 3rd and 2, they RUN the ball almost 100% of the time in those situations.

I dont see us winning out because or OC sucks, we haven't been able to create turnovers lately, and our defense is lacking a good secondary. I guess im just frustrated at the team that has so much potential but lacks the will to win. Maybe they need a coach that can motivate them and is offensive minded; should have stayed in house with the hiring of a new HC and kept Wiz or Grimm.

Mach1
12-18-2009, 05:38 PM
BA needs one of these.

http://images.contentreserve.com/ImageType-100/0128-1/%7B96DCC707-1FFF-4659-8577-788BD22AD433%7DImg100.jpg

LatrobePA
12-18-2009, 06:19 PM
BA needs one of these.

http://images.contentreserve.com/ImageType-100/0128-1/%7B96DCC707-1FFF-4659-8577-788BD22AD433%7DImg100.jpg

Baby steps man, he needs to learn how to read first!

DanRooney
12-19-2009, 06:22 AM
2 reason why our offense can have sustainable/productive drives:
1. Ben holds on to the ball too long! Needs to read the coverage and make his decision within 2 seconds of getting the snap, not 8. Plus he has no deep ball and puts his WR's in horrible position to catch the ball because he cant lead them.
2. Arians play calling on 3rd downs and in the red zone. We cant settle for field goals 9 times out of 10. Run the ball more dumb ***.



Ben can't find anyone open in 2 seconds because our receivers run horrible routes or are too slow to get off the line. That's why press coverage worked so well against us in the Cleveland game. There were a couple of replays where Holmes could have literally ran right past his corner but instead he cut right back into his man. It was absolutely mind-boggling. Arians needs to go before the season is over.

coldrolled
12-19-2009, 10:01 AM
Ben can't find anyone open in 2 seconds because our receivers run horrible routes or are too slow to get off the line. That's why press coverage worked so well against us in the Cleveland game. There were a couple of replays where Holmes could have literally ran right past his corner but instead he cut right back into his man. It was absolutely mind-boggling. Arians needs to go before the season is over.

for three years we run everyone deep.

then we run everyone to one side.

sometimes as seen in Raiders or KC game our receivers end up in the same 5 yard block of grass 20 yards down field, with 4 -5 defenders surrounding them. the defenders are looking at each other like are we missing someone?????

yes, there missing arians genius...