02-07-2011, 04:04 PM
With our OC & DC contracts expired what are we going to do? Is it time to Promote Keith Butler? Dick Le Beau goes into a consultant role? and who is our OC? Resign BA or sign Randy Fetchner? What are your thoughts?
Heres mine. Its Keith Butler time and time for a new DB coach. As for Offense Find an OC who wants to RUN the ball and has a good passing game. It was said that Tomlin was going to promote Randy Fetchner if thats what he wants do it. I think BA and Ben are too close and think Ben gets too much of a say.
During the last drive in the Super Bowl the RB coming out of the backfield were wide open on every play( behind AJ HAwk who shadowed Ben) with nothing but daylight. I think Ben is too worried about wanting to be the MVP instead of just win baby,Just win.
02-09-2011, 04:19 PM
Here is what Bob Smizik Post Gazette wrote about " Checking out the 2011 Steelers"
Checking out the 2011 Steelers. I agree perhaps Ben needs to follow the Game Plan & a New Offensive Coordinator would help.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2011 12:30 AM WRITTEN BY BOB SMIZIK
It’s never too early to look at the next Steelers season, even if we’re not sure when it will be.
There were mixed opinions on the blog yesterday about what kind of immediate future the Steelers have. Let’s take a position-by-position look -- at the offense today -- at how they figure to stack up the next time they play a game in anger.
Quarterback: Obviously, the Steelers are set here with one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. But is it time to add a new dimension to Ben Roethlisberger’s game? Conformity. After seven years in the league, maybe it’s time for Roethlisberger to adhere more to the game plan. He needs to stay more in the pocket, less utilize his ability to extend plays and adhere more to the play that was called. There’s a definite upside to Roethlisberger’s ability to extend a play, but there’s a downside, too. He’s sometimes too eager to free lance. He needs to stay in the pocket, get rid of the ball more quickly to avoid sacks and preserve his health. He’s not a kid anymore. Maybe it will take a new offensive coordinator to convince him of this new strategy. Grade: A
Running back: Rashard Mendenhall had his second straight 1,000-yard season, which really isn’t much in the 16-game schedule, but he established himself as the Steelers’ guy. He can run hard and fast and we’re seeing less of his stutter step and more of his power. He was seventh in the league in yards but fourth in attempts with 324 carries. That’s a lot of punishment. Isaac Redman has shown he deserves more of the load. If coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t believe that, he should look elsewhere for his backup to Mendenhall. GRADE: B-
Tight end: As an accomplished blocker and receiver, Heath Miller is one of the better all-around tight ends in the league and fills the Steelers need at the position well. He’ll be in his seventh season next year. It might be time to groom a replacement, and it’s not going to be backup Matt Spaeth. GRADE: B
Wide receiver: Mike Wallace averaged 21.0 yards per catch in the regular season and 8.8 in the playoffs. That could be an aberration or it could be that under closer scrutiny by defenses he’s less effective. Hines Ward’s production dropped from 95 receptions in 2009 to 59. Is this the beginning of the end? Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown had fine rookie seasons but remain unproven. GRADE: C+
Offensive line: The most underrated unit on the team. People were so used to complaining about the line they failed to notice it blocked well enough for Mendenhall to rank seventh in the league, give Roethlisberger adequate protection and get the team to the Super Bowl.
The team is set at center with Maurkice Pouncey and there should be spirited competition elsewhere, which is always good. Both Super Bowl starting tackles, Jonathan Scott and Flozell Adams, are under contract for next season but both could be pushed aside. Max Starks, who missed the final 11 games with injury, is almost certain to recapture his left tackle job from Scott. Willie Colon, who under the terms of the current CBA could be a free agent, and Adams could duel for the right tackle job, if both are around.
Chris Kemoeatu figures to be set at left guard and at right guard incumbent Ramon Foster will be challenged by Doug Legursky, whom he beat out during the regular season. Legursky’s play in place of Pouncey in the Super Bowl has enhanced his stock. GRADE: C
It was not and is not a great offense. But with a great quarterback in control, it has been more than good enough and will continue to be so.
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