Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley delivered another strong message without saying anything.
They spoke in deeds and in numbers.
First, with Bruce Arians patrolling the other sideline, the Steelers opened Sunday night's game on offense with three consecutive running plays against the Colts. It wasn't just a gesture but a way in which they are trying to deliver on a desire expressed by the club's president 3 1/2 years ago when Arians was coordinator and Art Rooney said the team needed to run the ball better.
If the team does not do so in 2012, it won't be for a lack of trying.
The Steelers ran 36 times against Indianapolis and passed on just 24 occasions (plus the three when quarterbacks were sacked). After two preseason games, they have run 75 times and, counting 10 sacks, tried to pass just 53 times.
They have run it 58.6 percent of the time and that tops anything they did at the height of the Jerome Bettis Bus tour.
I think in the first two preseason games, coach Haley wanted to go out there and create that identity and run the football," quarterback Charlie Batch said.
They already know they can throw it, and when Mike Wallace ends his holdout, they should be able to throw it even better. When they did pass on Sunday, they did well again with a combined rating for three quarterbacks at 94.1. That gives the Steelers a combined rating of 109.25 after two preseason games.
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