I am with you, Capt. I know you and I know about Arians from watching the sports on the news here in Cleveland, this guy was a joke. I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt to prove himself here.
I really like what Arians had to say... I actually got a little exited especially hearing about 4 wideouts on 1st down Sometimes change is for the best and this definitely sounds like a good change. Scrapping a playbook that had been around for forever and built on top of... that needed to go. In the software development world you always talk about building your first program which in the end looks like a nice sturdy house. But then you start adding more features to it which is equivalent to adding another room onto your house... eventually you end with this gigantic house but nothing coordinates because all the add ons have been added at different times... that's when you know it's time to rip it all down and rebuild it! I have a lot of respect for Arians is doing because I can relate to it!
A fresh start all the way around including the playbook? Sounds good but like someone else said can he walk the walk?
"Give me a 6 pack, half hour of rest and lets go play them again....We can beat them."
"They say that when you're the champs, everybody will try to beat you. Well, I'm glad we're the champs, so bring 'em on, bring 'em all on. If we die, we ain't gonna die running. It's gonna be a fight."
Arians said a few points that I thought of as positive:
1. He does like to run the ball-this will be good since the Steelers are known as a good running team
2. He worked well at Temple with a small runningback-Willie is not the biggest but is fast, if he is similar to what he has had in the past than that experience will bode well for the Steelers
3. He is willing to line up mulitple receivers on 1st down-This not only shows he wants to open up the passing game, but also that he has faith in Ben to be able to pass the ball and do so on 1st/2nd down instead of making his arm a last resort on 3rd and long. Also, allowing a more balanced offense, play-action passing, and continuing the running game strength will get opponents guessing and again fearing the Steelers. He put up 33 against the Steelers in the playoffs in 2003 even with the running game non-existant...and this was the Browns.....that is impressive to me. I'm positive still!
Man I like hearing this from Ariens. As for the people with doubts. I'm sure Heath Miller will be used more. I doubt we will see the Steelers become the Colts or the 99 Rams. But coming out in a spread formation with four WR's on first down is a good idea. Like Ariens said its all about adjustments. As for the simple play-book thats the best news. Noway there should be any language or plays from 1992. Even though 92 insn't really that long ago. But the Steelers and the NFL has changed alot since 1992.
If Ariens and Tomlin actually use Heath Miller to his potential it will be the first time that has happened since Eric Green, and even with Green we didn't use him near as much as we could have. Yes I know his problems that he had but Im basically saying we've got to use Miller, the guy is to good to just use as a blocker.
But I think coming out with 4 WR's is a good idea at times. With the defense spread out and handing off to Fast Willie I get excited just thinking about it. But I would expect Ariens to use Miller more. You can line up Miller in a 4 WR set with no problem. Especially in the red zone.
we cant be so hard on ariens just yet....no one really has success in cleveland so its hard to judge that
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