Steelers continue their search for the ever elusive balance on offense “Never too high Chris Boswell Jersey , never too low.”This was a saying I had for the teams I coached over 12 years at the Varsity High School level. The key is balance, and the goal is equilibrium.I view offensive play-calling, especially early in a game almost the same.Never too much pass, never too much run.I understand if a team is being gashed one way or the other, abusing a weakness is never a bad thing, but finding your way back to balance should always be the goal, in my opinion.Take the Week 1 contest vs. the Cleveland Browns as an example, even though there are other games much more egregious. When all was said and done http://www.steelerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-joe-haden-jersey , the Steelers, who once had a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, threw the football 41 times, in less-than-ideal conditions, and ran it 35. Not too bad, right? But when you look into the game deeper, you see just where the team strayed away from the desired balance.Let’s break this down by quarter:1st Quarter Total Plays: 15 Pass Attempts: 10Rush Attempts: 52nd Quarter Total Plays: 15Pass Attempts: 9Rush Attempts: 61st Half Numbers:Pass Attempts: 19Rush Attempts: 113rd Quarter Total Plays: 11Pass Attempts: 4Rush Attempts: 74th Quarter Total Plays: 23Pass Attempts: 8Rush Attempts: 152nd Half Numbers: Pass Attempts: 12Rush Attempts: 22Overtime Total Plays: 16Pass Attempts: 12Rush Attempts: 4Just look at those numbers in the second half. Once the Steelers obtained their lead, the plan by offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner was to essentially take the air out of the football and ice out the game.But let’s go back to the old mantra at the beginning of the article:Never too much pass, never too much run.I’m not saying Fichtner should have been dialing up deep bombs with a 14-point lead Alejandro Villanueva Jersey , and a game which seemed to be in-hand, but the predictability is what doomed the Pittsburgh offense down the stretch.[img]http://www.sndpic.com//nike_nfl_jerseys/nike_pittsburgh_steelers/nike_steelers_3172.jpg[/img] In today’s NFL, being predictable on offense is a death knell, and one which should be avoided at all costs.There will be games which buck this “balance” theory, but more often than not a team which is balanced offensively will keep the defense on their heals. In the Week 1 tie with the Browns, in the second half, mainly the fourth quarter, the Browns knew what the Steelers wanted to do, and were loading the box to do it. For some reason http://www.steelerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-jon-bostic-jersey , maybe the weather or Ben Roethlisberger’s ineffectiveness, Fichtner kept banging his head against the wall.In Week 2, with a Kansas City Chiefs defense, which probably isn’t as good as the Browns’ unit faced in Week 1, the Steelers will have the opportunity to find their balance. Run Conner, but mix in the pass at appropriate times. Use the pass to open up the run on some drives. It is all about keeping them guessing, and balance is the perfect recipe for success in this area.Ben Roethlisberger thinks James Conner’s big day came from being ‘tired of hearing about Le’Veon so much’ Even if Le’Veon Bell is not with the team, he may still be helping the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the aftermath of another impressive performance from James Conner, Ben Roethlisberger suggested the team’s absentee running might have been a part of the inspiration for his replacements big day against the Atlanta Falcons.After crediting his offensive line for their efforts in Week 5 Cheap Artie Burns Jersey , Big Ben remarked that he believed the guys up front and his young running back were uniquely motivated for game.Acknowledging the Steelers’ had faced a favorable matchups with the Falcons’ defense when it came to running the ball, Big Ben was still quick to point out how well Conner had played against Atlanta.When it came Conner’s turn to speak, he was far more humble about his efforts on the day, deflecting much of the praise to the rest of his teammates. Conner currently ranks fifth in the NFL with 342-yards rushing through five games and is tied for the league led with five touchdowns on the ground. The former Pitt Panther ended the game against the Falcons with 110-yards and two touchdowns from 21 carries and 75-yards from 4 receptions.
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