Friday Poll: Should Pittsburgh Steelers Utilize No-Huddle Against Seahawks?


This Friday Poll focuses on Ben Roethlisberger’s words that the Steelers offense will use the no-huddle this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.  This comes off as a bit of a head scratcher in regards to its necessity.  Big Ben has run the no-huddle effectively in the past as he magically orchestrated come back after come back over his career.  But why now and why Seattle?

The Steelers offense wasn’t anemic against the Ravens last Sunday.  It just couldn’t hold onto the ball long enough because the offensive line could not pick up and defend blitzes well enough, therefore leading to Roethlisberger throwing interceptions and fumbles.  The Steelers ran the ball very effectively against the Ravens running for 15 designed plays and averaging 6 yards per carry.  Which is a shame because the team got into a whole so early that the running game quickly disappeared against a Ravens defense having a hard time defending the run.

Big Ben’s and Bruce Arians solution for this – running a no-huddle offense at times against Seattle.  I don’t know how often we’ll see it, but Ben’s been putting a big emphasis on all of us seeing it this Sunday making it seem like it will be a big part of the game.  How will this no-huddle work?  Will it include any running plays, or just consist of passing routes?  There are always pluses and minuses to the no huddle – one of the biggest cons for me is that you are close to curbing the running game and become dependent on the short slant routes.  Maybe the offensive line will ‘find a rhythm’ and block better – but if they don’t the short routes are are all Ben will have as options (unless Wallace or Brown can burn someone early).

The jury is out on this game plan for me.  So I ask you Steelers Nation:

Should the Steelers Utilize the No-Huddle Offense Against the Seahawks?

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  • aceofclubs9

    I voted yes, and here is why: In the games to come (New England and the rematch against the f—ing ravens come to mind), they are going to have to do something different. The defense didn’t have an answer for Joe Flacco. Does anyone really think they will have an answer for Tom Brady, who has absolutely destroyed the Steelers in the past?

    If we are going to have to score 35-40 points to win, we will have to keep our possessions short and extend the game. Increase the number of possessions and, theoretically, add to the number of chances to win.

    By practicing the no-huddle against the, umm, less pedigreed teams, they can ensure that when they actually need the no-huddle, they can use effectively to score points quickly.

    I say use it, practice it as much as possible before they see Flacco again and Brady.

  • aceofclubs9

    I voted yes, and here is why: In the games to come (New England and the rematch against the f—ing ravens come to mind), they are going to have to do something different. The defense didn’t have an answer for Joe Flacco. Does anyone really think they will have an answer for Tom Brady, who has absolutely destroyed the Steelers in the past?

    If we are going to have to score 35-40 points to win, we will have to keep our possessions short and extend the game. Increase the number of possessions and, theoretically, add to the number of chances to win.

    By practicing the no-huddle against the, umm, less pedigreed teams, they can ensure that when they actually need the no-huddle, they can use effectively to score points quickly.

    I say use it, practice it as much as possible before they see Flacco again and Brady.