In a blog post from nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com, blogger Dale Lolley says that he was part of an interview with Gerry Dulac from the PPG. They interviewed Steelers wide out Emmanuel Sanders. During the interview Lolley says Dulac asked Sanders how many times Ben Roethlisberger would check out of a running play. Manny had this to say – Big Ben was given a run play and a pass play when going up the line. 20% of the time Ben would check out of the run and go pass.
The Steelers ran the ball 47% of the time while on offense. The team has been known to be above 55% when it comes to running the ball in past seasons. Could Ben’s allowance and choice to check off the run so much account for swing for a pass heavy offense? It’s probably one reason why Ben loved Bruce so much – freedom to make the final call at the line. Will new OC Haley allow this? Is this why Ben is a little ‘upset’ that Haley is the new OC? Could I ask any more leading questions to stir up more drama???????
Thoughts Nation? Do you think Manny is right in his estimation, and what does that mean going into next season?