Since making his presence known in the Steel City, offensive coordinator Todd Haley hasn’t been seen in a good light by some of the players of the Pittsburgh Steelers and by most of their fans. So far, we haven’t seen the Steelers’ offense look like the offense Haley controlled as the OC for the Arizona Cardinals. What many of the Steeler faithful have seen is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger put in shackles and not given the chance to fully showcase the talent that makes him one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL.
However, this past week we all saw something that was out of the ordinary. Pittsburgh implemented a no-huddle offense in their 37-27 win over the Detroit Lions. 33 of the Steelers’ 73 offensive plays were out of the no-huddle, which led to the best game Roethlisberger has had all season. Big Ben’s 367 passing yards and four touchdowns showed that he can master the no-huddle offense just like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Other benefits from this style of offense were that the Lions didn’t have time to substitute their preferred defensive personnel on the field which kept winded players in the game. This was probably a big reason why Pittsburgh’s struggling offensive line only surrendered one sack throughout the entire game. Furthermore, this helped tight end Heath Miller bounce back after having a few subpar games. Miller finished the contest with eight receptions (a game-high) for 67 yards.
It’s pretty evident that the no-huddle offense could be the answer to the Steelers’ chances of making the postseason this year. More importantly, this could possibly secure Haley’s job. Even though Roethlisberger had success running the no-huddle in college, he still has been denied running this type of offense since becoming a Steeler. Yet, he’s showed that he can still handle the upbeat tempo ten years later.
The numbers that were put up in Week 11 prove that the no-huddle offense can work. Most of all, if Pittsburgh continues to thrive is such an offense, much-needed heat will be taken off Haley and his job will become that much easier.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+