Just as Pittsburgh Steelers fans across the globe were starting to become optimistic about the direction of the Steelers’ offense was headed with the newly brandished no huddle offense that was so successful against the Detroit Lions, they are now faced with the reality that is today’s modern NFL. Simply put, don’t expect the Steelers to run the no huddle as their primary offense.
At Mike Tomlin‘s press conference this week he talked about how the modern NFL game has changed teams’ approaches to offensive schemes like the no huddle. Technology with cameras suspended over the field, microphones riddling the sidelines and opposition’s ability to see and hear things that weren’t capable even five years ago were reasons given as to why it is difficult to sustain a no huddle offense in today’s game.
This technology hinders a team’s ability to keep their calls and signals the same from week to week, and the constant change in signals can lead to communication issues and wasted time on preparation.
When I hear things of this nature as a reason to not employ a scheme that has given the team a level of success that hasn’t been seen so far this year, I can’t help but call B.S. on the situation.
In my opinion, you do whatever it takes to make the team be as successful as possible. If that means the offense has to change their calls every week, combine packages and plays, or they have to adjust their overall scheme to be successful then that is exactly what you do.
Baseball teams have to adjust their calls for 162 games, and there are just as many cameras and microphones at MLB ballparks as there are in NFL stadiums. Yet a football team that has a week to prepare for one opponent cannot make the necessary adjustments to be sure the team is prepared?
That falls on the coaching staff and the players if that is unable to happen. The Steelers had scored 19 first quarter points the entire season, and they scored 17 against the Lions last week. The team had their highest point total of the season scoring 37 points and their cleanest passing performance of the season with Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 367 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
If the Steelers don’t use the no huddle as their primary offense then that is a huge mistake. Regardless of technology, the opponent’s ability to steal possible signals from you, and the time it would take to mix up those signals week to week, you do what it takes to make sure you are successful.
The Steelers’ offense was dismal until this past Sunday when the no huddle offense brought a glimmer of hope to the team and their fan base. Plain and simple, leaning on shoddy excuses for not using it would be a major misstep by those in charge.
Jeff Hartman covers the Pittsburgh Steelers for RantSports.com and also contributes for the Penguins and Pirates. Follow him on Twitter @BnGBlitz