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Steelers Short Passing Game Was Effective In Win Over Browns


Due to the strong winds Sunday in the win over the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers offense used a much shorter passing game that allowed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to get the ball out of his hand quickly.

For the game, Roethlisberger’s 35 passes resulted in an average throw past the line of scrimmage of 5.74 yards. In addition, only three of his throws traveled more than 13 yards past the line of scrimmage and only six throws in total went more than 10 yards.

As a result of the shorter passing game, Roethlisberger wasn’t sacked in the game and that was the first time all season that has happened. In addition, he was only hit twice and hurried a total of five times.

As far as yards after the catch, the Steelers eligibles totaled 121 yards of offense after making receptions and that was well over half of all passing yards gained in the game.

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  • steeltown

    Its clear that Ben is starting to use the quick pass more, its working, its effective, he’s getting hit less and we’re winning….. I hope it continues

  • steeler fever

    Has Ben changed his throwing motion slightly on the short passes, it looks quicker and less likely to be knocked down at the LOS. Just something I noticed a couple of times in the game.

  • dgh57

    Using this short passing game earlier in the season would of saved a lot of wear and tear on Big Ben’s body. Don’t know why it took till now for them to figure this out!

  • dgh57

    Using this short passing game would of saved a lot of wear and tear on Big Ben’s body. Don’t know why it took them so long to figure this out!

  • Eric

    Now that the quick release/short passing game is working, we should have put Haley on the winners list. He sure gets flamed when it does not work.

  • T R

    What scares me bout this short pass game is that alot of them passes Ben throw sometimes are very close to a pick 6… He has got to learn to throw thru the passing lane. I am scare alot when he throw it cause a few have been dropped or tip by the defense…

  • JAMESH

    “¡Viva la Haley!”

  • AndyR34

    Because Ben wanted to be ‘Big Ben’ again.

  • patrick Mayfield

    Didn’t the Browns expert on the podcast last week point out that the linebackers in short coverage was the weak point in the defense? Could be coincidence or based on the matchups vs defense. Either way good news.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I see the offense now as a happy marriage between Haley’s short ball control offense and Ben’s gunslinger mentality. They have finally struck the correct balance between the two and it’s fun to watch.

  • RMSteeler

    Has worked great for a couple of games, but scheming has to evolve. This is the NFL and ability for most good teams to adjust is there. Need some new wrinkles from the same formations against the Ravens. Is there a team that studies the Steelers more? Same game plan as Browns for Ravens could very well result in jumped routes and a pick six.

  • Scott

    And this is what Ben was doing last year when he was on a roll before he got hurt. I understand that they still have to take shots down field to keep the defense honest, but it sure feels like they got away from Haley’s offensive philosophy this season.

  • Rory

    I too was wondering what happened to this part of the offensive gameplan. IIRC the Steelers were leading the league in 3rd down conversion % during the first half of last season; largely due to the effectiveness of their short passing game. They finished in 8th place at 41.96% (converted only 30.77% of third downs in their final 3 games). They are currently in 16th place at 37.66% this season.

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