Ben Roethlisberger Hopes New Players Can Pick Up No-Huddle Quickly

If given his druthers, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would more than likely want to run even more no-huddle offense in 2014 than was run last season, but with all of the turnover that has taken place this past offseason at the skill positions, it might take a little while to get everyone on offense back on the same page in order to accomplish that.

“It’s going to be tricky,” said Roethlisberger in a Friday interview with DVE Radio. “Before we lost two of our starters at receiver I think we would have done a lot of it. Now, we just have to see how much they can pick up because there is a lot involved with it, a lot of hand signals, a lot of code words, things like that.”

The Steelers lost wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery to free agency during the offseason and they were replaced with Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey. In addition, the Steelers also figure to have two new passing receiving threats in 2014 after drafting Martavis Bryant and Dri Archer.

In the case of Moore, who spent his first eight seasons in the league with the New Orleans Saints, Roethlisberger appears to think that he won’t have many problems transitioning.

“I know Lance has been in it for a long time (in New Orleans) and understands the game and the league, so hopefully he’ll pick it up quick and we can get the young guys kind of going with it, too,” said the Steelers quarterback.

The Steelers first set of OTA practices get underway on Tuesday and it’s the perfect time to start working on getting all of this ironed out as soon as possible. While Markus Wheaton didn’t play much on offense in 2013, he and fellow starter Antonio Brown should both be able to transition easily when it comes to picking up the new language and hand signals.

“As soon as they can pick it up the more we can use it,” Roethlisberger said.

  • steeltown

    Wheaton should have a leg up in his 2nd season and as Ben mentioned Moore is a veteran guy who’s been playing the game for a long time, he too should have a leg up. Obviously guys like Bryant and Archer will take time to learn the plays and hand signals, but I think our starting WRs (A.Brown, Wheaton, Moore) should be fine entering the regular season.

  • srdan

    Ben needs to acknowledge that some of their ability to pick it up rests on Ben’s shoulders. And also that some of it will be helped by pouncey coming back.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Red Herring

    Wheaton and Moore won’t have any problem at all. Wheaton played last year and Moore will be able to teach Ben a thing or two in addition to easily adjusting to new signals.

    Assuming no injuries to key people this team is built almost perfectly for the no huddle. Compared to last year when the 2nd game started without Pouncey, Heath, and Bell, this team is basically trading

    Sanders, Cotch, Palmer, Paulson and Redmond


    Pouncey, Heath, Bell, Blount, Dri & Moore.

    If you grade them from one to ten I think we got the top 5 guys this year. Not only does that leave me very encouraged about our ability to stay in the no huddle but the idea that we made that kind of dramatic offensive improvement when we just used our top two draft choices on plug and play defensive studs points to a dramatically improved team. Dramatic improvement from how the team played after adjusting to the loss of Foote and Pouncey when we we’re playing as well as any team in the league is significant.

    If Munch can fix Adams we’re going deep into the playoffs.

  • John C

    Totally agree…..Brown, Wheaton, Moore should be solid in the no huddle plus I doubt we would run much no huddle with Bryant and Archer…especially to begin with.

  • Steelers@2010

    I’m hoping the starting three WR’s will be Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant. I also hope 2013 WR Brown can jump DHB; I guess time will only tell though.

  • HiVul

    I agree with just about everything except for the Adams line because right now I only seem him starting if Gilbert or Beachum goes down. I’m just curious, who do you see him replacing?

  • Eric MacLaurin


    Adams has the ability to be a much better LT. He isn’t as smart and might never get it but if he can be taught and plays well enough to replace Beacham that means he is better than Beacham and if that does happen it means we will have a very good line. If Beacham is our LT I’m very concerned about the quality and depth.

    Even if you doubt Adams you have to agree that if Munch can teach him up to the point where he is better than Beacham the team would be better not only because of Adams but because of the depth across the line that Beacham would provide.

  • HiVul

    I agree with that, I just see Adams as the guy who will be the backup tackle and provide quality depth. I’m definitely excited to see what Munchak can do though, for all 3 of our young tackles. I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed if Adams surprised everyone and developed into a starting LT. I know he has the better size for it. I was just impressed with what Beachum did in the last 8 games of the season

  • Johnny Loose

    Brown, Wheaton and Moore. Maybe late this season or next season Bryant will get the nod. And I would rather see DHB learn to catch. We’ll find out though