Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Envisions Fast, High-Scoring Offense In 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers might only have six OTA practices underneath their belt, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger already has a vision as to what he wants his offense to look like in 2014.

“For me, right now id like to say a fast, high scoring offense, because we have a lot of speed,” said Roethlisberger following Wednesday’s practice. “That’s running the ball, that’s throwing the ball. But whatever it is, I what us to be fast and I want us to put a lot of points on the board.”

Part of that speed that Roethlisberger wants in 2014 figures to come in the form of the no-huddle offense as he feels he showed last season just how effective it can be.

“It’s something that we’ve realized what we can be and what we did last year and where we were successful,” said Roethlisberger of the no-huddle. “We’ll use it more and I don’t want to call it our base offenses, but I think you’ll see more of it.”

Another element related to the Steelers being faster on offense in 2014 could come in the form of wide receiver/running back Dri Archer, who was the fastest player this year at the scouting combine.

“I think he’s a good player,” said Roethlisberger of the Steelers third-round draft pick out of Kent State. “I think he’s got a lot of potential. Yesterday we called him on a little glance route out of the backfield and he dropped it, so we got onto him a little bit. But today he bounced back and made some good plays and he’s a guy that we’ve got to get the ball in his hands a couple of times a game, because good things can happen.”

  • SG

    Depending on how this D goes, they may need tons of points fast.

  • Jason White

    In a perfect world the offense will start games fast and score a ton in the first half and into the 3rd quarter then with a huge lead the defense can pin its ears back and go get the quarterback while the offense pounds it with the Belldozer and Blount Force. (Assuming the defense can stop the run and win on 3rd down earlier in the game so it doesn’t become a two sided scoring fest.)

  • Jason White

    I hope Ben is right so I can see what the Haley haters have to say. I’m sure they will be waving their Bruce Arians flags while claiming that Ben was running BA’s offense which is stupid man cause I remember that offense stalling quite a bit. Most Haley haters seem to believe that Ben has a Madden playbook with 400 Arians drawn up plays to choose from in his no huddle offense. The truth is Haley’s offense produces more than BA’s did in Pitttsburgh. Not to mention Ben is better protected in it. If Ben is right it will only further prove it. I’m glad Arians “retired”

  • cencalsteeler

    Ben…. I share your vision. In order to be successful, we have to average more points on offense to take some of the burden off of the D.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    My concern when I read that was if we are actually better off with our defense on the field most of the time.

    I worry that our defense is really tired at the end of the game and that the offense is better which means we have a better unit on the field most of the game if the offense plays slow.

    I love the idea of keeping the other defense from substitutions but other than that I prefer a nice slow pace. The bottom line that decides most games is mistakes and turnovers. You can’t play faster unless you accept more errors.

  • Brendon Glad

    I think having better versatility at the skill positions will help in the red-zone. They’ve never had trouble between the 20’s since Ben got there. But for several years we’ve had a lot of guys at WR who were pretty identical in size and quickness. And speed is a lesser factor in the red zone so Wallace’s advantage was less and less the closer we got to the endzone. So it felt like Wallace, AB, Sanders, and Cotchery were a little too similar for my tastes. The 2 draft picks, a healed Wheaton, and moore hopefully will make defenses have to think about a lot more plays to guard against. As in, burst draws, reverses, and corner fades. None of those have been productive options for awhile.

  • Josh Knepshield

    The D will be fine.

  • ApexSteel

    I’ll believe it when I see it. The offense always has that high scoring potential, but it’s too conservative.

  • cencalsteeler

    I share your concerns, but in the past we were always playing from behind. Playing from behind takes a toll on the D like you stated. Opposing offenses were ground and pounding us to death. If we can get the lead, our defensive schemes change (as does their O scheme), which in turn should keep them fresher than what we witnessed in the past. If Ben’s vision works, and we can establish the lead early, than it will be our turn in the second half to ground and pound and wear them down.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Don’t worry, as the no huddle is meant to take advantage of mismatches. It does not have to be fast, as in saving the clock. If the mismatches in favor of the running game Ben will call lots of runs even if they are getting to the line quickly. And the WR’s don;t need to get out of bounds even though they are in the no-huddle, so they can actually use up the clock. Scoring is the main thing.

    Again, don’t worry because if they can score a little easier than in the past, and play with a lead more often, it can only help the D. Remember all the sacks and strips later in the games when the D was amazing and they often were playing with the lead? Well, I look forward to that happening again, and it can’t come soon enough.

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  • steelster

    to add to this I think bell and blount will really help in the redzone along with an improved offensive line.

  • Steve

    No huddle is good, but when we get a lead, we need to run, run and more runs to take time off the clock and wear down the other teams D, then throw in a pass to keep the other team honest. Scoring is good but we don’t want to get back to out scoring the other team, we want to break their will, in that they can’t stop us.

  • CuldesacBill

    Is anyone still concerned about the OL? I don’t see much discussion about it, but the OL will have to play well in order for the offense to succeed.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think Munchak takes some of that concern away, but you’re right. First things first!

  • WilliamSekinger

    Totally agree. Bell, Blount, and a healthy Heath.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I really like the no huddle hurry up offense, but it needs to be tempered with a ball control offense when the team is up big in the later halves of games.

  • Steve

    Better coaching always brings better play. With Pouncy back, the only question is who plays right offensive tackle, may the best man survive.

  • TBone

    I like the no huddle offense. I am glad they will be using it more.

    The defense will definitely have to step up this year. Last year they did not live up to the name (Steele Curtain).

    The key will be shutting down the run and floating in the zone. It will lead to long 3rd down conversions for the opposing team. We know how EVERY defense loves the 3 and long.

    I was somewhat surprised to see how well the offense did last year on paper. They did not seem nearly as fluid in watched the games.

    Takeaway turnovers where also pretty much non existent last year. It was this teams bread and butter for awhile. That HAS to improve this year!

  • Jones

    Time has shown that having a lead actually opens up DLs defensive playbook more – we just haven’t seen it often enough over the last few seasons.

  • Brendon Glad

    Agreed. For a couple seasons our RB’s were too similar as well. That won’t be the case this season. And Heath is Heath…and AB is AB, but I think the others we mentioned will give them more space too.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    No huddle does not mean that we score sooner or have the lead sooner.

    It really just means they skip the huddle and don’t switch personnel. Both teams still alternate possessions.

    I do agree a lead helps the defense a lot.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I agree regarding the mismatches. It’s huge and the question for me is if it is huge enough to offset the negatives.

    I’m not sure that advantage you have in matchup is enough to overcome the very simple fact that the faster you do something the more errors you make. I hear you that it just skips the huddle but the increased error rate you should expect from doing things faster is usually related to the elimination of wasted time as opposed to actually doing things faster. As such, I do think you get a higher error rate even if the play itself happens at the same speed.

    As you say it doesn’t necessarily mean that they play faster but I look at it as coming to a set position as a pitcher or a mental exercise to clear your mind and get yourself into the right mental state to complete a significant physical goal. That moment spent in mental prep has a significant impact on performance and losing it has a cost.

    I think we have good enough players to make the no huddle a big enough advantage to outweigh the higher error rate but given how perfect you have to be to win I can’t say I’m confident that the math supports it.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Do you think they go no huddle right out of the gate?

    I would guess they get into a rhythm first but even if they did I don’t really think the no huddle can be defended by the idea that you play with the lead more often. They should score faster when they score but it isn’t a given that they score on a larger percentage of plays and the odds probably go down that they score on the first possession.

    I do think you can assume our defense will be less effective late in the game than their defense will be given the rest.

    That leaves me wondering if the mismatches on offense are worth having a defense that fades late in most games.