Steelers’ Offense Emulated By Starry-Eyed Opponents

Not only do NFL franchises want to model themselves after the Pittsburgh Steelers’ organization, they want to replicate their offense, too. That’s what Carolina Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera pretty much admitted yesterday.

Speaking with Ross Tucker on Sirius, Rivera said he’s looking to rebuild the Panthers’ attack much in the same way the Steelers have theirs.

“Look what they did in Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger,” Rivera told Tucker, via PFT’s transcription. “Look what they did with the type of players they put in their backfield, put in their receiving corps. They run the ball with a very quick, slashing style running game. They can ground and pound it at the same time with the same running game. Then they’ve got some very versatile, quick receivers that make plays once they get the ball in their hands.”

The Panthers went all-in on their offense this year. They drafted running back Christian McCaffrey with the 8th overall pick, a slash type who will be able to help them out as a runner, receiver, and returner. Carolina doubled-down by taking Curtis Samuel in the second round. A curious move to some, an offensive weapon without a true position, the Panthers will have to hope he doesn’t emulate Dri Archer.

Pittsburgh has shown they have the ability to win with any gameplan. Todd Haley has started games in empty, others with two tight ends and a fullback. They’ve won through the air, on the ground, and everywhere inbetween. That doesn’t mean this offense has its issues; anyone who watched them last year is painfully aware of that. But on paper, they serve as one of the league’s best benchmarks, even, yes, they’re still behind the New England Patriots.

With the return of Martavis Bryant and the growth of young players – Jesse James comes immediately to mind – there’s no reason this squad can’t finish in the top three in points per game. An area any team would gladly like to end up.

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Alex Kozora
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  • Dave

    Let’s just say this could be the most explosive offense we’ve ever seen in the history of the team. That’s saying a lot I know but the talent and leadership is amazing! Keeping it going will be the hard part after 2017 and let me go on record predicting a huge trade prior to the 2018 draft. While Dobbs could be the heir apparent to Ben it would make sense to trade MB for a top ten pick in 2018. MB should have a huge year and with a year left on his rookie deal he’s in prime position to play himself into a #1 receiver position for a WR needy team like Detroit or maybe Buffalo. We won’t be able to afford him and the move could bag us our next franchise QB. Hope it happens but am curious whether other armchair GM’s on here would do the same?

  • thomas hmmmm

    That would all depend on how Coates plays. If he bounces back to his early season form theb i would say do it. If not MB is as valuable as ever.

  • I’d probably do that if you could get a top 10 pick out of it. If you want to get a top flight QB you more than likely can’t do it drafting at the end of the first. To get up there you need to deal a player or trade a pick for another teams 1st in the following year. I’d be game for either.

  • Alan Tman

    Love this offense, but it has pretty much disappointed and underperformed since the Killer B’s came into existence, while the defense has over achieved (except for the Pat playoff game). I hope it all comes together, because unlike the talking heads who said our roster is 5th best, I think it is first or second.

  • Alex Kozora

    That’s partially because the Killer B’s have barely been able to play together.

  • Alan Tman

    In two years they might trade AB.

  • Alan Tman

    I agree with that Alex, I am just hoping we get a focused squad that truly recognizing this opportunity.

  • Alan Tman

    I just don’t seeing any GM doing that. They will wait for him to hit free agency. No one is going to put their career on the line for MB10. If they would it might be AB that would be traded.

  • Alex Kozora

    Me too.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I kind of though they would emulate the offense in the sense of having more of a quick passing attack to keep Newton from getting hit so much. I know he hasn’t missed much time, but I’m sure they want to preserve his body as much as he can.

  • Dan

    More than that, I just want them to stay healthy for a change.