Roethlisberger Hints No-Huddle Could Be In Play Against Titans

With this being a short week for the Pittsburgh Steelers the team isn’t likely to have much, if any, new installation when it comes to their offensive and defensive schemes for their Thursday night home game against the Tennessee Titans. Because of that, we’re likely to see the offense do what they think they do best Thursday night, only faster, which means more no-huddle. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hinted as much during his Tuesday talk with the media.

“Actually, it’s easier because that’s kind of something, you have the no-huddle in, it’s been in since day one,” said Roethlisberger when asked if a short week makes it harder to run more no-huddle offense during games. “So, rather than install a bunch of new plays, you go with what you know and have been doing for a long time.”

Roethlisberger was then asked if newer players such as rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end Vance McDonald are all up to speed on the hand signals and communication that goes along with running the no-huddle offense.

“Yes, absolutely,” Roethlisberger said. “Those are the guys that you have the biggest questions about, but I haven’t seen one iota of doubt, question or anything from them.”

While the Steelers haven’t used no-huddle a lot so far this season with the reason behind that likely being that six of their first nine game were on the road, they did run it a little Sunday afternoon in their win over the Indianapolis Colts. On those eight listed no-huddle plays against the Colts, four came in the second quarter and included Roethlisberger throwing incomplete on three of them with one other one being a 4-yard run by running back Le’Veon Bell.

In the second half of the game against the Colts, the Steelers ran four more no-huddle plays and they were all passes with three of them being completed for 61 yards. Of those four plays, two of them were consecutive completed passes to wide receivers Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter that set up the game-winning field goal.

We’ll certainly be tracking the amount of no-huddle offense run Thursday night by Roethlisberger and company against the Titans and if the results are good, we might see it used more frequently during the teams final six games and especially those played at Heinz Field.

  • KansasSteeler

    Seems to me that (hopefully) Tomlin/Haley/Butler have been installing schemes and saving them for Dec 17th.

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  • falconsaftey43

    according to PFR
    Ben is 36/60 for 444 yards 0 TDs and 1 INT out of no huddle. Across the board, those are all worse than his numbers when not running no huddle this year (number from huddle 151/246 for 1854 yards 12 TD 9 INT).
    Bell averages 2.4 ypc in no huddle (4.0 in huddle) and 4.5 y/rec (6.6 in huddle). Again, worse across the board in no huddle.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    GOOD! I think now is the time of year Ben needs to get into the groove of the no-huddle, because it will (I believe) be needed late in the season and in the playoffs.

  • Pete DelleGrazie

    Hinting at more points…Hinting at the offense just breaking out…Hinting at no huddle. Talk. Talk. Talk. Let’s put up or shut up 7.

  • 6 ring circus

    Nothing like telegraphing your moves.

  • heath miller

    i got 3 words for that .. ABOUT DAMN TIME !!!! HEEEEEATH

  • AndyR34

    Facts sure have a way of getting in the way of a popular narrative!

  • Biggie

    it’s about damn time. There is a time and place for it and the time is now. The offense is healthy finally other than McDonald so time to finally get aggressive which they just haven’t show but on rare occasions.

  • Matt

    I would be interested to see how the numbers might differ if the sample size was exactly the same. What might happen if they ran the no-huddle like the Bills did with the K gun? I suppose it couldn’t hurt to at least try and see if it helps this sluggish offense do what we all think they can do. But who knows?

  • David Shoff

    “So, rather than install a bunch of new plays, you go with what you know and have been doing for a long time.” Sounds good to me. I think we try to get too complicated sometimes.

  • pcantidote

    If they are the good schemes, I’d save them for January when we see them the second time.

  • NinjaMountie

    I’m hinting that the Steelers could run the ball against the Titans. They may also pass the ball! Wow! I’ve been waiting for this! 🙂

  • Todd Borax

    It’s so cool to use the word “narrative” on the Internet!

  • francesco

    Our hurry up offence… only a turtle would understand.

  • Zuami Montanez

    Why give them an idea of what to expect?