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Todd Haley Eyes Record Breaking Season for Steelers Offense

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Todd Haley and the Pittsburgh Steelers will run the score up all season, and there is nothing any defense can do to stop them.

Todd Haley is heading into his 5th season as the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, and he looks ready to lead them to a record breaking season. Last year, the Steelers were 4th in the NFL in points per game with 26.4, and Haley has said that he wants to make that number higher this season.

Thirty points per game is still the goal. I think what we did great last year was we got in the red zone a bunch. We probably scored six out of the 10 times we were in there and we always want that to be better. . . If you’re looking at reasons why we didn’t get to 30, I’d say turnovers number one. Anytime you give up possessions, you’re giving yourself one less chance to score points. And then red. I think we did a pretty good job scoring outside the fringe red area. We made some big plays, so those have to continue. We have to get a little better in the red and then we’ll be going in the right direction.”

Ben Roethlisberger has been lobbying for the Steelers to run the no-huddle offense for years now, and he may finally be getting his wish. In the third preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, the Steelers ran an entire drive using the no-huddle offense. Roethlisberger finished the drive 8/12 with 60 yards passing, and a touchdown to tight end Jesse James. The next drive had a similar result, with Roethlisberger throwing a 57 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown.

We got to see a little bit of what the Steelers can bring to the table once Le’Veon Bell returns from his suspension on October 2nd, as they scored 21 points in the first half in comparison to the 17 points they’ve scored in the previous two games combined. With Martavis Bryant being suspended for the season, the Steelers will have to depend on other receivers to step up in his place. Roethlisberger finished the game 12/17, 148 yards, 2 touchdowns, and completed passes to 6 different receivers. After the game, Roethlisberger commented on the different speeds the offense has in their arsenal.

We have lots of different speeds. We have a two-minute, which is as fast as you can go. We have a no-huddle, which is moving it pretty quick. We have a ‘muddle,’ which is- I’m calling it to the line and turning and calling it to the receivers. So we have a lot of different speeds that we wanted to practice tonight. Most of it was no-huddle, but there was some ‘muddle’ in there.

The Steelers will also be taking advantage of the two-point conversion. Especially with the kicking woes the Steelers have had in the past, the two-point conversion might seem easier. The Steelers offense practices something they call “Seven Shots” where the offense runs seven plays against the defense all from the two-yard line. When asked if the Steelers will go for two points every time, Roethlisberger replied:

Why not? Put it in our hands. I want the ball. Any player would relish that opportunity.

The Steelers led the league in scores and attempts on two-point conversions as they went 8/11 in 2015.

With the Steelers looking to run the score up in every game, there is no question in whether or not they are capable of reaching their goals. The only issues that will interfere with that goal will be with health and turning the ball over. The Steelers finish off their preseason against the Carolina Panthers, where Todd Haley will hope to find some quality backups in a meaningless game.